These are considered to be among the finest sounding tube amps ever conceived and they have a legendary following
"…the Audion Black Shadow 2’s show just how seductive they can be. This is a beguiling amplifier, with the sort of effortless sound that wins people over." Nicholas Ripley, HiFi+ Deceber 2015
This latest version has many improvements.
All new internal chassis layout improves build and component layout and relationship
All new shielding reduces an already quiet amplifier to practically unmeasurable hum on a scope and dead silent to the ears. A -92dB improvement. This means a blacker soundstage allowing you to hear even deeper into the music and the delicate low level details that were previously masked now come forward.
All new and improved stock signal caps to ERO/Vishay signal caps
All new tube options shipped stock for driver tubes. In addition to the E182CC we will ship with 7044 tubes.
Shuguang 845B’s are now shipped as standard instead of an upgrade. A tube many consider the finest 845 (the only upgrade we suggest is the KR845)
All new badging stating the changes. The new badging will state Black Shadow 2. Even when introduced the badges still only said Black Shadow. Now the unit is even more worthy of the Black Shadow 2 name. Since it has been called the Black Shadow 2 in literature we are calling it the Black Shadow 2 Mkll to separate old from incredible new.
The legendary Audion Black Shadow 845. Our best continues to get better. To provide the fastest transient response possible, solid-state rectification is used, and the design and its implementation ensures phase coherent harmonic structure throughout the frequency spectrum. The 845 output tubes used are well within their specified performance envelope to ensure low distortion and optimum sound quality, as well as extended tube life.
This triode based mono-block amp uses no (zero) feedback in the design. 25 watts in pure Class A. Therefore, it has the power of competitors boasting 35-45W.
Audion Black Shadows will work with most speakers over of 86db efficiency. The amps deliver 25 watts into 8 ohms This has both 4 and 8 ohm outputs.. A volume control on the front and mono inputs on the rear means that a pre-am is not necessary, but is advised.
Components of the Audion components:
Transformers and chokes are design and handmade by Audion: Mains, chokes and output transformers.
Superior quality parts sourced from Europe or the US. Even the capacitors are made to Audion’s exacting specifications.
Chassis’ are finished in-house which includes powder coating and electroplating to ensure quality.
Special voicing of Audion amplifiers requires every part be meticulously designed to meet their standards.
Every component is hand built usually point to point. Once burned in they listen again in case they are not satisfied before releasing each unit.
They are the latest model and have all the upgrades:
Signal Caps - V-cap/Duelund
Stepped precision attenuators
Black Gate Bias cap