Cary vs Raven

It's about time to replace the 20+ year old Prima Luna.  Based on my limited researches and the positive on Audiogon, I'm leaning toward either a Cary SLI-80HS or CAD-300SEI, and the Raven Blackhawk.  I currently have Forest Totem speakers, but am looking to get some Klipsch Heresy or Fortes.  On paper the SLI-80HS and Blackhawk look pretty similar to me, and I've been intrigued with the 300 B tube.  This is the last amp I will buy, so want to make sure it's the best my budget can manage.  I listen to classical in a small size room (15'x15'x9'), so I don't need a lot of power.   

Anyone out there had a chance to compare these amps?  If so, what is the verdict?  And how about the various upgrades available for each?  Thanks in advance for your advice.


If you have the patience to wait for Dennis Had to post another of his hand made amps (or get a used one like I did) that is a choice I can whole heartedly recommend. I've used mine with Heresy IIIs for years and it's astonishingly good.

The “HS” in the SLI-80HS stands for “Heritage Series,” so one might deduce that the Cary pairs quite well with the Klipsches you’re considering.  That said, my PrimaLuna EVO 400 integrated absolutely sings with my Cornwall IVs - I’m just blown away every time I listen, so that might be a combo worth considering if you haven’t already.