DynaVox VR-20 Tube Integrated Amplifier

Specialities from the DynaVox VR-20 (400 euro) it belonged to maximum intensity, from very small, clear arrangements, to distill out of surprising subtleties and twists.

  1. DynaVox VR-20 tube integrated amplifier
  2. Data sheet

Costing miracle

It is no wonder that even manufacturers with much experience in tubes, not big anymore have to worry about the actual circuit, eventually saying: sorry, cheaper there. Being rather whose manufacturer must feel sorry for the tubes fan accustomed to four-digit price tags, given the price for the DynaVox VR-20: 400 euros – which is already a hammer for a legal, with all European certification marks also, decorated for a clean lacquered sheet steel housing, a total of six tubes along with matching ceramic Sockets, three each kilo heavy network and transformers, three set boxing terminals gold-plated brass , plus a handful of electrolytic capacitors and other small parts. Especially when you consider that the material price in addition to the costs of Assembly, packaging, import, rather makes up the lower proportion of EU bureaucracy and two year warranty – and then still nothing on the amp is deserved.

Four 6P6P stand on the upper deck of the DynaVox: Russian equivalents of the 6V6 which was developed as a small, economical sister of the 6 L 6. Under favourable conditions 10 HiFi sound Watts can be thus gained, which also reached the VR-20. It is clear that this amplifier for every HiFi lover is ideal, and only not quite working with each speaker.

Nothing for teenagers

The lanky DynaVox was contrary to expectations, the nearest and with a little imagination could be called “universal”: tube-friendly speakers, about the excellent, still a phase-out model available Quadral Platinum ultra 9, could the VR-20 great music moments evoke. His specialties it belonged to maximum intensity, from very small, clear arrangements, to distill out of surprising subtleties and twists. From Neil Young’s classic “Harvest”, which includes such immortal songwriter beads like ‘Heart Of Gold’ or ‘the needle and the damage done” and played the Linn Akurate DS in the fantastic 24/192-DVD-audio version.

Even if one had to turn the – old-fashioned snap – bright of the VR-20 for the low-driven 24-bit recordings up until it stops, the amplifier maintained a wonderful balance between the rhythmic pounding of the guitar body, the about vibrating strings and grip – plucking noise. Only in rare cases, namely on good, coherent systems, merge these elements to a complete, entirely convincing instrument – a feat that managed the DynaVox on the Quadral, at least better than any ‘normal’ 400 euro amplifier.

DynaVox VR 20

Manufacturer DynaVox
Price €400.00
Rating 80.0 points
Test procedure 1.0

Technical data and test results

Dimensions (W x H x D) 30.5 x 18, x 0
25.0 cm
Weight 9.2 kg
Genus (REC / GM) Integrated amplifier
Remote control available
System remote control / Adaptive /
Front panel Black / Silver / champagne / /
Front panel other FB. No
Tone controls / switched off /
Monitor switch
Recording selector switch audio
Network jacks switched / unswitched 0 / 0
Memory / storage automatic 0 /.
Sendersp. with aut. Sorting No
Input phono MM / MC /
High level RCA inputs / XLR 1 / 0
Digital inputs RCA / XLR 0 / 0
Boxes outputs A + B / switchable /
Headphone Jack
Pre-Out / main 0 /.
Recorder connections (a / from) 0
Processor input / output /
Unity gain input
Pre-Out subwoofer 0
Measured values
True sine wave power stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 10.0 W / 8.0 W
Music performance stereo 4 ohm / 8 ohm 8.0 W / 6.0 W
Noise line 97.0 dB(A)
Ultra-minimalistic tube amplifier with audiophilem sound.
High-efficiency speakers, smells like something strictly during the warm up phase.
Sound MM
Sound MC
Sound RCA 80
Sound XLR
Facilities sufficient
Operation well
Processing well
Sound judgment Top-class 80
Price / performance outstanding
tested in issue: 7 / 10