#1
so long story short the carvin V3M just wasnt working out in my favor.no matter what i did and what i ran it through it was a muddy fizzy mess. so i ran off to my local shop and tried out a few amps and brought home a new Randall Diavlo 20watt head! ive been in love with all these micro/lunchbox heads.

at first i was skeptical because i always figured that randall is known for solid state. i use to own a rh300 g3 it was fun but it was only a metal amp. when i plugged in, the wall of tasty tones and versatility was a very pleasant surprise! so anyway here is the review, i haven't seen many NAD with the RD series so ill do my best for you guys.

Build quality:
i must say i am quite impressed with the build quality. for being so small the amp has some nice heft to it. it seems like its saying "hey yeah im still here and i rip!" all of the small chickenhead style knobs turn nicely, all the switching is solid, there is no pop between channel switching or when engaging the boost.very nice thick tolex covering metal cab corners and a steel grill over the front of the amp. overall a very well put together amp.

sound quality:
clean: very clean, clear, bell like tones all the way to some over driven tones. the clean and gain channel share the same eq. the only controls for the clean channel are gain and the master volume. i like that. some may not but i do. for only having those controls plus the boost im very surprised at how it sounds. i wont say its fantastic but its better than 6505+ cleans that's for sure.
gain: wow. this thing has so much gain its not even funny! the kicker is its all usable. it does not get muddy or overly fizzy. its a very pleasant gain that ranges from 80's hair to modern metal. since i play both its a huge plus for me. the boost adds a little more gain without making it flubby or fizzy too. its not enough for a solo boost its more of a gain boost. with the boost on i don't even need to use my tube screamer. very nice gain channel. im especially impressed that this is done with a 6v6 power section

Overall:
im quite impressed with this little guy. it seems to be a distant cousin of the 5150 series of amps. nice build quality and exceptional sound for a small price tag around 499. this blows some (not all) of the lower wattage amps in this price range away. ill be hanging on to this guy for a little bit. now PICTURES!!! oh did i mention it glows red?




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It is NOT trash metal it is tHrash metal...get it right
#2
Sweet !

I still need to try one.
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#3
Niiice!

Congratulations man, happy NAD!
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#4
nice
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#5
thanks guys! if you ever have the chance to try one. please do so. they are fantastic
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It is NOT trash metal it is tHrash metal...get it right
#6
I'm to the point that I want to go get one, I've heard so many great things.

HNAD
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#7
I really like the lighting. It's just a nice touch.
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#8
Clip clip clip clip plz. ^^
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#9
Randall tube amps are good things. Well, look at the RM100 - that's a ball tearer of a tube amp. Where's the Diavlo made? The RM is MIA.

HNAD and welcome to the Randall tube amp club.
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#10
for 20w this thing is loud. it will easily keep up with a drummer. i believe that the rd series is a homerun from randall. i also enjoy the backlighting. it looks great in a darker room or on stage
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Michael Kelly Custom Shop Plum Patriot


EVH 5153 50w
Jet City 2x12
Custom Board

It is NOT trash metal it is tHrash metal...get it right