V2 review by Randall

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.5 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (33 votes)
Randall: V2

Price paid: $ 970

Purchased from: Marshall Music

Sound — 9
The distortion on this head is amazing. I play a Schecter C-1 Plus with EMG 81/85 and they work really well with this head. I was used to playing out of a Crate combo amp with a Boss Metal Zone and I liked that sound but as soon as I pluggd into this, I was completly blown away by the sound comming from this, It's just in your face, mean distortion. With the BBE in the effects loop and some tweaking to the graphic EQ, I couldn't stop playing it. It makes the walls shake, and it is very loud. The full tube preamp with the valve dynamic power amp makes it just as good as any all-tube head in my opinion. I play mainly metal (Lamb Of God, Killswitch Engage) and this amp is perfect for that. The only thing is that you will definately need a noise gate/suppressor for it. It likes to hiss when you crank up the gain/volume.

Overall Impression — 10
I had been looking for a new amp head for a while. I was looking at the Marshall Mode 4, Peavey XXX, or B-52 AT-100 but none of those amps had the type of distortion sound I was looking for. I had been searching online and ran across this amp and I had to check it out. When I pluged in and turned it on I knew this was the amp for me.

Reliability & Durability — 9
This head is tough, I haven't gone gigging with it yet(the drummer in my band is lazy), but I wouldn't worry about bringing a backup. It is very solid in construction, easy to carry with either the top handle or the 2 top corner metal handles. I'm sure this will last me a very long time.

Features — 10
This amp head was made in 2006 and has Randall's Valve Dynamic power section which uses 1-12AX7 tube. It has 3 channels: clean, overdrive and tube overdrive. The clean channel is solid state and is clean. It has a level and gain control and shares the EQ with the overdrive channel. The overdrive channel is classic Randall solid state distortion with gain, level, EQ with sustain boost when you pull out the treble knob, and a presence control. The last channel and my favorite is the Tube overdrive. It uses 3-12AX7 tubes and is just a monster channel. It has an attack switch for loose or tight sound, gain, EQ, level and a bright switch. This amp also has a built in 6 band graphic EQ and a master level, master density, master presence, on switch and standby switch. On the back it has 2 speaker outputs (200w at 8 ohm, 400w an 4 ohm and it says it can go as low at 2 ohm but it's not recommended), MIDI inputs for the included footswitch, a slave output for additional poweramps or rack units, a direct recording output for plugging straight into a mixer, and an effects loop.

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    Nice revieW! i play the same kind of music you do, and if you say this thing beat out a Peave XXX, then i seriously have to try this thing out!
    I wouldn't say it destroys the XXX.Let's just say it's very different and definitely has more tonal options. I own a Randall V2 and after playing nothing but Randall 100 Watt All Tube heads for over 10 years and I love it.Reliability and Maintenance should be better since there are No Power Tubes to replace.Funny,I also owned the B-52 AT100 and I sold that right away after comparing the 2 amplifiers.The Randall V2 is VERY loud,@ Band Practice I'm usually asked to turn down and the volume has never been past 2.It could hurt you and others easily.BTW,Great spot on Review about this Amplifier Static86.Thank You!
    Regards from Bosnia you distortion freaks! I also have Randall V2 head + Randall RS125CX cab... and as you already noticed it blows away XXX and much more other amps witch are well known as amps for extreme music. Ok, but V2 is for Exxxxxtreme music than!!! I love it... tube driven ch. is madness... and when engage eq. control.... you can blow up rest of your band in rehearsal room very easily. Great stuff from Randall ... definitly what I was looking for... now time will say about quality, Reliability & Durability... It gives hope that it is final assembled in USA not in China or Korea... but time will tell. See U metalhead maniacs (no one else would by this monster amp). PS. I will customize my into V2 M.D.W by AntiDope www.myspace.com/antidopeband and later I will discover to U what M.D.W means. Cheers guyz (and girlz) Sasha from Bosnia.
    Does this amp really sound like a true valve amp? I think you can only answer that unless you've had previous experience with real Tube Power.
    AngryGoldfish wrote: Does this amp really sound like a true valve amp? I think you can only answer that unless you've had previous experience with real Tube Power.
    Yes, it does. Even better ... it has a way better definition of tone than Marshall DSL .. I play in the same room with marshall DSL, it can not be heard over V2 .. not power but quality of tone.
    I'm just played this amp at my local shop.. THING IS A MONSTER! I'm deffinitly going back up with my guitar to try it and check into getting it!
    yeah man I have the V2 Ninja. It is honestly the best amp I have ever played. I play metal as well (Black Label Society, Pantera, etc.) and it is absolutely perfect for that. I have never had my pinch harmonics come out as clearly as they do on that amp, and it is 400 watts of pure power. It has amazing bottom and and a nice crisp high end. I would highly recommend trying it out. Oh, and the guy that said he's never had it past 2 at band practice...I have the same problem haha the thing is loud!
    I have the V2 Ninja. There are pictures on my profile to back my claim. I love it. SO glad i bought it. Huge advantage with this amp. Performs as well as a tube amp at high volumes and retains its amazing tone at room level. Huge advantage.
    Nice i ended up getting one too, the thing is a monster! i absolutely love it!