We love EAR products and can vouch for their excellent performance, build quality, design integrity.
It is true to say all these elements marry in the V20. Having had one continuously on DEM for at least ten years they have that definite ability to captivate and keep you on your seat all night and enjoying the experience.
Lots of reviews available and nay awards granted this is an enduring Amplifier well worth considering. Some original launch specifications and info as follows;
EAR V20 Integrated Amplifier
The EAR V20 Integrated Amplifier is a completely new concept in valve amplifier design. Forget all other more conventional designs, the V20 is a totally clean sheet of paper design.
The output valves are the indirectly heated ECC83 twin triode type, 10 per channel, operated in a parallel push pull class A circuit featuring Enhanced Triode Mode, as used in both the EAR 859 Single-Ended Triode Amplifier and the EAR 861 push-pull triode amplifier. This circuit provides superb linearity and very low distortion. In addition, the EAR V20 Integrated Amplifier uses Tim’s highly developed Balanced Bridge Mode ultra-wide-bandwidth output transformer, and no overall feedback. The key design parameters were to extend frequency response at both ends of the spectrum, improve low level detail, and provide optimum loudspeaker coupling. All of these points have been successfully achieved in the V20, with superb reliability from the low priced triode output valves. (All valves in the V20 are true triode valves.)
The circuit is not the only new thing with this amplifier, the case work is new and unique. Tim wanted a more natural, harmonious look to his new amplifier, something less aggressive than traditional designs with exposed industrial looking iron transformer cores, hard angles, and valves stuck up in the air. The fascia is rounded, in a kind of half moon shape, with left & right channel valves positioned on opposing sides of the amplifier. Finish is exemplary, with wood-capped valve covers, heavy chrome-on-brass fascia, and gold plated control knobs.
I.M. Distortion: less than 0.5%
Output Damping Factor: 10
Signal to Noise Ratio: 93dB (< 0.4mv)
Input Sensitivity: 40OmV
Input Impedance: 47kOhms
Power Consumption: 150 V/A
Size: 42cm(W) x 44cm(D) x 13.5cm(H)
Valves: 26xECC83 (12AX7) 4xECCS2 (12AU7)
Power Output: 20 watts per channel 20Hz to 20kHz
Power Bandwidth: 12Hk-80kHz -3dB (Half power)
Priced at £2495.