The Dynaudio Evoke 20 is the largest bookshelf speaker in the series and it should provide a bigger performance than its smaller sibling the Evoke 10. This pair of stand-mounters has garnered quite a number of accolades and positive reviews due to their remarkable sonic talents. Even talented speakers like the Dynaudio Evoke 20 will still need an amplifier to unlock their full potentials and we shouldn’t just simply grab the nearest amp we could find.
We should always find matching amplifiers to pair with and in order to do so, we will need to learn more about the Dynaudio Evoke 20 loudspeakers. By further understanding their strengths, requirements, and limitations, as well as their sonic characteristics, we will then be able to get the right amplifiers for them. If you are planning to get an amplifier for your Evoke 20, please stick around. After we have learned more about these stand-mounters, we will then list out the best matching amplifiers.
Sonic Characteristics and Merits of Dynaudio Evoke 20
The Dynaudio Evoke 20 looks very similar to the Evoke 10 but it is larger in size with a bigger Esotec+ woofer. The woofer is 180mm in diameter and right above it will be the 28mm Cerotar tweeter with Hexis. The walnut wood finish has that premium and traditional look to it, the stylish and minimalistic aesthetics will fit well with modern amplifiers. And with three more cabinet finishes to choose from, it makes it easier to blend these speakers right into most homes. There is also a rear-firing bass port located at the back of the Dynaudio Evoke 20 so you might want to give them ample breathing space. You should pair them with matching speaker stands such as the Dynaudio Stand 20 and they come in 3 different finishes.
The speaker sensitivity is only 86dB and the impedance is 6 Ohms, these indicate that the Dynaudio Evoke 20 will need amplifiers with high power outputs so that they can be played at loud volumes. The peak power handling of up to 180 Watts further shows that these bookshelf speakers are quite power-hungry. The frequency response of Dynaudio Evoke 20 (40Hz–23kHz) is truly impressive as it is quite rare for a bookshelf speaker to be able to hit 40Hz deep into the bass extension. With these specs alone, we have further filtered down the selection of potential amplifiers.
Their bass performance is certainly incredible, which is completely unexpected from a bookshelf speaker of this size. The low-ends have weight and have quite an authoritative punch to them which makes each music peak very eventful. The Dynaudio Evoke 20 has no problem digging deep into the bass extension and produce them out. The low-frequency strength of the Evoke 20 also has bass texture, adding low-end details to the overall sound reproduction. It is taut and agile, blending in nicely with the rest of the higher frequencies, and never overstays its welcome.
The midrange reproduction is also impeccable, it is smooth sounding and delivered cleaning with ultra-low distortion. The mids are very detailed, reproducing the rich sound quality of the musical instruments and the vocals sounded natural as well. The amazing soundstage of the Dynaudio Evoke 20 precisely positioned each musician, and the full-bodied sound reproduction makes the overall performance engaging. The highs are sweet and smooth, pushing the volume up does not make them sound cringe or strained. There are plenty of details been produced in a delicate and refined fashion. The highs, mids, and lows all work cohesively together to produce a seamless sonic performance that is accurate and balanced.
Dynaudio Evoke 20 is a revealing speaker but never once sounded clinical. Their control and pacing are class-leading at this price point, furthermore, they could hit hard when the music requires them to. Still, if you want a full-range sound system, a subwoofer will be needed. The overall sound characteristic of the Evoke 20 speakers is neutral and tends to move towards the warm side which makes it easier to listen to them for hours on end. The stereo imaging of these stand-mounters is exceptional, and they will certainly do well in a stereo sound system setup. What is left now is to find the right amplifier for them. We will be sharing with you a list of the best amplifiers, which are well-match and have enough power to make the Dynaudio Evoke 20 speaker sing.
Dynaudio Evoke 20 Specifications
- Speaker Type: 2-Way Bass Reflex (Rear-Firing Bass Port)
- Drive Units: 28mm Cerotar tweeter with Hexis, 180mm Esotec+ woofer
- Frequency Response (+/-3dB): 40Hz–23kHz
- IEC power handling: 180 Watts
- Impedance: 6 Ohms
- Sensitivity (2.83V/1m): 86dB
- Dimensions (W x H x D): 215mm x 380mm x 317mm (with feet/grill) | 8.5″ x 15.0″ x 12.5″ (with feet/grill)
- Weight: 9.9kg (21.8lbs)
Best Amplifiers to match with Dynaudio Evoke 20
The Rega Elicit-R will spice up your music listening experience with its superb timing and class-leading controls. It is an integrated amplifier with more than enough power to drive your Dynaudio Evoke 20 speakers with ease. The Elicit-R also pumps in plenty of energy to provide you with a lively music presentation to make your toes start tapping. The energetic performance also comes with subtle musical nuances which are produced with clarity. The only qualms we have with the Rega Elicit-R amplifier is that it doesn’t have a built-in DAC. Turntable users will be delighted to know it has a moving magnet phono stage. Definitely worth the effort to go audition them.
The Parasound Hint 6 is a very powerful integrated amplifier, with power outputs of 180/270 Watts per channel at 8/4 Ohms, it can easily drive your Dynaudio Evoke 20 speakers without breaking a sweat. The smooth-sounding characteristic of the amplifier makes it a suitable match with Evoke 20 speakers, delivering music with refinement and full of details. The musicality and transparency of the Parasound Hint 6 are impeccable as well. it also comes with a load of features such as a premium D/A converter, MM Phono, dedicated subwoofer output, and more. At this price point, it makes it even more worthwhile to pair the Hint 6 to your Dynaudio Evoke 20 and you should really hear them out.
If you want high power output but at a more affordable price than the Parasound Halo Hint 6, please check out Peachtree Audio Nova150. It has a power output of 150/250 Watts per channel at 8/4 Ohms but it uses a Class D ICEPower amplifier instead of a high bias class A/AB operation used by Hint 6. The preamp and ICEPower technology of the Nova150 do provide a neutral warm sounding quality which is still a suitable match for the Dynaudio Evoke 20 speakers. It also comes packed with features such as an ES9018K2M SABRE32 reference DAC, HT Bypass, MM phono, and more. The bass performance of the Peachtree Audio Nova150 is astounding as well, complementing the Evoke 20 speakers.
For turntable/vinyl enthusiasts, the Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum 3 will be the ideal valve amplifier match with your Dynaudio Evoke 20. The Cronus Magnum 3 provides a vivid and lush sound reproduction with a wonderfully large soundstage where the musicians are performing with incredible accuracy. Not to mention, the lifelike sonic performances on the stage, and sweet-sounding vocals. At this price range, the Rogue Audio Cronus Magnum 3 is probably one of the very top integrated valve amplifiers. If you like tube sound quality, then you should really check them out.
If your budget is tight and is planning to integrate an active subwoofer into the mix, the Cambridge Audio CXA61 will be an ideal choice for you. It has enough power for your Dynaudio Evoke 20 speakers and there is a subwoofer output to connect to an active sub. The powered subwoofer will help ease the load off from the integrated amp, simultaneously improving the overall bass performance of the sound system. The CXA61 has a lively sonic personality and is able to deliver your favorite tunes with clarity. For listeners who like warm or laid-back sound reproduction, you might want to check out the above amplifiers first. This amplifier also comes with plenty of modern features such as Bluetooth aptX HD, USB input (32bit/384kHz), able to play DSD 256 high-res files, and more.
Going for HiFi separates can be a good idea as you can fine-tune the sound quality to your liking with different HiFi components. To not invest too much in a preamp and power amp combo, you might want to take a look at Parasound. Their Halo line of amplifiers are the higher-end models, using high bias Class A/AB operation and are sanely priced. The Parasound NewClassic series is a line of entry-level amplifiers which has high sonic performance and at affordable prices. If you are more interested in high-quality Class D amplification, then you should check out Wyred 4 Sound preamplifiers and power amplifiers. When it comes to powered subwoofers, we suggest going with either SVS or Rythmik. Both brands are performance powerhouses and are sanely priced, well-loved, and recognized by audiophiles. You might want to start with SVS SB-3000 and Rythmik F12SE sealed subwoofers.
To Sum It Up
Getting a powered subwoofer into the mix is optional unless your amplifier does not have high enough power or you will be using your sound system to watch movies too or just simply you want more powerful bass reproduction. Dynaudio Evoke 20 will match well with the listed amplifiers here as they are some of the best in their price range. We will recommend having an audition with them first before deciding. Hear them out and see if you like what you hear. If possible, include the subwoofer you will be using during the amplifier trial-outs.