Victory Amps Kraken V4 Guitar Amplifier Demo - PG Gear Spotlight

Watch Rabea Massaad demo a feature-rich new amp that houses Two-Notes technology and built-in reverb.


Victory Amps Kraken V4 Guitar Amplifier

Victory Amplifiers
$849

The V4 The Kraken guitar amp partners a V4 Series all-valve preamp with a solid-state, 180-watt Class D power amp. Building on the success of the V4 The Duchess, the V4 Kraken guitar amp continues the ultra-compact size and huge tones by adding even more features. The V4 Kraken guitar amp features Two notes audio engineering Torpedo-embedded DynIR Virtual Cabinet technology making it so easy to go direct to FOH, headphones or your audio interface.


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Can an entry-level modeler hang with the big dogs?

Excellent interface. Very portable. Nice modulation tones.

Some subpar low-gain dirt sounds. Could be a little more rugged.

$399

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