Price paid: $ 65.00
Purchased from: Amazon
Features: I am not rating this as a "stand alone amp", the ratings I am giving this are based on its comparison in the "battery powered, micro-amp" category. This is a 2011 Model - 2 watts, 6-1/2" speaker, 10 amp "models/voices", 3 effects + reverb & delay, 2 EQ knobs, tuner.
Okay, it is pretty simple, on speaker, AC adapter or battery powered, built in tuner. It takes a little reading to figure out how to set it up because it "shares knobs" between functions. I understand saving space, but this makes you hold the Tap Button to adjust the EQ, set the delay, or adjust the reverb. Because they make it difficult, I give it a 7. If not for that, the 6-1/2" speaker vs everyone else's 5" would have given it a 9. But you have to use 2 hands to do any real adjustments, which you don't on others. // 7
Sound: This is where it shines. The clean is clean. The other 9 voicings are all Marshall tones but they are each slightly different and, I feel, make this amp more versatile than some others. IE it may not have the "r-fier" of the cube, but it will do metal, and it will stomp a mud hole in the cube for "crunch" and '80's rock tones. The larger speaker makes it sound more full toned and is more forgiving of EQ settings, whereas some of the ones with smaller speakers can get "shrill" faster than this. Not a huge Marshall tone fan, but it does the "multiple tone" thing well enough to garner a 9. // 9
Reliability & Durability: It won't break, it's well built and pretty solid, I'd keep it if I didn't use the built in rhythms of my other practice amp. You could haul it in your suitcase on an airplane and it would be fine. Getting your guitar there in one piece might pose a challenge though. // 9
Impression: Good sounds, well built, nice features, make it "one hand" adjustable and it goes to a 9, but it is a little difficult to setup and get just right, so it goes to an 8. Spend the time setting the tone and it pays off with a very enjoyable small amp that can go anywhere. // 8