#1
I'm buying my first marshall amp.( I own a orange th 100 and just sold a 5150) I can't really get anywhere to play them being as the nearest guitar store is almost 2 hours away.so far to me the jvm is really appealing but I see a lot of praise for the dsl which I'm pretty sure they are referring to the old jcm 2000's.. I have a feeling the new dsl100h aren't on the same level as the 2000s.. but almost any band who's tone caught my attention ends up being a marshall jcm2000.. can anyone give me input on either of the two or both would be nice.
is there a huge difference in tones from them? I know the jvm has alot more voicings and options.
#2
JVM's are great, if you're willing to pay for them. For over a thousand bucks less though, you can get the same tone with a DSL. The JVM's do have two EQ controls, one for each channel, but I personally wouldn't spend $2000 for it. The DSL is great, highly recommend, but if you're down, go ahead and by the JVM. Both are great amps for that signature Marshall sound.
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#3
I played at a charity event a few weeks ago using a house backline. I had a new DSL100 and my other guitarist had a JCM2000 DSL100. Chalk and cheese. The new DSL had new tubes, both amps into same type of cabs. The 2000 blew it away. I had to play twice as hard.
The Red channel on the JVM is horrible. Hunt down a post 2003 JCM2000.
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#4
The JCM2000 DSL is a really great amp. It's like all of their efforts with 2ch JCM800s and all the failed JCM900s all amounted to finally getting it right in the DSL. Then they started ****ing up again in the TSL. But we don't talk about that.

I like the JVM. when it's played through H30s (my preferred speaker). It's not as nice with V30s or T75s (though the V30s are better, if it's worth anything). I wouldn't get a 2 channel JVM though. I feel like it defeats the purpose of what it's supposed to be. If I was going for something simple/classic, I'd get a DSL or a Vintage Modern first, no question. If you want an amp for straight up modern high gain, with a British feel, I think the Peavey 6534+ does the job a lot better than the JVM. And a 2ch Dual Rectifier running EL34s would probably be better too. But maybe not.
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#5
See thats what u was worried about is the new dsl's being not as good as the old. I kinda have to buy it new so it would be between the dsl 100h and jvm 205. If they both have the similar tones i think I'll she'll out the extra cash because from what I've heard the cleans are nicer on the jvm. I played a marshall before a few years back I believe it was the dsl and it was nice but the low end seemed almost flabby.. but I don't wanna buy the jvm and wish it would have been the dsl haha. I read the jvm can kinda get into the jcm800 territory as well as the old jcm2000 to as well.. which if that's the case I'd be completely happy. It's mainly going to be used for recording.. probably anywhere from pop rock to post hardcore type music.
#7
If you have to buy new, the JVM destroys the new DSL. No competition whatsoever. Regardless of genre, it just straight up sounds better at any setting.
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I own one of the old JCM2000 DSLs and they're amazing. They do the classic marshall sound, as well as a bunch of other great stuff. The trick when I was buying mine was that there were a lot of the new ones that werent as good on the market and it took some working out to find the right one.
The JVMs are great too, but I find them a little more narrow tone-wise.
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#11
I like both the JVM and the JCM2000 DSL (older, non-China). The new DSL is still pretty decent, especially the combos, but considering the old DSL prices used, there's no need to get the rebuild version with the cheaper electronics and craftmanship.
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