Price paid: C$ 700
Purchased from: Long & McQuade
Sound — 10
Ibanez S470 with Duncan Blackouts. I mainly play metal in the lines of Tessaract, Parkway Drive, In Flames, Periphery and let me tell you that this amp does the job. Not noisy at all, I say the louder this amp gets, the better it sounds. The clean channel stays clean no matter how loud it gets... Nuff said. Please beware... This amp has A LOT of distortion and could keep up with the likes of amps like 5150s, Peavey XXXs, etc... Totally in love with this amp head.
Overall Impression — 9
As I had said, I play mainly metal to Djent style of playing... I need a ballsy, punchy, and loud amp for my sound and this delivers. I've been playing for approx 4 years now and I have played through many high gain amps such as Diezels, Framus, Mesas, Peaveys. This bad boy keeps up with these guys, and maybe does just a bit more. I would get another one in a heartbeat if it was stolen or lost... Or maybe get a Bugera 6262 Infinium... It looks amazing in person and seems to me that there is nothing to hate about this... And to think this costs less that 1k. So far so good!
Reliability & Durability — 9
They have a 1 year warranty but I have never needed it. This hasn't broken down on me yet and I'd say this amp is very reliable. Besides, with the Infinium technology, whenever one of the Infinium leds lights up permanently, all I have to do is remove the tube and replace it with another one... Possibly a 6L6 (just to see how it would sound with different power tubes)... No need to buy matching tubes which could be really expensive.
Features — 10
Just to let you all know this is not the old Bugera 333XL that many guitarists have been complaining with the failure issues - and I am not in any way an endorser of Bugera. So this is the 333XL Infinium. It has 3 channels with independent EQs and the Crunch and Lead channel has an XL function which adds a bit more "Ooompf" to your sound. This amp comes with a foot switch between clean, crunch, and lead, then there is an FX boostin which you can adjust a knob at the back of the amp. It comes in with 4 EL34 tubes installed but according to the manual, with the new Infinium, you can mix and match between 6L6 or EL34 or combination of both - so imagine all the tonal possibilities with this feature... I personally haven't tried it since I am already satisfied with the sound this amp is making. One thing that I think should have been included in the footswitch is the reverb function on/off but that's an easy fix since I use a reverb anyways with my effects pedals. Oh, and yeah this one's sound gets better as you crank it up louder. This also has a built in noise gate which can reduce some of that "tube hiss" that many tube amps make. If you haven't checked out what exactly what the "Infinium feature" does, would be better to check out their website as they go more in depth of how Infinium works.