Sound — 8
Overall, this amp is pretty solid for it's price. But compared to other amps out there, you get what you pay for. When you turn that gain knob up, you get that normal annoying buzz that all small amps have. However, after demo-ing all the low-end practice amps, this one definitely can deliver in the overdrive, which is one of the largest selling points on this amp. Compared to the other 10W amps, this little thing can definitely crank out those hard rock/metal songs you've always wanted to play. The clean channel delivers as well considering the price: with the contour knob, you can get a variety of different sounds. But once again, even with the clean channel, when you crank the volume up, you get that buzz.
Overall Impression — 8
Honestly, if you are a beginner that wants to learn to wail, buy this. It is a solid amp that will not back down. It comes with a warranty from Marshall so that's always nice. Overall a solid beginner practice amp but nothing more, nothing less. This appeals more to hard-rock and metal play with it's overdrive, but the clean channel is good for chords too.IF I lost this, I would buy this again for sure.
Reliability & Durability — 6
It is very dependable in practice. However, like I've stressed before, this is a PRACTICE amp. Do not take this into a gig; you'll be embarrassed to death by the constant buzz that the audience would weep over. I've had this for about a month now, and it still works fine despite my constant playing.
Features — 7
I'm not sure what year that amp was made. The amp has two channels--clean and overdrive, so don't expect to have anything amazing on this amp besides a contour tone knob. For the overdrive, it has gain and volume knobs. It has an emulated line out for recording, an emulated headphone jack, and a CD input to jam if you wanted to. Since this is just a 10W amp, it should only have one implication-practice, not performance. I use it in my room and it does deliver in that environment.