Price paid: $ 200
Purchased from: Halilit, Israel
Sound — 4
I've tried this amplifier with multiple guitars. I mainly use my (horrible) Ibanez SA260FM. It sounds amazingly bad, small, characterless and dull. When you use the clean channel, at mid volume, expect shaking, and ratteling. That's how it is for me, with any guitar whatsoever. It's just the cheap manufacturing. That's all. Don't get me wrong, I know 15w 8" amps won't sound huge and great, but I've heared the peavy transtube Rage 158, and It blows this Marshall away. The OD, is horrible. But yet again, I don't judge OD's on small amps like this. Seriously, don't expect killer dist' tone out of any amp this size (except modeling amps, Roland cube etc). Compared to the Rage 158, it has higher overall gain, but it sounds horrible in all states. The Rage 158 sounds nice for mild-medium od. To conclude it all, sounds bad, horrible, small, it shakes! The reverb is pretty standard. I guess they could through in the effects chip they have on the MG15DFX. It's an ultra cheap-chip, they're just sucking money for the dfx. Distortion wise: Cube 15X>Transtube>MG. Clean wise: Transtube>MG>Cube (though the Cube doesn't shake).
Overall Impression — 4
For practice at home, it'll do the trick. Don't count on it for anything else. And even if you're just beginning, give the transtube 158/cube 15X a look. Both higher quality amps (in their own aspects. Transtube=real amp, Cube=DSP amp), which will give you better sound versatility, are both built smaller, and both sound better (Trastube sound better in clean mode, cube in dist). I bought this when I just started playing, and regret it up to now.
Reliability & Durability — 6
Up to now, I haven't had any problems with it. But generally, it's built bad. Doesn't feel solid (seeing the plastic is weak enough to shake), but I can't complain. I've had it for almost a year and it haven't broke on. Yet again, the transtube, and Roland Cube 15X are both better built.
Features — 8
Don't mind the wicked price tag. Israeli prices, go figure. The MG15CDR has two channels. Clean, and OD. Non-footswitchable, both go through the same EQ and power amp. A basic headphone+line out (they both sound incredibly noisy, wouldn't count on it to record anything). 8" speaker, I'm not sure which. FDD feature, designed to emulate tube sound. Actually just gives a bit more punch to the deal. Not useful at all.