Price paid: $ 2750
Purchased from: Sweetwater
Sound — 2
I plug a Shure Beta57 into an adapter and then into the amp for vocals. I play in a pop/rock/indie cover band. This amp is not ver appropriate for my vocal style. In fact, it can barely replicate the human voice. There is a terrible hum when you turn it up past 7 o clock and it causes my mic to feedback. This amp does not sound good at all, I was very disappointed. The first 2 modes on the clean channel sound decent if the gain is low, but it is still very fuzzy and dark. I don't even know why someone would want to use the other 2 channels. They create this horrible rumbling fuzzy sound and make my voice sound terrible no matter what modes you use. Channels 1 and 2 sound ok, but it does distort. If I turn the mids all the way down on channels 1 and 2 my mic gets less feedback, but my voice sounds like something off of a really bad recording.
Overall Impression — 3
This amp sounds terrible. I would not replace it if it were stolen, I would probably just buy my own PA. I've been singing onstage for 3 years now and I would not recommend this preamp to anyone. For one last comment, I would have given it a better rating if it had and XLR input. I already spent almost $4000 to buy this and a matching speaker and It is almost insulting to have to go out and spend even more money on a good quality adapter.
Reliability & Durability — 7
Yes, but I would only use it as a back up. Most of the time, I'd prefer to plug my microphone into a PA system, but since we play usually play Pop/Rock covers in peoples backyards for parties I don't always have the ability to use a PA system.
Features — 6
This amp was made in 2009. The amp was not as as versatile as advertised. It has 4 channels but only two of them sound almost decent. Each channel has three modes and most of them sound terrible. I wish this amp had a XLR input so I had to buy an adapter. I've used this amp onstage once for a live performance, but I didn't like it. This is also really really heavy to be carrying around. Most preamps I've used are really light. Its also not very portable which makes it hard to travel with. The speakers are also extremely heavy. I don't understand why you would need such a big speaker if the sound breaks up so easily.