Sound — 9
I use a Jem 7v with EVO pickups, my playing tastes go from Machine Head to Satch. Before going further, I have owned this amp for around 5 hours, so I might be less qualified than some to write this review, that said my ears are not new. Cleans: Nice character at low volume, always a breakup depending on volume, but I like the character, live may be a problem, but you would get away with rolling the guitar volume back. Don't buy if you want crystal cleans. Gain: Enough gain for most, not a lot of crunch (tho there is some). Sounds great for Marshall based metal/thrash. Modern, not as good, tight but not that tight. Great for blues and rock also. Fizzy? Can be. At low volume full gain sounds great, higher volume roll back the gain, sounds great as well, no fizz if you can operate 3 knobs... Overall Sound: First impressions, good, after dialling it in, Supurb... No understatement there... Really. Tonally it produces a sound that will put a grin on your face, add some delay and reverb to increase grin. Cons: Noisy at high gain.
Overall Impression — 9
Overall impressed, very impressed, buy if you want high gain and fantastic versatile tone. Don't buy if all you play is modern metal, will not give you "brutal" gain like a 6505. Don't buy if your after pristine cleans or need a second channel. I would recommend this to versatile metal and rock players, enough balls to make you happy and enough tone to make you wanna cry and rent a chick flick.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Seems well built, 1x12 cab is a tank. Still working after 5 hours.
Features — 8
Will keep it short, 1 channel, 2 switches, on/off, 15 watt, standby and 7 watt. 3 dials, volume, shape, gain. I rate this highly, simple yet amazingly functional. Effects loop (very good). No reverb.