Price paid: C$ 500
Purchased from: Axe Music
Sound — 9
Straight up metal. With enough gain to cover every sub genre with ease, even for the most 'BR00T4L' of core kids. Once you sit down with it and configure your tone, the sound is fantastic. Its brutal, yet articulate. I play metal ranging from Melodic Death, Thrash, Progressive, Tech Death and Black Metal, and this amp does it all easily. It is worth noting however, that with a speaker replacement, the sound quality steps up even more, or alternatively, the sheffield speaker can be bypassed in favour of an external cab. Also, this thing is LOUD and has a little extra noise, so if your a bedroom player, invest in an attenuator or you'll have some pretty pissed neighbours. The cleans aren't anything to rave about, neither are they horrible. Again with some proper EQ'ing, a decent sound can definitely be achieved.
Overall Impression — 9
This amp is the go to choice for anyone who wants distortion for a reason. Its a solid, reliable amp with a seemingly endless array of distorted tones and its easily the best metal combo amp out there for under 1K. I absolutely love the lead channel, its ridiculously brutal but retains all the clarity and articulation I want.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Its a Peavey, so you know you could throw it out of a speeding truck and it'd be fine. I can definitely depend on it, and its never shown any signs of giving out on me after the longest of practice sessions. I'd suggest putting some wheels on this thing though cause the top mounted carry handle doesn't do much to make travelling with it easy.
Features — 9
Basic Specs: - 60 watts (RMS) - Footswitchable lead/rhythm channel select - Effects loop - Separate 3-band EQ on each channel - Separate Resonance and Presence controls for each channel - Two 6L6GC power amp tubes - Lead channel: pre-/post-gain controls - Genuine 3-spring reverb - One 12" Sheffield speaker - Top handle - Five 12ax7 preamp tubes - External speaker outputs - 16, 8, or 4 ohms (switchable) - Rhythm channel: pre-/post-gain, footswitchable Crunch boost - Integrated MSDI microphone-simulated XLR direct interface