Triple XXX Head review by Peavey

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 9.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.6 (36 votes)
Peavey: Triple XXX Head

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: Private seller

Features — 9
This amp is pretty straight forward. 3 channels: clean, crunch, and ultra. Passive eq on the clean channel and active eq on the crunch & ultra channels! It also has an effects loop with levels that is footswitchable and a line out with level control. Damping switch on the rear panel (tight, med, and loose) and a master volume. Also has the ability to use either 6L6 or EL34 tubes (mine has been changed to EL34's). It's a pretty cool looking little head.

Sound — 10
I feel that this amp, unlike other reviewers, is very versatile. I play lots of different styles including rock, classic rock, pop, country and some metal. It does all styles very well. The clean nails some nice country sounds and a good Frusciante (Chili Peppers) sound. The crunch will do just about everything else, and the ultra, well, is just tons of gain. Great for cutting solos or ridiculous high gain power chords or riffs. Sounds good through the Triple XXX cab but I haven't tried it width anything else to compare. In my opinion, it sounds much better than my DSL100/1960A that I used to have (was my dream amp until I played my first Peavey). Hell, even my Peavey Transtube Bandit 112 combo sounded better than the DSL.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Haven't used it to gig with yet but I'm sure it's pretty tough like my other Peavey amps.

Overall Impression — 10
Overall for me, it's the perfect amp. I haven't played any other amps that I thought were superior to the Triple XXX. Don't get me wrong, the Marshall DSL is a great amp, just not for me. It wasn't versatile enough. I do wish the XXX had reverb though. If it were lost or stolen I'd be very p-ssed. This is a wonderful amp and I'd never find the deal I got again. I picked up the half stack (Triple XXX head and Triple XXX Slant cab) for $300 locally with a brand new set if EL34s. The guy said it just didn't have any power anymore even with the new power tubes. So with being a Peavey user, I knew about the goofy FX loop issues people have with these and I knew what the problem was. The level knobs have to be opposite of each other to achieve unity gain or it loses output volume. Sure enough one was at "5" and one at "3." I put them both to "5" and wala full volume! 

I'm so glad I found this amp because I almost spent $500 on a Valveking stack (which are also a very good amp) from a local store. Glad I pondered it for a few days and found the Triple XXX instead.

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    Just got a Triple XXX with a peavey 4x12 cab for $400, the old one that came with Peavey Ultra 120. It has the little triangle on the bottom and a mesh grille. Anyway it sounds really really good, I mean good. I run right now a Fryette Pitbull Ultra Lead with a Fryette 2x12. The xxx is just a monster. I mean seriously slamming. So it came with 6L6's and we swapped them with EL34's just to try. Sounded really crumby BUT then we thought hey lets run them like 34's are meant to be run which is basically nearly maxing out the master volume and then controlling the volume with the preamp channel volume. This thing sounds like a $1200 amp no joke! It sounds huge, open clear like very clear and with the cab it sounds so good. I have no idea why this thing sounds so good but it does. Basically all I'm saying is play with this amp. If you have EL34's in it try cranking the master volume and using the preamp volume as your overall volume, basically you're cranking the EL34's and will get some great power tube saturation which in this case actually works for metal too.