Price paid: $ 550
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 7
VERY VERSATILE. This amp can produce tones for any style of music. Some are very accurate. All the Peavey models, as well as the Rectifier and Marshall simulations are VERY close. The rest are good, but not always as accurate. The downside is that you get only 2 channels for each model and since they were digitally modeled, there is not as much versatility in sound that you would get from a real version of the amp. THAT BEING SAID, for $550, nothing comes close to what this amp was designed to do: give a wide variety of moderate to good sounding tones and effects.
Overall Impression — 9
I play everything from jazz to classic rock to metal. This amp does it all. I can get the harsh "BTBAMesque" crunch with the Krankenstein sim, or the smooth crunch for In Flames or Periphery (if you have the right settings on the JSX with the tubescreamer on it resembles an ENGL). I can get a classic sounding Brit stack or a bright clean. I have this set up with an Avatar G412 Vintage cab and it gets crazy low end. CONCLUSION: You cannot find a better head for $550. This amp does it all and it does it well. Great value buy.
Reliability & Durability — 5
DURABILITY: It seems to be a well built amp. The leather like exterior is good quality. I have not had this amp long enough to put it through enough abuse to make any kind of objective evaluation though. RELIABILITY: Occasionally the amp will freeze up, which is not an uncommon occurrence in digital processors. It is very seldom though, and you can continue to play, although you cannot change channels.
Features — 9
Real Tube Power 120W Built in headphone jack and usb interface CD/MP3 Input 24 digital amp models 11 stompbox effects 11 rack effects On-board Tuner connects to Peavy Sanpera footswitch to act as a floor processor This amp has plenty of power. The only downside is that the footswith is very pricey but it makes this amp do even more.