Purchased from: Musicdox
Sound — 8
I'm using Tremonti SE with Tremonti Pickups. Playing mainly rock and metal, it suits my style fine because it has solid state versatile features without a lot of dials, it's cool. As far as distortion, this is what I was after looking for a new amp in this price range. I will scale it a 7.5 out of 10 so it could be a little tighter but still kicks, and you can go to classic or Brit snarl respectfully. Clean is clear as a bell, and shapeable, it is just as good as the distortion.
Overall Impression — 8
I play metal and rock too, it's a good match even with no FX. Playin' for 9 years I mainly use a Digitech GNX 3 for FX, recording, and saving different presets, its a great combination because the simple EQ of the amp can help equalize any preset FX that need rounding out, and they are equally dependable together or seperate, this combination is what I love about the amp. It has helped my playing and finding my own sound. I was so happy with the distortion and the price, I forgot to ask about headphone jack, but I've since worked around that you shouldn't use em with this amp anyway. If it were stolen I might go with a Triple XXX with the tubes or a 5150, maybe a Mesa Boogie. But I like the Peavey amps! My only prob with this amp is that I am so close to that brutal distortion I can taste it, I just want to push it harder and I can get it with FX, but with the amp alone the distortion is definetly there but limited.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I can depend on this amp. Period. I've never had a problem, but I've also never giged it so I've had it for about 3 years and the power has always been there at the flip of the switch, theres a cool calssic red piolet light too that reasures you its ready. The amp never fails.
Features — 6
The XXL is solid state, has 3 chanels (ultra, lead and clean) each have 3 settings like classic, brit, modern and its own volume and EQ (bass treb, mid, and gain) FX loop, reverb, 2x12" Blue Marvel speakers, 60lbs, power options: 25-50-or 100 Watts. You can slave another 2x12 cab too to make a halfstack, and selectable impendence. No built in FX, no headphone jack, but it's just not made for these if you know what I mean. It's a rocker in a tight package. Decent distortion, clean is just cool too, good classic amp sounds with the lead chanel.