Price paid: $ 249.99
Purchased from: Guitar Center
Sound — 10
I have a Fender HSS Stratocaster, and you tend to use the humbucker equipped with it. Honestly, it's not a metal amp in terms of it's lead channel. However, it sounds crystal clear with pedals, and the lead isnt really a dissapointment: You can get distortions almost identical to that of Aerosmith, Guns 'N' Roses, and even Zakk Wylde. The thing is, it's not a true distortion, more of a heavy overdrive (making it a lot like the Boss Super Overdrive or Overdrive Distortion). The Rhythm (clean) channel is amazingly clear, and with any brand of pedal (I prefer Boss), you can get relatively any sound you want. Due to the high wattage, when the Rhyhtm channel is turned all the way up, you get a very slight overdriven tone, but I don't recommend it: an amp like this may be too loud at the highest level. Honestly, I don't go past midway on either channel. Still, amazing sound!
Overall Impression — 10
As I said above, I tend to play harder rock to metal, but will sometimes wander into the Alternative genre. The clear tones and pedal compatability make it a very good match for my style. I've been playing going on four years now, and own a Fender HSS Strat (standard), and montaya classical guitar, numerous pedals, and a berhinger PA System (w/ Shure Mic). If it got stolen or broken, I would get one in a heart beat (or move up to the Half Stack:D:D:D). The one thing I wish would change would be that it included a footswitch, because I had to go out and get a Boss FS-F6 for it. Honestly, it was this or a Marshall, and I'm sorry Slash and all those other people that use Marshall, but Raven's got you all beat!
Reliability & Durability — 10
Take a look at a picture of this amp. Immediately you can tell it's a monster! The whole thing is lined with Metal. Even the grill, normally made of fabric, is a metal grate! I dropped this thing down two flights of stairs with no issue. It still works great! The thing has never given me shit. The only issue I can think of is a slight humming, cause by the immense amount of power it needs, but even that can be and has been fixed with certain products to limit the power intake (I got something called a Hum X). I would and have gone to a gig with just this amp. No backup.
Features — 10
I don't know what year the amp was made in, but I'm pretty sure that it was made pretty recently, at least within the last two years. I tend to play hard rock to metal music, and the amp works for me. It sounds beautiful with pedals and has great amp distortion, too. It has two chanels: lead (w/ distortion) and Rhythm (w/o distortion), as well as 16 internal digital effects and dual effects (two effects at a time). With the help of any dual footswitch (the FS-F6 by Boss works best in my opinion) you can Switch between channels and turn the effects on and off. It also has an effects loop, and a line out/headphones jack. I use this amp for everything from gigs to practice to recording. This solid state amp has plenty of power for me, with it's dual speakers and 200 watt power.