Price paid: $ 245
Sound — 7
ESP EC-401 and a tube amp. Gets noisy at high gains but has a noise gate included. The stock high gain patches sound pretty bad. These can be edited to sound somewhat decent. The amp model Treble and Mids when kept between 30-40 make for some decent high gain sounds. The other effects like delay, chorus, Compressor are ok. Need to check how good will it be when an EQ pedal is included after the unit. It can be used as an audio interface. It would have been better if it was true bypass.
Overall Impression — 7
I mostly play Thrash/Death metal stuff. I have been playing for around a year. If this was stolen/lost/broken, I would buy something else. This is good for beginners, just need to mess around a bit with the EQs. It should have been true bypass and should have had a feature allowing the preamp to be bypassed.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Can you depend on it? - The chassis is made out of metal so its quite sturdy. Would you use it on a gig without a backup? - It should be ok to use without a backup. It doesn't come with a power supply; its better to have one instead of using it on batteries.
Ease of Use — 8
It's simple to use and editing patches is also ok. The manual is pretty easy to follow. There is a video showing some additional tricks which are not mentioned in the manual. The usb driver that comes with the CD works pretty well when used as an audio interface.