Price paid: € 113
Purchased from: Guitar Shop, Bucharest, Romania
Sound — 9
Being just a power source and not a pedal, it isn't supposed to produce any sound. But most of the common power supplies affect the sound of your pedals. The DC Brick doesn't. It's dead silent. When I first bought it, I had a huge surprise to hear my pedals sounding much better at once, sounding the way they should. It's really a great improvement of any pedalboard: nor does it induce hum to pedals, neither does it produce its own hum. It is not only a power supply. It also acts like a peak filter and a barrier against power shorts and overloads. I use it half of the time at home, connected to my domestic plug: all the annoying problems I've encountered previously, using stock Roland supplies for each pedal, have simply vanished. My stompboxes are fully regulated, safely working, releasing the sound, without the unwanted presence of all sorts of hums and buzzes. It would have been THE perfect power supply if provided with a RFI filter. I didn't encounter a radio-interference problem yet, but I suppose it might occur in a radio-influenced environment. I currently use it to feed the following pedals: 1) MXR Micro Amp, 2) Seymour Duncan Lava Box, 3) HardWire CR 7 Chorus, 4) Electro-Harmonix Small Stone Phaser, 5) Rocktron Hush Pedal.
Overall Impression — 9
I play Progressive, Classic Rock and Blues. DC Brick is not a matter of matching, it's a matter of feeding my pedals without any hum, noise, buzz what'soever. It's a matter of protecting my pedals from any incident it might occur when using regular plugs. I wished it had a RFI filter, as I've said, but I'll buy a power conditioner pretty soon, so this concept failure won't affect me anymore. I'd buy it again at any time and against any other multi-power supply or powered pedalboard (with the exception of SKB's Pro Series pedalboard, but that's 3 times more expensive!). I've heard about Voodoo Lab's power brick not getting well with some pedals - tube pedals, reportedly, - I've listen to Artec's discreet hum and to Behringer's nonsense powered pedalboard, basically a hum-producing machine. DC Brick is way ahead of any other stock multi-power supply available nowadays. Of course, if you're not satisfied with it, there's always a Pete Cornish with his handmade secret tools, but in such cases, you're probably Jimmy Page, so you wouldn't have any reason to read reviews!
Reliability & Durability — 8
If I depend on it? It's one of the 2-3 things I've run for 20 years now. Since I have good hearing, I hear the tinniest hum and buzz, the least significant altering of a pedal's genuine sound. So I'm addicted to my DC Brick: I can't play without it, whether I'm practising at home, rehearsing or gigging. It's the only pedal I've bolted to my pedalboard, all the rest is just stuck there somehow. DC Brick looks very sturdy, its case is made in metal, and I used it without a backup all the time. But if you play in a radio-influenced environment, I suggest you to plug the DC Brick into a power conditioner provided with RFI filter, in order to avoid any possible interferences. I know it sounds silly (and it puts a question mark on the concept too). Perhaps a RFI filter would have made the brick too expensive, but thuth is it doesn't solve all of your possible troubles. However, in its defense, I'd say you need a power conditioner, anyway, to feed your amp, so there's no big deal. The DC Brick fulfills its goals brilliantly.
Ease of Use — 9
DC Brick is not an effects pedal, but it's a device an effects pedal will hugely appreciate. Because it's a multi-power box, able to feed 10 stompboxes at the time. It comes in a metal case, provided with 10 plugs: 7 for 9V pedals and 3 for 18V. The package includes an AC adapter (to feed the brick itself) and 10 quality cables, so you can connect your pedals to its sockets. Mine is made in 2011, couldn't find where (but I assume, given its price, it's got to be somewhere in the Far East). There's a serial number printed on the cardboard box, but I just can't read it, despite the fact that I can see perfectly and I don't wear glasses. I bought it new, from a respected music shop - one of the two I'm regularly paying visits - and, since it's not an effects pedal, it is very simple to use. Just plug the adapter in the dedicated plug on the left side of the DC Brick, the blue light is on, connect your pedals and that's it. There is a manual in its box, but it doesn't reveal any other secret. Just make sure you plug the right pedal in the right socket, according to the signs clearly printed above each group of sockets. In order to avoid further comments: it gets a 9 here because I don't like to buy something without being aware where is it made.