Marshall DSL15H
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Marshall DSL15H

DSL15H, Tube Guitar Amp Head from Marshall in the DSL 2012 series.

public price: $690 VAT
millezotla 11/28/2012

Marshall DSL15H : millezotla's user review

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Guitar amp head all tube

Power: 15 Watt
Lamps: 3 x ECC83, 2 x power and 1xECC83 6V6
2 channels: Classic Gain and Ultra Gain
Volume and Gain controls for the two channels
Controls: Bass, Mid, Treble and Presence
Tone Shift switch
Deep switch
Switch Pentode / Triode (15w or 7.5 w)
Outputs speakers: 8 Ohm and 16 Ohm or 2x16
Crank 1 buttons incl. (Channel selection)
Dimensions: 500 x 240 x 235mm
Weight: approx. 16.8 kilograms

No REVERB version head!
No effects loop.

SUPER, the footswitch is provided and the cable is very long, bravo.

UTILIZATION

The manual is minimalist, but there is no need. Ha, if a large precision!
I saw the demo on youtube, like you, I suppose, and demonstrators are changing the way pentode / triode as direct. Indeed, we hear the difference in power. But it is very, very discouraged. Must be turned off, then press the button and turn on the amp. Another important note (which is not Captain Lee, I find ecxellent with his colleague Rob), as on every tube amp, turn the volume and gain to 0. DO NOT TURN THE AMP WITHOUT A SPEAKER IMPEDANCE AS WELL CONNECTED!
Here is the most important manual.
No 36 000 settings, EQ efficient gains and volumes are very reactive.
WE CAN PLAY A VERY LOW VOLUME!

SOUNDS

Well, first test quickly. I plugged into my HP Blues Jr, a Jensen C12N. I will do further tests on my 2x12 greenback in.
The clean sound is good (I put the presence of 2 or 3 to make it sound more vintage). Well, it is not a JTM45 or 2061X!
Immediately, a remark about 7.5 lacks power compared to dynamic mode 15w. I do not therefore use triode.
You can play at very low volume. The EQ is effective. The crunch channel gain base 1, I will have to deepen, but not convinced (I think it is better when you put the volume up!). on the other hand, Ultra channel, at the beginning of the race, when we begin to hear the sound, then it is good.
I leave the deep engaged in 15 watts, the amp has a good dynamic. I kept the presence of 2 or 3 max, 7 and Basses at middle and trebble little more than half. ACDC sound!
Well, when you push the gain, highly reactive, WAAAaooouu! Pffft! Arght! This is good, very good. I then plugged my OCD with the same EQ on the clean channel, too good. Carbon copy my time, really all set to have a mini kind of reverb (it looks like a reverb), for me, it goes very well, no need for effects loop, I do not see that it would give better. I've never used the loop, it probably depends on effects, I do not know, I board a time, others will probably say more about it.

EDIT:
Yes, already! Connecting my 2x12 greenback. While there, the slap! Nothing to do with the Jr. Blues C12N Gain background on channel 1, the crunch is very very good. After channel Ultra, the top. Presence 7, about the Moitiers gain a little more acute and middle, Slash sound. Between the two, everything goes, Led zep, ZZ Top, Hendrix! Hmmm, yum. I have also been experimenting with the attenuator. I notice that the volume is good, even very good. So this amp, the attenuator is not really useful. Usually on other amps, turning down the master, as there was a lack of something or dynamic. This DSL15 ago dynamics even at low volume. The volume up, it sends very strong. There is volume. No problem for group play. On mode 7.5 watts, I said bullshit, it's very good. But when going from 15 to 7.5, it is ... Uh! Yes, Moitiers less strong, and it is a bit bland after 15, just put a little more volume.

OVERALL OPINION

I have not opened the amp, I do not know what is inside. But apart from the fact that the Vietnamese are certainly very poorly paid, they work very well. I saw on some forum that some people had doubts about the quality of an amp made in Vietnam! Yeah, the amp is superb, very well finished, everything is glued, cut, NOTHING to say!
I am very happy with this GAS! I notice that I can play everything with this amp (Well, I can play anything when my chicken legs permit me one day!).
For 529 euros, there is nothing to say! You can play all styles making the right adjustments.
Reproach, the receiver would have been perfect if the channel gain ULTRA had returned there or stops channel 1 background.

I will update after several weeks of use.

EDIT: After a little movement with the head, I realize it is not very balanced, it leans, the transformers are on the same side. I see, but who cares.