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  • Any love for the Marshall dsl5 or dsl1?

    Is anyone using either the 5 watt or 1 watt combos or 1 watt head?
    I am just wondering what the background hiss/hum is like and how reliable they are.

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    Re: Any love for the Marshall dsl5 or dsl1?

    Sorry I can't really answer your question but I looked at both and went with an Origin.

    Play them all would be my suggestion.

    I went with the Origin because of the power options and tonal options. Cleaner cleans and takes pedals beautifully.

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      Re: Any love for the Marshall dsl5 or dsl1?

      I have the Vietnamese DSL1 head. It's fun. It has many shortcomings, but overall, it's a fun amp.

      The bass sits in a kinda weird spot where it's kinda stuffy in the low mids rather than deep and thumping. The bass knob acts very weird too. From like 3 to 10, it doesn't really change the amount of bass the amp pumps out, just kinda messes with the voicing of the amp's bass and mids.

      It's pretty loud for a 1W amp. Not band-practice loud by any means, but louder than the Randall RD1H I used to have. Turned past a certain point (from like 4) on the volume knob, it gets a bit flabby for down-tuned fast metal, though.

      The clean channel is alright. It's a bit bright and thin, though.

      The 0.1W mode is kinda useless. It sounds better in 1W mode with the volume knob turned down.

      Overall, it's a fun amp, but definitely not *woah the ultimate bedroom practice amp*. Honestly, I'm thinking about replacing it with a Blackstar HT-5 MK-2 or a Peavey 6505MH or something.

      However, I am very curious about how the UK anniversary series 1W heads compare.

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        Re: Any love for the Marshall dsl5 or dsl1?

        OK - I would have said What? Who Cares? A couple of weeks ago. Then, Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 happened, with 1 and 5 watt does.

        It is quiet and I LOVE it!!!!!
        Originally posted by Bad City
        He's got the crowd on his side and the blue jean lights in his eyes...

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          Re: Any love for the Marshall dsl5 or dsl1?

          Originally posted by Aceman View Post
          OK - I would have said What? Who Cares? A couple of weeks ago. Then, Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 happened, with 1 and 5 watt does.

          It is quiet and I LOVE it!!!!!
          is it for solo jammin' in bedroom? recording? what do you love it for? curious
          “For me, when everything goes wrong – that’s when adventure starts.” Yvonne Chouinard

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          • #6
            Re: Any love for the Marshall dsl5 or dsl1?

            I'll preface this by saying it's my first/only tube amp, so take what I say with a grain of salt. My previous amps were a Marshall Code50 (which I loved) and a Peavey Rage 158 (which is meh to the extreme).
            I absolutely love my DSL1HR. I'm just a hobbyist that plays mostly by myself and occasionally with a friend. But it does everything I need.
            My best advice is to play them if you can, and decide if they meet your needs/wants.
            I play 80's metal, classic rock, blues and whatever else I feel like (country, rock, grunge). I can get most of the sounds I want by turning the knobs on the amp. I do use a TS9 to tighten it up for metal, or on the clean channel to drive my blues sound. But mostly the amp itself does whatever I want.
            The clean channel can be a little bright/thin as Rex_rocker said, but I've found it depends on the individual guitar/pickups.
            The low end can be a little lacking, but honestly I think it's pretty good for the wattage.
            If you're playing in a band or with a drummer, this amp probably won't work for you. But as a versatile amp for jamming and playing around the house, I think it works wonderfully. I use it just to have fun, and to occasionally record a video for Instagram or whatever.
            For me, the 1 watt was perfect, The 5 watt would have been too loud. I've been playing this for around 7 months now, and have never once regretted my purchase. (but I did find the head/cab used for $350)
            -Matt

            ETA: to answer the original post, the only hiss/hum I have is with my Jackson RR5 (super distortion and SD Jazz) on the ultra gain channel. (appears to be a grounding or shielding issue with that guitar, as my others don't do it, and if my fingers are touching the strings/bridge it stops. I've rewired the guitar with new pots once, and it still does it, which leaves me scratching my head. But that's another topic)

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