Marshall DSL5CR 5-watt 1x10" Tube Combo Guitar Amp

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92 out of 100. Incorporating 225+ ratings and reviews.

Street Price: 

$550
Marshall DSL5CR

Meta Analysis Overview

Our rating of 92/100 is based on analysis of 225+ sources comprised of online reviews and discussions. Under the Pros and Cons headings below you'll find a condensed analysis of what those owners and users have been saying. Feel free to ask questions or add your thoughts in the comments below.

The Marshall DSL5CR is rated at 5W and can go as low as 1W via power attenuation.

To faithfully reproduce Marshall's familiar overdriven tones, the amp is equipped with two ECC83 tubes in the preamp section, and a ECC99/12BH7 poweramp tube.

Like its smaller sibling, the highly regarded DSL1CR, this amp lets you switch between 2-channels, Classic Gain and Ultra Gain, and it comes with a slightly bigger 10" speaker from Celestion.

Other features include a lineout with Softube's emulation of a Marshall 1960 cabinet, rear-panel effects loop, and built-in reverb.

Specifications:

  • Power Rating: 5W / 1W (Via Low Power Button)
  • Preamp Tube: 2 x ECC83
  • Poweramp Tube: 1 x ECC99/12BH7
  • Speaker: 1 x 10" Celestion Ten-30
  • Input: 1 x 1/4" (Instrument), 1 x 1/8" (Aux in)
  • Output: 1 x 1/8" (Softube emulated out), 1 x 1/4" (Internal speaker),
  • Cabinet: Rear Ported
  • Control Knobs: Gain & Volume (Per Channel), 3-Band EQ, Reverb
  • Weight: 27.9 lbs

Pros
Fans of Marshall's crunch tone are pleased with how close this amp can get them to their stage tone at neighbor friendly levels. There are also plenty of comments describing it as a very responsive amp, even when set to higher gain settings. Speaking of gain, there are some who are quite pleased with the low gain tone that this amp provides. It receives plenty of kudos for its crunch tone and the responsiveness of its EQ. Many also compare it favorably over other 5-Watt tube amps in terms of volume and fullness of sound. It is also described as pedal friendly. Finally, most owners also agree that it feels solid, and there are reports of long term use without issue.

Cons
Some experienced guitarists are not impressed with its build-in reverb. Lack of bottom end comes up a few times, but this is more of a physical limitation with small speakers and cabinets than an actual design flaw.

Overall
This is tube amp is a no-brainer for fans of the good old Marshall crunch tone. It is also a great way to test the waters for those who want to get into genuine tube tone without going over the budget or over the neighborhoods sound volume limit.

This was on our recommended list for Combo Guitar Amps Under $500 but was removed due to the price going up above $500. You can find top rated alternatives in our guides to The Best Tube Amps for Guitar and The Best Small / Low Watt Tube Amps.

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