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

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Street Price: 

$500
Marshall DSL5CR

At publication time, this was on our recommended list of Combo Guitar Amps Under $500.

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
Users are happy with how the DSL5CR provides good Marshall tone at manageable volume levels. It receives plenty of kudos for its crunch tone and the responsiveness of its EQ. 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. There are also a few who feel that the tone lacks bottom end, but this can be said of most, if not all, compact amps.

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.

At publication time, this was on our recommended list of Combo Guitar Amps Under $500.

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