Katana MKII with AmpliFire

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  1. Jace Nuzback

    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    I tried out the Katana MKII amps with the AmpliFire over the weekend.
    These were the 50 and 100 watt 1x12 combos.
    These models have a Power Amp input just for this function.
    Personally I wasn't very impressed.
    They didn't sound bad, they just didn't sound great.
    However, at $229 for the 50 watt 1x12 this is a great price
    for bedroom playing.
    If you plan on playing mostly at home, and especially if you
    plan to record, your money would be better spent on a good
    pair of active studio monitors.
    A pair Samson Resolv SE6 can be had for $299 and sound much better.

    I also tried the Fender Hotrod Deluxe in to the FX return.
    This actually sounded very good!
    I think it always sounds better with the Power Amp modeling
    and CAB IR both ON.
    Jace
     
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    Jace, Thanks for the review.
    To me its always interesting for information on other setups.

    I also found the return of a tube amp to work really well.
    I have tried into the return of a Marshall JCM 900 and a Line 6 DT50 with
    very nice results.Especially the DT50. Ditching the tube route, because of maintenance.
    Now using a Quilter Mach 2/2x12 cab (CelestionV30/ Seventy 80) with
    nice sounding results. Not using the return on the Quilter, just the direct input.
     
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    Jace, I have a pair of Samson headphones and they make everything sound great. My Mackie monitors don't sound as good. I'm thinking the Samsons are a little mid focused.. do you know anything about them?
     
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    Jace Nuzback Senior Member

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    I've always thought that Mackie studio monitors lacked midrange.
    Those Samson Resolv SE6 sound great!
    The next step up would be the Yamaha HS8 monitors for $699 a pair.
    After that the Dynaudio BM5 mkIII $999 a pair.
     
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    Slartibartfarst42 Well-Known Member

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    I use a Laney IRT-X and it's fantastic. It works great in the bedroom and at a gig I use it as a monitor and send the DI Out to the desk - couldn't be easier.
     
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    I use the AFB into a AMT tube cake into my 1x12" celestion lynchback and it sounds great for home playing.
     
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    Had an Mk1 Katana 100 and sold it instantly after plugging my AA12 into a custom built tube power amp... I was curious about the PowerIn feature of the Mk2, but decided not to give in as I didn't hear much difference based on feedback and YouTube.
     
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    I use a Line6 Spider valve line-in. It's basically the clean channel of a Bogner Shiva. I'd put it up against a Fender DRRI. They can be had for dirt cheap when the DSP portion fails. The tube power amp section is bullet proof though (go figure ... It's the only part not made by Line 6). I did swap out the Vintage 30 for a FRFR speaker since I always using IRs.
     

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