We all have different ears, experience, and perspective.http://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/the-ultimate-modelling-amp-shootout.1769136/
I also have either auditioned in store, or own bulk of the amps below ( many will be sold )Line-6 spider v60
= sounds like a Line-6 amp and despite owning many , i battle with poor dynamic range, requirement for noise gate. inability to clean up with rolling the guitar volume down - I never experience the suspension of disbelief that this sounds or feels anything like a genuine tube amp - I alway know I'm playing a DSP amp when playing all my Line-6 gear - except a few patches on my HelixBlackstar ID Core 100
- closer to tube amp feel, but too similar in sound to my ID CORE-40 - and shares bulk of comments DSP amps above.Marshall CODE 50
- with its ultrasonic treble is great for clearing the room of all flying insects
If you have noisy neighbors and trouble sleeping it also works fine as a white noise generator with gentle "sounds of rain Forrest " in the background anytime you plug in a guitar.
They did improve it recently with a firmware update - Reduces hiss, clipping and distorted recording amongst a few other things.
But the Cab rattles and resonates like a drum / tamborine on many notes.
My 2002 VAmpPro had better sounding FX - the harmonizer is noisy joke - its a toy.Mustang III V2
- lots of attraction , and I prefer playing this amp over any Line 6 gear - but it farts out when using external OD/ Drive pedals, and poor dynamic range - needs that noise gate to mask the fact that notes fall apart when signal falls below a threshold. , suffers the LCD Menu deep diving to edit effects mid song, and the 4 button + 2 button _ Fender EXP Expression pedal daisy chain with only a 2 wire speaker cable for data / power for external foot controllers can go wonky from EMI /ESD events mid gig on a stage full of other gear or ( DMX Lights, Strobes)Quilter Micro Pro MACH 2
- almost perfect, reverb and tremolo were fine ( no substitute for my external '63 Fender Reverb tank I use in my surf band) - but the 20 degree tilt of the cab has poor center of gravity, wants to fall over if I place Amp on a stool and no chorus, no delays -makes it off the list for my goal of a grab & go amp - lots of plastic bits on the cab leaves me concerned that in 20 years, it might resemble the white powder oxidation on my old mini van bumpers. (spritz with Armour-All)Fender SuperChamp XD
- this sounds very good - even better after I swapped the speaker to a Celestion G80 Gold 10" -played many gigs with this amp, the clean channel is pure op amp based and does take external boost / drive pedals very well The clean channel topology resembles an old MusicMan HD130 amp (Opamp preamp >Tube power amp), and the DSP Lead channel is the roots of Mustang amps - a few great usable tones here, but Lead channel suffers same as Mustang - it does not work well with external boost pedals - readily apparent after using an external boost / drive pedal over loads the Lead channel A/D converter. ( same as Mustang)Katana 100-112
- If you only use a single coil Strat guitar , you might think the katana Crunch, Brown channels are overtly brittle and harsh - but plug in a Les Paul and crank it up at the gig, and Eureka - I'm experiencing touch and feel of a fine tube amp - unlike anything else on the list above , this amp genuinely cleans up and provides clean Rhythm tone - even with the Brown channel. This amp is a real joy and very robust GA-FX foot controller that takes two EV-5 Expression pedals for vol /wah - I have already used this amp for a few recent gigs with just my guitar+ snark HT-1 headstock tuner+ Katana 100-112 with GA-FC and can sit in anytime, anywhere, and have touch response and tube amp feel - dive into Boss Tone Studio and setup the tones / EQ for single coil pickups, its deeper than you think with 55 excellent Boss effects (Dual Harmonizer, Slicer with 20 patterns , Multiband EQ, Para EQ, Several types of Compressors, Wahs, Delays Multiple phasers needed for the gig that night ( Blues band, Funk Band, Surf Band, Metal Band) and work great as a grab & go with a MacBook + USB cable as Katana is an excellent 24 bit 96kHx Audio interface write songs / lean tunes, overdub your lead parts on your Protools in a hotel on stereo headphones or connect IK iLoud Micro monitors and mix demos - Katana Delivers in spades - explains why there is an 90+ page thread and many favorable reviews over at TGPhttp://www.thegearpage.net/board/index.php?threads/boss-katana-amplifiers.1744135/