Discussion in 'Amps & Cabs' started by DFLCC, Jul 3, 2017.
I need to get out more... hehe
Who doesn't like new toys?
Is the K 100 1x12 bigger than the K 50 1x12, in physical size?
Yes, by a couple inches in height and width. Nearly the same depth and a 7 pound increase in weight on the 100.
The 100 also has a Presence Control...
I guess this qualifies. A little lunch hour jam session...
There's a presence control in the 50, but only accessible through the software, no knob.
Beat me to it.
I mucked about with it a bunch but decided it sounded best in just about all modes in the stock position. Haha.
I am loving it. The Digitech TRIO thru the Katana is a great practice tool. It also works great to get my creative juice going. I am still amazed by the preamp dinamics and warm feel. This is something solid state amps lack in general but Boss got it right and in the first try.
In fairness, Roland / Boss has been producing SS amps for quite a while.
Good point to make. They've been at it for decades, and continue to bring very affordable innovations and technology to mass market. This latest round with the Katanas is a mind blower, though. The profit margins have to be very little to none, for BOSS or their dealers.
Now I'm getting cynical... something is fishy with the Katanas... they must be like a Trojan Horse! If I ever get a chance to demo one, I'll be sure to wear my tin foil hat...
I have no real response to that....
I'm close to pulling the trigger on the Katana 50. I don't see me needing the 100 watt version, or effects loop. I like smaller combo's. Most of my amps are 15 watt, 10" combo's. I'm a front man with a couple of Yamaha powered mixers. When I use my Digitech Trio, I run the drums and bass output through a 500 watt PA. I don't normally run the drums and bass through my guitar amp, with effects. Or, I'll play it through headphones. I'm even temped to look into the Marshall Core, 25 watt, 10" combo. But, I'm hearing better reviews of the Katana.
Does the Phones/Rec Out cut the speaker?
Yep, this is from the manual ...
"If a plug is inserted in this jack, no sound will be output from the KATANA’s own speaker. This is convenient if you don’t want loud sound to be produced from the speaker, such as when you’re practicing at night."
And the sound is actually pretty good through headphones, unlike most practice amps. I have even used the input to patch in jam tracks and wasted hours just ripping along with them through the headphones.
Sounds like a great way to pass a few hours
I got my KTN50, today. It reminds me of my Roland Cube. Everything works. But, with a lower noise ceiling. It's nice and light. I won't have to power cycle my tube amps, every time I play. As a rockabilly player, I'm disappointed in the Tape Echo. But, the Analog Delay sounds good. Better than my Fender SCXD. The clean sound is better on the SCXD (got mine for $199). But I upgraded the tubes (EHX) and speaker (Eminence Legend 105).
Overall, I pretty happy with the Katana 50. It's replacing my ratty Fender Champion 30 DSP. And, it sounds much better. The speaker sounds pretty good. Has anyone upgraded the speaker?
Yup, and it made a huge improvement. I used a WGS ET-65 in mine but I think any high-quality replacement speaker will be a significant upgrade. We gotta face the fact that an amp that retails for $200 is going to have some concessions made in sourcing and in the Katana it seems to be primarily the speaker and cabinet. There is noting inherently wrong with the stock driver but for a pretty nominal amount of money it made a big, big difference for the better.
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