New DSL 40c - reviews, comparison with DSL 401?

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  1. Johnt

    Johnt Active Member

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    Hi,
    as a very happy owner of a DSL 401 I'm intrigued by the new DSL 40c.

    Looking at the Marshall site it has EL34 valves and the same features as the new DSL 100.

    Anybody using one or aware of any reviews?

    I'd love to compare it to my 401.

    Thanks

    JohnT
     
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    Micky Well-Known Member VIP Member

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    I am gassing for one of these, I can't wait to hear from someone who has actually used one...
     
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    Im curious too. The Haze40 effectively replaced the DSL401 in the product range, and now that it has been discontinued, this new combo is next in line.

    I won't be changing though (not withstanding accidental split beer or dropping it from a great height) - the way I have my dsl401 set up now is perfect for everything I do.
    J
     
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    Played one today. Was more interested in the DSL15 but when I noticed no effects loop that was a deal breaker for me. I then turned to the DSL40 and it sounded, well, like a DSL should! Very ballsy, the 70 Eighty speaker works VERY well with the amp.

    My lifelong regret was selling my DSL 50 head, and this one sounded as good to me. It's on my radar for sure!

    J5
     
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  5. Johnt

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    Excellent. I need to get out to a store that sells Marshall and try one for myself.

    JohnT:)
     
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    well it is there..it works for me
     
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    Hmm......40 watt EL34 based platform? Nice! I need to hear one.....
     
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    I see it has two 8 ohm outs and a 16 Ohm. Thats good for adding extention cabs, and is more useful than the Haze in that way
     
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    Seems to me like they're trying to finally do what they should have from the get-go with the 401: Put the 34's in the power section. I love the 401, but the EL34 sound is what Marshall's are known for. I'm very intrigued by this new amp.
     
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    I like the dsl 401, haven't tried the ''new'' one. i just put a g12h 30 watt 55hz greenback (new heritage) in my dsl and it transformed it to one of the best amps i've had. Those speakers are ''it'' for me, I used them in the 80's and missed that sound. (I can"t do clips, sorry :( , and i didn't dislike the stock speaker, it was okay.
     
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    The stock 100w Goldback is not great. I agree. I still promote playing it through a 4x12 cab FTW.
     
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    I like what I hear with the new dsl40c but I'm a little disappointed that they don't make a head version. Maybe down the line a little, Marshall will make one.

    The 15h is cool but it's got 6v6 tubes. I'm definitely looking for that EL34 Marshall tone.

    Does anyone know if Marshall will be making a 50 watt head version of the new Dsl amps?
     
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    The 100w head is switchable between 100 and 50 Watts.
     
  17. benner

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    Just ordered the 40C from musicians friend....15% off until october 8....
     
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    Excellent! Do let us know what you think of it. :thumb:

    JohnT
     
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    I just got the new DSL40C. I have never owned the 401 so I can't compare them. But, I will say that to me the DSL40C seems very good compared to any amp I have used before. I was jamming with my friend last night and he was blown away by the sound of it. To sum it up, I'd say this is the closest to the Jimi Hendrix sound I've been able to achieve. The DSL40C is much smaller than Jimi's amps but the sound is surprisingly similar.

    The best part of the DSL40C is the price. I doubt anyone could find me an amp that sounds this good for under $700. I think once word gets around about the DSL40C, they will be out of stock almost everywhere.

    The DSL40C seems very well built. Everything works and everything is new and shiny inside and out. I did notice some things about it which I'll list here and maybe someone will have comments.

    1. The standby switch seems to be reversed. When it's in the "ON" position the amp is on, and when it's switched to "off" the amp is off. I would have thought it should be the other way around. I think it should be that when standby is "ON" the amp is sleeping and does not make sound.

    2. There was no warranty card in the box so I came to this website and registered online. Maybe that's the new way to register?

    That's all I can think of saying after only having the DSL40C for one day.
     
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    I've been gaining interest in these too. I haven't seen one in person but it sounds pretty darn sweet in the youtube vids.
     
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