Marshall DSL1 as the proverbial bedroom amp?

Discussion in 'Amp Input - Normal or Bright' started by Handsome McClane, Jan 8, 2021.

Have you found your perfect bedroom amp?

  1. Yep.

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  2. Nope, but I want one.

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  3. Don't need one, I can play at decent volume at home.

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  4. There's no such thing as the perfect bedroom amp. It's a myth.

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  5. I play my acoustics at night.

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  6. Random box to check.

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  7. I just sit in my underwear and play the kazoo.

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  1. TepidPilot

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    I wish the Gilmore Jr. kit was still available.

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    Cali Dude Strat-O-Master

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    I found my perfect home amp earlier this year. I picked up the Tone King Gremlin. It can get loud with the 8 watts, but the attenuator brings it down to a manageable volume.
     
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    I watched this earlier, and thought the Gremlin has some great tones.
     
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    I just buyed a Roland Cube 10gx. Nothing to get excited about, but I'll find out if it does the required job when it arrives.
     
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    I had the 5w.

    Fantastic sound for low volume.
     
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    stratcpo Senior Stratmaster

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    I own the 1 and 5 watt Marshall DSLs and Blackstars. All great sounding bedroom amps. If for any reason I need more volume I run them into a Blackstar 112. All these amps have a lower wattage setting that rock. ENJOY!!!
     
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  7. Miotch

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    I love my DSL 1 head. And it sounds fantastic. But as far as playing at home, if other people are trying to sleep, it still doesn't cut it even on the 0.1 watt mode. Great for a hotel room, because no one in an adjoining room will file for divorce from me.

    If I'm really gonna work on something, when someone else in the house is trying to sleep, I'll just use an iRig and software on my phone. I'll use the DSL1 if others are up and about. Works fine and sounds great then.
     
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    Thrup'ny Bit Grand Master Curmudgeon

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    Or chop bits off while you sleep. ;)
     
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    It's the old thing about watts and volume. You need very few watts to produce a fair bit of volume, but you also need an awful lot more watts to create a little more volume.

    I've used my 1W Blackstar as an outdoor PA amp for goodness sake. Only to provide background music for a dog training demo at an old folks home, and driving a pair of reasonable 1x10s with tweeters, but with 1W it was loud enough to hear echoes off houses a few hundred yards away.

    The little Blackstar HT1R is a very adequate bedroom amp for me, but I do wish it had a more sophisticated tone circuit.
     
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    I’d go with the 20DSL, I have one with the low to high watt switching it’s ideal for home use and gigs as well for a couple hundred more used it’s your best bet. The 1 watt deal I feel is a little on the wimpy side.
     
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    I had laney irt15h which had 15 watts and <1 watt channels. Sounded really great on low volumes. Much better than my current tubemeister 18 which starts to sound fizzy in low volumes, even in 1 watt setting
     
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    I have a DSL1 combo. For bedroom (or living room) playing, I switch it to the Low power setting (0.1W? ).

    If I want to keep it down, I take a preamp with speaker emulation and play it through some computer speakers. A small powered monitor might be even better.
     
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    Sometimes I'll use my iRig and use 1/8" plugs to put it through a small powered speaker (bluetooth speaker with an aux in). Can make it sound really nice at veeerrry low volumes without having to stick buds in my ears.
     
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    I’m waiting for monoprice to restock their 1watt stage right amp.
     
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    I’m after the same thing, I want something that starts to breakup at lower volumes.
     
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    This is my biggest complaint with many low wattage amps. A lot of them are built in a small cabinet with a small speaker, so they sound boxy. Personally I’d rather have a “full size” 1x12 or 2x12 combo amp with onboard power scaling to attenuate the volume. But going with a low wattage head like the DSL1 is a good compromise because you can pair it with a larger speaker cab if you want.
     
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    I just bought a Boss Waza Headphone rig. I'm done trying to get a small manageable sound at home. A Fender Princeton hand wired for regular stuff.
     
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    I have a music practice room with the pedal board and loud 1x12 amps, tube and otherwise, but the new Spark is acceptable to me and to my family in the living room. Maybe it's not perfect, but it moves my occasional 5 min music break with a strat into the living space.
     
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  19. BradL

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    Marshall Custom Offset 1w/0.1w. If an amp makes me sound good it's got to be good :)

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