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Best Solid State amps

I am a tube amp guy and I believe that no solid state amp is better/has a better tone than a $1000+ tube amp. Will anyone prove me wrong? I have heard the Tech21 Trademark/SansAmp is better than some tube amps.
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Solid state amps have an edge if you're looking for versitility (ie, you want something that sounds like a Fender, Marshall, Boogie, Bogner, ect....).

And, solid state amps do tend to sound better than tube amps at low volumes.


But, when it comes to high volumes, nothing beats a good tube amp.
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Solid state amps have an edge if you're looking for versitility (ie, you want something that sounds like a Fender, Marshall, Boogie, Bogner, ect....).

And, solid state amps do tend to sound better than tube amps at low volumes.


But, when it comes to high volumes, nothing beats a good tube amp.
An example?
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An example?
SansAmps and POD's have versitility.

Both sound good at low volumes.

But at high volumes, my tube amp sounds better.
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Well are you looking for a back up or for something to play along with your tube amp.Either way the best solid state amps ive found have been the mode four since it looks cool as **** but I dont like the tone but it has a decent bottom end and the randall vmax is good for recto like tones and bottom end.

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...VOX cambridge 30...

Will blow your tube amp out of the water at low volumes and maybe high volumes it depends...
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Well are you looking for a back up or for something to play along with your tube amp.Either way the best solid state amps ive found have been the mode four since it looks cool as **** but I dont like the tone but it has a decent bottom end and the randall vmax is good for recto like tones and bottom end.
Thats a hybrid amp. It has preamp tubes.
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The Roland JC-120 is a solid state amp

And that supposedly has the best cleans around. I can't say personally because i've never played one, but every review i've seen of them has been excellent
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Re: Best Solid State amps

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I am a tube amp guy and I believe that no solid state amp is better/has a better tone than a $1000+ tube amp. Will anyone prove me wrong? I have heard the Tech21 Trademark/SansAmp is better than some tube amps.
Sound being subjective, 'better' is just what works for you. For some folk that'll be solid state, for some tube. Depends on what that player is after.

That said, the solid states amps I've liked:

Acoustic Control Corp - I have a 117, which is kinda like a 150 in combo form with a 12". They have a unique sound. Not as organic as some ss amps, but not as brittle as others.

Polytone - Remind me alot of the Roland Cubes. Some folks swear by them. And I wont argue their quality. They just don't appeal to me like some others.

Randall - the 70's-80's orange labeled ones. Very similar organic quality to Gallien-Kruegers bass amps. A thicker sound than Acoustic, but not as nuetral as the Polytone and Roland amps.
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this post is stupid, IMO. why? because as i used to argue, it isn't "SS vs tubes" but "SS + tubes"

they're both different technologies and have different strong points. to be 100% honest, im' sick of seeing SS technologies wasted on "tube modeling."

bleck.

to me, the stereotypical "cranked tube amp" is unsuitable. to be honest, i do want a loud tube amp, but there is NOTHING out there which gives me everything i want. what is it that i want? loud enough to make you sick if you're in the room with it, no hint of break up, no tonal coloring and especially with how loud of an amp i want, i want the least amount of ear fatigue i can achieve (which from what i've read, is largely equated with harmonics which're clipped beyond the second... hmm...)

SS can get close to the sound and such that i want a hell of a lot easier than tube... i'm just unlucky when it comes to ear fatigue and seem to be exceptionally sensitive to it anymore. worst part is, it started to develop pretty quickly after i picked up guitar. ugh. making a tube amp do what i want is considerably harder though....

thus one point where SS rocks.

and daisy mentioned another thing, flexibility... which can actually be partly because of the super clean power amp possibilities, IMO.
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Thats a hybrid amp. It has preamp tubes.
So..................Why wouldnt you want that?Besides you didnt answer my first question.
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I just wanted to know what ss amps are better than tube. The mode four is a waste of money imo. It costs as much as a true tube amp.
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Randall makes the best Solid State. The Vmax has a solid state channel and a tube channel in the amp.
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I say a Randall or a Peavey XXL.
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line 6 spider2 they sound really good
the peavey xxl all sound good
and crates all sound good

solid states are good for low volumes
and also there easier to maintain i.e. changing tubes

but hey i still want a tube amp

but my rouge amp has served me well
i like it
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