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February 11, 2009

Marshall JVM410h

A Fantastic 100 Watt Marshall Head

A 4 channel tube head with 3 modes for each channel. What is it? It's the Marshall JVM 410H!

This amp is awesome. It's a fairly new offering from Marshall, and I was not expecting it would sound anything special. Well, it does sound very good. It's got 2 rows of knobs, so it looks complicated and I'm a simple man. However, it turns out it is really easy to dial this amp in. It's basically just 4 channels, each with their own EQ. Not that hard to figure out.

I've been testing Marshall DSL amps and other similar amps lately, and I have to say this may be the best Marshall amp purchase you can make today. It's got its own sound, but you can get very close to JCM 800 sounds, as well as scooped metal tones, blues SRV tones and of definitely Plexi flavoured goodness. It's all in there, however unlikely it would seem. The clean channel is the cleanest Marshall tone I have ever heard. It's really, really clean, if you want it to be. Amazing.

I have to admit, when I see a lot of buttons, knobs and LEDs, I get doubtful of getting really nice amp tone. I guess this amp proved me wrong. It has fantastic tones in it, and it's modern - it has 2 effects loops, several speaker out options, and lots of TONE.

The other nice thing is that the master volume design works really well. I can get really fat and rich tone even a very low volume. Kinda a weird to have a 100 watt powerhouse and create high gain distortion and whisper volume... ;)

So, there you have it. If you are looking for a versatile Marshall head that sounds great and have a lot good things going for it, this would be it. From the research I have done, I haven't found many complaints about reliability, something I have heard regarding some of the earlier Marshall offerings.

As with anything, don't take anyone's word for it (mine included); go and try one and see what you think. All I know is that I am very impressed with the amp, and I can't think of a style of music it wouldn't work for.

I have also written a more complete Marshall JVM410H Review in the amps section.

Video demo

Here is a video demo from yours truly.

Features

# 100-Watt valve head
# Valve complement: 5 x ECC83 (12AX7s) in preamp, 
2 x EL34s in power amp
# 4 independent, footswitchable channels-Clean, 
Crunch, OD1 & OD2
# Each channel boasts 3 footswitchable modes Green, Orange & Red
# Studio quality, footswitchable digital reverb 
with level controls for all 4 channels.
# 2 footswitchable master volumes
# Two FX loops Series/Parallel & Parallel
# Series/Parallel FX loop is footswitchable
# Emulated line out
# 6-way, 7-LED footswitch with memory capabilities 
# All switching can be done via MIDI

For more JVM talk, check out the JVM forum.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on February 11, 2009

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