I should clarify. I don’t find the Katana too loud. I just end up using the lower setting for any distorted sounds. The Orange was fine on clean at low volume but I had to absolutely crank it on the dirty channel for it to sound like anything. I honestly might still have it if not for a tragic accident that rendered the clean channel unusable.Given your volume considerations it sounds like you want a Yamaha THR (I own the Vox Adio but the Yamaha is unquestionably the king of that corner of the market).
I know you keep mentioning being concerned of smaller speakers, but honestly if the Katana and Crush35 are too loud for your purposes then perhaps you shouldn't be worrying about speaker size so much. Hopefully that doesn't come across as rude or anything, as that's not my intent. Just making a point.
Also, I own the JC22. I don't feel anything is lost. But make no mistake, it is still LOUD despite the smaller speakers.
Point taken. Though if I could clarify it’s not imperative that I have less than 1 watt out. The Katana is fine at 25/50 for me until I add in any of the boost functions. Then it becomes just scratchy and tinny. But you might be right about the GAS.You've gone through three different, quite popular amps, and are still looking for something that "acts as a solid base to build off of while I get better."
You've only been considering 30-100 watt amps when your most important criteria are headphone listening and less than 1 watt output when you want to get loud.
You've come down with a horrible case of GAS. Log off and practice.
I’ve thought about that. Not that equipment specifically but maybe I should just go way simpler. I don’t end up doing well with a ton of options out of the gate. I’m easily distracted with that stuff and my practice ends up suffering. Good point.Funny to read this, I've had a Katana 100 1st gen, and a Yamaha THR10C and both have moved on. I don't like using the PC to tweak things either. Now I have a Laney L5 Studio (2-channel tube amp with built in XLR and USB for recording) and a Headrush MX-5 (which is a modeler but they don't even offer a PC editor). I almost think you might want something way simpler. My bedroom rig uses a Hotone Mojo Diamond but I don't know what using phones sounds like.
For low volume mostly clean playing, I don't plug in at all.
I’m embarrassed I didn’t even think of that. Any tips?A sound optimized for 12” guitar speakers is going to sound tinny through headphones. You might be able to modify a patch, focusing on EQ, to optimize it for headphones.
I’m embarrassed I didn’t even think of that. Any tips?
Yes....general advice is if you have an EQ that allows you to run high pass/lo pass to cut frequencies out entirely....then for electric guitar cut everything above 6.3KHz and everything below 100Hz. That might be all you need to do, plus perhaps boosting lows and low-mids a bit.Kantana has a slew of EQ options when using a computer with it. You can have a GE 7 pedal; you can adjust the Amplifier model EQ including presense; and there's a post preamp EQ that works in standard or parametric modes.
One of the problems with using headphones is if they have a very wide frequency range. Guitar amplifiers, or rather the speakers, typically have a fall off in frequency response starting around 4K. They fall off fast and are done by around 6 to 7K.
Headphones, on the other hand are usually stated with a range of 20–20 K. Most probably fall off at about 13-16 K but that's still substantially higher than the guitar speaker.
Bottom line, if you want your headphones to sound more like the guitar speaker, chop off some of the top end.
Some inexpensive amps rated by Elmo.
i mostly use an iridium through my jbl studio monitors for home practice and recording. feels good, sounds good.
This is an amazing comparison. Well said.Katana is like the dog who can recite Shakespeare. At first you're amazed he can do it at all, but then you start to notice that his diction is quite poor and he doesn't put any emotion into it.
Overall you’re happy with the Iridium?i mostly use an iridium through my jbl studio monitors for home practice and recording. feels good, sounds good.
but obviously i also use the jbl studio monitors for working on recordings. and they're also just what i use to listen to music.
three birds with one stone.
This is an amazing comparison. Well said.
Overall you’re happy with the Iridium?