Guitar ComboTransTube® makes the difference. Far before anyone spoke of "modeling", Peavey has convincingly modeled the sound, the warmth and the "pushback" of a tube amplifier with this breakthrough technology. This series is for good reason the best-selling in the world. Incredible sounds at an even more incredible price!
Power 40 watts
1 x 10" Blue Marvel speaker
Clean and lead channel
3-Band EQ per channel
Modern / vintage voicing switch in clean channel
High Gain / Modern / Vintage voicing switch in lead channel
I bought it after hearing a huge number of amps on YouTube with my headphones, there was no surprise, I knew it was the sound I wanted. I chose it mainly for the distortion tones, I wanted an amp that could work without pedals. I had a Peavey Studio Pro 50 with a wonderful Saturation, the Envoy is the same lineage with harder tones, and a choice between 3 distortions (and 3 clean tones, clean is also heavy when the spank and dynamics are there. People forget overdriven sound is clipped; its edge is removed, but clean tone retains the edge).
The low/mid/high settings don't fatten the tone too much when pushed to the max, the boost is good to have when you don't want distorted sound but more boom. The dual input is great for plugging several kinds of instruments (or a voice); the boy who bought my Studio Pro plugged his guitar and his teacher's guitar in his one amp, that was simpler.
The headphone output (I use a Sennheiser HD202) is excellent, especially in clarity, and the "little voices" in harmonics. The overdriven sounds are replete with harmonics you hear only on live music, recordings don't seem to capture them all. The reverb does not make the strange alien sounds of spring reverbs when you push it to the max. The only feature I didn't try is footswitching, I don't own a footswitch (will buy it next month).
The line output on all amps are convenient when you can't mike, but miking always gives a better sound, no exception here. The loudspeaker is warm and neutral, I noticed no frequency spikes. The amp's built is tough, no surprise because my old Studio Pro and my friends' Peavey amps were also like that. However the Envoy is MDF when the Studio was 18mm plywood. The Envoy's body resonates well, though, a tap produces a pretty sharp and loud sound. The skin doesn't scratch easily, and the handle is strong.
The chrome on the knobs makes the settings a bit less visible than matte knobs but I get used to that. I had to tighten several screws (I always check that on new equipment). Other than that, not much to say, the circuit distortions sound more ferocious and truer than modeling distortions. They have three levels in the Envoy, progressively harsher; the stronger one is the more joyful, I feel.
A store offered one for 219? with a five weeks delay, I got mine in three days for 175?, and shipping was only 8?, that's very OK.
I play several guitars, won't describe them all, but one is a Strat clone with Fender 57/62 pickups, and one is a Duncan-equipped Epiphone SG, through Klotz cables, D'Addario strings and Ultex picks. So, the amp's tones were not judged on mediocre pickups and accessories.
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