PRS Paul Reed Smith Archon MKII 2-Channel Guitar Amplifier Head (50 Watts)

Powered by 6CA7 tubes, this versatile 2-channel amp delivers tonal variety for the stage or studio, from blistering overdriven tones to high-headroom cleans.

Greek for "ruler" or "lord," the PRS Archon is a commanding 2-channel amp with versatile overdriven tones and sparkling cleans with plenty of headroom. Designed with five gain stages before the master volume, the Archon's lead channel is voiced to cover everything from Classic Rock to Metal with full, lush distortion.

The clean channel provides rich tones that retain clarity even at high volume, and there is ample headroom, creating an excellent platform for pedals. The Archon has remarkably responsive tone with incredible note separation, whether you're playing on the clean channel or chugging on the lead.

The PRS Archon is powered by two 6CA7 power tubes, which fall between EL34 and 6L6 tubes, offering the best of both worlds. 6CA7's are warm, full, and articulate with smooth high end and tight low end. They chug, distort, and get heavy without over-saturating, and they sing without becoming harsh.

Utilizing a 'no flash or trash' approach, the Archon's control layout allows for detailed and intuitive tone shaping. Each channel features volume, treble, middle, bass, and master volume controls as well as a bright switch. The 3-band EQ lets players better dial-in their desired tone, while the volume and master controls work together to command the amp's distortion and loudness. The bright switch acts almost as a treble boost, putting a shine on the amp's high-end without going into icepick territory.

The global presence and depth controls in the Archon's power amp section both read more work to modify the feedback network of the amp to unleash the potential of the high- and low-end respectively. Turning up the Presence control releases more high- mid and treble frequencies, bringing the amp's tone forward. Depending on the tone stack and volume settings, the Presence can change the gain/ texture and loudness of the high-end, making your tone wilder and more 3-dimensional (or more "present" sounding). In addition to adding low-end, Depth adds a resonance to those frequencies that more 3-dimensionally shapes the Archon's tone.

Bottom Line: The Archon 50 delivers full, lush gain, a remarkable clean channel, and a versatile control layout that players of all genres will appreciate.
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- ELECTRONICS:
- Wattage (nominal) 50
- Output Transformer 19H01-OPT
- TUBES:
- Power Tubes 2x JJ 6CA7
- Preamp Tubes 6x JJ ECC83S
- Preamp Positions V1: Input, V2: Clean, V3&4: Lead, V5: Loop, V6: Phase Inverter
- FRONT PANEL CONTROLS:
- Lead Channel Controls Volume, Bright (off/on), Treble, Middle, Bass, Master
- Clean Channel Controls Volume, Bright (off/on), Treble, Middle, Bass, Master
- Global Controls Presence, Depth
- BACK PANEL FEATURES:
- Inlet IEC w/ integrated fuse
- Effects Loop Series - tube driven
- Bias Adjustable
- Channels 2
- Output Jack Configuration/Ohm Selection 2x4 parallel, 2x8 parallel, 1x16
- MATERIALS/COVERING:
- "Shell" Material Covering Black Textured Vinyl
- Grill Cloth N/A
- Piping Black Embossed Welt
- Trim Panel Brushed Black Aluminum
- MEASUREMENTS:
- Amp Width 21.5"
- Amp Depth 10"
- Amp Height 10"
- Amp Weight 32.4 lbs
- ACCESSORIES:
- Footswitch 1-Button, for Channel Switching
- Cover N/A
- AVAILABLE CONFIGURATIONS:
- Head, 1x12 Combo
- SUGGESTED CABINET PAIRING:
- Archon 1x12, Archon 12x1
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Base Item
Shipping Weight: 25 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 25 x 15 x 15 in
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): PRS ARCHON50MKIIH

For support or warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer:
Phone: (410) 643-9970
Email: custserv@prsguitars.com

Reviewers gave this product an overall rating of 10 out of 10 stars. (1 ratings)
Submitted August 8, 2021 by a customer from gmail.com
"Fantastic amp"
Overall: 10 out of 10 stars
Verified Customer zZounds has verified that this reviewer made a purchase from us.
Have 2 weeks on mine now, gone through all its paces. I'm 100% happy I did the preorder and got this. It's got characteristics of all the high gain amps out there. It sits right between a mesa rectifier and 5150 in my opinion. Plenty of lowend, plenty of grind. Super balanced sounding gain structure. Every string rings out clear. The presence and depth really help sculpt the last part of your tones. Doesn't get muddy in low tunings, the gain knob is very gradual and usable. The loop noise issue from the mkI archon seems to have been resolved in this iteration. Overall I'm in love with the amp and highly recommend it for people looking for a different flavor than the typical high gain monsters out there that cost an arm and a leg.
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