Submitted January 8, 2016 by Rick H in ENFIELD , NH
I have owned this amp for about a year, I want to make it very clear, I did not buy it here. When I first got it, I would have easily given it a 5 star rating, When working properly, this little amp is in a class of its own, but now a year later it gets a 1 star rating since it was just in the shop due to a very irritating hissing/crackling noise when singing any word with an "s" sound. I have also noticed a reduced presence and a bit of distortion in the high frequency "high E" end of the guitar spectrum, it has lost the wonderful quality that made it stand out from the others.The rep/tech says this is normal, but my guess is he is just going along with what the music store owner told me when he checked it out "turn the treble back to neutral and the crackling will stop". "Nothing wrong" said he. "If I can no longer turn the treble up with out it crackling then there is definitely something wrong" said I. We pulled a new one of the shelf and set it up as mine was set, there was no crackling at the same settings. He still insists that it is my settings, because you can turn the treble down to where it stops. Note, there is no noticeable distortion when using headphones, but the same distortion is present with the use of an external speaker. Also, the amp volume setting has never been above it's mid point at any time since new, the use has only been for my own personal enjoyment and it has not been abused in any way. Contacted the USA rep, no help from the Laney Rep, I would rate this a zero if I could, stay away!!! I might note that I am an electrical engineer, i have designed and built amps from scratch, this amp falls outside their own design criteria, if the unit fails to perform to the users satisfaction then there is an issue in my book, evidently not in theirs. since I have the capability. Ultimately I will fix the issue myself, but most of you do not have this resource available to you, please stay away from this amp.
Been playing 6 plus years
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