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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #50 on: November 30, 2017, 07:02:22 PM »
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« Reply #51 on: December 01, 2017, 07:04:31 AM »
Sorry guys but I spent some time with the Katana 150 watt amp plugged into a Katana 4x12 and it was MEH.

In japan, I was testing various USA JPs and Dean USA guitars thru it and I just had to switch to a Marshall tube amp because it just sounded plain to me.  Maybe if you were coming from solid state stuff and effects; it would sound more than decent but ITS A DO NOT BUY for me.

There is so much hype about modeling amps and solid state ones that try to emulate tube amps that the guitar community has forgotten that boutique tube amps are getting better and better every year...

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« Reply #52 on: December 01, 2017, 08:53:17 AM »
Sorry guys but I spent some time with the Katana 150 watt amp plugged into a Katana 4x12 and it was MEH.


There is no Katana 150 head and 4x12.

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« Reply #53 on: December 01, 2017, 09:23:02 AM »
There is no Katana 150 head and 4x12.

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what he said  :)
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« Reply #54 on: December 01, 2017, 09:32:53 AM »


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« Reply #55 on: December 01, 2017, 02:26:29 PM »
My bad... I apologize.  I tested a WAZA craft 150 watt head into a WAZA craft 4x12.

Surely the WAZA craft is much much better than Katana.  Right? 

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« Reply #56 on: December 01, 2017, 02:39:17 PM »
My bad... I apologize.  I tested a WAZA craft 150 watt head into a WAZA craft 4x12.

Surely the WAZA craft is much much better than Katana.  Right?

based on my experience of course i will say that Boss Katana is better than Waza and far better than other competitors, its uses new Tube Logic Technology, did you tried any Boss Katana Amps?
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« Reply #57 on: December 01, 2017, 04:22:32 PM »
based on my experience of course i will say that Boss Katana is better than Waza and far better than other competitors, its uses new Tube Logic Technology, did you tried any Boss Katana Amps?

Well I can try one but obviously will you guys accept it If I say its crap?  By the way, I say the Roland Blues Cube Series is fairly decent but still not yet there.  But the Katana being cheaper and claimed to be 'WAZA DNA" derived is something I am skeptical about.

Besides as you guys pointed out, the Katana series NOT having a 150 watt head and 4x12 cabinets, already reeks of inferiority.  Lets face it, WAZA is the flagship line of Boss and you are asking me to give a better rating to an inferior line of Boss.

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« Reply #58 on: December 01, 2017, 05:25:59 PM »
Well I can try one but obviously will you guys accept it If I say its crap?  By the way, I say the Roland Blues Cube Series is fairly decent but still not yet there.  But the Katana being cheaper and claimed to be 'WAZA DNA" derived is something I am skeptical about.

Besides as you guys pointed out, the Katana series NOT having a 150 watt head and 4x12 cabinets, already reeks of inferiority.  Lets face it, WAZA is the flagship line of Boss and you are asking me to give a better rating to an inferior line of Boss.

Sometimes products that are not flagship have chances of being successful. Its how the technology works. Did you heard about the sneaky amps of the Katana?, Sometimes you can discover things and tweaks that are not in the Manual literally.Katana hit success and the price range hard to beat.
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« Reply #59 on: December 01, 2017, 05:29:54 PM »
Well I can try one but obviously will you guys accept it If I say its crap.

Dont worry about it, What works for you is whats important, but for me Katana is the best amp for the price yet. NAMM 2018 is coming.  :)
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« Reply #60 on: December 01, 2017, 08:24:28 PM »
Sometimes products that are not flagship have chances of being successful. Its how the technology works. Did you heard about the sneaky amps of the Katana?, Sometimes you can discover things and tweaks that are not in the Manual literally.Katana hit success and the price range hard to beat.

Can you name me a solid state GUITAR AMP that was NOT flagship and more successful than the flagship solid state Guitar Amp of the manufacturer?

I would rather spend time tweaking my amps (what I mean by tweaking is trying different cabs, effects combinations and cables AND not just settings) than tweaking something that will be replaced easily in the next 2-3 years.  But really, whats in a price range?  I have gone that route.  Later on, you learn that there is a MINIMUM threshold or shall we say a minimum price range to get a great sound.

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« Reply #61 on: December 01, 2017, 09:34:05 PM »
Can you name me a solid state GUITAR AMP that was NOT flagship and more successful than the flagship solid state Guitar Amp of the manufacturer?

I would rather spend time tweaking my amps (what I mean by tweaking is trying different cabs, effects combinations and cables AND not just settings) than tweaking something that will be replaced easily in the next 2-3 years.  But really, whats in a price range?  I have gone that route.  Later on, you learn that there is a MINIMUM threshold or shall we say a minimum price range to get a great sound.

like i said what important is what works for you  , fortunately it works for us lovin the Boss Katana  :)
you can see almost all my gear threads here are affordable ones, some of them became expensive because of the the Philippine Culture and Economy and whats happening here in our country, its like Domino effect
i wonder why there are no Guitar Factories here of big brands, thats why im always saying about the price range
ps: im inclined and prefer guitar stuff and gear thats not that pricey ,not very expensive  but sounds good to my ears and top notch   :-D
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Re: Boss Katana Amplifier
« Reply #62 on: December 01, 2017, 11:32:04 PM »
like i said what important is what works for you  , fortunately it works for us lovin the Boss Katana  :)
you can see almost all my gear threads here are affordable ones, some of them became expensive because of the the Philippine Culture and Economy and whats happening here in our country, its like Domino effect
i wonder why there are no Guitar Factories here of big brands, thats why im always saying about the price range
ps: im inclined and prefer guitar stuff and gear thats not that pricey ,not very expensive  but sounds good to my ears and top notch   :-D

As I said before: You get what you pay for ... the more so for guitar gear

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« Reply #63 on: December 02, 2017, 07:04:11 AM »
Firemodel is correct. Waza is the one that is supposed to be better. Waza IS the flagship amp. But it didn't take off because it was so damn expensive and it had sucky FRGR speakers in its cab. Most Waza players find that it works better if you use better cabs.

Katana is better in that respect since it is so cheap. $300 for the head and you also get a 5inch speaker for practice. You get 5 amp models + the brown channel that came from the Waza amp. Compare it to its competition of modeling amps from Line 6, Blackstar and Marshall, and you get a clear winner. It sounds warmer and the resonance dsp in its poweramp is more natural.

But of course, like I said from my review from the last page, it still won't be better than a great tube amp (I've tried it against a Mesa JP2C and a 5150), but at its price range it is the best choice you can buy. It is more than decent and it cuts through live.

 

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« Reply #64 on: December 02, 2017, 07:10:55 AM »
Can you name me a solid state GUITAR AMP that was NOT flagship and more successful than the flagship solid state Guitar Amp of the manufacturer?



Line 6 Spider was more successful than the flagship Vetta amps. Vetta died after 2 generations. You have Spider Mark Fives now.
Randall RGS were more successful than the flagship VMAX and Warheads.

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« Reply #65 on: December 02, 2017, 07:27:02 AM »

Line 6 Spider was more successful than the flagship Vetta amps. Vetta died after 2 generations. You have Spider Mark Fives now.
Randall RGS were more successful than the flagship VMAX and Warheads.

Point taken and I stand corrected.  But I have a Line 6 Spider combo which I don't use. LOL.  Actually its a spider jam that I only use for backing tracks.

Lousy guitar amp in my opinion but great for accompanyment.

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« Reply #66 on: December 02, 2017, 07:41:21 AM »
Point taken and I stand corrected.  But I have a Line 6 Spider combo which I don't use. LOL.  Actually its a spider jam that I only use for backing tracks.

Lousy guitar amp in my opinion but great for accompanyment.

Yeah. It's just you know, beginner's gear. It had a great price point and lots of features. It's great if you are learning songs and jamming in a small room. That is why it was a success.

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« Reply #67 on: December 02, 2017, 08:26:23 AM »
like  i said what works for you is what important whatever the price and brand, im still inclined and stand to affordable products that generally sound good to the ears of many  :)

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« Reply #68 on: December 02, 2017, 08:27:37 AM »

Line 6 Spider was more successful than the flagship Vetta amps. Vetta died after 2 generations. You have Spider Mark Fives now.
Randall RGS were more successful than the flagship VMAX and Warheads.

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« Reply #69 on: December 02, 2017, 08:31:40 AM »
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« Reply #70 on: December 02, 2017, 08:40:12 AM »
+1

what he said  :)

More success aside from sales, I meant was sounding better.

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« Reply #71 on: December 02, 2017, 08:56:27 AM »

Again, do you want me to make a review?  Will you accept the review even if its something you don't wanna hear?  Or will you give me again that price range argument?

Kasi kung price range lang, my Mesa Studio Caliber 22 combo from the late 80s which is still alive & Kicking is in a price range that will beat the price range of the Katana.

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« Reply #72 on: December 02, 2017, 12:32:36 PM »
Not in the same class. The caliber 22 cant record straight from daw, doesnt have effects, doesnt have wattage control, doesnt have cab sims. It is heavy and will require tube replacement.

It sure "can" sound better but cant do even 3/4s of what the Katana can do.

And no, it is not in the same price range. Right now calibers go for 499 used all the time. They were 700 to 850 brand new. Account for inflation. Katana combos can be had for 300 brand new.

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« Reply #73 on: December 02, 2017, 10:40:21 PM »
Not in the same class. The caliber 22 cant record straight from daw, doesnt have effects, doesnt have wattage control, doesnt have cab sims. It is heavy and will require tube replacement.

It sure "can" sound better but cant do even 3/4s of what the Katana can do.

And no, it is not in the same price range. Right now calibers go for 499 used all the time. They were 700 to 850 brand new. Account for inflation. Katana combos can be had for 300 brand new.

As per quote of iccurtepnhoj, "gear thats not that pricey ,not very expensive  but sounds good to my ears and top notch " -- that for me is my Studio Caliber 22-- is in the SAME class as defined by iccurtepnhoj.  It is not light which means it more solidly made than a katana and uses tubes that can be easily swapped with other EL84s and 6BQ5 to vary the tone and the drive.

I bought it for around US$500 new in 87 or 88 which makes it US$250 now if I choose to sell it.

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« Reply #74 on: December 02, 2017, 11:31:46 PM »
Alex, I don't think it would be fair to compare the Mesa to the Katana. The Katana is in a class that didn't exist back in the 80s (to the best I know). The most would be to file them under the sub-$1000 price point, but even then that's a nebulous category.

If sound alone, it might not chalk up to a good tube amp for understandable reasons. If you base it on feature set, you're going to have to compare it to the Line 6 Spider, the Blackstar ID60, and the Fender Mustang Amp. It may be better than those if you're doing apples to apples.

Anyway, I heard a Katana once at a show and while it sounded good for what it was, my attention was squarely on the Orange Dual Terror on the other side of the room as it just sounded better to my ears. Modeling amps have gotten better sounding, but right now I'd still prefer to go with a no-nonsense SS amp like the Orange CR120 if we're talking about amps on a budget.
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