No matter if you use channel 2 or 3 on a dual rec it's gonna sound huge. Even if you put a distortion pedal into the clean channel, it'll get you that huge, crushing, overpowering sound. I remember comparing a distortion pedal into a Mesa Quad preamp, an ADA MP1 and a Dual Rec, all into the same power amp and cab, and the Dual Rec was definitely the 'biggest' sounding. Some preamps just don't seem cut out for that modern frequency response I guess. So my question isn't about the quality of the tone from either amp, it's more about what the VH100R can PUSH. Can it rival a Dual Rec in that regard? As long as it can push that 'brootal frequency response' as I call it I'm sold. I like the tonal quality of the VH100R more than the dual rec, but don't want to lose the balls that the dual rec provides..