NAD - EVH 5153 50s

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  1. NinjaRaf

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    Funnily enough I agree with that. The mt15 volume jumped so quickly lol.
     
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    Sounds great. Any clean clips? A really good clean is always as important to me as really good higher gain tones.

    Actually you do touch on it a little in the video. ;)
     
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    Yeah, just a tiny bit. I might put something with a bit more emphasis on the clean together here in a few.
     
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    I just checked out the 50w EL34 version more in depth than I have before. Used a Silver Sky and then a Les Paul and it sounded great from clean through high gain. Pretty tempted.
     
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    If it’s got a great clean channel comparable to the regular 6L6 version, and the red channel is closer to an OG 5150/6505, this might be the end game amp for me.

    I currently have a 6505 and the original 50-watt EVH. The EVH sounds amazing and approaches the brutality of my 6505 but not quite. There’s something extra with the 6505; not sure what it is.

    Cleans on the EVH are obviously much better though.
     
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    Bigger transformer, aggressive grind, and less compression.

    The Stealth 100w is all those things, but supercharged.

    Really looking forward to playing the 50w Stealth, and seeing how well it holds its own against its big brother.
     
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    Really liked that EL34 50w. I checked it out a tiny bit a while back and it was quite good but I don’t remember being quite as impressed. The blue channel sounded quite good with single coils but not quite as much with humbuckers. I’d love to try the stealth.
     
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    Here's a shitty video i made when i had my Stealth. I equally loved both it's rhythm and lead tones. Can't say that about too many amps!
     
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    I like it! I have to backpedal a bit though. Although I really liked the EL34 and would like to try the Stealth, I just got home and fired up my FM3 through the Invective FX loop. GAS cured lol.
     
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    I never liked the regular 50 watt because it didn't get that aggressiveness that the Peaveys have, so I stuck with my 5152. The stealth does have that aggressiveness. The clean channel seems better than the regular 50 watts I had, but I don't remember that well. The first 50 watt I had was like 3 years ago, and the second was Kruse modded...and I didn't really like that amp much from the start.

    My first real amp was a 6505 212, and I think its hard for me to move away from that general sound. This amp doesn't feel too far away from that general tone. Very aggressive, loud, clear, better clean, and able to be dialed to sound more open and brighter than the Peaveys. The EQ has a much bigger affect than the Peaveys.
     
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    I was gonna ask what happened to the fm3 :lol:
     
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    Lol. Man, I can’t imagine getting rid of it.
     
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    @NinjaRaf Since a lot of people here always say that big transformer matters how would you compare 50w stealth to full blown 120W 5150II head? You notice that 50w would be lacking in some areas due to smaller transformers?
     
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    Great video comparison:
     
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    The 100W sounds bigger to such a degree in some of those comparisons that it's almost like switching to two layered guitar tracks from one. Not sure if it's just the bottom end or what. Just bigger in general it sounds to me though. Obviously could EQ the 50w to compensate more from the identical settings this is set at.

    Apart from the Blue channel which is really different, the red channel test on that video sounds like comparing my 50W standard to my 100W Stealth. Can't judge properly just from a video though.
     
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    I haven't listened to the whole video but I think he needs to crank the presence on the 100 more, noon on og 50 is like 3 oclock on the 100 stealth and he has them at noon on both.

    I really like this guy's videos though I haven't watched one in a while he made want the kraken lol.
     
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    Does the same happen on el34 version that 100W sound way beefier and big compared to 50w version?
     
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    This is extra extra on my GAS list now.
     
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    FitRocker33 My tone is tighter than my hamstrings

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    I’ve had my 50w stealth for about 3 weeks now and I agree that it definitely borrows more of the thick aggressive personality of the 5150/6505 than the original 5153 50w did.
    The one thing that didn’t change is the unusable amount of gain on the red channel. I’m literally running the gain one notch above “off” and it’s absolutely plenty. I’m gonna have to try a preamp tube swap for a lower gain tube in the red channel because it’s just ludicrous. It DOES sound good though.
     
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    It should. That's what the extra headroom does.

    This is why I always advocate the 100w versions of 50w heads. It's not about the volume.
     
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