NAD Joyo Mjolnir (and Family Photos)

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  1. Unburdened

    Unburdened SS.org Regular

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    Hello SSO!
    I know many of you have been curious about the Joyo Mjolnir since its reveal.
    Please strap in and prepare to unbox the Mjolnir for yourself (vicariously...through this thread...).

    This is useless without pictures, and without further ado, I present: Mjolnir.

    1. The box! Itself!
    2. A mysterious manilla envelope...
    3. ...containing Tech Notes! Neat.
    4. The packing! The Mjolnir was excellently packed straight from the factory.
    5. Instructions.
     

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  2. Unburdened

    Unburdened SS.org Regular

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    More Pictures!

    1. Perched precariously.
    2. The baby footswitch.
    3. The beast lives!
    4. I know some people have a thing for backsides.

    All in all, my first impression is that this is a thick, chewy excellent tube amp. The clean has a nice body too it, with some degree of individual character, which is a good thing. The distortion definitely has a Dual Rectifier feel, with plenty of gain on tap, especially with the boost selected. Feel free to ask any questions you'd like! I can try to do soundclips later this week if desired.

    EDIT: 5/4/2015
    Ask and you shall receive.
    Sound clips ahoy!
    This was recorded (very hastily) through my M-Audio interface into Audacity. AKG microphone, VHT Cabinet. The soundclip titles describe the amp settings.
    I wanted to show case the clean and all-out distortion (as well as the maxed-gain clean, which is a pretty neat tone). If anyone has any particular settings request I can try to do that this week as well.


    [SC]https://soundcloud.com/deep-drains/joyo-mjolnir-clean-gain-at?in=deep-drains/sets/joyo-mjolnir[/SC]

    [SC]https://soundcloud.com/deep-drains/joyo-mjolnir-clean-gain-maxed?in=deep-drains/sets/joyo-mjolnir[/SC]

    [SC]https://soundcloud.com/deep-drains/joyo-mjolnir-distortion-gain?in=deep-drains/sets/joyo-mjolnir[/SC]
     

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  3. Unburdened

    Unburdened SS.org Regular

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    Just for sheer amusement, please see the rest of the family below.

    1. ISP Theta :hbang:
    2. AMT Stonehead :scream:
    3. Splawn Quick Rod :cool:
    4. Ampeg VH-140C :bowdown:
    5. VHT Pittbull :shred:
     

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    sage twerk twerk thall

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    Hey baby. Nice box.


    Clips or GTFO.
     
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    Nice, but please do tell, how does she sound
     
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    How does the VH-140c compare to the Theta head?
     
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    So, an amp is named after Thor's hammer... does it sound equally legendary?
     
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    Quitty Hates 'mojo'

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    That is quite the list of amps to add a Joyo to.
    Does it really stack up, volume aside?
     
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    TheKindred TimeTravel Innovator

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    is that Splawn doing what I think it's doing to the Ampeg?

    also, JOYO clips....
     
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    Clips ahoy!
     
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    As stated above, it has a very chewy tube sound. I'm quite enjoying it so far. It has a little more gain on tap than the Quick Rod once the boost switch is engaged. The clean is very nice and transparent with the gain at noon, and it has a nice breakup character as gain is increased. The distortion is very musical and thick, without approaching insane chainsaw type gain distortion. The clips are recorded with a 1979 Ibanez ST-100, Super 70 in the neck and Super 58 (I think...:scratch:) in the bridge (aftermarket).

    All in all, I'd say it's a great recording tool that can do many tricks. It seems like the amp is designed to be more of a utility, jack-of-all-trades type of amp rather than do one thing and do it better than anyone. Just my 2 cents.
     
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    Great question! I love both of these amps. The distortion on the Theta is probably a little tighter and more focused, but the distortion on the VH-140C is more spongy, organic sounding, and very very slightly creamier. They both have excellent distortions that just put you straight into :shred: mode.

    The Theta clean is the best clean I've ever used in an amp. Period.
    The clean on the VH-140C is very warm and the chorus and reverb are actually pretty good if used judiciously. But let's be honest, no one buys the VH-140C for its cleans. :hbang:
     
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    I'm not sure that it quite reaches legend status yet. It has a wide palette of very appealing, usable tones and I think it's going to be pretty popular as a lunch box amp in a great price range. Will replace everyone's Marshall/Peavey/EVH/Mesa, etc? Probably not right now. Should people take notice of this amp, at this price? Absolutely. It's got great tone without any stompboxes, boosts, or effects, and has some very flexible functionality.
     
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    I think it does stack up! The other 5 amps (minus the Theta...which seems to excel at everything it does) all have one thing they do incredibly well. The Mjolnir seems to be designed to cover a wide palette of American tones. The amp has a distinctly American flavor (rather than British, as an example). In a word, it's charming. When you switch it on and hit a chord, you never have to struggle to find a good tone. It's an amp that makes you grin, and that's a good thing!
     
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    A picture says a thousand words...but I'm not sure it says any of the ones you're thinking of here. :lol:

    Also, clips ahoy!
     

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