I'm looking at buying a practice amp and I have a few criteria:
Cheap (under $100.00 new)
I've narrowed it down to two choices:
The Peavey Max 126
or the Behringer BX108 Thunderbird
Both meet all the listed criteria, but there are some differences.
*The Peavey is rated at 10w into a 6.5" speaker while the Behringer rates 15w into an 8".
*The Peavey has a two-band eq and a 'tube emulation' thingie. The Behringer has a three band eq.
*The Peavey has a quarter inch input for 'tape/cd in' whereas the Behringer has RCA in and out.
*Both have gain-only volume controls.
*Both can be had for 79.99 shipped.
It would almost seem obvious if I were going straight from the above comparison, as the Behringer tops the Peavey on every point. But there is the question of reputation.
Namely, Peavey amps have a solid history of reliability, and Behringer's are known to switch from bass amp to smoke machine at some unfortunate point in their careers.
Whichever I choose, its only use will be as a low-volume practice amp for playing alone and learning songs.
So, does anyone have any insight regarding these two contenders?
I know this isn't a major investment I'm pondering, but I'd just as soon make an informed decision as to go with my gut and regret it.