I have been pondering a micro rig for home use and desperately wanted the Ampeg Micro VR to be the one I took home, but that turned out not to be the case. Just received my Acoustic 260 the other day. I like the rig. It has all the character and warmth of the Ampeg Micro, which I also tried out at home and gigged with. Without A/B-ing the 2 micros side by side, I can confidently say from memory that it has all the volume of the Ampeg. I'm not a cab/speaker geek by any means, but I would attribute this to what seems to be the Acoustic's seemingly superior and definitely sturdier cabinet design. (remember this is a 1x10 and the Ampeg is 2x10). This rig doesn't fart out as easy as the Ampeg when you crank the lows on the 3 band EQ. It has an auxiliary input for an mp3 player and headphone jack for quiet practice. I haven't tried these yet. I of course had to try my fretless Jaco clone first: The EQ is really responsive and minimal tweaks yielded good results to my ears. This amp (as well as the Ampeg) loved my '78 Musicmaster. I guess the lone single coil pickup pairs well with a small low power rig. I had assumed the cabinet would have cups so the rubber feet on the head would sit down in it, but no. No big deal, this is a bedroom rig anyway. My overall impression is that for the money (it costs $300 as opposed to $600 for the Ampeg), it's a better value than the Ampeg Micro VR. A great practice amp and I highly recommend it despite the lack of a DI. Of course time will tell when it comes to reliability. I suck at reviews, so ask me anything I may have missed.