Hi Guys, I made this only partially scientific test about noise levels, and how the amps sound when clipped. Bass- Warwick Corvette short scale passive. EBS now sells a similar version to the Reidmar - the Reidmar 500. Same watt ratings, but some minor differences I didn't get into. I think the EQ points are a bit different. File 01- condenser A condenser mic has been placed 15cm away from the tweeter of a Genzler MG-212T 4ohm cab. Amp: Gain and volume all the way up. Bass: Just a bit of level. findings: In order to match the audible playing level of the "2000w @4ohm" Bugera to the "470w @4ohm" Reidmar, I had to raise the Bugera by 8dB in my sequencer! The Reidmar is tons louder, although it's rated a quarter of the watts! YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR! The Bugera is tonally brighter, and the noise level during play is a bit louder than the EBS after raising the recording level. File 02 - DI pre eq A DI recording with both the bass and the input gain maxed out, followed by silence. No level matching has been done in the sequencer. findings: The Bugera is a tad louder in the gain section. The EBS clipped a little bit. but this is insignificant, as you can always reduce it. The important part, is that both sound quiet during playing and during silence. File 03 - DI post eq The EQ switch on the back of both amps is at "post" position. findings: there is a noticeable and similar level drop with both amplifiers. However, I find that the Bugera's clipping sound is harsh and unusable. However, the EBS sounds more like an overdrive pedal, and not a too bad one... File 04 - fan noise The Bugera sounds a bit louder in the lower frequencies. Both are acceptable but not very quiet, at least in comparison to a low noise computer fan. Conclusions Bugera BV1001M pros: Very good DI sound. Bugera BV1001M cons: definitely not 2000w@4 ohm!!! can't hold a candle compared to the Reidmar. Sterile sounding (amp) Higher noise level (amp) EQ knobs affect the tone lesser than the Reidmar. a bit louder fan noise. Less versatile EQ than Reidmar (midrange specific frequency selection) "Ultra low" adds noise to the tweeter. Weird. "Ultra high" does that as well. Expected. Reidmar pros: a definitely more powerful amp section. makes a good gigging amp for loud styles. a warmer, growling sound. sounds good when the EQ section is overdriven. The "character" button adds subs but doesn't raise the noise level. Reidmar cons: No mute button. No Pad or active/passive button.