Wow. I wasn't expecting much from this thing for $299, but it surprised me. I have been using a BBE Bmax-T into a Peavey 900 power amp, then into an Avatar 15" cab. But I realized it was kinda silly to have almost $1200 in a rig since I only really use it for rehearsals (my band uses in-ear monitors live). So I sold the BBE and Peavey and got the Ashdown, expecting a noticable drop in sound quality, but willing to live with it. I was way off. This thing is just as warm as my tube BBE, but with slightly more attack. I had no idea a solid-state could sound so "old school". And it's d@mn loud for 300 watts. I just hope reliability doesn't become a problem. I've heard mixed things about Ashdown's quality control.