Hey friends! I was looking at a lot of Quilter and Mesa threads and it seemed like the newer models were not compared in an easily searchable way. Most things revolved around the Quilter 800 and the Mesa D-800+. Spoiler: I picked Quilter I've never loved class D amplifiers but at the same time my entire setup revolves around going direct. This is because I grew up at a large church with no amplifiers on stage. My current setup is mainly a Noble Preamp and a big box Cali76. I had an Ampeg PF800 that failed and the parts were prohibitively expensive based on what I paid for it used. To the Ampeg's credit, I played a gig that had direct sunlight that was so hot that my black bass was very hot to the touch and all of our iPads overheated. So my main feeling is that my amplifier setup is basically a large stage monitor and I want to be able to pack it up in my Pelican and go. I am fortunate enough to live next to a guitar store that had both the models and allowed me to gather my thoughts. Locally, the Quilter was just over $700 new. The Mesa was at $1000. Both amps sounded fantastic. I will admit that my preconceived notion/hope was that the Quilter would hold its own at the lower price point and I also know in the past I have not loved Mesa cabinets (and they are very expensive imo). I'm a weirdo that likes my amps and cabs to match usually. So I dialed in the mesa first. What a great amplifier. The amplifier itself was larger than I expected even though I checked the dimensions against my Pelican before I left. There are a TON of knobs. "A tweakers paradise." That would usually be me, but like I mentioned earlier I am focused on most of my tone at my pedalboard and would prefer to do my tweaking there. I found that with the gain clipping ever so slightly, with a slight treble boost, slight bass boost, and a very slight high and low mid frequency boost (With the passive mid set to not effect that sound) and the HPF barely engaged I got a fantastic sound. Mesa can tend to boost a treble frequency I don't love, but ultimately I enjoyed this sound a lot. I especially love the HPF, but I have one on my pedalboard so I don't require my amplifier to have one. Next came the Quilter. It was evident the amplifier initially was voiced slightly darker. I like an articulate sound so I was worried at first. I set the gain so that the limit/clip would come on in the rare instances I really dug in and the amp became much more responsive and beefy. The thing that ultimately sent me over the edge was the way the EQ works. I'm not going to attempt to explain it here, but I actually found this very intuitive right out of the box to get a sound I loved. Essentially, on a jazz bass, I left everything flat and boosted the snap just a little bit and cut the bark just a little bit. I'm talking tiny nudges. And boom. Suddenly the amplifier tones sounded VERY similar. The both had the same amount of weight/slam to them to my ears (without having to use EQ to manufacture more slam). I A B'd them with the shop worker as well. I will say at the end of it, the mesa had a very small amount more articulation/clank that is the mesa sound to me. I found the Quilter had the same sound character but did not have the particular clank thing I didn't want from the mesa. On top of that, it took me less than a minute to dial in "my" sound while the mesa took me a few minutes and a peak at the manual to figure out if the passive mid was cut only or flat in the middle. Ultimately, the Quilter was the way to go for me. I'm interested to see what I think of their cabs since the price point is so attractive. There are reasons the Quilter may not be right for you (the strange lack of XLR out but there is an XLR in that is made for a pedal user like me, but I still don't think I'd actually use it) but for my compact traveling/touring scenario this is definitely the winner. I'm going to keep testing it at home to make sure it plays well with my current pedal setup.