DSL5CR 5W Combo

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DSL5CR 5W Combo
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The next generation of the Marshall DSL series amps are laden with Marshall tone, features and functionality for the novice, as well as pros performing on the world's biggest stages. All models include adjustable power settings, which delivers all-valve tone and feel, at any volume, from bedroom to stage. The new technology adjusts power to the valves, instead of just turning off valve stages, allowing the amp to remain articulate and dynamic.

Some innovative tweaks to the EQ circuitry have given the new DSLs even greater tonal flexibility. The EQ section of the new DSLs can deliver exactly what your ears are looking for.

Marshall's partnership with Softube® has led to the creation of award-winning plug-ins, as well as exceptional tone in Marshall's CODE digital amps. The same team is responsible for the development of the new emulated output feature, found in the DSL series. Both the headphone out, and line out on the DSL models boast incredibly accurate emulation of the famed 1960 cabinet.

The DSL is now more versatile than ever, with new features including discrete master volume controls for each channel, and built-in reverb.


• Adjustable power level
• Reverb
• Celestion Ten-30 speaker
• Tonal improvements
• Softube® emulated output
• 2 x ECC83 and 1 X BH7
• Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.9 x 16.5 x 9.5 inches (455 x 420 x 240mm)
• Weight: 28 lbs (12.7 kg)

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GREAT PRACTICE AMP 1 of 1 customers found this review helpful

Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Calgary East, Alberta
Bought an original Vietnamese assembled DSL40...was truly the best Marshall I ever owned for the price over a 1972 handwired Plexi, 1983 JCM800, and 90s Reissue Plexi, swapped the stock speaker to a Celestion Vintage 30 in the DSL40. All was good but it was hard to tame at home in 20W mode and very heavy for hauling to gigs.
Then Marshall updated the line to a smaller combo, the DSL20 with EL34s to replace the dreadful unMarshall, the DSL15 with EL84s. Now with the DSL20, it actually sounded better than the DSL40. Yet with all my pedals hooked up at home or gigging(soon post Covid), I could get good bedroom tone at the 10W setting, then live tone with a drummer at full 20W. All is good but now I leave the amp and pedals at the basement for rehearsal as its such a hassle packing it all up bringing it all home then back again.
So now what to do for bedroom practice at home? Buy another Marshall of course! Enter the DSL5...I wasn't too hopeful after the DSL15 as the DSL 5 had a different tube than EL34s. I guess, like 6L6s, no one can pack that type of tube into a small amp.
Onto the DSL5 specifically. For practice at home, it can't be beat. Its not quite the EL34 tone as its a bit trebly. I use the mediocre reverb on board as my effect loop reverb pedal is at rehearsal. I just bring home the Boss Overdrive and Morley Bad Horsie Wah from rehearsal for bedroom practice. A real basic rig but it accomplishes my requirements for practice. I noticed an improvement over the first DSL5 that new in 2012 when the line first came out, there was a gain dial for the clean channel and the reverb was added now. Good addition as just the volume knob on the clean channel is not very flexible on the older version. No reverb sucks too if you just want to deepen the tone a little so its good it has reverb now. Its also a real easy rig to move around if you just want to jam at low volume at a friends place.
My only negative is the stock speaker. 10" and it is trebly and lacks bass. So what I do is upgrade to the Celestion Greenback just for something different over the Vintage 30 in my DSL20. But not the 10", but 12" Greenback. It still fits but barely. Overall the tone is sweeter now. There is no resonance knob either, just a Deep switch. I don't use it as its too much. I turn the bass on full and treble and mid about 9 oclock, the gain and volume on clean almost half, then switch to the dirty channel volume at 12 oclock and gain almost 3 oclock. Toggling via footswitch between both channels approximates the DSL20 quite well. Will be keeping this one for sure. I tried some of those tiny practice amps with all the Bluetooth stuff like Boss Katana, Yamaha THRs, Positive Grid Spark and Line 6 Spiders and its either way more than what I need or it sounds "digital". I really don't like the modelling stuff anyway as there is too much adjusting with too many settings and it sounds thin and artificial. Long live tube amps, well maybe not the big 100W heads with 4x12 cabs!
Posted by Music Mike on Dec 9, 2022
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Tone after tone ._. 5 of 5 customers found this review helpful

Product Experience   I own it
Closest Store   Moncton, New Brunswick
Love this amp for the amazing marshall sound, not the size, but I would mic this up over using the 20 watt dsl to gig. Amazing sounds.
Posted by Don on Mar 19, 2020
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