You must DIAL IN your tone on this beast (especially by adding "presence"). Give it a chance. I was tempted to return it after hearing the presets (all 100 of them). The first preset, 01, is actually the warmest clean tone I have ever heard, but the other 99 struggled. If you're after a beautiful clean, get this amp. My hard metal tone is 90% there with this thing. Reviews have stated (and accurately at that) that this amp sounds "boxed in" and muffled. The same held true for me at first and I KNEW that this could not be possible using Celestion 12 inchers, so I tried every button. It took hours, but once you click and hold POWER and edit your PRESENCE you will hear the speaker cut through the box. I have absolutely no idea why Marshall would have all of their presets at 4/10 "presence". Most people want their speaker to be clear and have presence, so I dialed this up to a 9 and was completely saved and happy! Not only did I reverse my decision to return this amp, but it is now the best thing that I own.
You can 100% customize your tone from clean all the way to the sickest metal tone. How? By pressing and holding the pre fx button, amp, power, and cab buttons, you can literally transform your sound into anything. I am not sure if a lot of people know this, because yes by just listening to the presets you will for sure hate the amp. Increasing presence and adding a small "delay" is necessary. For pre-fx, the "guvnor" distortion wins. For an amp, "Plexi" is the most pure and Marshall 100 watt sounds best for hard rock and metal. I was able to get the most pure sounding metal noise out of this after editing all of these buttons. The clean and rock sounds from this amp are easy to obtain, but the metal took a bit of work. I have attached a small video example of the best tone I was able to get.
This is the best valued dollar for dollar amp on the market, and of course it is solid and Marshall quality, pretty and professional to look at.
PROS: incredible tone, seemingly infinite editing possibilities for any tone, compact, sturdy, quality. Would recommend to anyone that needs a powerful practice amp that sings through a Celestion 12 inch screamer. This 50 watt version is loud enough for small venues like churches or bars, no question about it.
CONS: tedious to edit exact tone, although worth it. Some, including me, dislike the controls on the top versus front facing. An open back (this one is sealed) might help this combo sound more free. Marshall has their "presence" at a factory 4/10 which probably puts off most listeners who judge based off of the presets.