I own this pedal and I would say it is a very nice TS type of pedal. It has lots of volume, it is true bypass, it has a very responsive EQ section and lots of gain if you need it.
As for the build quality, I would say this is one of those pedals you can be rough with and it will take it like a champ. I power mine using a PP2+ so I couldn't tell you about how quickly it goes through batteries. Everything about the build quality of this pedal is top notch, so it won't leave you wanting in that respect.
As for how it sounds, well, it is a TS type of pedal, so that is what you can expect to get. The twist here is the dual voicing offered by this pedal. In classic mode it is your average TS pedal, it is fairly clear, cleans up with the volume knob (which I never do...), and stacks really well with other pedals. In modern mode it sounds pretty much like a modded TS but with the ability to give you more gain, and somewhat of a darker tone (This is how I have mine set up).
I would get this pedal over say the Boss SD-1, Bad Monkey, and even VS Route 808 because it is true-bypass, it offers the two distinct voicings and because I also like how it looks. I wouldn't even consider a real TS808 because to me, the CM-2 is a better more versatile pedal. Is it better than other boutique pedals out there? Hard to say, they all seem to offer something different (and in some cases not so different) so it is a matter of taste. All I can say is that if you are interested in getting one of these babies, you should at the very least try it.
I had a Keeley TS808 i sold and bought Hardwire OD. I love the mod switch. EQ is excellent. I went thru batteries quickly but now i have the power supply. Excellent pedal
Bought it last night...couldn't resist...my last musical purchase for a long time!
May be the best OD pedal I've ever owned...for this week anyway. May knock my SRB808 plus off the board.
It is a tremendous value.
I tried the other Valve Distortion and Metal Distortion...yuck to both.
The Hardwire Reverb is nice...the spring is quite good compared to the Boss RV-5, but the Boss beats it in the room setting which is what I use most.
Now that's saying something!