Not what I was told.New model has the Red Box DI on the effects loop "send". Nice little amp. I had one for a year and a half. Putting a weber blue dog ceramic is a nice sounding upgrade to the Rockdriver.
If you read the spec carefully it says:2 separately variable channels: CLEAN with VOLUME; LEAD with GAIN + MASTER
1/4" input jack
SEND for connecting external effect devices, a RED BOX for a direct out feed or an additional poweramp
RETURN for effect return signals
FOOTSWITCH for connecting a footswitch for remote channel access
EXTERNAL SPEAKER for connecting an outboard cabinet
Poweramp: 20 Watt, 2 x EL 84 poweramp tubes
Loudspeaker: 12" Eminence® Rockdriver Cream
Dimensions: 56cm x 27,5cm x 46cm (WxHxD)
Weight: approx. 24 kg / 53 lbs
Which is an odd way of saying what I said above.
You have a send which can be used to connect to external effects OR a Red Box (if you have one) OR an an amp
This model has the RED DI (XLR output)
That is rude and I would call Musician's Friend on that and see what's up? A Red Box is a really nice DI (and costs $100+) alone. If I bought the H&K that would definitely be a contributing factor for my purchase.
And I quote "It also has variable spring reverb, an effects loop, a Red Box DI, and an external speaker jack."
I never played the older one but the newer on was nice sounding. The clean got a nice breakup at reasonable volumes, not really a lot of headroom. The gain started off loud right away, and a good amount of gain. Say it went from med gain to saturation on the dial. Tubes and speaker really make a big difference. The Tungsol 12AX7 was my favorite. TAD STR were my favorite EL84 but the amp just ate them way too fast, not as durable as the JJ's. I really enjoyed the sound of this amp and would have kept it if I didn't need the extra cash toward my new purchase.OK. DI aside, because that's really not a big factor for me, what's the differnce in sound - characteristics - build quality - controls, etc? In other words, what's the difference in the sound of the amps themselves aside from the DI issue?
For good smokey blues I would say try putting in the CV4024, Mike at KCA suggested these for me to bring down the gain a bit in the lead channel. It worked nice. As far as classic rock sound, only if you are looking for that 2 EL84 vibe. Very different then the American classic rock of the Deluxe Reverb.I'm curious about this amp as well. I have a univalve but looking for something with built in reverb and two channels. Looking for a good blues/classic rock tone.