British people... They have one the best sense of humour, they're amongst the best songwriters, they invented soccer. Ok, they also have the worst pies and breakfasts in the world. But above it all, they have Hudson Electronics. I'm just a pedal-addict who recently purchased the new Dual Broadcast, in of of these drunk-shopping sessions. It turned out as the most lucid decision I've taken in this exercise. This pedal is a monster. The other day, I was relating to a well-know TGP'er about how this pedal had left me jaw-dropped on the floor. I use the normal channel as a tone/EQ enhancer through the -not so- clean channel of a Budda Superdrive 30 into an Orange PPC412. And the 2nd one for fuzz. The first thing that struck me with awe is the behaviour of the Broadcast. A simple roll-off on your guitar's volume and tone knobs entail a dramatic change in the attitude of the pedal. I could set it with the gain maxed out on the fuzz channel and still would be able to find my base-tone back with some lazy knob fiddling. I'm used to dynamic overdrives that clean up well. But this thing is way beyond everything I have tested out so far. So many different tonal hues in one box is insane. It really leads me to adopt a more "responsive" approach. I'm also used to high-output OD pedals and the taper feels perfect. It's beefy, but the last half of the range really shapes the texture more than the actual volume. Benefit ? Hell yeah. The Broadcast is a Germanium-fed pre-amp. I leave it always-on, at the end of the dirt chain. I have used a Lovepedal HW Kanji Eternity in front of it with amazing results. More gain, but not fuzz. It works like a wonder. The Broadcast is a monster of a stacker. Need Fuzz ? Just stomp on the 2nd foot-switch and there you lay in those cranked Neve console tones. Neve console. Yes. You heard right. Not that I have ever used one in person. I've had many Rupert Neve transformer pedals like the Bogners. It really adds a dimensional spreading to the sound. Maybe it was just me, but... I would say the Dual Broadcast's sounds resides somewhere between an old vintage AC30, a Tweed amp and a JHS Colour Box which I used to have. Stunned by the sound of this incredible pedal, I bought a dozen of Brewdog Dark IPA's. Then I went shopping. Then I went drunk. Then I went drunk-shopping. And bought a used (pristine) Sidecar, Hudson Electronics' germanium take on the classic OD808 circuit, with an awesome 2-band parametric EQ. OMG. Another brilliant box from these guys, who by the way sell their marvels at a very reasonable price. Anything from clean boost to raunchy distortion, through all the classic OD palette. And stacking ability. Indeed, The Broadcast really LOVES the Sidecar before it. The stacking is just amazing. It keep the tonal character of the former, and retained the raunchiness of the Sidecar. What's not to like ? I have been testing a lot of brands, the last 15 years. Hudson Electronics entered the Hall of Fame with just two pedals. The brand can proudly boast about standing along with Basic Audio for fuzz, Lovepedal for dirt and Catalinbread for delays. (and Rimrock for Klone-oriented things). Of course, no competition between these brands. But I hadn't been so mind-blown in such a way by a new brand for so many years. They're not the most popular, I know. But they really deserve a heads-up. Done.