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    I just ordered a Bad Cat Unleash to see how the HXDA sounds "opened up." I have a couple nice Category 5 amps as well I'd like to do the same with. The power scaling on them is a great feature but I want to get the power tubes cooking a little more. We'll see how it works out and I'll let everyone know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarman23 View Post
    I just ordered a Bad Cat Unleash to see how the HXDA sounds "opened up." I have a couple nice Category 5 amps as well I'd like to do the same with. The power scaling on them is a great feature but I want to get the power tubes cooking a little more. We'll see how it works out and I'll let everyone know.
    I'm kind of interested to hear how that turns out myself. I would like to know how the MDT sounds with a Bad Cat Unleash as well, if anyone has that combo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guitarman23 View Post
    I just ordered a Bad Cat Unleash to see how the HXDA sounds "opened up." I have a couple nice Category 5 amps as well I'd like to do the same with. The power scaling on them is a great feature but I want to get the power tubes cooking a little more. We'll see how it works out and I'll let everyone know.
    The only problem with an attenuator is that while the tubes get to cook, the speaker really doesn't get to do its thing to the same degree. So there's a tradeoff, as speaker distortion from full power operation is part of the "opened up" sound, and you can't get that with an attenuator.

    I've never tried an attenuator I've liked -- hot plate, Marshall, or Dr. Z -- but there's always a first time for everything!

    Still it'll be interesting to see how you feel about it.
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    Bumping this to see if we have any thoughts on the Bad Cat Unleash with the HXDA. I like the tones but I do find it sounds best with the master dimed and at least needs to be past noon to get rid of some of the fizziness at higher gain settings. Just wondering how well this might work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeebulldog View Post
    Bumping this to see if we have any thoughts on the Bad Cat Unleash with the HXDA. I like the tones but I do find it sounds best with the master dimed and at least needs to be past noon to get rid of some of the fizziness at higher gain settings. Just wondering how well this might work.
    I'm wondering how you set yours up...I have no fizziness at all, at any gain setting, or with the master lower. What are your settings?
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    In HX mode, Treble 10 o clock, Mid 2 oclock, Bass 2 o clock. Presence 10 o clock. I've been running the bass gain around 2 o clock and the hx/da gain around 9-10 o clock. if I run the hx/da gain higher than the bass I tend to find it way too bright. It's really just a subtle difference with the master, I notice it thickens up the tone when it's up higher. My other reason for asking about the unleash was the loop. Then again, I can have a loop added for less than the cost of that box.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeebulldog View Post
    In HX mode, Treble 10 o clock, Mid 2 oclock, Bass 2 o clock. Presence 10 o clock. I've been running the bass gain around 2 o clock and the hx/da gain around 9-10 o clock. if I run the hx/da gain higher than the bass I tend to find it way too bright. It's really just a subtle difference with the master, I notice it thickens up the tone when it's up higher. My other reason for asking about the unleash was the loop. Then again, I can have a loop added for less than the cost of that box.
    I run mine similar to yours. Same treble and bass settings for the most part, same presence, but I mostly use the HXDA gain around 2 o' clock and the bass gain around 8 o' clock. I'm generally in DA mode on switch one, DA mode on switch 2, and HX mode on switch 3, depending on the guitar and my mood. So a little different, but not much!

    I guess one man's fizzy is another man's not fizzy!

    I also run my guitar volume around 6 and guitar tone around 6-7. So maybe there's that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LSchefman View Post
    I run mine similar to yours. Same treble and bass settings for the most part, same presence, but I mostly use the HXDA gain around 2 o' clock and the bass gain around 8 o' clock. I'm generally in DA mode on switch one, DA mode on switch 2, and HX mode on switch 3, depending on the guitar and my mood. So a little different, but not much!

    I guess one man's fizzy is another man's not fizzy!

    I also run my guitar volume around 6 and guitar tone around 6-7. So maybe there's that.
    i think your having it in the DA mode is switch 1 is probably the key. If I flip that it's just fine for most volume levels. I'm thinking of sending in for a loop and the series/parallel switch. I've asked it maybe they can add another switch to fatten it up more although that might be redundant since that what switch 1 is doing. With regular voiced greenback speakers it probably sounds fine as I tend to think most of those are dark and flat sounding. These scumback black backs im using have more upper mids and highs though not as much high end as the V30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yankeebulldog View Post
    i think your having it in the DA mode is switch 1 is probably the key. If I flip that it's just fine for most volume levels. I'm thinking of sending in for a loop and the series/parallel switch. I've asked it maybe they can add another switch to fatten it up more although that might be redundant since that what switch 1 is doing. With regular voiced greenback speakers it probably sounds fine as I tend to think most of those are dark and flat sounding. These scumback black backs im using have more upper mids and highs though not as much high end as the V30.
    Yeah, the DA setting on the first switch may be the reason.

    I'm using V-30s, but I don't mind the brightness because that works for recording, especially with a Royer 121. Seems like you and I have pretty similar tastes in setup.
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    I just got the Unleash last week and haven't tried it enough to give a good report. As soon as I do I'll let you guys know. I won't be using the loop on it since I run everything into the front of the amp.

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