Same, especially since they didn't try adding any nice QOL additives like MIDI, record out, IR loader, built in gate, among a variety of other cool things that sets newer tube amps apart as far as I care, in these days. I can't say I'm expecting that much all at once from an import line, not that it's impossible. But if other folks like Revv, MESA, Driftwood Dankest Nightmare, Laney, among others can, then I don't see why PRS can't at least try throwing any of that around somehow and somewhere in their lineup. Especially with the prices the 100w US heads were starting to ask for right before production ceased.
Is it still considered to be a "hand wired" amp? In other words, is it still 100% point to point wiring with no printed circuit boards (so that it can be repaired easily.
You know, I get that logic, and have even considered some of the amps with those features. But, at the same time, there's still room in the market for amps that devote their full production budget 100% to build quality and signal path, rather than making compromises in order to get extra tech inside and still hit a reasonable price point. Again, don't get me wrong, having those extras would be a fantastic convenience in some situations, it's just not part of the PRS amp philosophy (for now).
But honestly, the terms Made in Indonesia troubles be a lot
Does it really worth sellling my US-made Archon for the new Indonesian one? I'm not sure and I need a very long time to make decision...
I'm a little Meh at the non-US-manufactured bit.
Yeah, price is "appropriate" for the source, I suppose.
But I really like my US-made PRS amps, I even avoid the import cabs due to the woods/plywoods used.
I'll stick with my 100W head + 2x12 cab and 25W combo I guess.
What I meant was differences in building method; handwired/PCB, non-Standby, no power reduction, etc. Obviously the v.2 is not carrying-over of the predecessor to new plant, it’s something different.Why should it? This reissue can be more accessible to people who want a good sounding amp with no bull and no runaway inflated price tag.
We already know it isn't "the same thing" - the tubes are different at the very least.No because it's just the same thing but with a few cost cutting measures.
Components like resistors, capacitors, etc are undoubtedly of overseas origin.My Archon says “assembled in the USA” on the back. I always assumed this meant most of it was made overseas and final assembly was in the US.
Second Generation PRS Archon Quiz:
The reason why Paul Reed Smith installed 6CA7 tubes into this amp was...
a.) He really liked the tone.
b.) He just wanted to stop people from fiddling with the amp and just leave the stock tubes in there.
c) He's the only one in the world buying 6CA7 tubes and he can get them at a really good price (and maybe he's also got an exclusive arrangement to be the only one who can buy them).
d.) All of the above.