NAD: Archon

Discussion in 'Amplifiers' started by jc986, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. jc986

    jc986 Singlecut through Archon

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    Figured this would be a good introductory post :)

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    I'll start with the clean channel for this amp, because it is just that good. Of any high gain head I've ever played or heard, this is the best clean channel. The only head that rivals it that I've owned is the Mark V. It reminds me a lot of the Mark V's Fat mode (which is fu**ing awesome!!). Tons of headroom, and you are able to run the clean volume (gain) high to get nice edge of breakup tones. There is a bright switch that has a pretty dramatic affect on the sound. It's very bright and glassy when enabled, and quite a bit darker and rounder when not enabled. The only thing I wish PRS would have included is reverb, but I plan to pickup a reverb pedal in the near future to address that.


    The lead channel of the Archon sounds to me like a great blend of a Recto, 5150, and an Uberschall. It has a very modern sound, can be dialed in quite a few different ways and sounds great with pretty much any settings. Without the bright switch engaged it reminds me a lot of a Mesa Recto, but without the fizziness that you sometimes get with them. It is also a lot tighter than a Recto, but the general tone seems in the same ballpark. With the bright switch enabled there is a significant bump in the high end bite and I've been able to dial in the most aggressive sounds with the bright switch engaged. There is a ton of gain available, and to me seems like more of a saturation control than actually lessening the gain. Even with the gain at only 9 or 10 o'clock there is plenty for most styles it is just a drier type of gain. As you increase it just becomes more saturated. I like it set to around 1 o'clock for a nice balance of saturation and clarity. The depth and presence controls affect the feel of the amp quite dramatically, particularly the depth control. Lower depth settings have a very tight response, and as you increase the depth control a bit of sag is introduced. Unlike other amps' depth or resonance controls, the tone doesn't become anemic with the depth at lower settings. You can easily introduce more low end if needed by using the bass control and keep everything nice and tight by running the depth at around 9 or 10 o'clock. Lead tones are among the best with the Archon of any amp I've owned. One thing I missed about my old Mark V was the lead tone I was able to get, but with the Archon I don't feel like I'm missing anything.


    A couple clips:


    Unboosted: https://soundcloud.com/guitarjunkie986/prs-archon-unboosted-bright-on
    Boosted: https://soundcloud.com/guitarjunkie986/archon-boosted-bright-off
     
  2. alantig

    alantig Zombie Four, DFZ

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    Congrats, and welcome to Club Archon! Absolutely awesome amp.
     
  3. andy474x

    andy474x Knows the Drill

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    Wow, those clips RIP! Especially like the tone with the bright switch on.
     
  4. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    Great post and welcome!
     
  5. Dusty Chalk

    Dusty Chalk alberngruppenf├╝hrer

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    There's a brightness switch? (looks) Oh, well #@$^! me, look at that.

    Thanks for doing this demo. I completely agree about the clean channel -- zots of headroom. I'm not sure it's my favourite, but...maybe my second favourite?
     
  6. Tahlee

    Tahlee New Member

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    That amp sounds really awesome. Great playing and review. It looks equally classy and bad a$$.
     
  7. Michael B

    Michael B New Member

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    Sweet man!!! Love mine as well!!!!
     
  8. vchizzle

    vchizzle Zomb!e Nine, DFZ

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    Cool. Nice clip. I actually use close to those same settings when I'm home playing at fairly low volumes. My clean channel is a little different though. Band volume has less gain and the EQ is more flattened out. I've always used the amp with the bright switches on. Just sounds better IMO.
     
  9. jc986

    jc986 Singlecut through Archon

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    Yeah I finally had a chance to really crank it and had the EQ settings closer to noon across the board. I'm really happy with it at band volumes. It cuts through and doesn't get lost at all in the mix. I love that it is so easy to dial in too. With a lot of other amps it seems like I'm always readjusting the settings chasing the perfect sound that I had previously dialed in but so far with the Archon I can get everything dialed in within a few seconds and just worry about playing instead.
     
  10. HANGAR18

    HANGAR18 What Would Evel Knievel Do?

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    Archon amps are bad ass! Welcome to the club!
     
  11. Boogie

    Boogie Zombie Two, DFZ

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    Dammit. :evil: Now I want an Archon, too. (Crap, crap, crap!)

    Welcome! Now you need a guitar. Where should we start? ;)
     
  12. Tahlee

    Tahlee New Member

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    Yes, me, too. And, I am also gassing for a PRS Tremonti. It would be the first time I've had a PRS since I special ordered a Singlecut back in 2001. Damn internet gas.
     
  13. LSchefman

    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    No worries! Just take some internet Beano for that Internet GAS, and you'll be golden in no time at all!
     
  14. jc986

    jc986 Singlecut through Archon

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    Thanks. I have a 2001 PRS Singlecut, so I've been a PRS guitar player for quite some time. I'm hoping PRS will release a US-made baritone of some sort in the near future. That'd be my next guitar purchase for sure.
     

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