Marshall DSL40CR VS Marshall Origin (ORI50C) (comparison)
Our pick: The DSL40CR
The Origin is modeled after after '60s Marshall amps and only has one channel, which limits it a lot in terms of style and flexibility. We'd recommend going with the DSL series instead, which has multiple channels, gain modes, and can cover a much wider style range and gain (distortion) levels.
The biggest differences between the Marshall DSL40CR (the DSL series in general) and the Marshall Origin include the following:
- Targeted style and gain range
- Channel count and flexibility
Unless you're really set on a '60s vintage amp style, which is what the Origin is modeled after, you're going to be better off spending a little bit of extra money to get your hands on the DSL40CR.
The DSL40 has two channels and two distortion modes, as well as a more flexible EQ and distortion (gain) that can span a very wide range of styles.
While the Origin is cheaper, it does not provide as much value as the DSL40CR.
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Marshall DSL40CR VS Origin 50 Comparison Table
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Detailed Specs for Both Amps
They're both tube amps and they even have the same type of tube in the preamp and power amp. But the single channel in the Origin isn't ideal, and the flexibility is just better in the DSL, which you can clearly see in the "knobs" row.
Number of channels
2-channels (2 modes each)
Combo (head version available)
Head (combo version available)
40W (20W power setting)
50W (10W/5W power settings)
4 x ECC83
3 x ECC83
Power Amp Tubes
2 x EL34
2 x EL34
5-band EQ, Reverb
1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
1 x 1/4"
2 x 1/4" (4 ohm), 2 x 1/4" (8 ohm), 1 x 1/4" (internal 16 ohm speaker), 1 x 1/4" (Softube emulated out)
1 x 1/4" (16 ohm), 2 x 1/4" (2 x 16 ohm / single 8 ohm), 1 x 1/4" (DI out)
Gain, Volume (classic channel), Gain, Volume (ultra channel), Treble, Mid, Bass, Presence, Resonance, Classic Ultra (reverb), Master 1, Master 2 (master output)
Presence, Master (output), Treble, Middle, Bass, Tilt, Gain
Yes, 2-button footswitch (optional 6-way sold separately)
Yes, 2-button footswitch
Unless you're really into '60s amp models and you don't mind being limited to one channel, pay the extra 200 bucks or so for the DSL40CR. Also keep in mind that there is a head version of that amp if you don't want the combo. Likewise, there's a combo version of the Origin 50.
There are also different wattage variations for both series.
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