NAD - Friedman Small Box 50
Actually got this a few weeks ago and haven't spent a whole lot of time playing on it yet, but what little I have been able to play has really impressed me. Will definitely try to do a full review once I've taken it through its more extensive paces. Early impressions are that it is a fabulous 2-channel amplifier: articulate high gain (albeit with a slightly more vintage-y flavor than the BE100's more modern sound), Marshall-inspired tones while still retaining clarity and note bloom. Still tight but has more sag than say a Splawn Quickrod. The cleaner Plexi channel is gorgeous sounding and has that "3D" like richness. Obviously, extremely well-built with top quality components.
This was my birthday present to myself so I decided to drop a little bit of coin on it. As some of you know, I have used Budda Superdrive amps primarily and have the SD45, SD30, and SD18 in my amp farm arsenal. The SD45 in particular has been my favored weapon of choice. My only complaint with the Buddas is that the master volume goes from whisper to screaming roar at 1. No such issue with the Friedman at all: sounds really good at room volume and of course sounds even better as you add volume (although I have not fully opened her up yet).
I've also not A/Bed the Friedman against my SD45. Against the Baron Custom, obviously the Friedman is more Marshall whereas the Baron favors those Soldano tones. The Friedman SB50 does seem to be picky with cabs and speakers though. Driving my Budda 2x12 cab, it can be overly articulate and sharp-sounding (especially when slamming the front end with a boost or OD pedal)...but then again, those Eminence Budda Phat speakers were designed to slice through the mix. Never got ice-picky but you can hear every little nuanced "click" of your pick. Driving the Lamar Custom pine 2x12 cab it sounds rounder, losing some of that sharpness without sacrificing any articulation or detail...just warmer than the Budda cab. The Lamar is loaded with an Eminence Lynch Super V12 and an Eminence Private Jack (their take on Greenbacks). I have a few other 2x12 cabs that I haven't played the Friedman through yet but will in due time (especially looking forward to trying it on my Ear Candy Buzzbomb 2x12). Just thought I'd share. Thanks!