What our editors saw on the final day of Winter NAMM 2013.

"iSP Technologies brought two cool new little boxes to Anaheim. The Theta 2-channel preamp (bottom) features exceptional tone tweakability and a wide range of gainяfrom slightly overdriven to seething shred fury. It sounded exceptionally amp-like when routed to iSP's new 1x12 speaker cab (not shown) through the 1.5-pound Stealth power amp (top), which features two 90-watt channels that can be combined for 180 watts."
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