The active EQ on the Triple XXX is why I eventually sold it. Once I started playing out more, I began to notice how my "go to" setting (bass 7-8, mids 5,treble 6) sounded harsh and undefined. A big part of it was even at a relatively conservative setting, the midrange was just overbearing. I tried rolling the knob back to aboout 3.5, and then it was just too scooped for my tastes. IMO, Active EQs are just way too gatdamn sensitive.
Yeah it is overly sensitive. It did take me time to decode it. I mean, time time. Months. I just pictured it that in the middle position it might be a conventional tonestack and it worked. My treble knob is at 9 o'clock with my ibanez, my mid is almost full and the bass is almost maxed. The bass knob does seem to feed the rest of the tonestack somehow. If you keep it down the sound looses balls! As a result it is not spikey (which would be if one applies boost rather than cut) but more amp like if you will. Anyway the idea came from the "brown sound by turning down" setting about the XXX on the net in which the user had the tonestack to almost zero and sounded van halenish. Point is, with amps like this you can't form an oppinion in a matter of minutes, unfortunately.
If the ironheart does have a unique eq philosophy like timmyfirst says then you are up to a lot of tweaking and maybe you find what you like. I mean, potentional is there, ola englunds sample showcases it as perhaps one of the tightest amp in his test-just compare it to the fryette deliverance or mesa mark which was in my oppinion the kings for this. KSE do tour for sometime with these heads and seem to get their sound.
Also what speakers do you have in your cab? Timmyfirst said it maybe too spikey with V30s, here are some pretty good samples with ironheart/laney V30 cab:
Hope this inspire you to try it a bit more, you never know. You can always get the 6505+ in the end or something.