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ZT Acoustic Lunchbox
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Submitted: August 14th, 2017
by Reverend Mark
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Sound Quality
This unit has two channels, each with "gain", hi & low EQ, reverb.  There is a master volume and a feedback notch-squelch filter.  There is a 200-watt solid-state amp driving a 6.5" speaker.  All pretty serious stuff.  Noticeably better than the Roland Micro-Cube, really not as good as the Henricksen Bud.  I'm willing to say somewhat better than the Fishman Mini...I have yet to try using an extension speaker.
Reliability/Durability
I'm 70, and use this instead of my 15" 3-channel Polytone 'cause it weighs less than a quarter as much.  I use it outdoors at the beach, woods, or parks (power from a DieHard power-station) with a compressor, guitar, and mike.  I use it indoors (coffee shops, restaurants, &c.); the entire outfit weighs about 50 lbs. and I carry it on public transportation in urban settings.  I got the case about 6 months ago.I bought it used, now a year along I've seen no problems.  The ZT folks have responded to my email questions.
Price/Value
My cost was $180 used.  Some cosmetic issues.  At the full-price of $500, I might have looked harder at the $330 Fishman.   I like the vocal channel slightly better (I use an Audio-Technica Pro8HE).
General Comments
I'd certainly replace it, were it lost/broken.  Hope that statement will be good for another ten years (fingers crossed)...A highly-portable 2-channel amp seemed like a dream for much of my life.  Now you have choices.
Reviewer's Background
I've played banjo and guitar for more than 50 years.  Played with Sam Rivers, Frederic Rzewski, Jody Stecher; also veena and gamelan.  Degree in Music Composition.  BUT - I worked days in healthcare finance and lobbying.
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