Would love to get some thoughts from the community on this issue I'm having with a brand new Kabinet.
I would first like to say, I am new to Kemper, and bought the Profiler Stage about 2 months ago. I ordered from sweetwater, and the first unit I received was defective. The foot switches were intermittent, and after 2 days barely working at all. I peeked inside and saw that the springs were covered in rust. A friend of mine posted about it on this forum. I exchanged it and the one I have now is fine, although I was a bit surprised they didn't put some sort of desiccant inside?
Anyway, fast forward to now and I ordered a Kabinet and an SD Power Stage 170 to power it (I was previously playing through a home stereo). Played at normal or loud volume it sounds mostly fine if a little gritty, but here's the thing: At low volume (I mean soft playing, not volume knob down), there is a clear vibration (think gritty) that should not be there (low gain amp profile). Also, if you hit a string softly, once the note starts to die out, it suddenly cuts out, almost as if it was affected by a noise gate....but there is no noise gate on.
Now I tried a few things to troubleshoot:
- I connected the SD amp to the speaker in my Fender Blues Jr. with the same KPA settings: It sounded fine and did not exhibit the behavior above.
- I connected the Blues Jr. AMP to the Kabinet.... it DID exhibit the behavior above...
- I connected the KPA and SD amp to the Kabinet and played at maximum volume (holy S**t!) for a few minutes thinking this might "break it in"....still does it.
Anyone have any ideas? Did I get another dud from Kemper? Man I will be pissed if so!
Thanks for your help!