A good practice amp
This is a very good practice amplifier, and it does offer a lot for the money. I considered purchasing other practice amplifiers that produced a better tone, but I'm glad that I went with the Roland; this is for several reasons: To start, the Roland has a phrase looper. The looping feature makes this amp an incredible value, as pedals with looping features are rather expensive. I couldn't find one for under 150 dollars. Second, the Roland is very solid. I had considered some of Roland's competitors, and I really thought that the Vox in particular had a better tone. However, I believe this improvement in tone was from the use of a tube--not something I really want in a "practice" amp. The Roland is a simple, solid-state practice amp, so I feel confident that it won't require any maintenance over the years--unlike a tube amplifier. Third, it is uber-portable. I'm very happy with the weight and size of the amp; it's takes well to travel, and I feel like you don't have to baby the thing. Fourth, the sounds are fair, and it has some fun effects. I've read some reviews bashing the clean tone of this amp. I'm happy with both the clean and distorted sounds. It even has an interesting tube simulating mode, although I think the distortions are where the amp shines. You can also connect an external music device through the amp, so it is fun to practice with a mp3 player.
Now, would I do a gig with this? Probably not. This is a practice amp, and I don't expect it to do more than that. Would I practice on it for hours? Yes! This is a good value, and I'm pleased with the purchase so far.
The negatives: the sound isn't the best in this class, and the foot pedals are a bit of a scam. You can spend a lot of money to get access all the foot pedal options, so be careful of this. I bought a single Boss switch, and it does the trick....just not all the tricks!
The positives: the looper is a fantastic practice tool and value; the amp is indestructible and portable; the tone is perfect for practice, and the power squeezer doesn't hurt!
Conclusion: The cube 40xl is good practice amp and value. Good job Roland!