DSL5CR
OWNER’S MANUAL
INTRODUCTION
Congratulations on your purchase of this Dual Super Lead (DSL) amplifier from
Marshall Amplification.
The DSL provides the legendary Marshall tone, allowing you to express your distinct
playing style and attitude.
From clean to distorted overdrives, the DSL 5 is a versatile all valve amp that allows
you to easily dial in the sound you desire.
This DSL amplifier not only delivers the tone you expect from a Super Lead amplifier
it is also packed with an array of features such as an effects loop, power reduction
and studio quality digital reverb.
Your DSL has been specifically engineered to sound great at much lower volumes
than its larger counterparts. This makes the amp ideal for use at home or in rehearsal
environments.
We hope you enjoy your DSL amplifier.
- The Marshall Team
OVERVIEW
The DSL 5 Combo is loaded with a 10” Celestion Ten-30 speaker chosen for its
ability to deliver exceptional tone at lower volumes.
The DSL features two foot switchable channels: CLASSIC GAIN and ULTRA GAIN.
The CLASSIC GAIN channel can deliver sparkling clean sounds through to the more
aggressive break-up of a Marshall JCM800 amplifier. The ULTRA GAIN channel
provides even more distortion and break-up for players looking high gain tone from
their amplifier.
Both channels share a passive three-band EQ, with BASS, MIDDLE and TREBLE
controls. The EQ section also features Tone Shift, which when activated reconfigures
the pre-amp mid frequencies making DSL ideal for contemporary metal tones,
especially when combined with higher gain settings.
The DSL 5 features professional quality digital REVERB and a series FX LOOP. The
LOW POWER function adds a further dimension to the DSL sound, giving you rich
valve tone at an ear-friendly volume.
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WARNING! IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
WARNING:
Before going any further, make sure that
your amplifier is compatible with your
mains electricity supply. If you have any
doubt, please seek help from a qualified
technician – your Marshall dealer can
help you in this respect.
MAINS INPUT & FUSE:
The specific mains input voltage
rating that your amplifier has been
manufactured for is indicated on the
rear panel of the amplifier. Your amplifier
is provided with a detachable mains
(power) lead, which should be connected
to the MAINS INPUT socket on the rear
panel of the amplifier (Rear Panel Function
#14). The correct value and type of
mains fuse is specified on the rear panel
of the amplifier.
NEVER attempt to bypass the fuse or fit
one of the incorrect value or type.
TRANSPORTING YOUR EQUIPMENT:
Please ensure that your amplifier is
switched off, unplugged from the mains
electricity supply and all removable
cables have been disconnected from
your equipment before attempting to
move it.
IMPORTANT SET UP INFORMATION:
1. When using DSL5CR with an extension speaker cabinet, make sure
that the speaker cabinet is of the correct impedance rating. See the
LOUDSPEAKER guide in this manual
for specific information regarding
impedance matching (Rear Panel
Function #21).
WARNING:
Failure to do the above may damage
your amplifier. When connecting a
speaker cabinet make sure that you use
a proper speaker cable. Never use a
screened (shielded) guitar cable for this
purpose.
2. Ensure that the POWER switch is
set to the OFF position. (Front Panel
Function #13)
3. Connect the supplied mains (power) lead into the MAINS INPUT on the rear panel first and then into the
mains electricity supply. (Rear Panel Functions #14)
COMPLIANCE STATEMENT
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions:
1. This device may not cause harmful interference, and
2. This device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential
installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications.
However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on,
the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
4. Ensure that the volume controls on
the front panel are set to zero. (Front
Panel Functions #3 & #6)
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5. Plug your guitar into the INPUT jack
socket. (Front Panel Function #1)
CAUTION: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the users authority to operate the equipment.
6. Switch the amplifier ON using the
POWER switch (Front Panel Function
#13).
This device complies with CAN ICES-3(B)/NMB-3(B)
7. Turn the selected channel volume
up to your preferred level and your
amplifier is ready to play.
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and the receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
PLEASE READ THIS MANUAL CAREFULLY
BEFORE PLUGGING IN.
FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS AND HEED ALL WARNINGS.
KEEP THESE INSTRUCTIONS.
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FRONT PANEL FUNCTIONS
DSL5CR FRONT PANEL
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2
3
4
6
7
ULTRA GAIN CHANNEL
1. INPUT
Input jack socket for your guitar cable.
Use a good quality screened/shielded
guitar cable to help prevent noise
interference.
5. GAIN
Controls the gain level for the ULTRA GAIN
channel. As the amount of gain increases, so
will the distortion level in your sound.
CLASSIC GAIN CHANNEL
2. GAIN
Controls the gain level for the CLASSIC
GAIN channel. As the amount of gain
increases, so will the distortion level in
your sound.
3. VOLUME
Controls the volume level of the
CLASSIC GAIN channel.
4. CHANNEL SELECT
Press to switch between CLASSIC GAIN
and ULTRA GAIN channels:
The CLASSIC GAIN channel status LED
will light green to indicate that CLASSIC
GAIN channel is selected.
The ULTRA GAIN channel status LED
will light red to indicate the ULTRA GAIN
channel is selected.
Note: Channels can be selected using the
supplied 2-way footswitch.
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6. VOLUME
Controls the volume level of the ULTRA
GAIN channel.
EQUALISATION SECTION
7. TONE SHIFT
Tone Shift reconfigures the preamp EQ
network adding a new dimension to
tonal shaping.
8. TREBLE
Controls higher frequencies of your
sound. Turning clockwise will increase
the highs making the sound brighter and
more crisp.
9. MIDDLE
Controls the middle register of your
sound. Turning clockwise adds girth.
Turning anticlockwise reduces the
middle frequencies ‘scooping’ the
sound – this is accentuated when used in
conjunction with Tone Shift (Front Panel
Function #7).
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10. BASS
Controls the amount of lower frequency,
or bottom-end, in your sound. Turning
clockwise will increase the bottom-end
making the sound fuller.
11. DEEP
When pressed in, the Deep switch adds
a resonant bass boost to your sound,
increasing the bottom-end making the
tone fatter.
Tonal Note: The preamp EQ network is
dynamic and highly interactive. Please note
that because of this, altering the setting of
one control can change the way that the
other controls behave – experiment to find
your sound.
12. REVERB
Controls the overall REVERB level.
13. POWER
Mains power switch.
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REAR PANEL FUNCTIONS
DSL5CR REAR PANEL
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15
16
17
18
19
20
21
14. MAINS INPUT
Connects the amplifier to the mains
electricity supply.
18. AUDIO IN
Connect an external device here to
practice with or jam along to music.
20. LOW POWER
Use LOW POWER to switch from 5 Watt
down to 0.5 Watt.
Note: The MAINS INPUT socket has an
integrated fuse compartment. Ensure that
the value of a replacement fuse matches the
labelling on the amplifier rear panel. You
MUST ALWAYS switch the amplifier OFF
and disconnect it from the mains electricity
supply before attempting to access the fuse
compartment. If in doubt, contact your
Marshall Dealer.
19. EMULATED OUT
Frequency compensated line level
output for headphones or for connection
to a mixer. The DSL is equipped with
a high quality emulated output using
Softube-designed studio cabinet
emulation. This ensures that your
headphone and output signal from this
socket provide the best possible tone for
practice or recording.
21. LOUDSPEAKER
A single 16 Ohm extension speaker
cabinet can be connected if required.
The speaker socket is labelled with the
correct impedance rating: 1 x 16 OHM.
15. FX LOOP RETURN
Connect the output of an external FX
pedal or processor.
16. FX LOOP SEND
Connect the input of an external FX
pedal or processor.
17. F/S
Connect the supplied 2-way channel and
FX loop footswitch here (PEDL-90012).
WARNING: When using the DSL5CR head
for ‘silent’ practice or DI recording ALWAYS
disconnect the speaker cabinet from the
amplifier’s rear panel before switching on.
NEVER unplug the speaker cable from the
speaker cabinet while it is still connected
to the amplifier rear panel. This may stress
the amplifier’s power-stage and in extreme
cases may lead to valve and/or transformer
failure.
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WARNING: Only ever connect a single 1
x 16 Ohm extension speaker cabinet. Any
other speaker configuration may stress
the amplifier power-stage and in extreme
cases may lead to valve and/or output
transformer failure.
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Bletchley, Milton Keynes, MK1 1DQ, England.
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Whilst the information contained herein is correct at the time of publication, due to its policy of constant improvement
and development, Marshall Amplification plc reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice.
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