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HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by monkeywhistle on 2010-09-01 10:11:31

I bought a new HD100 head about 2 weeks ago from Sam Ash.  Now, upon looking online, I am wondering if I was sold an HD100 (non MKII) head - is there such a thing?  Looking online, there seems to be no distinguishing between the 2.  Regardless of whether the advertised head is and HD100 or and HD100 MKII, the prices are all $899.  The only difference that I can see is that the HD100 has a single line LCD display while the HD100 MKII has a large, double line LCD display.  Is there any difference, and if so, then why are is the price for both types the same.  I wished that I would have done a little more research on this, as I am afraid that I just paid $899 for a model which has been update.

Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by sinky181 on 2010-09-01 14:36:46

The hd100 mkll has mkll on the front panel just above the amp mod knob

Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by monkeywhistle on 2010-09-02 09:34:10

I'm wondering if it's worth my time to have it exchanged for the MKII.  The store advertises the MKII on their site, but sold me the non MKII.  At the time I didn't notice the difference, and since the price was exactly the same, I just didn't realize.  They should have told me that it was not exactly the same as the advertised model - oh well.  So is it worth it for me to swap it for the newer model?

Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by spaceatl on 2010-09-02 10:17:45

HD100 is the MK1, but it wasn't called that when it came out three years ago...The MKII is quite different...Updatable firmware and tweakable FX are probably the most notable features...There are some other differences like the MK2 has midi...

On the surface, they look similar...The MK2 does have MK2 silked on the front panel...The physical differences are subtle...

The power sections are pretty much the same...the modeling board is really what is different...MK2 is the newer hardware...

Likely you should exchange it...

Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by sinky181 on 2010-09-02 13:44:13

Having owned the mk1 and now have the mk2 hd100 the mk2 is the one to go for as you can deep edit the effects,also there is a difference on the front panel , the mk2 has the pre set knob and curser button under the lcd window and the mk1 has the curser on the left next to the lcd window,my mate bought the mk1 off me and now he has used mine is going to get the mk2

here's a pic of my mk2 and mk1 below



Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by monkeywhistle on 2010-09-07 07:27:33

Thanks everyone.  I called the music store and they are going to exchange the head for the MKII model - my ESP horizon NT-II is at the store ready for me, so I'll make the exchange then.  It's pretty heinous that they didn't tell me this when I spent $1500+ on the head and cab, expecially when it's the MKII head that they advertise online.  No disrespect to Sam Ash however because they were awesome and are giving me no problems to exchange it.  Again - thanks for the feedback.

Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by thealphazac on 2012-01-08 18:26:23

hi ummm i read ur post about owning an mk1 i was wondering if you could tell me the settings to the presets royal flush and soil>??????  bought the mk2 as well but loved those 2 effects for some songs so please if you can hit me up with those settings...... thanx yu's

Re: HD100 versus HD100 MKII
by guitars69 on 2012-01-19 11:15:13

The MKii also has MIDI on the back, which is missing from the MKi.  That makes it easy to see.

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