Hi @VapnFagan and glad you like the Fryette for your power amp needs! I also like the Matrix for its stereo capabilities! The Fryette is a wonderful choice and we have heard wonderful things regarding that specific power amp etc. Thanks for the feedback!
I have also been down this path. I tried using most brands of powered speaker/monitor, I even built my own FRFR that looks like an amp combo. I really liked those options, but finally settled (when not using in-ears) with a Katana head into a Jim Bergantino AD212 2x12 speaker cabinet. I plug the QC into the power amp in of the Katana so I bypass the preamp.
Maybe a bit differently, with the Berg cab, I do not bypass the cab block, so I do not have to have separate presets or make any adjustments to QC when I go between amp on stage and no amp.
The Bergantino cab is my “missing link”. This cab was designed by a company coming from the bass world. The cab is neutral and extended (70-5.5kHz) so not FRFR but surprisingly good enough for stage monitoring purposes allowing me to hear the effect of the cab block to my tone.
Now, I am a country picker that migrates towards alnico speakers, mostly Celestion Gold and Emi Red Fangs. These traditional speakers/cabs though, add that alnico personality, so I would bypass the cab block to use my own physical speaker cabinets like most do.
While the approach of turning off the cab block works, it created a disconnect between what I was hearing and what FOH received.
The Berg cab gives me pant-leg thwapping amp in room tone that is largely representative of what FOH is receiving direct with very little interaction between my cab block and the real Berg cab. I have just started gigging this setup, but it is working out great so far.
Unless I’m recording or need to be quiet for whatever reason, I almost exclusively use my Quad Cortex through my WAZA Tube Amp Expander (as a power amp through the FX Return). I did the same with my Kemper for a long time.
It comes really close to the real deal, especially since I’m already used to the sound and feel of the WAZA, since I pretty much always run my real amps through the WAZA.
Now the downside about this, is I need to keep two cab at all time to get the variety of sound that I love!