FordGTLover: No, thats a 1455K1601BK, with the aluminum end panels, which means I had to go with isolated panel jacks on all the connectors. I'm partial to the aluminum look vs the "crinkle finish" plastic end panels. Ultimately the plastic end panels are simpler to deal with though. I decided to go with the 1601 because I wanted to put in a 1/4 Jack, RCA's and an RK27.
Olblueyez: a couple of the protos had input jacks at the back, but also used a bigger/different case to do it in. The spec'd case (and the 160X case) have enough room for a power switch or fuse, and the heater switch, so there's no room for any kind of input jack. I have an inline fuse on the output of my transformer just in case, which saved my bacon when I did a major faux paux, during building. Also, since all the power supplies are at the back (there are 3 of them, including some high frequency stuff..) you would need well shielded cables to route over the board. In keeping with the compact nature of the amp, it becomes a tradeoff: Looks vs functionality, and for me it wasn't a big issue to have the inputs at the front. The proto boards did not have any holes for standoffs, so you are limited to how you could mount the board. The production boards do have them, so they could be mounted in bigger cases, although the "Compact" part if this beauty is part of its cache I think.
Wiatrob, I don't know whether to Blush
or say Thanks for the compliment