BOSS CE-5 Chorus Ensemble

The Boss CE-5 gives the user a slightly more complex and sophisticated array of chorus sounds that its cousin, the CH-1. While it does have a bit more to it, this pedal is still thoroughly set in the no-frills, simple world that Boss tends to live in. This might be a slight upgrade from the CH-1 due to its enhanced tonal control

External Control: None
Cost: $


HornFX Review

Interface:  3/5
This pedal gives the user a bit more control over their tone than the standard Boss CH-1. It is somewhat disappointing however, that you are not able to pump up the bass or treble, but only able to diminish it or cut it all together.

Versatility: 3/5
Being as simple as it is, the CE-5 has a limited range of sounds, made only slightly more diverse by its EQ options.

Tonal Reproduction: 3/5
As with many digital pedals, this one’s sound tends to be on the bright, bordering on sterile, side. It does provide a fair representation of your tone. You can counteract some of the sterility with the various EQ settings.

Complexity: Simple

Complexity: Simple

Live application: 3.5/5
When comparing it to the Boss CH-1, this might give you better results in a live setting. The more advanced EQ options will allow you to more accurately and specifically tailor your sound to what you would like to hear.

InterfaceVersatilityTonal ReproductionLive ApplicationTotal Score

Product Information

Input Impedance: 1 M ohms
Output Impedance: 1 k ohms
Recommended Load Impedance: 10 k ohms or greater
Residual Noise Level: -93 dBu (IHF-A, Typ.)
Connectors: INPUT Jack, OUTPUT Jack A (mono)/ B, AC Adaptor Jack (DC 9 V)

Power Supply
DC 9 V: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V), AC Adaptor
Current Draw: 22 mA (DC 9 V)
Accessories: Dry Battery 9 V type (6F22/9 V)/Optional AC Adaptor (PSA-Series)

Width: 73 mm/2-7/8 inches
Depth: 129 mm/5-1/8 inches
Height: 59 mm/2-3/8 inches
Weight: 410 g/0 lbs. 15 oz.

Product info from the Boss website