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Vox VT80+

VT80+ , Modelling Combo Guitar Amp from Vox in the Valvetronix VT+ series.

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iamqman 27/04/2011

Vox VT80+ : Recensione di iamqman (content in English)

"EEEhhhhh not great!"
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I am not a fan of amp modeling as I think mot of them sound sterile, thin, and digitally processed. Even though they all claim to have a real tube feel and tone, very few if none of them ever complete that task.

This is one of those amp that doesn't live up to the amp modeling hype. It really doesn't have a usable tone for any professional type setting. If you were to use this as a practice amp that is one thing an I would recommend getting something cheaper that sounds better. So all in all this is an amp that I would pass on.


Vox VT80+ Combo Guitar Amplifier Features:

* Power amp output: 120W RMS (@ 8 ohms)
* Speaker: 1 x 12" VOX original speaker
* Power level control can limit the power amp output wattage, creating distinctive power amp distortion at any listening level
* Tube-driven VOX Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12 AX7 vacuum tube for true-tube tone
* Number of amp models: 33
* Number of effects: 11 pedal effect types, 3 reverb types, 1 noise reduction type
* Number of programs: 99 preset, 8 user (2 banks x 4 channels)
* Built-in automatic guitar tuner
* Input/output jacks
* Top panel: Input jack (1/4" Mono)
* 1/8" headphone output simulates the acoustic and spatial character of a full speaker cabinet
* Aux IN jack (1/8" Stereo)
* Rear panel: Foot SW jack
* Power supply requirements: AC

UTILIZATION

Details
Type Hybrid
Number of Channels 4
Power 120W
Speakers 1 x 12"
Effects Yes
Reverb Yes
EQ Treble, Middle, Bass
Amp Modeling Yes
Number of Models 99 Presets, 8 User, 33 Amp Models
Number of Tubes 1
No Preamp Tubes
Power Tubes 1 x 12AX7
Inputs 1 x Instrument, 1 x Aux (1/8")
Outputs 1 x Headphone (1/8")
Footswitch I/O
No Effects Loop
Height 17.2"
Width 17.8"
Depth 10.3"
Weight 31.08 lbs.

SOUNDS

The sounds from this amp are very poor and shrill sounding. The tone isn't warm and it doesn't sound anything like the amps they are trying to model after. The tone is thin and reminds me of a terrible sounding distortion pedal that attempts to recreate distortion.

The effects aren't so bad though. The delays are pretty nice as well as the rotary and detuned type effects. The have a god feel for warmth and give an otherwise unpleasant distortion tone some necessary pleasantries.

OVERALL OPINION

This is an amp that I would pass on. It is more expensive than I feel the value of the amp is worth. At new these amps come in around $400 which to me is a bit on the high side for what this can do. It certainly does have a ton of features and presets and amp models to choose from, but the overall feeling of the amp cannot overcome some decent features.

I would recommend looking into the Roland Cube series or the Peavey Vypyr over this unit. The are about the same price and have a lot better usable distortion and overdrive tones that sound more like a tube amp than this amp.