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Vox AC15VR Valve Reactor Combo Amp Review

VeRy Vox A few years ago, Vox launched their legendary AC30 as an amp head or as a combo, all made in China at an affordable price. This year, VOX is spoiling us with a hybrid series, using a special amplification technology mixing transistors and tube. This 15 Watts model is what’s on the menu for today. read more…

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Terrible amp (Acoustic - 165)

By Nick Simper, 17/04/2016
Horrible amp. Poor copy of a Messa Boogie. Messa sued them and they went out of business. I could never get a good sound of of this thing. Looked great but a brittle clean sound, weighs a ton, overdrive sounds like an electric razor. Stay far away from these even if it is free.
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The best amp for the money with a real punch and very useable warm complex tones (Vox - AC15VR)

By Honest Opinion, 19/04/2016
Its actually a very versatile amp that can do almost any sound. It took me a while to stumble upon this amp. I have had many amps before including Marshall MG15, Roland Cube 30X, Roland Cube 80XL, Vox VT40+ and Blackstar ID30. My dad has a Blackstar HT40.

I had been looking for a while for a secondhand AC15 but never found one that was either within my price range or good enough in condition or near enought o where I live.

Anyway I had seen this lots of times in stores and had always for some reason overlooked it but finally while auditioning an AC10 I decided to try this as well.

I can say that I was quite blown away by this amp. It sounds like an AC10 or AC15. It doesnt go as loud and is missing some of the uncomfortably sharp treble on the AC15 but I turn that down anyway. What it has is an extra overdrive channel that gives harder distortion so its almost like buying this amp and a Boss DS1 pedal.

I use it to play lead sections for EDM that I am writing and for jamming with friends.

In a home/garage jamming situation it stacks up very well with the Blackstar. It is not as versatile as the Blackstar but it has a signature sound that the Blackstar lacks.

I love all the sounds and feel I can get good sounds across the range.

It is not exactly like a Vox AC15 but then an AC4 isnt either and neither is an AC10. For that matter the AC15 is not like the AC30. But it is definitely very much in the ballpark.

I have used all the modellers including the Blackstar ID30 and also a Catlinbread pedal that is supposed to emulate the AC15 sound.

I can tell you unequivocally that the AC15VR comes far closer to that sound than anything short of the real thing.

Having said that in many ways it is far more useable. I can get better sounds at very quiet bedroom levels than on the tube amps. And it definitely sounds very much like a tube amp.

Its also lighter and turns on quicker.

I dont particularly like the reverb which is really quite subtle. I am thinking of upgrading the unit inside with the stronger version as soon as the warranty runs out.

Anyway take it from me. This is a lovely amp that can hold its own against amps double the price and for this price it is a steal. I cannot understand what some of the reviewers on this site are writing about it.
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Very Wonderful guitar amplifier with really good tones and versatile (Vox - AC15VR)

By chotabacha, 21/04/2016
Our small band use this amplifier for backup but often also when we not wishing to carry around our main amplifier a very old Vox AC30. Also have Marshall MG50FX and Roland Cube 80XL.
This our favourite amplifier after Vox AC30.

We make funk, grunge and fusion metal music and use only delay and OD pedal.

Almost it is that we do not miss the AC30. Only big difference is sound when volume is turned upside.

At low and medium volume very little difference. Our amp was buyed secondhand and was used much by our friends who owned him before. They also not have problem of any type.

No problem with no effects loop because AC30 also do not have.

Yes Reverb is problem but my friend changed reverb unit and now much better.

I very much recommend amp. All my friends and audiance also like very much.

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If you go to Musikmesse next week, you will see the reissue of the iconic Music Man amps, designed in collaboration with MarkBass.

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