Guitar amplification reviews

  • Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Review
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    Tech 21 Hot-Rod Plexi Review - Stack Attack

    05/20/14

    Although most amp modeling is digital, Tech 21 has always created its amp emulations using analog circuitry. The Hot-Rod Plexi pedal ($179) is the latest example. It’s an effects processor that’s designed to be used with an amp, so unlike the SansAmp processors, it has no speaker emulation built in.

  • Exclusive Line 6 AMPLIFI 150 Review
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    Exclusive Line 6 AMPLIFI 150 Review - The Blue-Toothed Combo

    01/28/14

    Line 6 enters the Bluetooth era with the new AMPLIFI series, which combines multimedia speakers and a modeling combo in a single box.

  • Line 6 POD HD500X Review
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    Line 6 POD HD500X Review - Are you POD-to-date?

    11/16/13

    The final exam of the music course I took at the Audiofanzine academy, read as follows: "With a theorem-article of at least 10,000 characters, resolve the equation LINE 6 POD HD500X where X = (new footswitches + powerful DSP)".

  • Roland Cube Lite Review
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    Roland Cube Lite Review - Coffee Table Amp

    07/24/13

    In order to counter the successful Yamaha THR10 and THR5 "coffee table amps," Roland announced the launch of the Cube Lite during the last NAMM, which extends the well-known Cube series.

  • Orange OR15 Review
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    Orange OR15 Review - With a Strong Fruit Flavor

    03/23/13

    Every day that goes by it is more obvious that the famous Orange Tiny Terror turned the guitar amplification market upside down. It started a trend (a very positive one, if you ask me) for affordable, high-quality and low-power amps. In spite of the huge number of products in this segment, Orange is still the leading player when it comes to low-po…

  • Orange Jim Root Terror #4 Review
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    Orange Jim Root Terror #4 Review - Orange and Black

    10/21/12

    It might seem incredible but, up to this day, Orange had never offered a signature amp. But now the Jim Root #4 has changed things for good! So it's time for us to put the focus on this small black animal.

  • Koch TwinTone III Review
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    Koch TwinTone III Review - Koch Is In The House!

    08/19/12

    There are brands of guitar amps we see quite often in stores but we rarely try out. Any reason is good enough to skip such amps: no time, fear of the unknown, or simply no interest in testing new things. But this time, there's no excuse! I head out to the Netherlands. Rumors say Koch presents a new combo that is worth our attention. I take my hat,…

  • EVH 5150III Review
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    EVH 5150III Review - Eddy Van Houten?

    08/05/12

    When Fender launched a new amplifier featuring a new "EVH" logo and the traditional "F" next to the 5150 III logo, questions were certain to rise. Rumors said this new monster is made for metal. There are too many secrets surrounding this new amp — it's time for me to jump into my van and find out the truth.

  • Fender Super Champ X2 Review
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    Fender Super Champ X2 Review - The War of the Worlds

    07/01/12

    In the world of guitar amps, war is raging. The transistor forces from the digital world are fighting the tubes army. Turning itself into a peace dove, Fender tries to put an end to this war by introducing a hybrid concept: the Super Champ X2. This new amp made in Mexico combines digital technology with tubes has finally seen the light of day. It'…

  • Orange OR50H Review
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    Orange OR50H Review - Back To The Future!

    06/17/12

    The OR50H is not a new product. It belongs to the "Pics Only" series launched in 1972. It's a legend in amplification history and its "so British" sound had a great impact in the destiny of the manufacturer. Now Orange has decided to reissue a limited version of the amp for its 40's birthday. The idea was a great success and Orange decided to add …