I bought this amp from Nicholson music in Folsom, CA and paid $239.00. Nicholson is my local music supply store and offered the same price as Guitar Center.
Since I could only afford one amplifier I looked at all available 30 watt amps. I was looking for warm tone with some decent effects. Once I was turned on to the Vox AD30VT I was pleasantly surprised by the warmth of the amp and its features. It models eleven amps in both preset and manual mode. Therefore one can modify any attribute of the setup. There are eleven effects - seven are combinations. The guitarist can adjust the "amount" of effect with a knob. There is also a noise reduction setting the guitarist can adjust when playing a single coil pickup or using high gain.
I would prefer to have each of the effects independent of one another. That way I could invoke each one singly or in any combination I choose.
Very solid unit. It has a metal grate front one would think would rattle but it doesn't.
Cool amp. It requires reading the manual (really!) but it is simple to operate. I'd buy it again.
Originally written by YannaY_5962 on Audiofanzine FR.
Hybrid amp (preamp with 12AX7 tube, solid-state amp)
One footswitch input, one headphones output
30 watts (real watts)
11 amp simulations
11 effects (some dual effects)
Gain, volume, treble, mid, bass, master controls
Level control to adjust the output power (see below)...
Easy to use: just select an amp model and the desired effects, set all controls at the center and start adjusting from there. The manual is clear and will help you fine tune (noise reduction, bypass, etc.)
You can get a good sound easily
It's a swiss army knife: you can play almost anything. If you are a metal freak, you'd better choose the XL version.
The level control is a great feature: you can adjust the output power from 1 to 30 watts keeping the same gain level. This means you can play in your bedroom or with your band with the same sound.
The amp also sounds very good with a pair of headphones.
There's a new version out (VT30) so you can probably find the AD30VT for a few bucks.
This is a modeling combo amp, a digital one, made by Vox. It has a tube pre-amp, which is what Vox would have you believe makes it sound just like a Tube amp. It's not, though. Don't believe them. The tube output is what makes a tube amp sound like a tube amp. This has a 30 watt circuit. There are eleven different amp models as well as eleven effects. There are two programmable channels of customized sounds that can be controlled with a footswtich (sold seperately). There are controls for gain, volume, bass, middle, treble, presence, and effects, which range from reverb (3 different kinds) to delay, tremolo, chorus, flanger, and a few combinations of effects.
Getting a good sound out of this amp is actually quite difficult. Like most modeling amps, this one is great for getting a lot of different types of tones. However, most of the amp models are quite limited in their application. That is, they aren't very flexible, unlike a tube amp, which will respond differently to differences in dynamics, pickups, pedals, etc. The manual will explain how to use the effects, but it will still be difficult. I actually find it quite difficult to control the effects to this day, even after having gone over it in the manual several times.
The sounds on this amp have a wide variety of ranges, but none of them are particularly great. They do imitate everything from on old Roland Jazz Chorus to a Vox AC30, to a Marshall tube stack, to a boutique high-gain amp, but none of them really are all that fantastic sounding. The closest one would have to be the AC30 but that's to be expected as it's made by Vox. I think that that sound is the only one I tend to use, as it has been more than applicable to most of my needs, from rock to blues and such. The effects on this amp are also pretty weak, to be honest, since they are pretty generic-sounding and have limited flexibility (and what flexibility they do have is difficult to achieve, because of the aforementioned difficulties in adjusting them.)
I like the flexibility of tones, which will work for gigs that require it, but I don't like the fact that few, if any, of these tones are exceptionally good. I don't like the effects either, because they are tough to adjust and don't sound very good. I'm not sure why I ever messed with this line of amps, I probably expected better from Vox, but I guess their new products don't do justice to their old ones.
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Jeffy's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)
The whole is rather easy to use manual not really need to sound this amp
be good even when reconnatre for parametrer c effects a little laborious when same!
with a few pots and more it would have been perfect.
Good to c the strong point of this amp
we must be honest who does not see the difference between this amp and an all-tube amp 1500euros
must: switch off the music right away, but good for the price I do not think we could do better
you can feel the warm sound lamp with the grain. I tried nearly all the small little amps in its price range and must reconnatre he is above see well above
if you are like me, you have to play low volume in a small apartment on pain of divorce or conflict with neighbors and therefore only all-tube amp, which deserves to push the volume to do breathing, is avoid then I highly recommend this amp
30 w is more than enough to type a beef between pot enough (just be that the 50 watts would be more appropriate but 30 w spit a lot when even)
the effects are of very good quality noise gate very effective
but as there are no effects loop you can not add multi effect on pain of having a pan of its output (I try it with the ME 50 boss what disappointment!)
by against all that get little before the amp is welcome
I give you my gear: compressor outlet, 535Q wah, tube factor h & k, and the amp
has done little and have good sound low volume.Bon c the tube distortion factor is also something!
I put 7 for Audible quality (9 relative price)
effects of very good qualitbr /> sounds very interesting
the look (a very nice amp c)
hp is not of the same quality as the 60Watts (AD60)
rglage the effects could be simpler with 2 knobs and more