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Portable Guitar Amp from Vox belonging to the DA series.

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  • Great value for its price!

    Vox DA5Published on 04/02/15 at 19:13
    I purchased this amp a little over 3 years ago as a beginner guitarist looking for as much diversity as possible when learning and practicing. My tastes in music vary and I wanted something highly versatile when it comes to sound and effects. I play blues, classic rock, hard rock, punk rock, some thrash metal and progressive metal as well, so I searched for a decently priced amp that could give me all the tones and special effects I needed, in one single box.

    Features
    The DA5 has a wide range of play styles due to the ‘style’ controller which can cycle through 11 different styles.
    The styles are comprised of Clean 1, 2 and 3, Blues 1 - these 4 are excellent in tonality and sound, as......
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    I purchased this amp a little over 3 years ago as a beginner guitarist looking for as much diversity as possible when learning and practicing. My tastes in music vary and I wanted something highly versatile when it comes to sound and effects. I play blues, classic rock, hard rock, punk rock, some thrash metal and progressive metal as well, so I searched for a decently priced amp that could give me all the tones and special effects I needed, in one single box.

    Features
    The DA5 has a wide range of play styles due to the ‘style’ controller which can cycle through 11 different styles.
    The styles are comprised of Clean 1, 2 and 3, Blues 1 - these 4 are excellent in tonality and sound, as the name says, they’re quite clean and out of all the available solid state amps the Vox wins without a doubt in this category;
    Blues 2, 3 and Crunch 1 which try to emulate a slightly overdriven tube amplifier;
    Crunch 2 and Higain 1, my two personal favorites which offer a rich overdriven distortion type of sound, perfect for hard rock. grunge and punk for example;
    Then we have Higain 2 which is acceptable for metal in general;
    Higain 3 which I find too fuzzy and exaggerated and last but not least we have Drive which is a slightly more distorted version of Crunch.

    Not only does this amp have a rich range in styles, it also provides you with 11 effects which you can also fine tune as much as you want. The effects are not so great, you can’t compare them to actual effect pedals, however Reverb and Delay are actually more than decent and personally, being a fan of Tool I used these extensively during practice. There are other effects such as Chorus and Phaser which I didn’t use much or at all. All of these effects also come in combination of two in case you want to use more than one effect at the same time.

    The amp also has knobs for adjusting Gain, Tone and Master volume. They all work well and are useful, I just wish the tone knob would offer me individual control over low, mid and high frequencies but at this price that is something I won’t complain about.
    You would think that’s all that this bundle of joy comes with, but there is more. In the back it comes featured with a power switch so you can select if your amp’s wattage at 0,5 W, 1,5 W and 5W. It also has a line in for a microphone if you want to sing along, it has an auxiliary line in if you want to connect the amp to your computer so you can record, or play music through it while you play along and you can also connect a headphones to it if you want to play at night without disturbing anyone.
    I also need to mention you can use the amp on batteries for a few hours if you want to play outside.

    Sound
    I have tried both a Stratocaster and a Les Paul through this amp, one of them with a Seymour Duncan pickup and I arrived to the conclusion that the difference in sound due to the actual guitar is minimum or even totally unnoticeable. That being said, for a solid state amp this little box can give out quite some decent quality sounds. The clean channels remain clean even at maximum volumes, without sounding distorted, as for the high gain channels you do need to adjust them a bit until you find the sweet spot. Other amps of this level are better when it comes to distortion, but the Vox can’t be beaten when it comes to the clean channel. Add a distortion pedal like the DS1 or anything you want on top of the clean channel and you will have a wonderful range of sounds.

    Reliability
    I’ve had this amp for 3 years now and I bought it used from someone who used it for another 2 years. That being said, I haven’t had 1 single problem with this amp…ever. Everything still works impeccably, not even a dent on the casing.

    Overall impression

    This little guy was everything I could’ve wanted at that time and even though it’s a solid state amp there is a lot of value for the money spent. It has all the styles and range of effects that you could need as a beginner; it is very reliable, decent sound in general though you might want to invest in a distortion pedal if you want better quality from it.
    At today’s prices, however, you might want to save a little more money and buy a 5W tube amp instead. At that price it might not come with any effects and special gimmicks but nothing compares to the rich tone of a tube amp.


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  • Better and better ...

    Vox DA5Published on 11/24/14 at 03:59
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    5W amp (true) or plug (supplied) or battery. Switch power of 0.5 W, 1 W and 5 W. Input Jack, no possibility of disconnecting the HP.
    It sounds very good, actually really good. I stood for sound on guitars with Humbucker to bed on mixer because the color can be achieved with this little thing is great.
    When traveling, it's prime, the ample power to meet the singer (it has a microphone input jack, but to avoid ...), even in switch 0.5 W!
    A battery set takes a few hours (depends on the level), but it goes for an evening.
    All transistor course, but blues and crunch cont top part. The clean is clean "basic" pass so ca seen use the rest Vox sounds so pretty for my taste.

    UTILIZATION
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    5W amp (true) or plug (supplied) or battery. Switch power of 0.5 W, 1 W and 5 W. Input Jack, no possibility of disconnecting the HP.
    It sounds very good, actually really good. I stood for sound on guitars with Humbucker to bed on mixer because the color can be achieved with this little thing is great.
    When traveling, it's prime, the ample power to meet the singer (it has a microphone input jack, but to avoid ...), even in switch 0.5 W!
    A battery set takes a few hours (depends on the level), but it goes for an evening.
    All transistor course, but blues and crunch cont top part. The clean is clean "basic" pass so ca seen use the rest Vox sounds so pretty for my taste.

    UTILIZATION

    One branch, it sounds. I have not seen a manual, but it doite exist not very useful though. For sound we Gain and Volume, and some pretty good effect.
    Easier it is acoustic ...

    SOUNDS

    Style Crunch or rather Blues. For lead, it would be just a little power for the clean is also a fair bit in power and a little cold, but at this price it's not theft.
    The settings are very well can adjust the sound to the guitar, I tried with Deluxe Stratocaster HSS is average, but with a Telecaster with humbucker is better.
    The sound is really the strength of this little amp that really does his job very well.

    OVERALL OPINION

    Not bad, bought early for the trip only, I also placed upstream of the sound system and the table (as a pedal) to the sound of the rhythm guitars for the price it's really good, sound setting is like an amp and suddenly it's as practical as a multi-effects pedal with his book for use.
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  • Vox DA5Published on 04/07/14 at 14:07
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    Amplifier transistor with simulation modeling.
    5W.
    Grafted a guitar, a microphone, a line input.

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy to use. The record is not necessarily required.
    The parameterization of some effects is not very ergonomic (manipulation of a button + knob at the same time).

    SOUNDS

    A wide variety of sounds thanks we get the amp sims and effects.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it for about 2 years, especially for the snooze because it is light to move.
    Despite 5W displayed, I used live outside in a group with a battery and we heard!

    I sold it because I bought bigger and more powerful (Roland Cube 80XL) and because a friend was looking for a small amp, but sometimes I miss......
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    Amplifier transistor with simulation modeling.
    5W.
    Grafted a guitar, a microphone, a line input.

    UTILIZATION

    Very easy to use. The record is not necessarily required.
    The parameterization of some effects is not very ergonomic (manipulation of a button + knob at the same time).

    SOUNDS

    A wide variety of sounds thanks we get the amp sims and effects.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I used it for about 2 years, especially for the snooze because it is light to move.
    Despite 5W displayed, I used live outside in a group with a battery and we heard!

    I sold it because I bought bigger and more powerful (Roland Cube 80XL) and because a friend was looking for a small amp, but sometimes I miss (due to its power / weight ratio).

    The only drawback was the outside and too fragile PSU for its weight. I had to DIY repair the outlet had broken.

    Very good quality / price ratio
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  • Vox DA5Published on 04/05/14 at 03:52
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    I will not repeat it. Everything is on the vox site!

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple to use amp is very basic.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is really nice. But a simulation remains a simulation. Do not dream either.
    The set is rather successful. Only simulation "hi gain" inadequate. For the rest it is very clean.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 5 years. A marvel. I was looking for a small amp to play and roam apartment. And it's really a joke. The kind of animal that takes the bbq buddies because it works on battery. Despite the limited power balance that already. The possibility of further reducing the power with a switch is really good. Especially for the old apartment above!
    This is one of......
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    I will not repeat it. Everything is on the vox site!

    UTILIZATION

    Very simple to use amp is very basic.

    SOUNDS

    The sound is really nice. But a simulation remains a simulation. Do not dream either.
    The set is rather successful. Only simulation "hi gain" inadequate. For the rest it is very clean.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it for 5 years. A marvel. I was looking for a small amp to play and roam apartment. And it's really a joke. The kind of animal that takes the bbq buddies because it works on battery. Despite the limited power balance that already. The possibility of further reducing the power with a switch is really good. Especially for the old apartment above!
    This is one of the few purchases I do not regret. Only lack a tuner, commesdur micro cube.
    But overall simus + effects make it better (after it is matter of taste) must try.
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  • Great amp for a small price!

    Vox DA5Published on 04/04/14 at 02:35
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    Already said in previous reviews.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration is very simple since the knobs selections of sounds and effects speak for themselves. I never read the manual, it's so intuitive.

    SOUNDS

    For my part, it suits me perfectly for my style of music, the main say, since for pop / rock I am confused widely.
    Sound clear through a blues sound, or very dirty "crunch" or good distortion with its drive for a small amp I think it's full to play indoors.
    What I like most are the Hi preset gain (1,2 or 3). Contrary to what I read on other reviews, the amp is not there for anything about the "buzzzzz" without being an experienced luthier, simply have a very good guitar set......
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    Already said in previous reviews.

    UTILIZATION

    Configuration is very simple since the knobs selections of sounds and effects speak for themselves. I never read the manual, it's so intuitive.

    SOUNDS

    For my part, it suits me perfectly for my style of music, the main say, since for pop / rock I am confused widely.
    Sound clear through a blues sound, or very dirty "crunch" or good distortion with its drive for a small amp I think it's full to play indoors.
    What I like most are the Hi preset gain (1,2 or 3). Contrary to what I read on other reviews, the amp is not there for anything about the "buzzzzz" without being an experienced luthier, simply have a very good guitar set (transition to a luthier for planimetry and various settings), or for me for several years by changing the bridge pickup on my Ibanez ART100BK since I put a Seymour Duncan Jeffbeck kind. Well even for an entry-level Ibanez and selecting the right preset on the vox, it sounds! Regarding the "buzzzzz" for sure with a scratch or XP Stagg not expect miracles ...
    You have to think out set its tone knob on your guitar not it assaults the ears too, then do not exaggerate either on the amp.
    Prefer to add a bit more gain than the master, the volume knob on your guitar once it is open, it is background.
    I put a score of 8/10 because for everything acoustic guitar, I recognize that it's still a bit metallic.
    Also some effects remain for me a little gadget.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use it from time to time all these years and I'm still convinced. I hesitated with the micro cube Roland, a chance for me it was not in stock that day, because after seeing demos of micro cube and trying to store this little vox, I do not regret at all! The sound is much warmer.
    What's great is the attenuation function in watts at the rear of the amp! 5 watts, 1.5 or 0.5. What keeps a perfect gain, taking fun playing (even with headphones).
    Editions effects with TAP tempo and the BYPASS function are great and very well designed and very easy to use.
    In short an amp that has the size of a "cube" of course, but for the price moves. Try for yourself, you will be surprised as much as me!
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  • good good

    Vox DA5Published on 04/03/14 at 04:13
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    everything has already been said about its technical characteristics ...

    UTILIZATION

    easy to use, no need to read the manual is digital so everything is set to ring all the time (each setting of each effect and all combinations modulation / distortion)
    the sound is good but digital (that's zzzzzz in the distortion and cling clear sound) and formatted regardless of the guitar after must see what is asked.
    with micro roland cube is the only (or was in any case there's three to four years) that can be worn on the shoulder with the guitar on the other, and play ambulation.
    To have done that with the two it is much better than the roland (more powerful, better sound, more autonomy),......
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    everything has already been said about its technical characteristics ...

    UTILIZATION

    easy to use, no need to read the manual is digital so everything is set to ring all the time (each setting of each effect and all combinations modulation / distortion)
    the sound is good but digital (that's zzzzzz in the distortion and cling clear sound) and formatted regardless of the guitar after must see what is asked.
    with micro roland cube is the only (or was in any case there's three to four years) that can be worn on the shoulder with the guitar on the other, and play ambulation.
    To have done that with the two it is much better than the roland (more powerful, better sound, more autonomy), but a little heavier.
    I play in a formation with snare souba, alto sax and it can go over it all to the guitar hero, even outdoors, which is exactly what we asked.
    After this is a toy, not useful in other contexts serious ...
    to play mobile but fixed the crate autonomous models are better, but not transportable playing.

    SOUNDS

    bah it looks good to the digital home vox is rather homogeneous and balanced a little hp.

    OVERALL OPINION

    a small street band is good, good price quality ratio, never failed or pb few years, say that it is an alternative to a good acoustic banjo and it can make hendrix the same time, be having utility.

    I do not know if I would recommend it for both indoor or so for a beginner or child, because it will not help to hear a guitar and make it sound, this is the amp that does everything.
    impossible to give relief and a return attack strings.
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  • very good amp for the study

    Vox DA5Published on 04/03/14 at 06:50
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    Amp transistor has built-in effects

    UTILIZATION

    Yes really easy

    SOUNDS

    I use a lot channel "drive" because I find that the saturation is very nice.

    OVERALL OPINION

    considering the price, I recommended it makes many services (to avoid turning a tube amp if you have 20 min to play ...)
  • More product! Excellent damage ratio Q / P

    Vox DA5Published on 04/02/14 at 12:05
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    8/10
    Transistor with presets (light, crunch, blues etc) and effects (disabled) reverb types, chorus, delay etc ...
    5W
    jack input
    headphone jack and microphone to the rear

    UTILIZATION

    8/10
    fairly simple configuration without reading the manual
    Sound is obtained good I do not know.

    SOUNDS

    tested with a telecaster and ibanez talman and also Lagrandcour
    The amp is quite versatile and everyone can find the sound that pleases, I think
    This is a template for beginners and slightly more in the amp kind transportatble.

    OVERALL OPINION

    8/10
    My son now! :)
    Least: the small HP 6 "I replace it with a 8" (20cm) by pushing the walls: ^)
    even if it is not a bousse.
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    8/10
    Transistor with presets (light, crunch, blues etc) and effects (disabled) reverb types, chorus, delay etc ...
    5W
    jack input
    headphone jack and microphone to the rear

    UTILIZATION

    8/10
    fairly simple configuration without reading the manual
    Sound is obtained good I do not know.

    SOUNDS

    tested with a telecaster and ibanez talman and also Lagrandcour
    The amp is quite versatile and everyone can find the sound that pleases, I think
    This is a template for beginners and slightly more in the amp kind transportatble.

    OVERALL OPINION

    8/10
    My son now! :)
    Least: the small HP 6 "I replace it with a 8" (20cm) by pushing the walls: ^)
    even if it is not a bousse.
    most: the opportunity when it's nice to stick the LR14 (I replace with LR20)
    and play without limits or almost out! Very cool ... really!
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  • The true nomad

    Vox DA5Published on 11/04/13 at 13:01
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    - Selectable Power: 0.5W, 1.5W, 5W (roughly: "relous adjacent" mode and "alone" mode)
    - Power supply 15 volts (approximately)
    - One guitar input, 1 microphone jack (not to use, small board), an auxiliary output
    - 11 effects and combinations of effects, with an edit knob, and one tap tempo delay, flanger, tremolo, ...
    - 1 master knob, 1 gain knob, 1 tone knob
    - 11 types of sounds (clean, blues, crunch, metal, ...)
    - Wooden chest

    UTILIZATION

    Simplissime. I never opened the instructions

    SOUNDS

    For a 5 Watts, the sound is quite satisfactory (better than the Roland Micro Cube).
    Effects, although not editable, are sufficiently well made to play at home, or even to......
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    - Selectable Power: 0.5W, 1.5W, 5W (roughly: "relous adjacent" mode and "alone" mode)
    - Power supply 15 volts (approximately)
    - One guitar input, 1 microphone jack (not to use, small board), an auxiliary output
    - 11 effects and combinations of effects, with an edit knob, and one tap tempo delay, flanger, tremolo, ...
    - 1 master knob, 1 gain knob, 1 tone knob
    - 11 types of sounds (clean, blues, crunch, metal, ...)
    - Wooden chest

    UTILIZATION

    Simplissime. I never opened the instructions

    SOUNDS

    For a 5 Watts, the sound is quite satisfactory (better than the Roland Micro Cube).
    Effects, although not editable, are sufficiently well made to play at home, or even to discover broadly for beginners (I would say that this amp a pedagogical and initiator for those who start)

    The compressor is very well done, while the auto wah is rather disappointing.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I've had my guitar in the very beginning, and I could not imagine a better feeder. It was he who introduced me to the family of guitar effects.
    He accompanied me in several countries, and has never disappointed me
    I recommend it to all those who have a Swiss Army knife need to complete a budget pocket.
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  • Not bad!

    Vox DA5Published on 02/17/13 at 08:15
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    VOX DA-5 is a modeling amp with a small 5W speaker 6.5 inch (16 cm).
    The connector includes an input for the instrument, a microphone input with a potentiometer to adjust the volume, another for adding an auxiliary input such as an MP3 and an output for connecting the unit to a headphone, speaker or plug it into a computer for example.
    The DA-5 can be powered by batteries or by sector through the adapter.
    At the back of the amp there switch to select the output of the speaker: 0.5W, 1.5W and 5W. This switch is very convenient and provides a rich enough without the need to push the volume. That is to say, when the next door neighbors sleep, normally you have to set the volume to......
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    VOX DA-5 is a modeling amp with a small 5W speaker 6.5 inch (16 cm).
    The connector includes an input for the instrument, a microphone input with a potentiometer to adjust the volume, another for adding an auxiliary input such as an MP3 and an output for connecting the unit to a headphone, speaker or plug it into a computer for example.
    The DA-5 can be powered by batteries or by sector through the adapter.
    At the back of the amp there switch to select the output of the speaker: 0.5W, 1.5W and 5W. This switch is very convenient and provides a rich enough without the need to push the volume. That is to say, when the next door neighbors sleep, normally you have to set the volume to 0.0001, which is hard to find. But when it is found, the sound is not necessarily well defined. With the DA-5, you just position the switch 0.5W example and put the volume 3. In doing so, the power of the speaker is small and can easily mount the volume without waking the neighbors! Cool is not it?
    This amp has 11 amp models (clean 2, 3 blues, 2 crunch, 3 HiGain and 1 drive) and eleven effects or modeling effects. Indeed, we can find the Reverb, Delay, the Compression, Auto Wah, but combinations of several effects: Rotary + Reverb, Tremolo + Reverb, Flanger + Reverb, Chorus + Reverb, Chorus + Delay , Compression + Compression + Chorus and Phaser. The advantage is that if you want, for example, use a chorus alone, it is possible, for example by taking the combination Chorus + Reverb, Reverb remove by putting 0. There remains the Chorus.
    All effects are parameterized using three commands: EDIT 1, EDIT EDIT 2 and 3. Also note the presence of a Tap Tempo is sometimes very useful.
    Let's not forget the noise reduction which also can be quite handy.

    UTILIZATION

    Usage is fairly simple. There are several types of amplifiers, it selects one, you set the gain, tone, volume and overall it sounds pretty good. All this is compounded when we touch effects. These are a bit complicated to set up with 3 commands mentioned above. It is difficult to know what effect each command controls what. That is to say that every effect has its own settings and they are difficult to remember.
    For effects, the manual is fairly detailed and you will find a table with a summary of commands. The manual is essential to use the effects.

    SOUNDS

    The sounds themselves are quite good, even very good to see such a price. For cons, the speaker does not support too certain sounds (rather serious), including HiGain, which is quite normal.
    This is one of the only drawbacks of DA-5. To remedy this, you can completely connect the receiver to a string or a headset (via the output line / phone). You can also replace the original speaker by another better, but I do not think this is the best thing to do.
    It is also best not to push too hard and gain controls volume.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I use this amp from a 2 1/2 and it suits me quite well.
    At versatility, I think there will not be much better for that price.
    However, a fuzz pedal and a tuner would have been welcome.
    Now, this amp has been replaced by VOX Mini 3, which has a tuner, which is handy.
    on the other hand, with experience, I would not have made that choice. Let me explain:
    although this amp is very versatile and versatile, I use it in my room to play, it almost does not move (except for a few repetitions). An amp bigger and more powerful does not bother me. There for about a year Valvetronix + Series of VOX in (yes! always at VOX!) That looks really good. The number of amp is tripled, the tuner is present, the effect is also more numerous and have little to combine all three at once by selecting them. So you can, for 50 € more, get all these benefits.
    But if you are looking for a traveling companion, holiday, amp for practice at home, to play at night with headphones, save for two or three quick ideas on your dictaphone, the DA5 is an excellent choice, economic, nice and quite efficient.
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