I play jazz and pop (I actually play anything, except metal, although...).
This amp is excellent for practicing. If I use it with batteries, I can take it from room to room in my apartment. I plug in my Samsung or I-RealPro to play along.
Both the clean and crunch sounds are excellent. Metal sounds are nothing to write home about, but using a good overdrive with the clean channel will certainly do the trick.
It sounds like a good clean solid-state amp. It respects the sonic qualities of the guitar.
The digital reverb is crappy at low volumes, but you'll forget the cut-off of the noise gate at higher volumes.
The rest of the built-in effects are very good. I use the built-in compressor and the sound remains natural. I don't need any other effects.
I really like that it can be placed on a mic stand so that it's at ear level. That way it sounds better and you only need to set the volume accordingly so you can play at any time of the day or night.
I think its better than the Yamaha THR in terms of quality, because the latter is too digital, too tight, in my opinion.
The SoundBox mini sounds like a very good solid-state amp, somewhere in between the AER, the jam 100 Shertler and the Jazz chorus, but in mini version. You can get multiple clean and crunch sounds. It sounds just as good with single-coils (Es 330, Fender Strato, Tele) as with humbuckers (SG, ES 135 Gibson).
The amp works perfectly will all sorts of pedals! (so you can do anything with a good pedalboard).
And you can plug in a mic, a keyboard, a bass...very handy!
The two speakers are by no means a handicap to play at home or jam (it's obviously not a Twin Reverb...).
I think the youtube videos don't do it justice, because the clean sound isn't really showcased. The presenters usually rush to display overdrive sounds and that's not where the Soundbox shines most. It's better for clean and crunch sounds.
Its portability and compact size make it easy to take it anywhere with you.
Vox went with classic and reliable connectors: Jacks (instruments) and mini jacks (headphones, line out and aux in), rather than investing on a stammering and unpredictable Bluetooth to end up with overcompressed digital sound.
The output power is enough for a piano-guitar duo or even piano-guitar-double bass for an improvised jam in a bar. For a more serious gig I'd obviously take my 15Watt Fender SuperChamp or my Schertler Jam 100.
On weekends in the countryside I simply connect it to my laptop and I can continue working on my songs plugging in my guitar.
I recommend it to guitarists looking for a clean, or even crunch, sound. It's perfect to practice, to rehearse at home with a guitar duo and even for small gigs in town.
- Versatile Portable Stereo Amplifier with 3 channels
- Simultaneous Use: 1 mono or stereo instrument, 1 microphone and mp3 player.
- 11 amp models (Lower x 2, x 4 Guitar, Acoustic x 2, x 3 keyboard)
- Enlargement sound technology KORG "Acoustage" Integrated
- 8 types of effects: Compressor, Chorus, Flanger, Tremolo, 4 delay / reverb, tap tempo function (repetition time of entry on the fly).
- Built-in tuner, detection range: Mi1 to E6 (41.2 Hz - 1318.5 Hz)
- Audio Inputs: GUITAR (L / MONO), R, MIC, mini jack auxiliary input for MP3 player
- Function "center cancel" on the aux. to remove voice (karaoke) or guitar solo.
- Mini headphone out jack
- 2 Speakers 4 inches (10 cm), impedance 8 Ohm
- Power: 2 x 2.5 W RMS
- Signal processing: A / D conversion 24-bit D / A conversion: 24-bit
- Power Supplies 12Vfournie, possible use of 6 AA batteries (not included).
- Battery Life: 7 hours, consumption 260 mA
- Base for mounting on mic
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 281 x 115 x 181 mm
Very easy to use
I did not need to do manual work.
It's easy to get the sound that you want if you stay in clean or crunch, overdrive the simulation are not pleasant (honeycomb sensation).
The sound is roughly speaking that of Wox DA-5 with a sort of suround stereo, plus punchy.
The clean sounds are impeccable, I jazz and fusion and pop in all its forms. For saturations adding an overdrive pedal will give the desired saturated sound (test with OCD Fulltone, Boss SD-1, Mooer Solo, Tech 21 Double DriveX3, Zoom G3X, Vox ToneLab, Line 6 Pod 2)
Can be connected over a bass, a guitar or a keyboard, a microphone singing, + with a stereo mini jack input (or 2 large jacks)
I play Gibson ES 135, Eastman T386, Fender Stratocaster US 1976 and US 1974 Fender Telecaster
Préscision Fender Bass.
The clean is superb, the slight crunch too. on the other hand, and it is now known about this type of product, Vox has never convinced on overdrive and is not up to the simulations Zoom or Line 6.
But all this and accessory because what is essential for me is to have a good clean base on which I add if necessary external pedals, and Vox Mini cash balances very well. (I need in my game can go from clean to overdrive.
So the pedals is ideal)
As against the reverb sucks, but can help if one step in his pedalboard or Zoom G3.
The delay is I find rather successful, as well as chorus, flanger and vibrato.
Connect over your I-phone or Samsung via a mini-jack cable or other sources auxiliéres, the sound of hi-fi quality with a very good definition with low audible, which is a feat considering the size of 2 HP 10CM (4 inches)
I tried the Yamaha THR 10C seduced me with its design, the sound is good illusion, but still too digital for my taste. He can not act as portable mini sound system. And too expensive for what it is!
I tried the BlackStar Id Core 10 fine but does not portable sound system and especially has no battery to play outdoors! This is not quite the same benefit.
I've had 2 days, I do not have much back, but the specifications are fulfilled with me, able to amplify my computer and my guitar on my many travel. And to continue to work to make my statements and partitions. Especially to restore a Hi-Fi sound from my computer that is my working tool and properly hear the bass, which is not always the case with laptop computer pregnant or I-Phone / Samsung ...