Classic Tube Amp Sound at a Solid State Price
Most guitarists prefer the sound of a tube amplifier, but the high priced components that go into making them gives them a premium price tag. For years solid state amps have been a reasonably priced alternative to expensive tube amps. The problem, however, still remains that most musicians prefer the sound and response of tube amps.
In an effort to solve this problem, many companies have introduced hybrid products that put solid state and tube technologies together. In 2016, Vox developed the AV or ‘Analog Valve’ series of amplifiers which were designed to simulate the sound and response of an all tube amp by employing a series of tube powered hybrid circuits.
The Vox AV15 Modeling Combo Amp is a single input, single channel amplifier powered by a 12AX7 tube, with one half of the tube powering the preamp section, and the other serving as the driver for a 15watt solid state power amplifier. The multi-circuit all analog preamp section models 8 different distinctive tube amp tones (CLEAN1, CLEAN2, CRUNCH1, CRUNCH2, OVERDRIVE1, OVERDRIVE2, HIGHGAIN1, HIGHGAIN2) which can be modified using the valve stage section’s bright, fat, bias and reactor switches.
Built-in effects, which include chorus, delay and reverb, add depth to the tube valve’s already rich tone, allowing the player to enhance their sound further. Additional features like a sealed cabinet design and a retro-inspired aesthetic establish the AV Series as one the most exciting, and unique offerings in the VOX lineup.
- Preamp Circuit: eight (CLEAN1, CLEAN2, CRUNCH1, CRUNCH2, OD1, OD2, H.GAIN1, H.GAIN2)
- Tube: 12AX7 x 1
- Effects: Three (CHORUS, DELAY, REVERB)
- Input/output Jacks: INPUT, AUX IN, PHONES
- Power Amp Output: Maximum approx. 15W RMS @5 ohms
- Speaker: VOX original 8" 5 ohms
- Power Supply: AC adaptor (DC12V)
- Current Consumption: 2.50A
- Power Consumption: 27W
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 450 × 234 × 377 mm / 17.72" x 9.21" x 14.84"
- Weight: 7.7 kg / 16.98 lbs.
- Included Items: AC adapter
Compact Analog Valve Amplifier Delivers Classic Tube Tone at a Fraction of the Price!
With enough authentic tube tone to satisfy performing musicians, and enough versatility for just about any musical style, the Vox AV15 Analog Modeling Combo Amp is a well-equipped practice amp and recording tool that is sure to inspire and impress. Most impressive of all is the price tag -- only $249!