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Old 11-25-2012, 08:50 PM   #1
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Vox ACTV or Blackstar HT-1?

Looking for a small practice tube amp as I'm stripping down my gear inventory and rig. Just want to get back to the basics. I mainly play in the style of bands like The Shins, Nada Surf, Modest Mouse, Death Cab, etc.

I've listened to both on various reviews and it's close. I like the dirty sound of the Vox a little more but the HT-1's cleans are nice.

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Old 11-25-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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I have never tried a Blackstar HT1 but I have an AC4TV, and I would just like to tell you what I wish someone had told me before I bought it : that thing is loud. Like really really loud !! Even on the lowest W setting, it packs a punch...

I just thought I would let you know, if ever you were going to by online ad couldn't try it.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:56 PM   #3
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I'm also looking at a Bugera V5. Anyone have any experience with it?
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Old 11-25-2012, 09:56 PM   #4
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I'm also looking at a Bugera V5. Anyone have any experience with it?

i tried both the ac4t and the V5 in a shop, i liked the vox better and it does look better.if you're concerned with looks too, but tje bugera is a great sounding amp too, and it has reverb, nice feature that the vox doesnt have.
I would try them both if i were you, i mainly use the vox as a clean channel, but you can raise the volume know to get some hard rock tones, but i wouldnt raise the volume knob all the way up, the distortion on it is just too sterile.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:40 PM   #5
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Do you have pedals? I'm not as familiar with the other bands, but reverb is almost a must for Death Cab. Tonally, the AC4TV could be perfect for it minus that, otherwise the Bugera would be a good option. Skip the Blackstar.
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:40 AM   #6
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I'm also looking at a Bugera V5. Anyone have any experience with it?

I'm really intrigued by this fella, attenuater, reverb and a speaker. Those are quite the prospects, especially compared to just a head.
I don't know how surf-able the reverb is though.

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Old 11-26-2012, 01:01 AM   #7
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:54 AM   #8
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well the ac4 is actually tube...

but they're probably aimed at different tones. blackstar will be more modern, ac4 more vintage.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:50 AM   #9
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unless you dont need all the preamp jazz the blackstar gives you which will allow a heavier tone, for just rock crunch - ac4 EASILY.

also, the vox lil night train, but with the head / cab combo it can get pricey. unless you already have a cab. then i would DEFINITELY go lil night train.

yes. its a tube amp. even 4 watts can be far to loud to play in a home. difference is on 1/4 watt, almost any guitar (especially hum buckers) with the volume up can push this thing into breakup and flat our crunch, and the lower wattage will amplify the effect of boosts and ODs (IE which might be light grit on a 40 watt will be full out OD crunch in a 1/4 watt).

yeah like dave said, blackstar will give a lot more modern tones.
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:31 PM   #10
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