#1
Alright guys, I am in the final stages of finding a new amp to take with me when I leave for college. I desperately need to get away from the G-DEC, so I've been looking around. In my search, I've turned up two finalists for my rig: a Vox VT30 or Blackstar HT-5 combo.

First off, does anyone see any serious flaws in either of those amps for a dorm-room practicing scenario? I can see myself possibly gigging in the future, but those would be either small gigs or I'd mic it up. I know the VT30 has a built-in attenuator so I can turn it down to ~1w for practicing, and it also has a headphone jack for practicing. I guess my real question is, would the Blackstar be practical in that situation? I've tried both of them and obviously the Blackstar sounds pretty amazing, but I'm not sure if it's worth the price and possible bother to other people. So what would GG&A reccomend?


tl;dr: Vox VT30 or Blackstar HT-5 for a college dorm? And why?
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#2
yes, you can turn the vox down to 1w, but it doesnt really matter seeing as it's solid state, and so sounds pretty much the same at any volumr. go with the blackstar.
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I'm just concerned about the volume level. I know tube amps sound better cranked, but will the Blackheart be too loud?
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a cornford harlequin would be great but its probably not in your budget. otherwise i would stick with the ht-5.
#5
College dorms are a terrible place to play music. Some even have rules that you can't plug in anything beyond computers and simple appliances without being harangued by the RA. these people have no lives and want to spoil yours. i would move out of the dorm after year one and buy an amp that you don't have to play secretly.
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College dorms are a terrible place to play music. Some even have rules that you can't plug in anything beyond computers and simple appliances without being harangued by the RA. these people have no lives and want to spoil yours. i would move out of the dorm after year one and buy an amp that you don't have to play secretly.


Seriously? I've heard this from another person before but I didn't believe him. Luckily I won't have to deal with it but that sucks.
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#7
When I lived in the dorms I had a Marshall MG (lol), Crate Blue Voodoo 120W Tube head, and Guitar Rig 2.

I pretty much only played Guitar Rig. If the roommate needed silence, I used headphones.

I would go with the blackstar. IMO its a better amp. Dorms are temporary.
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College dorms are a terrible place to play music. Some even have rules that you can't plug in anything beyond computers and simple appliances without being harangued by the RA. these people have no lives and want to spoil yours. i would move out of the dorm after year one and buy an amp that you don't have to play secretly.

I would, but at my college we're required to be in the dorms for the first two years. However, we do have music practice rooms in the dorms. So I can use those.

The question, really, is this. Will the Blackstar be too loud? Because I really like the Vox too, and I'd gladly take that unless there's a problem.
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If you have music practice rooms, I think either amp would work. Buy whichever suits you the best, and tell the dorm people to kiss your ass because you don't care about their stupid rules because that is the first step toward being a rock and roll machine
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If you have music practice rooms, I think either amp would work. Buy whichever suits you the best, and tell the dorm people to kiss your ass because you don't care about their stupid rules because that is the first step toward being a rock and roll machine


lol then they will tell you to kiss their fines, withhold your transcript, and put a lock on your registration
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The HT-5 has a headphone jack if you really need it.
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The HT-5 does gave a speaker emulated line out. You could get this and something like the Line6 Toneport or IK Stealthplug, have your tone in your headphones, and be able to record.
#13
Cool, thanks a lot guys! Now that I know that either would work, I just have to decide which I like better. Oh, the decisions...
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HT-5 or POD
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#15
I have a blackheart little giant. It's all tube and 5 and 3 watt switchable. From my personal experience, I consider it way way too loud to take to my apartment that I will be moving into this weekend. I'm actually not supposed to take any amplifiers or electric guitars, but I have a headphone amp that I plan on using. My little giant is actually too loud to play cranked at my house when people are home. I have hardwood floors and without carpet, it's going to be louder. I would suggest a modeling device like a pod, but that's just my $0.02

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Vox AmPlug? Just plug your headphones in, no disturbance at all!
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lol then they will tell you to kiss their fines, withhold your transcript, and put a lock on your registration


that's what your parents want you to think. it is simply not true. you will earn their respect and they won't bother you anymore with their rules that don't apply to rock and roll machines.
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