AC1 Mini Combo review by Vox

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 7
  • Overall Impression: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.8 Good
  • Users' score: 9 (23 votes)
Vox: AC1 Mini Combo

Price paid: $ 49

Purchased from: Sam Ash

Features — 9
This little amp has quite a lot of features. It has an E tuner along with a satisfactory drum machine. It has a clean/gain channel switch. It's 1 watt, fine for a practice amp, because that's what this is, a practice amp and nothing more or less. The AC1 also has a tone, gain and volume control knobs along with AUX in and headphones/AUX out. If you set this amp up with some other speakers to the AUX out line, you can get some great tone. I've tried this and keep the amp set up that way unless I want to take it somewhere with me.

Sound — 7
For a micro amp, the sound is nominal. None of the micro amps can produce truly amazing tones, but the Vox does average along with the others in this category. Gets quite noisy with gain, but it is to be expected as 1 watt is it's max output. I play metal and the gain works fine, although it is quite mid-ish due to it's small speakers. The clean is actually quite nice and makes up for the sub-par gain tones. This amp would be good if you played rock/classic rock, but don't expect it to be good with grindcore or anything.

Reliability & Durability — 7
This isn't for live play, it's a practice amp. It is made of plastic and feels a bit cheap, but I've dropped it twice and it's absolutely fine. It feels light even with batteries. (like 2 pounds maybe?) The outside looks nice and has the classic Vox feel. It should last for a while if you use it about 2~3 hours a day. I would NOT use this as a backup for a live event as it isn't loud enough to be. I would use it for backstage practice if I had to. I would use at least a 15 watt backup combo if my Fender Champion failed.

Overall Impression — 8
I play lots of Symphonic metal (Nightwish, etc.) It's a fine match for practice and nothing else. Don't expect this to be all-versatile. It's a practice amp, don't expect an amazing tone. I've been playing for a year and needed a quiet amp for home play. I should have asked for the adapter when I bought it. I would probably get a Roland Micro-Cube if it was stolen or lost. I chose the Vox micro-amp because it had the best features for $50. Compared to the fender mini-tone deluxe, it beats it by far. It's on par with the Marshall MS-2 tone. The only better micro-amp option is a Roland or Orange Micro Crush for $60. I bought this because of the drum machine really, great for practice.

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