AD100VT review by Vox

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  • Sound: 9
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 8.3 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.7 (59 votes)
Vox: AD100VT
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Price paid: A$ 850

Purchased from: Allans Music

Sound — 9
I currently have a Fender Standard Fat Stratocaster with the standard pickups. Although this guitar isn't really designed for The Music I play, paired with this amp it does a very convincing job! The amp is very quiet, the only noise it gets is from my pickups. If you know how to adjust the EQ properly, you can get a very balanced tone even at high volumes. I play with plenty of mids, and treble and bass are adjusted to keep the tone sounding even. The amp can make a large variety of sounds, clean, crunchy, and heavy distortion. The clean channel can be very loud before getting distorted as a result of the power amp circuit that Vox designed. The distortion has the potential to be very brutal, it sounds different with different models, I like to use the UK Modern amp model, and I only have to have the gain up a bit over half way, which is plenty for rhythm guitar, crunchy palm muting and loud harmonics. You can always turn it up more for the lead (manual) channel as well.

Overall Impression — 10
This is a great match for the music I play. I don't own much other gear, just an old solid state 0 Watt amp and a Jim Dunlop Crybaby Wah. I actually wish I bought the 50 watt version instead, as it is still plenty of volume for gigging and it would be slightly lighter. This amp weighs 30kg or so, so it is a bit of a drag to carry around. If it were stolen or lost, I would probably buy the 50 watt version. Overall, I just like all the features, the sound, the fx, the volume, the distortion, it is all really good, and for a really cheap price. Of course this wouldn't compare to a top of the line Marshall or Peavey amp, but it must be one of the best amps in it's price range.

Reliability & Durability — 6
I have never had this amp show any signs of not working so far. It has tubes in the preamp, but most of the circuitry is solid state I think, so it should be rather durable, although the preamp tubes would inevitably have to be changed eventually. I would use this at a gig without a backup... However two of the three handles on it have broken, they don't seem durable enough, this is the only bad thing I have encountered so far.

Features — 8
A relatively new amp, introduced a few years ago, not entirley sure which year, I bought it 3 or so months ago. I play Progressive, Power, Thrash and Death metal, and this amp is great for all of them. It has 11 amp models, so it is useful for anything from clean Opeth like passages to brutal sounding bands like Nile. The guitar has 3 channels. You can write the amp model, volume, gain, fx and eq settings to channel 1 or 2, I use channel 1 for clean and 2 for rhythm. Then there is a manual channel which is whatever the knobs are pointing at. I also purchased the footswitch which is available seperatley, this enables easy switching between channels. It also includes an FX loop, a line/headphone jack and an 80 watt 8ohms speaker out jack. This amp has all the features I want on an amp, the built in fx are good, but there isn't really a way to manage switching between them as you can only have one per channel, I would just get a multi-fx processor and use that in the FX loop if you like to use lots of fx. I like to use a little bit of reverb and chorus however. I use this amp at jams with the rest of my band and it has more then enough volume, and it would easily be loud enough for gigs. It has a built in attentuator as well, which you can turn from less then 1 watt to 100 watts, so you can have decent volume and distortion without deafening yourself. This is a modelling amp, but includes tubes in the preamp circuitry, resulting in some warm sounding clean tones and decent saturation. Power amp distortion is also possible with this modelling amp, of course it isn't the same as a full tube amp cranked up, but it is good enough for me.

21 comments sorted by best / new / date

    farnsworth.rich
    I bought a used one for $100 - but the final stage power amp (a single chip stage) is intermittent. I opened it up on the bench. While it sounds really great, the power amp heatsink is tiny (for 100 watts) and has a fan on it. The fan is failing. I'm in the process of replacing the power stage with a new and separate module because it's easier to do this than repair the original. With a bigger heatsink and no fan.
    Price67
    I just ordered this amp off of Tomleemusic in Canada. My uncle has the 30 watt and said I should get this one. It is only costing me $400!
    killeraxeboy
    How does this compare to the Vox VT100? it has less personalized settings (2 instead of 8) but what about sound quality?
    sewoo55
    stratster23 wrote: It was like sonic porn to my ears.
    lol i like the way you phrase it.
    lord_yggdrasill
    Just a suggestion for the people looking for a metal tone from this. These settings will be said according to the positions on a clock. Gain:3 Volume:2 Treble:2 Middle:2 Bass:11 Effect:try the compressor/chorus Master:cranked
    jeffthomas
    i OWN ONE AND IM VERY PLEASED WITH THE MASSIVE TONES / THE WARM SOUND THE BUILT IN PRESETS AND AFFECTS BUT ITS A BEAST TO CARRY. TRADED IN A MARSHALL 8080 GLAD I DID THIS AMP HAS REAALY MADE PLAYING A JOY. WITH SO MANY VARIABLES YOU CAN GET LOST IN TWEAK LAND BUT YOU CAN SAVE YOUR SOUND S TO THE AMPS TWIN CHANNEL AND HEY PRESTO THEY ARE BACK.GREAT AMP FOR PUBS AND CLUBS ETC PLAYING BIGGER VENUES YOU CAN USE A VOX EXT CAB AND THE SOUND SPREADS BIG TIME.
    skatertrev
    I'm thinking about getting the peavey valveking212 or 112!! I saw this but then realized it was not real tube. so I don't know. I want solid state reliabilitie with tube sound.
    stradivari310 wrote: [R]ocker.4.life wrote: I just bought a peavy Valveking 112 and im sendiong it back and buyingthe AD100VT.. its a way better amp!! You're scrapping a tube amp????
    skatertrev
    I'm dumping my Crate too. I hate it!!! It never sounded great and I bought it for price and volume (DUMB) and it started to get fuzzier and noiser over time and I will never buy one again!
    ibanezguitarkid wrote: welp, i've found my replacement amp!! BUH-BYE CRATE!!...(throws amp out window)LOL
    ivri
    ryanxmetal wrote: Quick question... I'm a deathcore / hardcore / alternative rocker with a low budget. I saw this guitar used in a guitar center for around $300. I want an amp that's going to sound great and possibly be able to play local shows without me having to buy a ton of extra equipment. I'm playing a Schecter Damien 7 FR, and I have an Ibanez RG550 I can ressurect from the dead if need be. Would this be a good amp for me?
    I'm sure you read the full reviews above so you know about some of the killer metal monster amp models. I'd say find the same guitar there that you own, plug in and find out 1st hand. Plus you want to make sure EVERYTHING works on/in it. It has some really great hi-gain models but just in case after trying it out you find its not enough, try the AD100VTXL. It was designed with extreme hi-gain in mind. But measure the cost of the xl vs an overdrive pedal. This amp is super versatile. Now I'm looking to get a nice 4x12 cab and use my amp like a head for when I play at the local skatepark.
    ryanxmetal
    sorry...quick edit..."I saw this amp*" my brain was somewhere else i suppose.
    roberto123
    How can you say its too loud for a practise amp? how about you just turn the volume down!
    ryanxmetal
    Quick question... I'm a deathcore / hardcore / alternative rocker with a low budget. I saw this guitar used in a guitar center for around $300. I want an amp that's going to sound great and possibly be able to play local shows without me having to buy a ton of extra equipment. I'm playing a Schecter Damien 7 FR, and I have an Ibanez RG550 I can ressurect from the dead if need be. Would this be a good amp for me?
    ilcapo
    It is a very good amplifier Very versatile for several styles Good effects for an amp But it need a better eq, more treble, sounds very bass
    lord_yggdrasill
    oh, I know I posted something the other day, but I need to clear some things up for people. It has variable wattage. So, you can indeed use this in about any situation, bedroom practice, band practice, and at a gig. There is a tube in the pre-amp, and it DOES make a difference. and the effects are actually quite good.
    lord_yggdrasill
    I'm going to do what most people do when they get a new amp. I JUST GOT THIS, AND IT'S AWESOME! Ehem, I think it's just a reflex for when people get new gear? Anyway, I love this amp. It's loud as hell, and has the tone to match.
    ivri
    As far as the point of hving a 100w combo, some gigs don't afford the ability to mike your small 15w/30w amps. You gotta be able to provide the needed volume with what you have. This, as well as other high wattage/small package amps, fit that bill. Plus, not everyone has a truck and trailer to put their gear in. Try getting all your stuff to a show when you drive a VW Rabbit. Life gets real interesting real fast.
    ivri
    Exactly what I do with mine. It doesn't lose anything at all but volume. But then you have 2 volumes on the amp (3 if you count the gain nob for some of the models) and one on your guitar. Jeez, I play punk and even I know how to turn down the volume. Even if its contrary to all my beliefs. But this amp is hands down a great amp. For the money, dude you can't beat it with a stick even if you tried. Played around on it for a few months before buying it and, although tried out others, I always came back to this one. No problems, no worries, no regrets. Sweet.
    rockboy8000
    Uh, tom_martin_123, how can it be just a solid state when it does indeed have a TUBE in the pre-amp? That would make it a hybrid, with the best of both worlds: solid-state reliability and diversity, with tube tone and response. And if it's too loud, you turn a knob on the back that ranges from using no watts to 100 watts down, and then crank the master volume without getting loud at all. Just another great feature from this amp. Maybe you should look into things more before criticizing them.
    shortylem407
    Yeah I totally recommend this amp. I went to Guitar Center and say this in the used section, I tried it out cuz it was a hybrid amp and cuz it was $220 bucks. The sound is amazing, I've played with tube amps and this amps sound is the closest thing to it. I play this with a Epiphone Les Paul Standard and a Fender Strat, this is perect for classic rock and blues. But if you wanna play heavier rock or metal, just get a decent distotion pedal. I give this amp a 10!