Purchased from: City Music SG
Features — 9
My Vox MINI5 Rhythm was made in Vietnam. It is a modelling amp and features 11 amp model, 8 effects, (Chorus, Flanger, Compressor, Tremolo and various Delay/Reverb effects) as well as 99 built-in rhythm patterns. It has multiple inputs including a mic input so you can sing and play at the same time. It has trim and send settings so that you can get the desired reverb effects on your mic. It has Gain, Tone and volume controls, and a toggle so that you can choose how much power you want going into the amp, whether it's 0.1W, 1.5W, or 5W. It can be powered by a power source or by 6 AA batteries. It also has a built in tuner that detects only E notes.
Sound — 7
This amp is suitable for various genres due to it's 11 amp models. You can have a clean amp sound all the way to Hi gain sounds. In between, you get Vox's famous AC30 and AC15 amp models as well. It's 8 effects are also useful. You are able to control the amount of the effect and you also get a tap delay so that you can set the delay to the rhythm of the song. The gain, tone, and volume controls also provide another source to find your own tone. I also find the power controls particularly useful, you can play through the night without disturbing the neighbours. For a small amp, it provides pretty good low end tone due to Vox's Bassilator technology. However, the distortion sounds pretty saturated and maybe not so useful in a live environment.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have tried gigging with this amp before, though I had to wire it to the PA system to reach the end of the room. The speakers are top quality and it is covered by a chromed grille which is a nice touch. The casing is pretty hardy and I don't think breakage will be much of an issue. It also come with a handy strap which you can attach to the sides of the amp so as to carry it easily from venue to venue. The only thing is that the control feel a bit plastic as with most low-end amps. However, it seem like an amp that will last a while.
Overall Impression — 8
Overall, this amp is suitable for many styles of music, and is great for beginners or buskers looking for a cheap amp with lots of hardware. I've been playing with it for a few months now and it still seems like new. It's also great for recording and for practicing with your mates. Compared with other amps at this range of the market, it seems well above the rest. I do wish, however, that the distortion could a little be more useful but as it is such a small amp, that isn't really an issue.