Price paid: A$ 910
Purchased from: Ellaways Music
Sound — 9
My main style of music are pop, country and rock. I have tried this amp with all of my guitars now and am very pleased with the amazing range of tones it can produce. Let me start by saying, if you want that classic valve tone - buy a valve amp it's that simple. But if you can accept a 90% valve like tone for a fraction of the cost, this is the amp for you. The amp has a power control on the back which is the same as a power sponge which is great for playing at home when the baby's sleeping, but it's when you crank this amp up that it really sings. I've played all tube Marshalls for the last 15 years and this amp is pretty damn close to that rich valve sound we all love. So wind it up, play with the settings and you will easily find YOUR sound. The clean models are also pretty close to that gorgeous chimey bell sound you get from true valve amps. A great bonus is that they didn't clip or distort at louder volumes too. One of my pet hates. The effects are also good quality. We're not talking rack effects processor standard, but more than usefull and adjustable. I know it's not a valve amp, but for a fraction of the cost of an all valve amp, you get a pretty damn good "valve like" tone with a bucketfull of extras to help you find your dream tone.
Overall Impression — 9
For me this is the perfect compromise. The VT100 gives me a more than acceptable valve like tone and heaps of other benefits, for a fraction of the cost of an all valve 2x12 combo. My band days are over now and I don't gig regulary any more, but still want a decent amp for recording and the occassional gig with mates and this fits the bill perfectly. The only things I would need to add to this amp for use in a gigging situation would be a volume/wah pedal and a tuner. Given how many amps there are out there now with these built in, I think if Vox had added those features the VT100 would be the ducks nuts in 2x12 combos. For all the other bonuses that come with it, I can Live with it being a valve hybrid. I would easily recommend this amp and would definitely replace it. Bottom line - It's not all valve, but it's pretty bl**dy close.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Apart from my initial concerns with the faulty AD100VT-XL model, I get the impression that the Valvetronix range are soldily built amps. Having spent years of lugging amps, cabs and speaker bins up endless back stairs and loading them into the backs of vans, a good yard stick for me of the quality of something is it's weight. For me, with amps, light in weight = light on quality. The VT100 is heavy enough to be annoying to carry, so it looks like there's some quality there - time will tell.
Features — 7
You can check the Vox website for the full specs on the VT100. In short 100W 2x12 valve hybrid modelling amp with on board effects. I purchased this amp as a result of downsizing my Marshall all valve rig. I was looking for a 2x12 combo (preferrably all valve) with as much bang for my buck as I could find. I was looking at the Line 6 Spider Valve 212, a Peavey Vypyr and a Fender Frontman 212 or Cyber Twin. I've never owned a Vox amp before and initially wasn't a fan, given that the first one of these amps I bought and tried, the AD100VT-XL, completely died after 20 minutes of playing. The shop immediately exchanged it for the VT100 and they also threw in the optional VFS5 footswitch for my troubles. I have to say I am now a huge fan of this amp. It's loaded with a truckoad of very useable amp models and 60 something amp presets and also lets you personalise and save 8 of your own. It does take some time to find your way around the models, presets and effects at first, but once you get the hang of it, it is an extremely versatile amp and great value. On the downside it loses a few points in a couple areas. It should come with the VFS5 footswitch as standard, because that really increases the useability of the amp's features. What's the point of having the ability to save presets if you have to walk over to your amp every time to access one of them - stupid. Some of the presets have WAY too much volume. Very annoying if you're playing at a suitable level and then you switch to another preset that rattles the walls. No user manual provided. In fact there is no documentation at all. You have to download it from the Vox website and even then there is no manual specifically for the VT100. You have to download the manual for it's baby brother the VT30. When you're spending $900+ I think the manufacturer at least owes you a manual on their product. All up, heaps of features for a great price. Top value!