Valvetronix VT40+ review by Vox

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  • Sound: 7
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Features: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8 Superb
  • Users' score: 7.9 (52 votes)
Vox: Valvetronix VT40+

Sound — 7
The sounds, once you spend time dialing in a good tone, is incredible. It does take a lot of time however to get a good sound out of it, but once you do, you won't want to shut it off. However, this amp is confusing to use at first. It is deffinetly not a plug in and play amp, and the presets don't sound all that great. I had to read the manual to figure this thing out. But in the end, it was worth it. The tones I am now getting out of this thing that I now know how to use it is incredible. TAKE NOTE: This amp is noisy as hell!!! Definitely invest in a noise gate if this is something that easily pisses you off. I don't have too much of a problem with it, but I am still going to purchase a noise gate A.S.A.P because this thing is that noisy-even on the clean channel. Overall though, the sound is more than I expected from it.

Overall Impression — 7
Overall, not bad. I definitely would recommend it to people who are looking for a Metal machine that can also get beautiful cleans. I bought this over the glorified Roland Cube 80XL, and I do not regret it at all. To me, it sounds better.

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Reliability & Durability — 9
This amp can definitely take a beating. The speaker covering is made of silk, so that is something to watch out for, but this thing is thick and heavy as hell, so there is no need to worry about it breaking on you. It isn't the most portable, because as I said, its pretty heavy for an amp as small as it is.

Features — 9
This is a 120W tube driven amp made by Vox. With hundreds of dollars worth of effects put into it and 99 cool presets, this thing is going to keep you very busy. Features: - tube-driven Vox Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7 vacuum tube for true tube tone; - optimum 80W output with maximum 120W output from unique Power Level control; - 12" Vox Original Speaker - 99 Expertly voiced presets; - 33 Song presets spot-on recreations of the sounds used on classic tracks; - 33 Basic Amp Model presets: Valvetronix amp modeling at its robust finest; - 33 Effected Amp Model presets created with variety of effects including chorus, flanger and tremolo; - 25 In-demand, top-quality effects, including 11 pedal-type effects, 11 modulation/delay effects with Tap Tempo control, and 3 reverb styles; - 8 User Programs for saving your favorite custom settings; - Accurate amp models encompass the entire Vox lineage from the traditional AC30 to the modern Night Train, plus an impressive list of other hard-to-come-by classics and rare high-gain boutique models; - Gain, Volume, and Master Volume controls; - 3-band EQ; - Unique Power Level control can limit the power amp output wattage, creating distinctive power amp distortion at any listening level; - Built-in automatic guitar tuner; - Newly revoiced Vox original speaker ensures ample power; - Headphone output simulates the acoustic and spatial character of a full speaker cabinet.

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    Hi, Anyone has experiencie with this amp and overdrive pedals? Is it good enough to support them? thanks a lot
    I like it much better than the Line 6 offerings in the Spider range, and I own a tube amp and have played several high end ones from Mesa Boogie, Marshall, Orange, Vox, Fender, Dr. Z, Divided By 13, and Egnater. They obviously aren't as nice sounding as these higher dollar amps, but they are definitely an awesome practice amp or smaller rehearsal amp.