Price paid: € 315
Purchased from: TV-SÃ¤vel
Sound — 9
My guitar has active EMG 81/85 pickups and I play lots of different music styles from pop to grunge to metal. Due to the various range of sounds and effects, this amp suits them all. I have lots of separate pedals but I barely need to use them. Even the metal distortion on the VT50 is very good. I especially like the song presets, eg. Paranoid, The Trooper, Tie Your Mother Down, etc. They really sound like the songs they're supposed to emulate. The clean sound is very good and the distortion very brutal. I do sometimes use, however, my Boss MT-2 "Metal Zone" to get a specific sound. But for most users, the distortion on this amp alone should be well enough. There are so many amp models to choose from.
Overall Impression — 9
I love the wide selection of sounds and effects and if my VT50 was ever stolen, I'd first check if there was an updated model with a CD input (and possibly a drum machine) available, and if not, I'd get it again. My choice of a combo amp was between Ibanez MIMX65 and VT50. MIMX65 has an integrated drum machine, CD input and a chromatic tuner. All of those would be really, really nice in the VT50 as well. The MIMX65 just didn't sound as good to my ear (in the store) as the VT50 does. And to me, having a good sound is more important than extra features.
Reliability & Durability — 9
With the large 12" element and 50 W of power, this combo should work for live playing as well. It isn't too heavy to carry around either. While it's big, it's not bulky. The VT50 also hasn't failed on me so far but I've only used it for home playing. It is definitely a lot better than my previous Behringer GM108.
Features — 9
The VT50 is a 50 W digital modeling solid state combo, which can simulate up to 22 different amps and 12 effects (including tremolo, delay, chorus, flanger, phaser and all the usual). It has one 12" speaker, output for an external speaker (although plugging in one disables the internal speaker) and an optional VFS5 footswitch, which I bought with it. There are a total of 8 channels to save your own sounds to, and the footswitch can be used to Switch between them. VT50 has no effects loop (you have to get VT100 for that), but a headphone jack is included. However, there is no CD input, which kinda sucks. I use my VT50 for home practicing and it has more than enough features for my use. I barely use half of the sounds and effects it can produce and the power level (behind the amp) is always set to minimum. With the 12" speaker and 50 W of power, you could get evicted from most living areas. Seriously, it's LOUD. Fortunately it also sounds good with low volumes.