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  • Better (best?) Mini / Headphone Amps?

    I am looking for a small amp primarily to use with headphones, but will consider the smallest combos.

    The amps I've consistently heard good things about are the Smokey headphone amp and the Roland Micro Cube.

    I know the Micro Cubes can be had used for $100 or less so I don't want to go more than that.

    Can anyone recommend either of these or other options? The Vox AmPlug looks interesting as well...
    My Gear
    Schecter Corsair
    TelePartsCaster x3
    Dano Convertible

    Taylor 114
    Gretsch Americana

    Vox Pathfinder 15R
    Vox VT15
    Fender SCXD
    Yamaha THR5

    For Sale:
    Duncan Pickups

    BG Pups Tele Set

    Looking For:
    Vox AC4C1 amp
    Gibson 70s tribute minihum pickup(s)

  • #2
    I tried a bunch of them. I was happiest with the AmPlug. That said, a Micro Cube is much more flexible, and if you can spring for it ($100 vs $40), get that instead.

    - Dogfish
    I take tea at three.

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    • #3
      I tried a bunch of them. I was happiest with the AmPlug. That said, a Micro Cube is much more flexible, and if you can spring for it ($100 vs $40), get that instead.

      - Dogfish


      More a matter of practical spending than affordability. I'm really looking for a decent sounding way to play in other areas of the house with an amp.

      It seems from the reviews that the amPlugs are one trick poines, but excellent at what they do. The MC seems that it will give me more tonal versatility and a low vol speaker out as well, but at the "cost" of carrying around a 7lb brick

      With live.com and some patient shopping, I can get the amPlug for $30 or the MC for around $70-$75.

      Both for ~$100?
      My Gear
      Schecter Corsair
      TelePartsCaster x3
      Dano Convertible

      Taylor 114
      Gretsch Americana

      Vox Pathfinder 15R
      Vox VT15
      Fender SCXD
      Yamaha THR5

      For Sale:
      Duncan Pickups

      BG Pups Tele Set

      Looking For:
      Vox AC4C1 amp
      Gibson 70s tribute minihum pickup(s)

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      • #4
        I enjoy the convienence of the amplug, as well as its sound. I actually like the sound so much, that for certain sounds, I run its output into my amp instead of using a pedal or a direct connection to the amp. The best part is that due to the very small size, it's easy to just stash it into my guitar case and have it with me wherever I go.

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        • #5
          If you're going to be using headphones primarily, consider a low-end multifx unit, like a Digitech RP150 or RP250. Great variety of sounds with headphones, usb capabilities and it'll double as a super top secret emergency backup rig.

          Bam.
          I'm in a band called Little Sluggers. Signature.

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          • #6
            For portability, the AmPlug is hard to beat. I have the AC30 AmPlug, which I like a lot. My brother has the Metal AmPlug, which has gain for days. Soundwise, I prefer the AC30.

            I hope they can expand the AmPlug line. I would buy one or two more depending on the quality of the modeling.
            Originally Posted by csm


            The first, and most frequently violated rule of punk is: THERE ARE NO RULES.



            "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." — David Gilmour

            Fender :: Gibson :: Epiphone :: Ibanez :: Yamaha
            Blackstar :: Orange :: Vox

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            • #7
              I LOVE my Amplug. I bought mine on a lark this past August, expecting it to perform as poorly as the Rockman I had years ago (every guitar played through a Rockman sounds like Boston, or the soundtrack from that old "Thunder Cats" cartoon). Being a longtime metal head, I have the Metal version. It sounds like a mini Mesa Boogie (I used to use Boogies). People who have the other versions (AC30, and Classic Rock [aka Marshall Plexi sound]) say they sound good too. BTW, it pays to use a decent set of headhphones with an Amplug.

              Also, they are not quite as one-trick pony as some people think. They do have gain and tone adjustments. The dirty sound clips I posted for my Eastwood NGD thread last week, were done with my Amplug Metal. For the overdriven (not full on raging metal) sounds, I just turned down the Amplug Metal's gain, and my Eastwood Airline Coronado's volume knobs until I had the overdrive sound I was looking for. Of course for full on raging metal, I just jacked up the gain.

              The Amplugs are obviously quite successful, since Vox has also started selling additional models - the Bass (modeled on the AC-100 bass amp), and the Lead (modeled on the high gain boutique amps some hot shot lead players use).
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              Gretsch G6119-1962FT Tennessee Rose

              2006 Mapleglo Rickenbacker 360

              2012 Fender Esquire

              2012 Squier Modified Jaguar - not the humbucker one, the traditional one

              Guild D125-12, 12-string acoustic


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              Early 90s Teal Stripe Peavey Bandit (the earliest Transtube Peavey)

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              • #8
                I've got this. It's got tone and gain controls. You need good headphones to really enjoy it, though.

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                • #9
                  I just use a Zoom PS04 and a Boss BR2 recorder w/ headphones. Who needs
                  an amp for that?
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                  • #10
                    The Amplugs are obviously quite successful, since Vox has also started selling additional models - the Bass (modeled on the AC-100 bass amp), and the Lead (modeled on the high gain boutique amps some hot shot lead players use).


                    Thanks for that. I'm curious about the Lead and its digital delay effect. I wonder if the delay displaces the gain circuit in that one.

                    If they start making AmPlugs with a chorus effect, I'll be
                    Originally Posted by csm


                    The first, and most frequently violated rule of punk is: THERE ARE NO RULES.



                    "You know, once you've had that guitar up so loud on the stage, where you can lean back and volume will stop you from falling backward, that's a hard drug to kick." — David Gilmour

                    Fender :: Gibson :: Epiphone :: Ibanez :: Yamaha
                    Blackstar :: Orange :: Vox

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                    • #11
                      I have a Fender Mini Tone Master. I like it for just sitting around in the living room. 9V battery makes it easy to move it around and not have to plug up.

                      I bought mine to take with me if I go look at buying or trading guitars on craigslist. Nothing worse than holding your breath when you plug it up at home after a buy...did that once and decided it wasn't worth the risk again!
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                      • #12
                        I have the AC30 and Classic Rock Amplugs. I bought them for headphone practice and they do sound great. I also have a MC. Since my living arrangements have changed where I don't have to use headphones anymore, I just use the MC.

                        If you can deal with an amp, get the MC, if you need something that will fit in your case, get the Amplug.

                        Originally Posted by perrydabassman


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                        • #13
                          I have the AC30 and Classic Rock Amplugs. I bought them for headphone practice and they do sound great. I also have a MC. Since my living arrangements have changed where I don't have to use headphones anymore, I just use the MC.

                          If you can deal with an amp, get the MC, if you need something that will fit in your case, get the Amplug.



                          I've already got 2 amps (see sig) that are as much as I need, but are too much for just some quiet playing when the family is around.

                          How do the AC-30 and Classic Rock plugs perform for you? The AC-30 gets consistently great reviews, the Clasisic gets some great / some muddy reviews.

                          Are the effects and speaker in the MC decent or tinny / brittle?
                          My Gear
                          Schecter Corsair
                          TelePartsCaster x3
                          Dano Convertible

                          Taylor 114
                          Gretsch Americana

                          Vox Pathfinder 15R
                          Vox VT15
                          Fender SCXD
                          Yamaha THR5

                          For Sale:
                          Duncan Pickups

                          BG Pups Tele Set

                          Looking For:
                          Vox AC4C1 amp
                          Gibson 70s tribute minihum pickup(s)

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                          • #14
                            I use my Micro every night with headphones. I looked into the Amplugs before i bought the Micro. They sounded alright but the micro was more versatile. I am not talking just sound with it's aux. in and out jacks it makes a great little amp to use for recording straight in the comp or hooking up a mp3 or other source to play along with.
                            HCGB Trooper #315

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                            • #15


                              Are the effects and speaker in the MC decent or tinny / brittle?


                              I don't use the speaker much. It's not awful. Some one else mentioned the digi rp150 and 250's. My son has the rp 50 that he uses for headphone use. It works OK i have even run that through a small set of computer speakers. I have also heard good things about the little line 6 amp.
                              HCGB Trooper #315

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