June 19th, 2012, 08:50 AM
Would like to try one of these that use the 12ax7 tube.
I have a Vox DA5 amp and like the amp modeling but would like something a little louder, 15 watts is plenty. I know thee AD15VT and VT15 are discontinued and the new line is the VT+ series. Is one better sounding than the others? Opinions I have found online differ.
June 19th, 2012, 10:19 AM
New versions of modeling amps will always add features and/or refine the software that mimics a variety of amps. So, the VT+ series might sound different but not necessarily better, if that makes any sense. Kind of like how Line 6's Spider amps have all essentially use the same amp models since the beginning, but changes made over time serve up the tones a little differently.
There's a great forum here on TDPRI - Amp Owners Club - in which you could find some more insight from Vox VT and VT+ users. http://www.tdpri.com/forum/amp-owners-clubs/
Good luck in your search!
June 19th, 2012, 10:22 AM
stay away from the "+" series!! horribly unreliable amps. The older AD**VT series are great though
June 19th, 2012, 10:27 AM
I have had a VT15 for a couple years and I like it a lot for a small practice amp. The Vox and Fender models are really good in my opinion. Never played the AD or the VT+ series but I've heard the AD's are good but the VT+ series wasn't as good.
June 19th, 2012, 10:39 AM
I have an AD30VT and Pathfinder15R and think they are very very good bang for the buck combo amps. The "AD/VT" series does a good job on modeling the Fender, Vox, and early Marshall. The later Marshall and Mesa tones are a little on the intense side but they are workable. I can't compare with the newer series Vox modeling or Fender modeling, but the price point for what you get again is good thing.
June 23rd, 2012, 10:56 PM
The pathfinder alone is a great amp, also 15 watts, with reverb and tremolo. . .and it's cheap enough that you can buy a pretty good pedal. The more recent Vox vt+ series have been plagued with a "snare drum" hiss. . .hopefully that has been solved now. The earlier vox ad series had some problems but probably has been worked out in the meantime for any used amp and you can still get them at a good price.
Check out the Vox amps forums, really useful in learning what other users think about the amps. .
Still I'd just get a 15R and save a little for something such as the Zoom G3 multi effect unit which gives you amp emulations, pedals, tuner, drums, usb and software, etc etc. Pathfinder 15R $120 and G3 $199. . .incredible values. . .and both have headphone outs.
The amp owners club section on TDPRI is very helpful as well. .