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Hey! Got it in my mind to get a portable amp, not for bass but guitar. Read about a few like Pignose, Ibanez but found the VOX to be the best sounding deal. I've heard a Pignose before and thought they were ok but the VOX has digital modelling and effects for $159 at LA, not sure what they are around here.

So could give me your highly-regarded opinions on these?

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Go for it, I own a MicroCube and honestly, the Vox is better. Granted, I got the microcube before the DA-5 got on the market. Anyways a big problem with small amps is the bass response, the microcube is a very nice amp at low volumes, but bring the volume up over halfway and the tiny 5" speaker just farts out, because it can't handle the bass. The DA-5 has a 6.5' speaker I think so the DA-5 will probably have more speaker headroom. All in all, I tried one and I loved it. Go for it!
 

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Definitely interested in getting one of these amps too, they seemed to have received a fairly good response too. I may be tempted to pick one up soon.
 

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...i love my da5. however, it is digital - i'm careful to not point the speaker right at me.

the clean settings, with the gain dimed, are my favourite. add a just a touch of reverb and enjoy.

and, unless you really try to play it super loud, no speaker farting! the speaker is actually quite good.

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I just wanted something for quiet practice and going where no AC power is to be had. I have the Traynor for kickin-ass.

I called this morning looking for one, $10 diff between stores and best I can get it for is $179, so I'm picking it up after work. Both places only have it in camo, I wanted red or vintage, oh well, guess I will have to learn some Ted.

Thanks for your input! :wave:
 

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...i love my da5. however, it is digital - i'm careful to not point the speaker right at me.

the clean settings, with the gain dimed, are my favourite. add a just a touch of reverb and enjoy.

and, unless you really try to play it super loud, no speaker farting! the speaker is actually quite good.

-dh
yeah what's the deal with that?, are all digital amps like that? my microcube sounds so shrill and crappy if the speaker's pointing straight at me (this is especially noticeable with any kind of distortion)
 

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I think the DA-5 is a great little amp. I own the DA-5's bigger sibling, the DA-15.

It is a great practice amp -- I actually prefer the DA-5 due to its portability (who needs a 15W digital amp anyway? too big to be portable, yet too quiet to be heard over drums).

My friend brought over his Micro-Cube on the weekend for comparison. It wasn't completely fair because the Vox DA-15 has an 8" speaker. Nevertheless, the tones coming out of the Vox were, to my ear, way better. Some prefer the micro-cube high-gain tones, but I think the Vox holds its own just fine on the high-gain settings.

the clean settings, with the gain dimed, are my favourite. add a just a touch of reverb and enjoy
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Ive been thinking about getting a portable amp too, but i've also considered getting a multi FX unit like a Pox XT Live and just using headphones... .I think the floor board might be more useful to me as a backup in case my pedals quit on me or something at a gig..

Anyway, thanks for making this thread.. i wasn't aware that VOX had such a tiny modeling amp like this..
I've heard the older brother to the DA-5 and it was respectable... it made a respectable VOX AC30 tone, so i'm assuming the DA-5 is just the same.
 

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It is a cool thing! There's a lot to it, you can spend hours just trying different settings but the best for me is the CLEAN2 or BLUES1 with the gain at about 3/4 and a bit of reverb. The rest of the effects are cool. Took the back cover off and got richer tone. Just usin the SG for now. Only thing I don't like is the WAH, it quacks.

It's loud ok, haven't tried it with batteries yet. Gonna try it as a pre-amp on the SVT-3 PRO with the 2X10. :rockon2:

If that works out, I may sell the Traynor but I dunno about that......... It would have to go to a good home, no dweeb is gonna own that.
 

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Great little amp. I've been using mine for quite some time and still think it rocks. I don't use all the features on it but for low volume practice and playing this thing rocks. Tube amps are simply "loud" when turned on. These little digital thingies sure fill a niche.

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I think as long as you take it for what it is, it's great. I prefer the cleans, the distortion is bright and somewhat fizzy, but for the size and cost, I don't know of anything better. I also wondered if it would be improved by some acoustic foam inside the back cover, might try it. Will also try it without the back, great suggestion.

I also use mine with a personal CD player for music in the back yard.

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It sounds ok thru the bass amp but is no substitute for a tube amp, Traynor not for sale! :)

Still loads of fun though but it took only 2hrs to get tired of the camo, like I have nothing camo....



I really wanted a red one, hmmm, nothin a little spray paint can't fix...



It is actually a little darker than the pic, that's better huh?
(I'm well aware of the warranty issue: don't care)

Have a great weekend!

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