this is a no brainer...the vox...I cant believe anybody would vote for anything else...thats sad...the roland comes in a close second...but it just sounds pretty synthetic to me...the vox is better anyway
I haven't spent enough time with the Roland to comment. I compared the microcube to a Vox DA15, and I preferred the Vox (although the Roland had some good distortion models). The Vox had better cleans and, to my ear, better effects built-in. And the Valvetronix has, to my ear, better tone than the DA15.
During my last round of amp shopping I tried the Fender Frontman -- I don't remember why I rejected it, but I moved on to try other amps.
The spider had a lot of effects, but I didn't like the tone very much. For a modelling amp, I think a buyer is better off going with a Vox Valvetronix -- good cleans, very versatile, OK effects (except the auto wah!) built in, too.
For a bedroom amp, especially for beginners, I'd recommend going with a smaller digital modeller, like the Vox DA5 or Roland Microtube. At band volumes you'll need more volume, and the modellers aren't at their best when played loud. I recommend going for a small modeller, and then saving some money for a nice little 15-30W tube amp for playing at higher volumes.
I prefer tube amps and own a Soldano Hot Rod 50, Koch Multitone 100 2x12 combo and Randall Lynch Box full stack.
All these amps are a lot to lug around, especially for practice. For tha treason i wanted a small amp i could easilly carry in one hand that had certain features such as mult channel and multi voicing. Most of all it had to sound respectable. Of all the modelling amps I tried and they include those listed in this pole plus some more... I liked the Vox AVT the most... so I bought one.
You guys are understimating the Line 6 Spider III 75 watts, it is WAY better then any other listed. i<ve own one now for almost a year, and that's the only amp i need for now. you're not limited to a few sounds and don't need to buy a full board of pedals. i've programmed most the amps i used to run on it, and then set-up sounds for every band i play. it's just nuts how good this thing can sound.
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