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Way back in 1961, VOX rolled out the AC4 amplifier. Nearly 50 years later, VOX is pleased to announce the AC4TV”the all-tube practice amp with remarkable self control. This up-to-date Class A version ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Way back in 1961, VOX rolled out the AC4 amplifier. Nearly 50 years later, VOX is pleased to announce the AC4TV”the all-tube practice amp with remarkable self control. This up-to-date Class A version retains the distinctive EL84 power tube of the original AC4 amp and features a 12AX7 powered pre-amp, all driving a custom-made Celestion 10" speaker. The sophisticated sound is unmistakably VOX, delivering that distinctively British top-end tone.

Simple and sexy, the AC4TV wears its pedigree proudly. The cabinetry features the same TV-front design first used on the classic 1958 AC15, and still in use on today's AC15H1TV Heritage Series. One of the challenges confronting an all-tube amp is retaining a full tone at lower volumes. To solve this issue, the AC4TV features a built-in power attenuator, with 4W, 1W, and 1/4W output levels”ensuring you never lose that classic tube tone, even at the lowest listening levels.

The AC4TV also adds a 16-ohm speaker output, allowing you to add an additional cabinet and state your sonic signature with authority.

Features
  • Affordable all-valve design
  • Switchable output levels: 4W, 1W, and 1/4W output
  • Quality vintage VOX styling
Specifications
  • Controls: Tone, Volume, output level (4W, 1W, W)
    In/Out Jacks: Input, External Speaker Jack ( ")
    Output: 4W RMS 16-Ohm
    Speakers: AC4TV - 1 x 10" 16-Ohm Celestion VX10 custom speaker;
    Valve/Tube Complement: 1 x 12AX7 (pre) / 1 x EL84 (power)
    AC4TV Dimensions: 13.78" (W) x 8.46" (D) x 14.76" (H);
    AC4TV Weight: 19.84 lbs.;
    Power cable included
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One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxAC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.5

(based on 104 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (77)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (8)

82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (15)
  • Excellent sound (13)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Warm / comfy (7)
  • Good power output (5)

Cons

  • Limited functions (4)

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Professional recording (4)
  • Performances (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

There is no substitute

Watched/listened to all the demos on you-tube and elsewhere of this amp and got very interested. Unfortunately there was almost no example of someone playing a Les Paul or similar through it for...Read complete review

Watched/listened to all the demos on you-tube and elsewhere of this amp and got very interested. Unfortunately there was almost no example of someone playing a Les Paul or similar through it for a hard rock/metal sound. If you are looking for an amp to shred through with a sound like late 80s speed metal, this won't do without a solid state pedal in front of it. However, if you are looking for a more classical dark growl, roar and punch sound like Tony Iommi or a powerful straight ahead hard rock sound like Angus Young or Joe Perry you can get there with your Les Paul plugged straight in, no pedals required. The amp is very responsive to the player and the guitar. The 10" Celestion speaker is clearly better than typical for this price range, however if you are looking for some heavy thump in your sound, you will need an external cab with 12s in it--this could be due to the closed-back design. It does sound great for bright chimey strat/tele sounds, however. At the 4 watt setting, it is very loud for anyone but 16 year old mountain dew freaks. At 4 watts you can get nice clean round chimey sounds at bedroom level from your strat. It does break up quickly, and at the 1/4 watt setting you can go into full marshall meltdown at a level that just drowns out the acoustical sound of your guitar--absolutely great for people who still want to be able to hear when they turn 50. You might think that you won't get a good thick sound at such a low level. Not so here. There are a lot of great amp modeling devices out there, speaker simulators etc., but there just is no substitute for the interaction between a player, guitar, and a real tube amp. The amp is part of the instrument, and now you can have the real thing at a sane volume level, and at an amazing price. I used to spend hours dialing around on my pedalboard trying to create "my sound." Now I just plug in and spend the time actually playing. What a concept... If you are on the fence, just do it-you won't be disappointed unless what you are really looking for is an AC30 or Marshall with multi-channel operations, eq, and built in reverb etc.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Overdrive soudn only

Bought this amp thinking that tube amps are the only way to go; Period. I own a valveking and love it. So, I bought this for a practice amp, hoping for the...Read complete review

Bought this amp thinking that tube amps are the only way to go; Period. I own a valveking and love it. So, I bought this for a practice amp, hoping for the best sound available. After playing it for two days and several hours; had to take it back. The only sound that came out of this amp was that british overdriven sound. The only way to get a clean soud was to turn down to 3 or 4, but then had zero volume for practicing.I love Vox, so bought a Vt40+ instead of this one. MUCh beter in all capacities, save an overdriven sound. - Pros: BEAUTIFUL looking amp. How can you beat that retro white TV look? You can't. Definitley has that 'british" overdrive sound, and you can play it at 1watt or a .25 watt - Cons: One sound and one soudn only comes out of this amp. If you want anythign other than mud, stay away.

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5.0

So nice

By Teleman

from NH

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Fun
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio

    Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

    Having read reviews and mods, i am putting in a Warehouse v20 speaker and upgrade tubes but alredy enjoy sound. I bought from MF on deal of day etc. But w/attenuation etc. Sounds great.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not so much fun

    By Slick

    from Cleveland ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Portable
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality

    Best Uses

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      Great idea that went awry. There's better products out there

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Really great little amp!

      By Mats

      from Montreal

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Portable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Limited Functions

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Jamming
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

      I bought this for playing/recording at home about a year ago; I wanted a small and really simple tube amp and got a deal on one of these for about 350$CDN. I was particularly attracted to the built in attenuator that could take it down from 4 to 1 to 1/4 watts. Which is great considering its a class A circuit with no master volume. Plus, when I tried it at the store, I plugged a Casino into it and it totally had that hairy, 60's garage-y tone that I had to buy it on the spot. Its a loud 4 watts. And to be honest at home even on the 1/4 watt setting I barely crank it above 10 o'clock (It really needs to more like noon to really start to get that voxy OD cooking) The only other control is the tone which on 1/4 watt I have almost flat out but it really doesn't have much sweep. Anyway fast forward to last night and I brought it out to a jam and plugged it into a 4 x 12 Marshall cab and was amazed that I could still keep up with a drummer. In fact, I kept the attenuator on the middle setting of 1Watt so I could still crank it enough that it would edge into break up territory. I was seriously surprised at how loud it actually was. As a question Ive seen floated around the internet of if you could gig with such a small amp I'll just add these two cents. The small size of the speaker and cabinet of the amp itself makes it sound really small - great, and loud "enough", but still boxy small in a mix with drums etc. However, plugged into a cabinet it was plenty amp enough BUT it was also really bright, I think because the efficiency of speakers in 4x12s are like rated sometimes to 75 watts and that's a lot for such a small amp on its own to move. I had to dial the tone all the way off. Still, it sounded great and I was really impressed. I'd be very curious to plug it into a 2x12 with some lower rated 20watt greenbacks.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Good Replacement For My Pro Junior

      By John

      from Baltimore, MD, USA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Excellent Sound
      • Good Warmth
      • Portable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Small Gigs

        Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Years ago I sold a Fender Pro Junior to help finance buying a drum kit. I wasn't playing guitar in a live band at the time, so I was satisfied with having just one amp, my '65 Fender Deluxe Reverb reissue. As I got back into playing more guitar,with my own band, I missed the option of having a second, smaller tube amp in the arsenal for certain occasions. The AC4 TV is more of what I wanted the Pro Junior to be anyway, a little less wattage and easier tube breakup, yet a fair amount of clean headroom. The AC4 really shines when you run it through another cabinet. The other day I plugged it into a friends Reverend 2x12 cab and the results were phenomenal.

        I really only use the 4 watt setting for my purposes, but I could see at some point using the 1 watt setting for recording a track. However the 1/4 watt setting doesn't even sound very good in my opinion, which is maybe the only downside. But I'll probably never use that for anything, so it's sort of a non-issue for me. I heard that replacing the 12ax7 with a 12at7 will buy you some more clean headroom, and I plan to try this. I'm more of a clean amp with an overdrive pedal kind of guy, and there are times that I need really clean tones from my amp since I play roots rock .

         
        3.0

        Pushed too hard and blew out

        By Dave

        from Tempe

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Portable

        Cons

        • Limited Functions
        • Weak

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording

        Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

        Good for low wattage tube sound. Not built very well unfortunately.

         
        4.0

        Good Amp for a great Price Tube Sound at Transistor Prices

        By H-Tek Funillogical

        from Cincinnati Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Exceptional Value
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Home Studio
          • Performances
          • Professional Recording

          Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

          For the money this is an exceptional amplifier. It takes pedals well (the exception to this is reverb) It sounds great. It is extremely simple to use. The 1/4 watt power setting allows you to get distortion from the power tubes at a volume that won't get the cops called. It also cleans up nice and has that chime Vox tone. I like using to record cleaner funk rhythms and loops. I like the fact that it has a speaker out line that you can use to power an extension cabinet. I hook it up to a 1 x 12 cab I have loaded with Jensen P12 N Alnico and it sounds just marvelous. I only have two complaints. The tone control when all the way engaged muffles things a bit much. Also a little more headroom might have been nice. it almost tends to break up a little too fast. These are minor complaints and more an issue of preference I think. There are so many bad transistor amps out there that are in the same price range. This is a really great amp that is a fantastic starter amp for a beginner. It doesn't have enough ooompf to get over a drummer and a full band but for solo performance in a small to medium sized room it works great. I really like it for recording too. I have two other high gain heads and this is a nice when i want to record without having any fuzz on the signal and still have the volume control all the way up on the guitar. Wonderful for Beatelesque and Funk tones, either through the onboard 1 x 10 speaker or running through an extension cabinet.

           
          5.0

          Even better after speaker replacement

          By No Nickname

          from Chicago

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

            Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

            I tried several small practice amps from other companies before deciding on the AC4TV. For 5 years, it's been so good for practice, at the office as well as a few recordings and small gigs that I wanted to use it for more. The original speaker couldn't clean up or get loud enough without sounding like trash(which can be good for some stuff). I replaced the speaker with a Celestion G10 Vintage and got a Strymon Flint. Now it's all I need for most gigs without drums.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Sounding Amp When Used with a Distortion Pedal

            By Surf Gieser

            from Huntington Beach

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Good Warmth
            • Portable
            • Powerful
            • Sounds good with distortion and wah wah pedals

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio

              Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

              This amp is a lot like the amps I had when I was a kid back in the 1950s and early 60s. Like those amps, it does not have a gain knob for overdriving the preamp it only allows you to adjust the volume. On those old amps you had turn the volume up as far as it would go in order to overdrive the tubes in the power amp in order to get any distortion. The difference with this amp is that it has a built in power attenuator to overdrive the power amp tubes so you do not have to turn the volume up very much to get a little bit of distortion. The problem is, the most distortion you can get using this method is pretty much the level of distortion you hear in old rock roll songs from the 1950s. However, if you use this amp with a distortion pedal that has loads of extra distortion like a Reaper or Swollen Pickle, then you can get a great sounding rip saw distortion. What impressed me the most when using this amp with a distortion pedal was that when I strummed a chord, you could hear every string clearly ring out. A lot of other amps I owned in the past had a fuzzy muddiness to them when you strummed a chord with a lot of distortion. I also liked the way this amp sounded with a wah wah pedal. When the amount of power attenuation is increased on the amp you can hear the increase in the sustain of the wah wah sound. Also, when the power attenuation is increased hammer-on's and pull-off's seem to sound a lot clearer.

              (2 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Actually zero stars

              By Disappointed

              from Greensboro, NC

              About Me Professional Musician

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Weak

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  Looked cool. Plugged it in. Played for about 2 minutes. Turned up to about 1/2 volume. Heard a pop and a fizzle, followed by silence and darkness. Okay, maybe this was that one unit in a thousand with a serious defect, but why take a chance that the next one lasts one day longer than the warranty? MF return process worked fine. I'll be back, but not for one of these.

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Vox Box with attitude

                  By Jazzbo

                  from Hudson Valley, NY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attenuator
                  • Ballsy Sound
                  • Excellent Sound
                  • Portable
                  • Simple Controls

                  Cons

                  • White Cover Needs Care

                  Best Uses

                  • Guitar Amplification

                  Comments about Vox AC4TV 4W 1x10 Tube Guitar Combo Amp:

                  The Vox AC4TV amps up your sound with ballsy tone and attitude. Controls are dead simple. From 1/4 watts to 4, you can get pretty much anything you want. It makes my Gretsch Corvette sing, my Ibanez artcore semi-hollow body sound great and my strat clone sound better than it looks. It's new, so the tone gets a bit ragged as the volume goes up. I tamed it with an xotic xp compressor, and a reverb pedal. Turning the volume down on my neck pickup gives me jazz tones, turning it up and switching to the bridge pickup makes it growl. If you prefer not to spend countless hours tweaking digital controls and modeling devices and rather just play yer guitar, get this amp. This amp replaces both my digital practice amp and my "play it louder" 22w tube amp with the zillion tweak knobs. It also jacks into a speaker cab for larger sound. I use it at 4w to go into an 8 ohm 16" speaker cab and it rocks. Don't know how it plays at large venues, but expect to have to mic it if you go there with it.

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