Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp  

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The convenient and powerful Valvetronix VT80+ combo amp delivers the guitar sounds sought after by discerning guitarists of every style. With a 12AX7 preamp tube, powerful new amp models, and the uniq... Click To Read More About This Product

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The convenient and powerful Valvetronix VT80+ combo amp delivers the guitar sounds sought after by discerning guitarists of every style. With a 12AX7 preamp tube, powerful new amp models, and the unique Power Level control, the VT80 Plus is ready to deliver the response and sound every player needs.

Tube-powered VOX Valve Reactor circuit
Every guitar player seeks the power and playability delivered by a tube amp; the fat drive tone, wide dynamic range, subtle picking nuances, and quick response. After painstaking analysis of guitarists' tastes and preferences, VOX has focused on the importance of the power amp circuit in creating the sonic characteristics long sought from tube amps. The VOX Valve Reactor was developed out of this power amp philosophy. Based on a 12AX7 vacuum tube, the Valve Reactor circuit at the heart of the Valvetronix VT80+ amp perfectly reproduces the operation, subtle nuances, and tonal character of a real tube-powered amp.

More amp models than ever before
The new Valvetronix+ Series boasts an amazing collection of 33 distinct amp models - a new milestone for Valvetronix amplifiers. In addition, the Valvetronix+ represents a giant leap in quality. The preamp EQ features Bass, Middle and Treble controls for precise tone-shaping. Beginning with classic VOX amps such as the AC30, the diverse amp model selection continues to encompass coveted amps from the pages of history, as well as the latest high-gain amps, providing a sound selection that spans the ages. Call up the sound of an old favorite, or experiment with amps you may never have tried - sought-after amps played by your guitar heroes, rare boutique amps, and vintage amps - and pursue unexplored sonic paths.

25 Diverse, high-quality effects
One of the best features of the VOX Valvetronix VT80+ modeling amp is the ability to combine the built-in effects with the onboard amp models to create a complete and powerful sound. Just as with the effects, the VT80+ makes no compromises when it comes to effects, boasting a level of quality that rivals top standalone units. The broad array of effects is divided into two sections: Pedal effects such as distortion, wah, and compressor; and Modulation/Delay effects such as chorus, flanger, and tape echo. In each section, there are 11 effects to choose from. Featuring easy-to-use settings, you can simultaneously select the effect type and adjust its parameters. In addition, there are three types of Reverb (Room, Spring, and Hall). With the addition of Noise Reduction, up to four different effects can be used at the same time.

99 Preset programs
The musicians at VOX have put together 99 preset programs for the VT80+, expertly voiced and ready for immediate use. Each of the 33 amp models provides three presets: Basic, Effected, and Song. An Effected preset calls up the correct combination of effect type and setting for a particular style.

Song presets are just like Effected presets; each one is a faithful recreation of the signature sound used by a famous guitarist to perform one of their classic tracks. Of course you're also free to edit any preset - or start from scratch with the manual setting - and save up to eight of your own custom sounds to the User presets.

Beyond the numbers
One of the greatest advances from previous Valvetronix models is the astounding sense of power generated by the VT80+. The power amp section has the potential to significantly exceed the wattage value indicated by the model name - as indicated by the shaded section of the Power Level knob. The new Valvetronix+ Series also feature a newly re-voiced VOX original design speaker that is sure to amaze you with a powerful sound that you would not expect from a chassis and speaker of this size. These fine Valvetronix+ amplifiers genuinely deliver sonic power that cannot be expressed by mere numbers.

Seize the power
The sense of drive produced in the tube power stage is what defines the inimitably fat and warm tone that's at the core of a great guitar amp sound. Our tube-driven Valve Reactor circuitry is at the heart of recreating this sound. Volume, Gain, and Master Volume controls provide key levels of controlling your gain to achieve a wealth of clean, overdriven and distorted sounds. In addition, these new Valvetronix+ Series amplifiers feature an altogether unique Power Level control. By lowering the Power Level, it's possible to achieve high levels of gain and distortion at any listening level. And, as was mentioned above, reserve power can also be dialed in using the Power Level control when you really need your amp to scream. The Power Level control allows you to take full advantage of the Valvetronix+ Series potential in any situation.

Convenient and versatile input and output
The headphone out jack can also be used as a direct line output. This output is equipped with the simulated response and character of a speaker cabinet, so you'll enjoy the natural spatial sense of playing through speakers, even when using headphones or when connected to a mixer or recording system. Plug your CD or MP3 player into the AUX input jack and enjoy jamming along with your favorite songs. In addition, the tuning function needed by every guitarist is built in, eliminating the need for a separate tuner.

Optional VFS5 footswitch operation
Plug in the optional VFS5 footswitch and use your feet to switch programs, turn the reverb and other effects on/off, and control their speed, providing additional options for sonic creativity and live performance power.

Amp Model List (33)
Three versions of each amp model are provided: Standard, Special, and Custom.
Clean, Cali Clean, US Blues, US 2x12, VOX AC15, VOX AC30, UK Rock, UK Metal, US High Gain, US Metal, Boutique Metal

Effect Model List (25)
¢ Pedal: Comp, Acoustic, Auto Wah, U-Vibe, Brn Octave, Treble Boost, Tube OD, Gold Drive, Org Dist, Metal Dist, Fuzz
¢ Modulation/Delay: CE Chorus, Multi Chorus, Flanger, Org Phase, Twin Trem, G4 Rotary, Pitch Shift, Filtron, Tape Echo, Delay, Chorus+Delay
¢ Reverb: Room, Spring, Hall
Noise Reduction

Song Preset List (33)
Gravity, Brown Sugar, Cocaine, Creep, I Feel Fine, Pride, Foxy Lady, Enter Sandman, Song 2, Know Your Enemy, Blue Wind, Message In A Bottle, Under The Bridge, Sultans Of Swings, Rebel Rebel, You Enjoy Myself, Smoke On The Water, Beat It, For the Love of God, Best Of You, Satch Boogie, Smells Like Teen Spirit, Wonderwall, Pride and Joy, Walk This Way, Back In Black, Paranoid, Tie Your Mother Down, Black Dog, Sweet Child O' Mine, Five Minutes Alone, Hot For Teacher, Raining Blood.

Features
  • Tube-driven VOX Valve Reactor circuit uses a 12AX7 vacuum tube for true tube tone
  • Optimum 80W output with maximum 120W output from unique Power Level control
  • 12" VOX Original speaker
  • 99 expertly voiced presets
  • 33 Song presets spot-on recreations of the sounds used on classic tracks
  • 33 Basic Amp Model presets: Valvetronix amp modeling at its robust finest
  • 33 Effected Amp Model presets created with variety of effects including chorus, flanger and tremolo
  • 25 In-demand, top-quality effects, including 11 pedal-type effects, 11 modulation/delay effects with Tap Tempo control, and 3 reverb styles
  • 8 User Programs for saving your favorite custom settings
  • Accurate amp models encompass the entire VOX lineage from the traditional AC30 to the modern Night Train, plus an impressive list of other hard-to-come-by classics and rare high-gain boutique models.
  • Gain, Volume, and Master Volume controls
  • 3-band EQ
  • Unique Power Level control can limit the power amp output wattage, creating distinctive power amp distortion at any listening level
  • Built-in automatic guitar tuner
  • Newly revoiced VOX original speaker ensures ample power
  • Headphone output simulates the acoustic and spatial character of a full speaker cabinet
  • Timeless VOX styling
Specifications
  • 18"W x 10-1/2"H x 17-1/4"D
    31 lb.
Warranty
MANUFACTURER'S WARRANTY
One year parts and labor warranty.


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VoxValvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp
 
4.0

(based on 24 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good power output (4)
  • Excellent sound (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (3)
  • Performances (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Its all in here.. you just have to find it

This amp is not for beginners, or people that expect to be able to just plug in and have it sound
the way they want. You'll probably have to work with it...Read complete review

This amp is not for beginners, or people that expect to be able to just plug in and have it sound
the way they want. You'll probably have to work with it somewhat to get what your looking for. This amp has a huge pallet of sounds available, once you put a little effort into it you'll be able to utilize it to its full potential and reap the sonic benefits. TRUST ME... this amp has what you want, ya just gotta find it.
I've had this amp for several months now, and through patience and perserverance I've been able
to settle on eight fantastic presets via the VFS5 footswitch, which is an absolute necessity if you intend to play live with it. When I first plugged into the amp (with a Les Paul double-cut), the factory presets sounded very bassy and somewhat muffled. I then tried a Strat, and even with the single-coil
pick-ups it was still too bassy. Fortunately, creating your own presets or variables of the factory pre-sets is quite simple once you spend a little time with learning how the amp works. Once I reset the EQ levels and various effects to my liking, this amp sounds really good. You want Stones kind of dirty rock, its in there. Dave Gilmour sounds, no problem. I've even got a solo preset that gives you harmonic feedback that just sings with the amps volume just a little more than bedroom level. Sweet.
This amp has dang near EVERYTHING you could ever need... amps, modulation effects, stomp boxes, delays and three different types of reverb and my personal favorites, compression and noise reduction. And a tuner. Its like the Swiss Army Knife of amps.
For some reason the folks at Vox decided not to put metal corner protectors on this amp, and I've already taken a chunk of the tolex off of one of them. No matter... I'll be a little more cautious in the future.
All the amp models and effects work perfectly, no glitches or problems.
Considering all you get in a fairly light combo with 120 watts available, this amp is an exceptional value.

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Totally Let Down

I waited and waited and waited for this amp to arrive. I fell in love with its features, simplicity, tone and portability. Then the problems ensued. I started noticing a hum from...Read complete review

I waited and waited and waited for this amp to arrive. I fell in love with its features, simplicity, tone and portability. Then the problems ensued. I started noticing a hum from the amp. I tried everything and I mean everything to reduce hum. The sound boot guys were like...Dude you amp is making a bad hum. I gave it every chance and struggled to RMA it back. I called Vox and they said "All tube amps hum" wrong! I play next to a guy with a Vox (different model) and no hum! This amp is brilliant in design, but sucks in quality. I truly wish that Vox would have panned out better for me. I loved the rich tones I got, but at the expense of punishing others.

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5.0

Loud ~ Fun ~ Millions of Options

By Irish Peele Engel

from Norfolk, VA

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

There are so many perspectives from which to examine this amp its ridiculous. First, the good: Probably the biggest initial impression is, its LOUD -- and not just obnoxious loud, it really sounds quite nice. I had a VT15 before and enjoyed it, but this amp is a totally different beast. The tube (or valve as they call it in the UK) probably accounts for the great sound - that and the weight (its pretty heavy). The different amp model selection is pretty cool; some models have more of a digital sound than others, but there's something for everyone here. For me, the funnest feature is the pedal effects. Again, something for everyone here: it was pretty easy to dial in my fav Dark Wave effects and crank out some Siouxsie (flange + overdrive), Cure (flange + chorus + echo), and Smiths (twin Trem + reverb + chorus) covers right outta the box. The option to assign effects timing w/ tap button is great to have control of. If you take some time & study the directions, you can save all the combinations you like in the 8 diff channels. And if you're in a noisy situation (or just need one), the tuner can be pretty handy as well. The only complaint I have abt this amp might be there seems to be an issue w/ where you plug it in. Some places (like close to the tv), seem to make the amp hum a little. I always replace my amp's factory power cords w/ superwt cords, which def makes a difference in how they sound/perform ~ its $12 well spent as far as I'm concerned. Also, there can be a big difference in how dif guitars project sound through this amp, which doesn't seem to happen w/ my Orange and Marshall amps. It might have to do w/ the quality of electronics in ea. guitar, but I dunno(?) FYI: I play a Casino, a Vox 33 and a custom-made (Coronado style) guitar. Anyhow, I would definately recommend this amp for anyone who has the time, money & inclination to fool around w/ a really fun amp!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Solid amp for a good price

By The Dude

from Ontario, Canada

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lots Of Amp For The Price
  • Loud
  • Powerful
  • Tons Of Effects

Cons

  • Difficult To Use

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Events
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Practice

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

This is my first amp (just getting into guitar) and I love it. This sucker is loud!! Having so many different effects on hand is great for a beginner because you don't have to have a bunch of pedals--it's all in there.

I put difficult to use as a con, because it takes time to get the sound(s) you want out of it--but it's not hard to just rip into one of the presets or effects that are already there.

 
5.0

VOX Rocks

By michael miles

from Oklahoma City, OK

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I picked up my amp and guitar May 14'2013, and I am very happy with both. The VOX Valvetronix VT80+ 80 Watt 1X12 is one great amp. I love the amp modeling effects it does way more than I thought I would. VOX did a great job building this amp with all the effects it has. I have paired it with a Gretsch G5422TDC Electromatic Hollowbody, and they make a terrific pair. I wish I had done this many years ago, maybe my life could have turned out a lot differently. Just sayin'.... Joy and the staff at G.C. OKC are to be commended. Highly recommend the VOX amp, the guitar, and Joy and Guitar center, you guys did a great job, thank you so much. mike males

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great amp

By SG16

from Chicago Ridge, IL

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

I bought this amp a week ago with a nice bonus from work. I've recently been getting back into my music and playing live. I gotta say, it's worth every penny I paid for it. If you can't find a sound you like for any genre of music you want to play from acoustic to blues to rock to metal, you're clearly not trying hard enough. This amp does take some getting used to, in regards to setting the channels the way you want and utilizing the different features. But, just read the manual and it works you through using it step by step. Also the foot switch is a must for playing live, however also very well worth the extra charge. However, I've got 8 different channels that provide a good tone for any occasion. And the fact that it has a tube preamp gives it tube sound on a solid state budget. I couldn't be happier. This is the future of solid state amps right here.

 
3.0

Adequate

By Neil Kraft

from NW Ohio

Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

My reason for buying this amp was to have a backup rig incase my current rig went down on or before a gig. My current gigging rig consists of an asssortment boss pedals that run into a solid sate Fender Frontman 2x12. My guitar is a Gibson SG faded with 490 p-ups. I play mostly classic rock from the late 60s to early 80s, with a bit of shred metal once in a while to spice things up. I've been playing in and out of garage bands, bar bands and recording sessions for up to 40 years, and have owned just about every pedal, amp, and guitar thats out there. I've never made a dime with music and could buy a couple new cars with all the money I've spent on equipment over the years. Let me make this clear "I am a novice" , " music is my hobby". The Vox VT80+ caught my attention on YouTube a few years ago and seemed to me the messiah of amps in the second coming. I wanted one, and I just now got around to getting it. I spent about an hour playing around with it on the showroom floor at guitar center. Everything sounds better on the showroom floor , but I was convinced and said "get me the foot switch and I'll take it home. At home the whole situation was different, of course. I quickly realized I had to read the owners manual to move forward with this amp. I was getting very frustrated trying to solo fly this amp with out the data in my brain to program it. The controls are NOT user friendly, even in manual mode.YOU MUST READ THE MANUAL before take off? Soo many choices, amp models, effects, and sound parameters. For my taste, too many choices. I have enough decisions to make in my life. This is not Vox fault but I am color blind and trying to read the LED indicators is a pain. Programming this thing is confusing and irritating even though the manual walks you through it. I like the volume and eq knobs but the program buttons are a bit flimsy, don't press them too hard. Access To the tube? I have no idea where it is or how to get to it. The amp sounds good, and is loud enough to gig with. The amp does everything the Vox people says it does, and I think the price is right. However it is a far cry from my Boss pedals and Fender amp, but my Boss pedals alone exceed the cost of the Vox VT80+, so why would the pedals sound better. I plan on keeping this Vox rig because I plan on spending more time with it and getting better at the programming process. I managed to get this amp to come very close in sound to my current rig with the pedals, so in general I'm happy to own it. If it were stolen or destroyed I would NOT buy another one.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Everything you need

By Jelly Bean

from DeLand, FL

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

    Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    What you have to remember when you buy these type of amps is that you will not need every function and option in them, but if you could make use of at least 5 of the very many, you got your moneys worth.

     
    5.0

    Just Wow

    By CHRIS JONES

    from SLC, UT

    Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I went into guitar center to buy a Fender Mustang III and was crushed when I found out they didn't have any in stock as I have spent months playing my friends and already knew I loved the sound. One of the salesmen kindly pointed me towards this, and I am ever so glad he did. for just a little more coin this amp almost completely blew the Mustang III out of the water, as well as the Line 6 Spider IV 75 Watt. The tone is superior in my opinion than anything else at this price range, and a wide range of actually useful effects are built into the amp, allowing you to easily customize your sound and save it onto one of eight available slots for your own personalized tones and effects. Another nice thing about this amp is that it does utilize a single vacuum tube, which adds dramatically to the sound you receive. combined with the amount of power this thing can put out(Up to 120 Watts depending on what the power level switch is set to)and you have a value you won't see anywhere else on this price level. To reiterate, the amount of different tones available on this amp is so astonishing. Its almost over whelming, but luckily the controls are very user friendly, five min looking through the manual and you will understand how to use this thing in no time! this amp handles just about everything well, from crisp and clean will killer treble to heavy distortion that avoids muddiness as a general rule. classic tones also sound well, such as AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, really whatever you wanna play, you can play. Also its light, easy to carry around to band practice, or your friends house, or really wherever you need it. So what are you waiting for?? You read this whole review so your already interested in the amp, just go buy it!! I am positive you will love it as much as I do

    (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    FANTASTIC

    By Peter Watson

    from Narnia

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Excellent Sound
    • Powerful

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use

    Best Uses

    • Events
    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    DO NOT listen to any of the bad reveiws, this amp does have what you want and much more. It took me 10 consecutie hours, but I was able to get a fantastic metal sound and a beautiful warm clean sound. This amp sounds like an all tube amp, even though it is not. It is loud as HELL. My walls were vibrating when I had the volume and master very low, but this amp is still very good for bedroom uses. It can take a beating and is not very portable, but is good enough if you need it. I would reccomend this over ANY combo amp that I have ever tried, including the Roland Cube 80XL

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Just above Mediocre

    By Tim Simpkin

    from Getzville NY

    Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    I'm going to exclude the fact that the channel switching buttons on the amp get stuck a lot and that the foot pedal has some issues when I write this. Despite these two frustrating flaws (at least in my experience), the amp sounds pretty decent. To anyone who has ever played a tube amp, it obviously does not replicate a tube amp as well you we would like it to. That being said, it's much better than a standard solid state amp without a tube in the preamp. I had a Line 6 spider IV before this and it sounded absolutely terrible. The effects are above average, and are useful when trying to sculpt a custom tone. The amp is plenty loud, and is a lot of fun to mess around with. Overall, 3.5/5 starts.

    (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    vox vt80

    By Stratobill

    from outside atlanta

    Comments about Vox Valvetronix VT80+ 80W 1x12 Guitar Combo Amp:

    It has tons of potential,,,,,,,,and that's where it ends.
    Great effects, tap tempo, on board tuner, and great tones,,,,when it works.
    This was my second VT80+ in a year. I bought one earlier in the year but returned it because of an annoying " ending hiss" in the clean setting. This one I just bought I also returned. The volume started cutting out intermittently the first day,,,,,the second day it had lost power completely.
    If you can get one that works it's got some great tones, some of the best I've heard built into an amp. I wish the two I bought would have stood up.

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