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... Read More

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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
 
3.8

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Little Amp, Big Tones

My first thought was that this thing is tiny. But once you plug it in you start to get an idea of what modeling amps are all about. This has plenty of power and...Read complete review

My first thought was that this thing is tiny. But once you plug it in you start to get an idea of what modeling amps are all about. This has plenty of power and enough selection of amps, both clean and high gain, to keep most people happy. The selection of effects is never-ending and I could have sat there for hours trying everything out. This amp is not aimed at your bedroom, but with the built in attenuator, anything is possible. Get the owner's manual or you are going to miss something.

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Adequate

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...Read complete review

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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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2.0

Don't do it

By Hector Cortez

from Galveston, Texas

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

Let me just start by saying that just because something is top rated doesn't mean its good. This is amp is no exception. Here are my reasons: 1. It is very difficult to use, requires that you spend a lot of time learning how to create your desired tone because it can't be easily dialed in. 2. The volume is a preset, meaning that every time you turn on the amp or switch between channels the volume resets, and not to a decent volume, its always at a level loud enough to blow you away. So if you had the volume dialed in low, it will go back up if you switch between channels. 3. Lastly, the amps tones simply don't sound good. I know it says it can model different amps but it really only sounds like them to the untrained ear. If the amps really sounded professional this amp would cost like 10 grand. Some channels even sound like you just placed a blanket over the amp, even with the treble dial all the way up. I wouldn't recommend this amp to anyone. Not even a beginner.

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1.0

Worked for a total of 30 minutes

By Howard Passman

from Ijamsville MD

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

Been using my Boogie for over 20 years. Received the VT80 as a birthday gift. Worked less than 30 minutes. Disappointed that Guitar Center doesn't work on them. It might not be worth it to lug it around to get fixed while my Boogie is still alive and kicking. It's been 40+ years since I've owned a Vox amp. Looks like I should have waited longer :-)

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5.0

This little VOX BOX ROX!!!

By jimmyD

from Tacoma, Wa

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

WOW, don't let the size fool you. this thing is a BEAST! traded my VT 50 which is about Double the size, but has less then half the Goodies. Great presets, and as expected with any VOX product, amazing high quality sound. Worth the wait, worth the Price.

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5.0

Has just about everything

By John S.

from Minneapolis, MN

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

This has just about everything a person could want in one nice little package. The amp can produce just about any effect to suit any music style out there. For the price, convenience of everything in 1 package, and quality of sound, this amp is Great! Everything looks and sound really darn good for the money. This Amp suits my at home needs without several boxes, and cables cluttering up the bedroom. Yes it can get very loud, and yes it can produce some very clean sounds.

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5.0

Little Amp, Big Tones

By D. A. Munson

from Charlotte, NC

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

My first thought was that this thing is tiny. But once you plug it in you start to get an idea of what modeling amps are all about. This has plenty of power and enough selection of amps, both clean and high gain, to keep most people happy. The selection of effects is never-ending and I could have sat there for hours trying everything out. This amp is not aimed at your bedroom, but with the built in attenuator, anything is possible. Get the owner's manual or you are going to miss something.

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