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Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack 

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Don't be fooled by its small size.

Included in this Ampeg kit is the Micro-VR bass amp head and the SVT210AV bass speaker cabinet stack.

The Ampeg Micro-VR is a no-compromise amplifier packing 200W of solid-state MOS-FET fury, a switching power supply and the classical good looks and features of Ampeg's renowned SVT Series amplifier head.

The Ampeg Micro-VR amplifier is designed as an ideal companion to the SVT 210AV cabinet. The switching power supply keeps the weight low, without sacrificing power output or Ampeg's legendary sound quality. Like all Ampeg products, your Micro-VR amplifier is designed by musicians and built using only the best of components. Each Ampeg amplifier is tested to confirm that it meets specifications, and to make it the absolute best that it can be.

The Ampeg SVT 210AV speaker cabinet is designed to follow the classical good looks and features of the renowned SVT-Series cabinets. The SVT 210AV speaker cabinet is designed as an ideal companion to the Ampeg Micro-VR amplifier head. Like all Ampeg products, your SVT 210AV bass speaker cabinet is designed by musicians and built using only the best of components.

FEATURES
  • Micro-VR amplifier head:
  • Detailed 1970s-era SVT appearance
  • Single channel, entirely solid-state design
  • Selectable 15 dB input pad
  • Gain control
  • Bass, Mid, and Treble controls
  • Volume control
  • Selectable Limiter and LED
  • Peak LED
  • Auxiliary input
  • Headphone output
  • Illuminated power switch
  • Effects loop with separate send and return jacks
  • Balanced XLR output
  • Lightweight switching power supply
  • Voltage selector switch
  • MOS-FET power amplifier rated at 200 watts rms into 4 ohms
  • Fan cooled
  • Much smaller than Stonehenge
  • The Ampeg SVT 210AV speaker cabinet:
  • Detailed 1970s-era SVT series appearance
  • Designed as a stack with the Micro-VR amplifier (available separately)
  • Foot cups on the top panel allow secure stacking of a Micro-VR amplifier or up to four empty shot glasses.
  • Two ten-inch Eminence speakers
  • Two 1/4" TS parallel input and output jacks
  • Nominal impedance 8 ohms
  • Power handling 200 W RMS
SPECIFICATIONS

Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack

  • Micro-VR amplifier head:
    Preamp: Solid State
    Power Amp: MOSFET
    RMS Power Output: 200watts @ 4ohms
    Tone Controls: 3-Band
    Mid Tone Control: Ultra Mid
    Balanced Line Out: with Pre/Post and Pad
    Dimensions (W x H x D inches): 12 x 5.5 x 10


    The Ampeg SVT 210AV speaker cabinet:
    LF Driver: 2 x 10" Eminence Speakers
    RMS Power Handling: 200 Watts @ 8ohms
    Frequency Response (-3dB): 58Hz-5kHz
    Usable Low Frequency (-10dB): 40Hz
    Nominal Impedance: 1 x 8 ohms (Mono)
    Dimensions (W x H x D inches): 13 x 24 x 11
    Handling Weight: 25.9 lb.
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AmpegMicro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack
 
4.7

(based on 36 reviews)

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    (2)

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85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (12)
  • Excellent sound (12)
  • Portable (11)
  • Good power output (9)
  • Warm / comfy (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (11)
  • Amateur recording (7)
  • Performances (7)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lightweight Solution

This amp has been a solution for me in so many ways. First, no bassist wants to downsize, but bringing around a fridge everywhere simply isn't convenient. I downsized to the Micro VR...Read complete review

This amp has been a solution for me in so many ways. First, no bassist wants to downsize, but bringing around a fridge everywhere simply isn't convenient. I downsized to the Micro VR for lack of space in my car and convenience of practice and gigging. The thing is, many professional bassists play with this amp. After owning mine for 3 years, I can easily understand why.

Tone. This amp allows you to quickly dial in your tone. More than playing with effects, I have been trying out many tonal options with the amp and it is simple and intuitive. 3 band EQ, Gain, Volume, Limiter, and a Pad (not necessarily in that order). It is just the least amount of options to dial in exactly what a bassist needs.

Intuitive. Although there are instructions, you can dial in a tone without them. I play many styles and I fiddle with the EQ, Gain, and Volume a lot in practice and live (the sound man and I don't always get along). If I mess something up, I can quickly correct it.

XLR out. I have made some fantastic recordings with this head. Even when playing live, the XLR out sends the same tone that I hear through the cabinet. Rather than bringing around a mic that I prefer with the speaker, I actually now prefer the XLR out on its own.

Lightweight. I really like making 1 or 2 trips at most with all my gear to the stage. I have a cab, head, pedal bag with pedals and cables, and my bass. It is so convenient, I can't express this enough. This bass amp is light! Others have said that the total weight is about 33 to 35 lbs. I can't confirm or deny this as I have never weighed my cab and head, but it is extremely lightweight compared with other cabinets and heads that I have owned.

Apartment practice. If you are in an apartment or at a hotel, you can plug in headphones to the head and get the same tones. You don't need the cabinet plugged in. I have done this at odd hours and practiced until I feel confident (this could be hours of practice) and neighbors have never complained.

Versatile. You can throw any bass at this amp. If you want to play with an acoustic bass or electric bass, this amp can handle it. If you want to play a 5 or 6 string bass, it can handle it. The low B resonates really strong in one of my cabinets, so I will lower the "Bass" EQ parameter to compensate, but is pretty even on everything else.

Overall, this is a fantastic bass amp. Try one out at a local shop if you are worried, but it's likely that you will be happy with the Micro VR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

2 years old and amp died, taking the speaker with it

I loved this amp/spkr combination. Light, great sound, not the most powerful amp but it did hold up in practices in our practice space with drums, horns, guitars. Less than 2...Read complete review

I loved this amp/spkr combination. Light, great sound, not the most powerful amp but it did hold up in practices in our practice space with drums, horns, guitars. Less than 2 years old, though, and suddenly made odd sound, started to smell bad, and apparently sent enough juice to the speakers that they fried also. That is disappointing. Will look at other brands. The real SVTs are probably fine, but this Micro SVT did not stand up. BTW - it never left my studio.

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(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Modular approach to Bass Amplification

By EMDSD

from Dallas, Texas (more or less)

Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

Well thought out. Great set of usable features (the only thing I miss is a preamp out kill switch for tuning and intermissions). Plenty of reserve power. Classic Ampeg "colored" sound.I purchased two Ampeg SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinets with Micro-VR Head. I use both cabs (one in front and one behind) with the amp head plugged in to the main board. Only one cab for "acoustic" and small venue gigs. I use just the Micro-VR head and a set of phones for practice at times.In a day when hybrids and urban transportation is in vogue with high fuel costs a "bring only what you need" modular approach makes a lot of sense. With the Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinets, the only thing I lost from retiring my big Trace Elliot was excess weight.

(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ampeg big sound,little amp!!!!

By jeremy duncan

from australia

Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

overall, i think if you are looking for anew amp, take a look at this one, suprisingly powerful and lots of bottom. effects send-return, E.Q. i am very happy with mine and i think you should check it out!!!!
THIS AMP ROCKS!!! after a long hiatus from playing i went to the music store and played trough a pile of amps thinking the ampeg is a little 'dinky lookin number, how wrong i was! i used to play through a T>E smx 350, but this amp is so much better. i read a review saying a guy put another ampeg (matching)speaker with his, i recomend this!!!!
great quallity, great 'ampeg' sound. have used it in a recording and it comes out a treat
of course you could spend a fortune on an amp but this little sucker is worth every cent,(and more). very good amp

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Ampeg sound with the weight

By Edward Lea

from Bayou State

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Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

Just what I was looking for small enough to move, perfect for small to med gigs no need to haul around backbreaking rigs if you need more just line out to pa
xlr line out to pa 8 or 4 ohm output able to add extra cabinet and easy to haul and set up. This amp really rocks very loud with just 1 cabinet and pure ampeg tone
perfect finish

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Tone

By Dillon Hunter

from Ohio

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good For Small Gigs
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Small gigs

Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

Whoever was complaining about the cooling fan for the head, don't listen to them u cant hear it unless u plan on turning on the amp just to sit there and stare at it. when u plug in your bass and play you wont even notice it. Great job ampeg for making a portable, affordable, great sounding amp.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Impressive

By John Debevec

from Undisclosed

Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

I am an owner of an SVT-6-10HLF and is powered by an SVT3. To be able to take this monster to practice was a job and unfortunetly I have no roadie to speak of(excluding band mates). When I opened the package and took it out and set it up I was like I don't know, but once i plugged it in, ya game over. Very happy with the sound I get and my back is happy too.
Simple and to the point.
Great looking cab and head.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lightweight Solution

By MattBailey

from Provo, UT

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

  • Limited Functions

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Performances
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

This amp has been a solution for me in so many ways. First, no bassist wants to downsize, but bringing around a fridge everywhere simply isn't convenient. I downsized to the Micro VR for lack of space in my car and convenience of practice and gigging. The thing is, many professional bassists play with this amp. After owning mine for 3 years, I can easily understand why.

Tone. This amp allows you to quickly dial in your tone. More than playing with effects, I have been trying out many tonal options with the amp and it is simple and intuitive. 3 band EQ, Gain, Volume, Limiter, and a Pad (not necessarily in that order). It is just the least amount of options to dial in exactly what a bassist needs.

Intuitive. Although there are instructions, you can dial in a tone without them. I play many styles and I fiddle with the EQ, Gain, and Volume a lot in practice and live (the sound man and I don't always get along). If I mess something up, I can quickly correct it.

XLR out. I have made some fantastic recordings with this head. Even when playing live, the XLR out sends the same tone that I hear through the cabinet. Rather than bringing around a mic that I prefer with the speaker, I actually now prefer the XLR out on its own.

Lightweight. I really like making 1 or 2 trips at most with all my gear to the stage. I have a cab, head, pedal bag with pedals and cables, and my bass. It is so convenient, I can't express this enough. This bass amp is light! Others have said that the total weight is about 33 to 35 lbs. I can't confirm or deny this as I have never weighed my cab and head, but it is extremely lightweight compared with other cabinets and heads that I have owned.

Apartment practice. If you are in an apartment or at a hotel, you can plug in headphones to the head and get the same tones. You don't need the cabinet plugged in. I have done this at odd hours and practiced until I feel confident (this could be hours of practice) and neighbors have never complained.

Versatile. You can throw any bass at this amp. If you want to play with an acoustic bass or electric bass, this amp can handle it. If you want to play a 5 or 6 string bass, it can handle it. The low B resonates really strong in one of my cabinets, so I will lower the "Bass" EQ parameter to compensate, but is pretty even on everything else.

Overall, this is a fantastic bass amp. Try one out at a local shop if you are worried, but it's likely that you will be happy with the Micro VR.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Un-Freaking-Believeable!!!!!!

By BluesPlayer

from Dallas, Texas

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Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

For what this thing is and what it does...well...it's tops. 200 watts of that classic Ampeg sound delivered in a lightweight package. This was the biggie for me. I'm tired of carrying around huge amp stacks (my former 500W Hartke full stack) or 60+ pound combos (my former Ashdown Electric Blue 180/15). The head of this half-stack weighs a little over 9 pounds and the cab is only 26!!! Talk about easy to carry!!!NOTE: This amp is NOT for everyone. If you're looking for stadium-level volume or need a big rock sound, look elsewhere.I play bass in my 12-piece (5 horns) blues/blues-rock band. I send a signal to the mixing board via XLR directly out of my Bass V-Amp Pro. This puppy is the stage monitor for me and my drummer.However, when we play as a 5-piece blues band in a smaller setting, this is my stage amp. For me, it's a beautiful double-duty package that weights virtually nothing (compared to heavy combos and stacks).There's nothing fancy on this rig but it does have an effects loop (I use the return from my Bass V-Amp Pro) and an XLR out if you want to send the signal to a board. Power, tone, gain, volume, limiter and a 15dB pad for active instruments. All very basic but the loop and XLR are exactly what I need...nothing more.The sound is identical to an Ampeg 2x10 combo but you don't have to carry all that weight. At 62-years old, I'll leave the bigger stuff to the younger generation.

(5 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Feedback

By Rontr

from Minnesota

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Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

I am an Ampeg guy , love the tone and run an SVT Pro with half stack for bigger gigs. I bought this as a practice amp and for small venues. I returned it due to the noisy fan. Sounds great and I like the concept but couldn't live with the fan. Picked up a 50 watt solid state Ampeg for practice
Good features, would have been nice to have a mute switch. The fan is on all of the time and is noisy.
Good value for the price. Sound awesome with 2 speaker towers.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Loving my first Ampeg!

By Chris587

from FL

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Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

I have been a fan of the SVT tone for some time. I decided this would be a portable, reasonably priced way of getting that tone. I was immediately impressed with the stack when it arrived. First, both the head and cabinet were double boxed with thick cardboard and foam packing bracing. This was really nice to see. I got everything unpacked and set up and plugged in my Squier VM Jazz (4-string standard tuning). The amp has a fan that runs, but it's very quiet. You can't hear the fan once you start playing, even with the volume really low. I set the EQ flat and turned up the gain while playing. I couldn't get the preamp to clip except playing slap with it almost dimed. This may be the pickups on my bass not being that loud, but realize you won't get a tube-like distortion/overdrive with this amp...use an effect pedal for that. Anyway, I put the gain at about 3 o' clock, brought up the master volume and was very impressed with what I was hearing. The tone was spectacular. Warm, focused low-end, punchy midrange and smooth treble. It's obviously not a tube SVT, but the tone sure comes close enough for me. I messed around with the EQ until I found "my" tone, but honestly I don't think any setting can truly sound "bad" with this amp. The simplicity is what makes it awesome. With the volume level at about 3 o' clock, the walls shake and you'll want to cover your ears. I don't foresee any problems playing this with drums and guitars (I don't play in bands that are SPL competitions anyway). The build quality of this amp is also excellent; all the knobs are smooth, the connections are solid and nothing rattled when I cranked it (not that any bass amp ever should, but with lower quality amps you'd be surprised). This is definitely worth the money if you're looking for a great sounding amp with solid build quality and good portability. And oh yeah, it looks awesome too!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Little Monster

By Old Bass Wizzard

from Bellefonte, Pa.

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Comments about Ampeg Micro-VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bass Speaker Cabinet Stack:

The Ampeg Micro-VR and SVT210AV is a lightweight wonder. After back surgery, the term lightweight took on new meaning. The problem was finding a light weight rig with good tone. This rig does the job. I played an outside gig with this rig with 2 cabs. Though I had a line out to the PA the soundman told me he didn't have to bring me into the mix. I would recommend getting 2 of the SVT210AV cabs if you play large rooms or outdoor gigs.

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