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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
 
4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

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    (31)

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    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Performances (7)
  • Amateur recording (6)
  • Outdoor events / games (4)
  • Professional recording (4)
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    • 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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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...Read complete review

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.

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5.0

Versatile & Powerful

By DPB

from Denver, Colorado

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio
    • Performances
    • Professional Recording

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

    I've owned this amp for about 5 months now and it is perfect for small venues, church, and recording. I haven't really needed to use the speaker cab much as I mainly use in ears for live performances, but it is nice to have just in case and so the rig looks complete. The XLR out from the head is a great feature and one of the big reasons I purchased this and allows for a crisp sound to whatever you may be plugging in to. I have used this for live performances and recording for backing (split) tracks. You can get any sound out of this little guy and it never disappoints. Don't be fooled by the small size, it can sound massive with the right settings and EQ. The small size allows me to fit all my gear in the back of a small hatchback car. I researched this greatly before purchasing it and do not have any regrets. If i need more volume for situations that in ears won't allow, I may purchase a second matching speaker cab and I am sure that would be plenty for whatever situation. I would definitely recommend to any bass player looking for a professional quality amp that is portable and versatile.

     
    4.0

    Micro VR Bass Amp Head and SVT210AV Bas Speaker Cab Stack

    By Sleeping dog

    from Texas

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Weak

    Best Uses

    • Home Studio

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

    The Ampeg VR Micro stack is a great sounding amp! It has a clear punchy sound, but I only recommend it for practice use only, unless you are going to help some acoustic guitar players at a low volume relax setting. If they could make this amp in a five hundred watt amp it would be perfect! I personally like it a lot and added a second mini cab to it to get the full two hundred watts out of it. Very happy, Limited use not recommended for live rock band!

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What are you waiting for?? !!

    By rlb

    from Virginia Beach, VA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Events
      • Performances

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

      I am loving this rig! I own a 410 cab, an SVT 3-Pro, and a BA 210 Digital, and they now stay at home while I'm gigging.. I have used this as a stand alone for small venues, and as a stage monitor for some larger venues. I usually go direct through our board/system with an XLR out from my Tech21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI and only use IEM's. Then, I run a 1/4" instrument cable from the other output on the back of the SansAmp to the input of the Micro VR. Voilà. A stage monitor that I can control the volume separately from the signal sent to the board. Oh yeah.... and this is only with one of the SVT210AV cabs... I'm ordering another cab so I can get the full 200W at 4 ohms.... Buy it......You'll love it...

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

      By Rickytoons

      from Sonoma County, California

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances

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

        I bought this to have a smaller, more portable amp for practicing, and gathering of fellow musicians. Right out of the box, it sounds amazing for something so small. I can't wait for someone to make a "girly" comment, and then blow them away with the sound. Very clean sound you'd expect from 2-10" speakers, but the low end is awesome. I can't wait to try recording off this head. If your looking for a great practice or small venue amp, look no further. I don't think you can beat this sound. I'm already thinking about adding an additional 2-10 cab.

         
        5.0

        Great little amp

        By Sam

        from San Antonio, Texas

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Excellent Sound
        • Portable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home Studio

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

          Using it for a practice amp. It's got a real thick and smooth sound. I play an Ibanez SR, a Skyline, and two Schecters through it. Handles the Bartolini and EMG pickups like a champ, it handles the low B very well for 2 tens. Real good sound, real good value. It's got good EQ and features so it's versatile. It's got the dual voltage switch on the back which was a huge selling point because I'm stationed overseas. Bottom line, worthwhile purchase.

           
          5.0

          Awesome tone

          By Joe

          from Orlando Florida

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent Sound
          • Good Warmth
          • Great Svt Tone And Vibe
          • Portable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances
            • Professional Recording

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

            Very easy amp to deal with awesome tone light weight and sounds excellent for small live events and superb for recording. If you appreciate that warm round amp tone get this combo you will not be disappointed. The fan is a little louder than some like but it has not bothered me because I play the amp, now if you stare at it while its on then you hear a calm purr but thats it so not an issue for me. Just get it.

             
            5.0

            Excellent amp

            By Steve of the North

            from Santa Rosa CA

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Portable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Amateur Recording
              • Home Studio
              • Performances
              • Professional Recording

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

              I've been using this amplifier / speaker setup for about 3 years now. Great tone and super light. It's never been "not enough" amp for any situation I've encountered. Balanced XLR output is a real nice feature. Sound guys really appreciate that. I use a soft-sided cooler to carry the head in, it fits perfectly and is nicely padded. For the first time ever I can carry the amp, speaker and my bass all in one trip. That's pretty nice right there, but the sound is really the selling point here. It's a very good overall amplifier.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome Practice/Small Performance Amp!

              By ChurchBass

              from Pikeville, KY

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Church Praise Groups
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Smaller Performances

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

                Amp sounds great, really breathed new life into my basses. It's surprisingly light and so much easier to lug around than my other combo practice amps. I've performed live a few times with this amp and my bandmates are happy with it too. Price wasn't bad overall, and I'll definitely be looking for more affordable Ampeg bass gear to come. No complaints, no problems, no doubt. Don't know how it might do in larger auditoriums but is perfect for our 200-seat church sanctuary with plenty of umph left over for other sites, just haven't had the opportunity to test larger environs yet. Looking forward to testing our limits.

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Perfect "bass" rig for guitarist

                By heynowallstarr

                from Gainesville, FL

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Excellent Sound
                • Good Warmth
                • Lightweight
                • Looks That Kill
                • Portable
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • Weak Cooling Fan

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Events
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Proving Size Don't Matter

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

                I am using this rig in a different way than other reviews have stated, so keep that in mind. I am not a bassist, so take this with a grain of salt.

                I play in a two-piece band with my guitar running through an EHX POG 2 into this for our bass sound. As soon as I got the stack in the mail, it took me about five seconds to dial in a tone that I loved. I bought this amp on a whim because the price was right, but mostly because of how lightweight it is. This was an important factor because I have to haul a Roland JC-120, a Fender Blues Jr., and now this. The stack weighs less than either of my other two amps. For what I am using it for, it is absolutely perfect. It has a warm, clear tone, plenty of volume, and it looks like R2-D2.

                And to people complaining about the noisy fan, what, are you placing a microphone behind the head? As soon as you play a note, you can't hear the fan. That being said, my one concern with this amp is maybe the fan doesn't do enough to cool down the head. I notice a sort of burning smell after playing at a decent volume when practicing. But, luckily, the head has an XLR out, so when we play a show, I can leave the head at a safer volume and let the sound guy work with it.

                While setting up for the first time I used my new rig live, I had a few drunk guys come up and say very loudly by the side of the stage that the amp must be for "feminine" guys such as myself. They stayed by the front of the stage, jeering us as we did our soundcheck...until I turned on my rig. After the set, I had strangers approach me for the rest of the night asking about the amp, complimenting how heavy and clear it sounded, and asking if I would be willing to sell it/where I got it. They were all amazed that an amp so small and relatively cheap could make our band sound so huge.

                (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.

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