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Vox amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software  (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A small, convenient solution for recording guitar straight to your iOS device or computer.

amPlug I/O is a USB audio interface that plugs directly into your guitar. Simply connect amPlug I/O to your computer via USB and soon you'll be able to start playing and recording with the included JamVOX III software. amPlug I/O is also compatible with your favorite DAW or guitar amp simulator thanks to its ASIO driver support. You can even connect amPlug I/O directly to your iOS device (iPad or iPhone) by using an Apple USB Camera Adapter kit (sold separately).

Additionally, the amPlug I/O features a built-in tuner with a highly visible LED display and it can be used as a standalone tuner when not being used as an interface. With its unprecedentedly compact size and wide range of applications, amPlug I/O is a must-have for any modern guitarist.

FEATURES
Inputs/Outputs
  • Guitar In
  • Headphone Out
  • USB Connector
Power Supply
  • Two AAA batteries (alkaline or nickel-metal hydride are supported)
Battery Life
  • Approximately 8 hours (alkaline)
Dimensions (WxDxH)
  • 86 mm x 38 mm x 36 mm/3.39" x 1.50" x 1.42" (with the plug in the storage position)
Weight
  • 40 g / 1.41 oz. (not including batteries)
Accessories
  • Two AAA batteries, USB cable
System Requirement
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Mac OS 10.8 or later
  • iOS 7 or later
  • * Apple, iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S.
  • and other countries.
  • * All product, company, and standard names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
  • * Appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software
 
2.2

(based on 55 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (31)

29%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Portable (15)
  • Easy to use (10)
  • Excellent sound (7)
  • Good power output (4)
  • Warm / comfy (4)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (17)
  • Limited functions (12)
  • Poor sound quality (9)
  • Weak (8)

Best Uses

  • Amateur recording (15)
  • Home studio (7)
  • Performances (4)
  • Practice (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (31), Novice (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Useful practice tool

If you need to practice guitar without making much noise, this is a great little tool. It requires a computer to plug into, and installation of the JamVox app that you can download...Read complete review

If you need to practice guitar without making much noise, this is a great little tool. It requires a computer to plug into, and installation of the JamVox app that you can download for free. The device itself is just a DAC (digital / analog converter) that that plugs into your computer with a USB cable. Plugging in and setting up is a breeze. JamVox has a lot of cool features: different amps and pedals to get your tone, play along with MP3s - it can even take the guitars out of the song, so it's all on you, a tuner, metronome, and a drummer that will play grooves you can jam out to. I got this on SDOTD, but would easily be worth it at full price if you don't mind using you don't mind using your computer as the amp.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Bad Product - Do not buy

Purchased the device and downloaded software and read manual online. Product does not come with any documentation. In order to activate software, you need an activation code. After spending an hour online reading...Read complete review

Purchased the device and downloaded software and read manual online. Product does not come with any documentation. In order to activate software, you need an activation code. After spending an hour online reading manual and trying to figure out how to get the code, tried Musician friend chat. After spending another 20 minutes on chat and registering the product, said I would need to contact VOX directly for the code. Did not want to spend any more time so asked for RMA number. Was told they would give me a RMA number but not pay return shipping unless I contact VOX directly. Did not confirm, but think this unit only comes with a 15 day trial for software and then you have to pay 99.00 for the licence. Mine is in the garbage. If you have 3 hours to get it working, may be worthwhile but think "software include" it is misrepresented by MF. At Minimum, it is a headache to get a software code. Have been purchasing from MF for many years and this was the 1st time I used chat. Disappointed with service.

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(12 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Bad Product - Do not buy

By Joey

from Bethany Beach, DE

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Difficult To Use
    • Limited Functions
    • Poor Sound Quality
    • Weak

    Best Uses

      Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

      Purchased the device and downloaded software and read manual online. Product does not come with any documentation. In order to activate software, you need an activation code. After spending an hour online reading manual and trying to figure out how to get the code, tried Musician friend chat. After spending another 20 minutes on chat and registering the product, said I would need to contact VOX directly for the code. Did not want to spend any more time so asked for RMA number. Was told they would give me a RMA number but not pay return shipping unless I contact VOX directly. Did not confirm, but think this unit only comes with a 15 day trial for software and then you have to pay 99.00 for the licence. Mine is in the garbage. If you have 3 hours to get it working, may be worthwhile but think "software include" it is misrepresented by MF. At Minimum, it is a headache to get a software code. Have been purchasing from MF for many years and this was the 1st time I used chat. Disappointed with service.

      (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Computer connection required at all times

      By Schmitty

      from Beverly Hills

      Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

      No standalone headphone amp functionality. A huge opportunity missed. Bargain bin time. VOX, you blew it on this one.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Not a mini-headphone amp...

      By Nic Pistol

      from Millersville, MD

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

      From MF's title I thought that this might doubles a headphone amp with a guitar. It does not do this at all. I will keep it an give it a try as a guitar interface for recording and see what it can do but I still need a icro amp

      (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy this thing NOW!

      By Tim

      from Dallas, TX

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

          This little VOX I/O plug is a nice piece of technology... it does everything it says it will do and more! You get the unit and USB cable to your computer, and you get a download code for a fully functioning VOX JamVOX III version 3.03

          Awesome AMP + Cabinet + Effects Models + Drum Tracks to choose from.

          You really can't go wrong with this!

          I run windows 7 64bit

          Buy this now!

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Useful practice tool

          By Kholder

          from VA

          About Me Experienced

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Portable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Practice

            Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

            If you need to practice guitar without making much noise, this is a great little tool. It requires a computer to plug into, and installation of the JamVox app that you can download for free. The device itself is just a DAC (digital / analog converter) that that plugs into your computer with a USB cable. Plugging in and setting up is a breeze. JamVox has a lot of cool features: different amps and pedals to get your tone, play along with MP3s - it can even take the guitars out of the song, so it's all on you, a tuner, metronome, and a drummer that will play grooves you can jam out to. I got this on SDOTD, but would easily be worth it at full price if you don't mind using you don't mind using your computer as the amp.

            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Interface, Good Sound, Useful for a Variety of Tasks

            By Jake the Mus

            from Colorado

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Excellent Sound
            • Flexible Recording Options
            • Lots of On-Line Sounds to Download
            • Portable

            Cons

            • Awkward to Use With My Particular Guitar

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Home Studio
            • Practice

            Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

            Great practice tool. Can load .mp3 songs to practice along with. Has drum machine, metronome and a tuner, very full-featured. Can use with the Vox software or as a plugin for a DAW. Great value for the money.

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Make sure you SET A RESTORE POINT FIRST!

            By Twang Techie

            from Tennessee

            About Me Experienced

            See all my reviews

            Verified Buyer

            Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

            The USB driver for this product has not been updated since Windows 7. It crippled my wi-fi and caused system audio instability (the latter may have been the ASIO drivers provided with the product). It also appears that Korg/VOX no longer supports the product.

            It's cheap to experiment with, and yu might get lucky, but BE SURE TO SET A RESTORE POINT before you install.

            (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            The only thing that worked were the LEDs

            By Josh

            from Portland, Oregon

            Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

            First of all, I got this assuming it would work as a simple headphone amp. It doesn't​ function that way. IT'S NOT A HEADPHONE AMP. After I got it I tried the other features and nothing worked. Don't buy.

            (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Really?

            By Musician

            from Dallas TX

            About Me Professional Musician

            Pros

              Cons

              • Difficult To Use
              • Limited Functions
              • Poor Sound Quality
              • Weak

              Best Uses

                Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                Very sad that MF will continue to offer this useless piece of junk with SO many negative reviews!!
                Makes me wonder about ANYTHING else that MF sells!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY!

                By Singing Cowboy

                from Acton, Ca

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                Verified Buyer

                Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                This is a worthless trinket. You would be better off spending your money buying music gear at the 99 Cent Store. I am surprised that Musicians Friend would something this worthless. Note: the software will not download onto an iPad. Can't get it to work on Windows 10. Customer support? HAH! Gonna send it back with all due prejudice!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Pretty decent sound

                By Hedon_XS

                from Fargo, ND

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances

                Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                Put on a good pair of headphones, and the overdrive tone is warm and really growls. I was leary, since I've used Line 6 products about 12 years ago, and they always had that "emulated" sound, but this + the JamVox software sounds pretty good. One thing to be aware of is it is true to it's name: "I/O" - input/output. it outputs to the headphone jack of the Amplug only. So if you want to listen to it over your PC speakers instead of the headphone out on the plug you have to intercept the ASIO output with WDM. It takes a little hacking, but its possible.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                1.0

                Doesn't work

                By Lonesome Dave

                from St. Paul, MN

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                Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                No sound comes from the headphone jack.

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                Needs better instructions !

                By Drewmeister

                from Grants Pass , OR.

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                See all my reviews

                Ask me a question

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Difficult To Use

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                    I should be able to plug in and rip , no .... This product needs more detailed written instructions . I get no guitar signal . Thought the unit was bad , returned it and have the same problem with the new one . I'm fairly good with this sort of thing but can't make it work . Wish I had a geek friend nearby ! Musicians Friend did a good job with their end .

                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    1.0

                    Didn't even work

                    By Brad_W

                    from Mid-West Virginia

                    See all my reviews

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Use

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                        I couldn't get it to work, either on batteries or USB power.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Did not work, probably not compatible with Windows 10

                        By Michael

                        from undisclosed

                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface:

                        When the item arrived, they was ONLY instructions for returning it. No note about where to go for the software or manuals. No serial number or registration number. When I downloaded the *latest* manuals, The PDF have a time stamp of 4/17/2012. The mention supprt for Windows as:

                        "OS: Windows XP/Vista/7 (the latest service pack, and Windows 7 support 32‐bit and 64‐bit)
                        Plug‐In: VST 32/64‐bit Plug‐In compatible"

                        This is 2016, I am on Windows 10. After fussing and fighting for hours, i fianally was rewarded with sound - screeching, buzz filled, distorted sound, with a 1/2 second delay between the time i stuck a string and heard it in my headphones.

                        What a total waste of time, sending it back.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Do not buy the amplug

                        By michael

                        from undisclosed

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface:

                        First I have to say Musicians Friend is incredible. Everything about them is first rate. I will continue to purchase musical gear from them but no more Vox products. Vox customer service and technical support is worthless. I purchased 2 amplug I/o (I/o=in/operative), both did not work. IM glad other people had good luck with the amplug but my experience was frustrating.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Neat idea.... but junk.

                        By Glenn

                        from undisclosed

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                        Verified Buyer

                        Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface:

                        Didn't work. Sent it back. Seems like whether it will work on your particular laptop is a roll of the dice. Instructions actually say that. "May not work on some computers" Hogwash. They didn't work out the bugs before they started shipping.

                        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Pretty much a total piece of junk

                        By stratofaster

                        from Kansas City

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Difficult To Use
                          • Limited Functions
                          • Weak

                          Best Uses

                          • Amateur Recording

                          Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                          I downloaded the "permanent" software, not the trial version. Gave Vox my email and more info than I would have liked. Two weeks later I open it and am greeted with "Trial period is over. Please buy the software." It's going back. Even at the SDOFTD price, this thing isn't worth the aggravation.

                          (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          1.0

                          Do not buy this Vox product

                          By michael

                          from undisclosed

                          About Me Experienced

                          See all my reviews

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • 2 units did not work

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                              I have purchased a few items from Musicians friend stupid deals and never had a problem with any of them. Musicians Friend is awesome. The vox amplug was very disappointing. I purchased one that was inoperative, exchanged it for another and the second was worse. No sound from the headphone port and not recognized by the computer when plugged in using the usb cable. Unistalled/installed/restarted computer, used a laptop then a PC: nothing worked.

                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              1.0

                              STAY AWAY FROM THIS PRODUCT!!!!

                              By michael

                              from undisclosed

                              About Me Experienced

                              See all my reviews

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                • Weak

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about amPlug I/O Guitar Headphone USB Audio Interface with JamVOX III Software:

                                  First I/o I purchased did work on windows 10 or windows 7. No sound from headphones and computer will not recognize unit. Received second i/o that does not work either. Unistalled/installed drivers several times. Vox customer support is WORTHLESS. I will never buy another VOX product again.

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