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Designed for use at home or in the studio, the AV15 is a fully-featured analog amp that packs decades worth of tones into a compact package. The AV15...Click To Read More About This Product

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A potent little combo with a huge wealth of authentic tones.

Designed for use at home or in the studio, the AV15 is a fully-featured analog amp that packs decades worth of tones into a compact package. The AV15's tube-based, multi-circuit analog pre-amp provides a full complement of clean, crunch, overdrive, and high gain tones that can be tailored to your liking via the Bright and Fat switches. These classic tones are further enhanced by a customizable tube equipped analog power section and a unique, sealed speaker enclosure for improved resonance. Rounding out the feature set are three, analog-voiced digital effects including Chorus, Delay & Reverb. Regardless of your playing style, the AV15 is well-equipped practice and recording tool that is sure to inspire and impress.

FEATURES
  • Power: 15W (hybrid)
  • Tube: one 12AX7
  • Channels: one
  • Eight preamp circuit options
  • Speaker: 1x8 Vox
  • Controls: 3-band EQ, gain, volume, power, effects level, mod, delay, reverb, bright, fat, power-amp bias, power-amp reactor
  • Effects: Chorus, delay, reverb
  • Dimensions: 17.72 in. x 9.21 in. x 14.84 in. 
  • Weight: 16.98 lbs.

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VoxAV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp
 
5.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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Pros

  • Portable (9)
  • Easy to use (8)
  • Excellent sound (8)
  • Warm / comfy (8)
  • Good power output (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (9)
  • Amateur recording (8)
  • Performances (7)
  • Professional recording (4)
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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Sweet little amp.

By James

from Asheville

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Portable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Messing around
    • Practice

    Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

    I have a sweet MIM telecaster, and I wanted an appropriate amp to play with at home. I like little amps with tubes. This one fit that bill easily. The split tube circuitry (not sure if that's the right term) provides tube warmth. The power control lets me set the power from 15 Watts down to almost nothing—so I can play quiet and still get the fat tone.

    It does a nice job of modeling several amp types. But I am partial to the two Fender-like cleans and the two crunchy/vintage Vox models. Still, I have never thought a tele was the one-trick pony it's cracked up to be, so I like having more high-gain sounds to play with.

    The on-board effects are nice and convenient. And they give more breadth to the palette of sounds you can get from this little dude.

    I have never played it out. And I may not. Not sure how this would do, even in a small club, church, or coffee-house setting. I guess you could mike it and it would be fine. But if that's what you're about, the two big brothers in the series, a 30-watt and 60-watt provide (I assume) similar versatility with more power.

    So far, I've been having fun and achieving all kinds of sounds—country to jazz to fusion to blues to hard rock. I'm sure there's a lot more you can do with this.

    Fun little amp.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fantastic Practice, Small Gig, and Recording Amp

    By Lunk

    from Colorado Sprngs, CO

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    Pros

    • Closed Back
    • Covers All Genres
    • Excellent Build Quality
    • Excellent Sound
    • Good Warmth
    • Great Combinations Possible
    • Great Headphone Amp
    • Intelligently Designed
    • Intelligent Panel Setup
    • Portable
    • Powerful
    • Wasy To Use

    Cons

    • Adapter May Become Hard to Find
    • Needs Cover
    • No Place To Stow Adapter

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Night and Bedroom Use
    • Performances
    • Practice
    • Professional Recording
    • School Band
    • Small Gigs or Churches

    Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

    This amp has great tone and options. Do not be scared by how it looks - It is built solidly and has a nice strong fold-down handle, and very practical features and control setup on panel. It was an instant hit with me - it arrived at 4:30 p.m. and I could not stop playing my LP Standard through it all night - I am writing this review at 11:40 p.m. and I am still messing around with this potent little amp with the big tone lol. Totally worthy of the Vox name, it rounds out my collection of 2 AC-30s, and an AC-15. I would say its sound qualities are like a 15w AC-30VR, but that's not fair, because this amp can do MORE! I cannot believe you can get this for the price, and expect it to go up, because they will sell these well. This amp would be best for songwriting and scratchpad recording through and audio interface, small gigs like coffee houses and churches, and garage band practice. It will be my go-to amp for night time insomniac playing in my headphones. The reverb is digital but really sounds spring, which is nice. The valve manipulation is shear genius. All with one tube. The blue control lights and tube glow create a mood that will drive your playing. You could buy this amp and easily never regret it, unless you lost the adapter and it went off the market. But at this price you would be pretty dumb not to own one if you have the need for what it does so well - which is rock!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Addendum to previous review

    By DS

    from Hooksett NH

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio
      • Performances
      • Professional Recording

      Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

      This is an addendum to my previous review. I still like the amp, love it in fact. Regarding the Line Out, I have some comments and a solution. The "line out" is really a headphone out and this is what was causing my problem.
      Earlier I reviewed the AV15G and stated the line out was weak. I was running the headphone out to a TRS balanced line input on my interface. This was causing a phase cancelling problem and the signal was very weak and grainy. I incorrectly assumed a 'headphone' out was the same as a line-out. It is not. The levels are difference but more specifically the phase and balance are different. Running a headphone out into a balanced line basically combines both channels into one channel, but the L/R phase is almost exactly out of phase. For headphones this is not a problem. But for line level signal it causes phase cancellation, weak and distorted signal, and general unhappiness with the tone.
      To correct this problem I separated both L/R channels using a 1/8" stereo to RCA cable. The 1/8" stereo is required because that is the jack on the amp. The RCA was used because it allowed for L/R channel separation. Ideally you can use a 1/8" stereo to dual 1/4" MONO plugs. Whatever will allow you to use separate signals. You would then plug one plug into your interface. This gives you "one" channel of sound, but it's an unbalanced signal, and with only one channel used, there is no phase cancellation (which was be caused by the second channel, or a balanced line). You cannot use a stereo-to-stereo cable since you would still be using both channels and having phase cancellation problems. I used RCA because in addition to phase problems I had 60Hz hum. There was a ground loop somewhere in the power path, and I rectified this with a Ground Loop Isolation (GLI) unit (which came with RCA plugs/jacks). That is why i chose 1/8" stereo to RCA. From there I went to 1/4" input on interface, and have had NO issues with tone, level or hum since.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Excellent Amp, great tone, mint condition open box

      By DS

      from Hooksett NH

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Performances
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

        This review is for the open box model I purchased. I found the tone of the AV15 very pleasing and quite powerful. It has a nice valve tone to it. I understand that it's only one valve, and that valve is used for both the pre amp and power amp. Nonetheless it sounds great. I was highly impressed with the tone I had after playing with the amp for several minutes. The 8" speaker does the job and is plenty loud for a bedroom setting. The dials are easy to understand and I got a nice tone quickly. The clean channels are quite nice and dirty up with gain and guitar volume. The crunch channels are my go-to right now and sound great. Nice breakup but yet controllable with guitar volume. The lead/HG channels actually sound really nice. I was able to get some nice palm muting rhythm with the High Gain channel with the gain at 12:00. I got some controllable feedback as well. I played with all the channels while using the channel volume at 100%. This 'overdrives' the power amp section and give a nice gritty tone to all the channels. The "power" level basically attenuates the 15w down to 0 if desired. I kept it at 12:00 in my bedroom and max when I used the line-out to my DAW. Even though this is not a full blown 8-tube power amp, it has a nice powerful tone that works in the bedroom/small gig setting and records nicely using the line-out. If you're going to gig then you need more watts from this unit and the bigger speaker. For my usage though it's perfect. Build quality is nice, no issues, all dials solid, all corners solid. The amp itself is about 16#, easy to carry. I understand it's not a 'real AC-30' but I didn't want to spend almost a grand on an amp. This one recreates the "Vox" tone 90% at 25% the price. I am very happy with my first Vox.
        Cons: The line out is really a headphone out. Thus you need to split the channels and utilize a TS plug when running into a line-in, otherwise there's phase cancellation (weak signal). Would be nice to buy Made In UK.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet little amp

        By Captain Kirk

        from Kosse Tx

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Amateur Recording
          • Events
          • Home Studio
          • Performances

          Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

          This little amp delivers a great sound for a small tube amplifier

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great purchase

          By Captain Kirk

          from Kosse Tx

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Amateur Recording
            • Events
            • Home Studio
            • Performances

            Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

            Super little tube amp

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Nice combo amp, great price.

            By Joe

            from Amherst, MA

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home Studio
              • Performances

              Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

              Very happy with this combo amp. I expect to be a long time exploring all the possible sound combinations this thing can do. Plenty of power for home/small gig use, clean and warm sound at all volume levels. No hums or buzzes like I've found on other small amps. Inexpensive and high quality, a nice package.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I would buy this for sure. Great amp.

              By Sg

              from Delta Jct., AK

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              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio
                • Performances
                • Professional Recording

                Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

                Love this amp. Great sound, easy to use.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent valve amp in a small portable package

                By DS

                from Hooksett NH

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Limited Functions

                Best Uses

                • Amateur Recording
                • Home Studio

                Comments about Vox AV 15W 1X8 Analog Modeling Guitar Combo Amp:

                This is my first Vox amp. I had a VT20 but returned it for this amp. I found the tone of the AV15 very pleasing and quite powerful. It has a nice valve tone to it. I understand that it's only one valve, and that valve is used for both the pre amp and power amp. Nonetheless it sounds great. I was highly impressed with the tone I had after playing with the amp for several minutes. The 8" speaker does the job and is plenty loud for a bedroom setting. The dials are easy to understand and I got a nice tone quickly. The clean channels are quite nice and dirty up with gain and guitar volume. The crunch channels are my go-to right now and sound great. Nice breakup but yet controllable with guitar volume. The lead/HG channels actually sound really nice. I was able to get some nice palm muting rhythm with the High Gain channel with the gain at 12:00. I got some controllable feedback as well. I played with all the channels while using the channel volume at 100%. This 'overdrives' the power amp section and give a nice gritty tone to all the channels. The "power" level basically attenuates the 15w down to 0 if desired. I kept it at 12:00 in my bedroom and max when I used the line-out to my DAW. Even though this is not a full blown 8-tube power amp, it has a nice powerful tone that works in the bedroom/small gig setting and records nicely using the line-out. If you're going to gig then you need more watts from this unit and the bigger speaker. For my usage though it's perfect. Build quality is nice, no issues, all dials solid, all corners solid. The amp itself is about 16#, easy to carry. I understand it's not a 'real AC-30' but I didn't want to spend almost a grand on an amp. This one recreates the "Vox" tone 90% at 25% the price. I am very happy with my first Vox.
                Cons: Not counting the 15w and 8" speaker (I knew that when I bought it). Line out is .. weak. I had to max the volume to get a typical line-level signal. Would be nice to buy Made In UK.

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