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A go-anywhere amp with tons of great tones.
The Vox DA5 is a portable amplifier that boasts a collection of 11 amp sound styles, built-in effects, and 24-bit/44.1kHz signal processing. It can operate on 6 "C" batteries for ultimate portability or with the included AC adapter. 11 controllable effects include auto wah, compressor, delay, reverb, flanger, phaser, chorus, tremolo, and rotary plus noise reduction. .5, 1.5, or 5 watt selectable output lets you overdrive the amp without getting loud and extends battery life. Aux in and separate mic in for accompanying your favorite music and practicing your vocals. Headphone out adds cab tonality for airy, realistic headphone play. Includes AC adapter.
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A No Brainer
OK, it takes a product that is REALLY good for me to take the time to write a review. I bought the Vox DA5 to play outside with some coworkers during lunch breaks. ...Read complete review
OK, it takes a product that is REALLY good for me to take the time to write a review. I bought the Vox DA5 to play outside with some coworkers during lunch breaks. I was looking at a Roland cube, but this one had more power, a larger speaker, and was more versatile. Three of the five members of our band now have these. The little DA5?s are all we really need for practice sessions as they have enough volume that our drummer doesn?t feel he has to ?hold back?. These things sound great with our Strats, LP, Tele and Ibanez.. These amps are great as a beginners ?first amp? as you can play them in the bedroom at low volume or with a headphone, they have plenty of features, and they don?t cost a fortune. Plug in an iPod or CD player and you can play along with lessons or your favorite group. Add a mic and you?re a one man band! They?re also great for someone like me who?s been playing for 40+ years and doesn?t want to lug a large, heavy rig and a bunch of stomp boxes to practices. I only have 3 very minor complaints about the DA5. 1. It takes quite a bit of pulling to get the back cover open ? too much Velcro. 2. The power switch is a ?rocker? style that can easily get bumped on in your trunk, draining your batteries, so I remove one battery when it?s not in use. 3. Not enough headroom at higher volumes. That?s purely subjective and wouldn?t be a problem for metal, but we do mostly clean 50?s & 60?s stuff so we pull out the 50 watt valve jobs for live performances. Bottom line ? You can?t go wrong buying one of these, or a DA20 if you need the portability along with more power.
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Good for the first month
This has caused me NOTHING but problems i hooked my Dean up too it and its shorted out,the next day it was fine so i played it again very quietly and it generated a...Read complete review
This has caused me NOTHING but problems i hooked my Dean up too it and its shorted out,the next day it was fine so i played it again very quietly and it generated a lot of fuzz in the background,then i just gave up and then i was trying it again(for some reason) and it completely shut off and it now only works(barely) if the adapter is taken off which only makes it work for 3 minutes.Good while it lasted though
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The last days of the DA-5!! Best sounding solid state practice amp I have heard. (Better than the bigger VT-15) Use a EVH clone guitar w/the onbord reverb and High Gain One Setting (Brown Sound for cheeeeep!)Turned down a Peavy 6550+ for cheep, did not REALLY need it. Just picked up a Tele and Blues 1-3 gets me Stones, Crow, Setzer. Of course I have a family and need to play at resonable levels (amp seems to need @ least 1.5 watts for headroom, pick attack, etc.)But remember, this thing gets loud!!! Have used it in a small space w/ a Taylor and it worked great! So,Buy,Buy,Buy!!! Hope the new Vox is as good?
This thing is great for the small price. if you just need a little amp for playing wherever this thing is perfect. Packs a lot of punch and great effects, definently beats the micro cube by roland in my opinion. great wah effect too.
this is a great amp if your just starting out or just need an amp to practice with. It has every thing and more, with eleven amp models and effects and three effect editing functions you'll never get bored. It has enough for every one classic rock, blues, hard rock, metal you name it its there and if its not you can play with all the knobs until you get the sound you want. The auxin is a nice little feature as well as the mic in and headphone/line out. the mic in has a volume knob of its own and if your playing clean you can have a second guitarist plugged into it. over all great little thing it is loud when turned past three it has what you need i recommend this to any guitarist out there
I just received my Vox DA5 with classic finish. It looks perfect sitting right next to my full size Vox AC30. It has great tone, and a ton of built in effects. It is perfect to take on vacation or to a friends house to jam. It probably couldn't cut through an acoustic drum kit, but would be great for jamming with bongos, vocals, and other guitars. The built in effects save you for having to bring pedals with this little guy. It also has a mic input that works pretty well. When I'm at home, I play my Gretsch Country Gentleman through my full size Vox AC30, and use this little guys for mic vocals. It saves me the trouble of setting a PA when I just want to sing along to my electric guitar. This little guy has three op. levels 5w, 1.5,w .5w. It is very loud for it's size. When I'm at home I set the mic at 50% on 1.5w, and that is a perfect match to my guitar through my full size Ac30 at about 30%. This is a great little guitar and vocal amp. If you get the classic finish, it is the same awesome materials as a real Vox AC30!
If you are a beginner, If you need a Practice Amp, Get this!!!!!! It will not be wrong if you get this Amp. I've used this for over 18 months since I start playing guitar, and I still happy about its performance. This is the best cube amp ever.
The first thing I did was replace the speaker with an 8" Jensen I had lying around. It fit with no modifications to speaker or amp. I use this amp for noodling around when I don't want to fire up a bigger rig or I take it into whatever room of the house it's convenient to jam in. For these purposes this amp is invaluable. Sounds great clean with a touch of reverb or chorus and it sounds great on some of the higher gain settings.
Being a tube junkie and tone snob, I was extremely reluctant to by anything that was solid state, let alone digital; I was, however, in the market for something small that I could plug into anywhere without running a pedalboard and a bunch of cables. I recently picked up Vox's AC4 and loved it so much (despite it's barebones controls) I decided to try the DA5 for even more portability and the added onboard reverb and effects. Although I wasn't expecting much, this little amp was a real shock. It really sounds good--almost tube-like--and is surprisingly articulate and touch sensitive. Some of the effects are really good, while others are just okay; the same can be said for the "styles" (I tend to favor Cruch 2). The only way Vox could have done better would have been to make it a bit bigger with a larger speaker; it nevertheless looses some of its "boxiness" when dialed in with a touch of effects. Overall the DA5 is a bargin and real treat to play through when the big rig isn't in the cards. Don't be fooled by the size; the DA5 is strongly advised. Check it out.
For all the features this little thing has, and the sound it puts out for such a tiny thing, I'm really happy with it! There is a buzzing on the blues 2 & 3 settings, not sure if it's my guitar though? Or maybe that's normal. Also the 'acting like a tub amp and warming up' comment some one made, I thought I noticed that as well. OVerall, terrific little thing and it's so cute. VERY HAPPY.
Bottom line, this amp is incredible and for the price a total must have. I was a very happy camper with this little unit, it could play any style of music imaginable and yes, even down-tuned metal for the heads. Tone wise, this thing blows the Roland Cube, Line 6 Spider, Marshall MG's and other practice amps out there around the same price range. Plus effects = Awesome!. Very portable, didnt have a problem carrying it around at school and to band practice and its also pretty durable. Too bad it blew up on me after 4 years of abuse (dont get me wrong, its very durable, only thing is that I had it in the most rough of environments and to put an end it fell down the stairs pretty hard at the hotel:(...but its a great amp ill be getting a new one soon.
This is a great little amp, although I do not own one I have used my friends for about 6 months. It gets pretty loud at only 5W. The effects all sound great and you have fairly decent control of the tone. The distortion effects were good, although you will find yourself using certain over drive and distortion effects over other ones in the amp. You can also power the amp by batteries but I haven't bothered trying since it would probably get expensive quick paying for all the batteries that it takes. It also has a little compartment to store stuff in, its handy for a tuner, picks, and the ac adapter when traveling. This amp also doubles as just a nice effects box if you plug it into a larger amp and use it just for the effects. My only complaint is you can't use more than one effect at a time, such as modulation with distortion. If you are looking for a good practice amp with a lot of effects to play with, think about picking this up.