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Vox DA5 5W 1x6.5 Guitar Combo Amp

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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 o...Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

FEATURES
  • .5W, 1.5W, or 5W selectable
  • Number of Styles: 11
  • Number of Effects: 11 plus noise reduction
  • Signal Processing: 24-bit (both A/D and D/A conversion), 44.1kHz sampling frequency
  • Input/Output Jacks: INPUT, AUX IN, MIC INPUT, LINE/PHONE
  • Power Amp Output: Maximum 5W RMS @ 8 ohms
  • Speaker: 1 x 6.5 inch, VOX original (8 ohm)
  • Power Supply: Six C batteries or the included AC adapter
  • Current Consumption: 390 mA
  • Dimensions: 10-1/2"W x 10-1/2"H x 7"D
  • Weight: 8 lb.
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4.9

(based on 81 reviews)

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Does size matter?

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...Read complete review

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.

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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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fab!

By Sailor Ripley-LNyBf

from Dayton, OH

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!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great little amp

By Tatterson

from Ashland, KY

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

nice little practice amp

By Jack-gjDPR

from Rochester, NY

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A must for us electric gone acoustic guys

By geetarman

from Arizona

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I have been wintering with mostly bluegrass groups & needed to practice my vocals. I am traveling in a smaller vehicle than last year so I needed something that didn't take up much space. Wow, I bought the Vox and found out all the other features it has. In short this little box is both a guitar & PA amp, runs on 6 C batteries or a power adapter, can input a CD or MP3 to play along with, has loads of modeling features, can play nicely but very quitely when the situation demands & it can really shred when turned up & plugged in with anything electric, it's loud! I love this little guy (I crank it up & blast out the blues on my elec/acoustic just to get the wiggles out) & it sure saves my back over the heavier amps that I was carrying. Buy one (but not the pink one..if you know what I mean)

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Does size matter?

By Tone Obsessed

from York, PA (nowhere)

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great for what it is

By Gary--hEIT

from NY

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Truely KIller Tones In One Little Amp!

By ClaptonFanDan

from Shingle Springs, CA

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WOW! What an amp! My dad got me this amp last Christmas. It has all of the best amp models, every tone that any guitar player would want. This amp can help me get all of those tones.The Blues 2 and Blues 3 resemble Fender tube amps and the Higain 2 and 3 resemble Slowhand's Marshall amp tones.This amp is also killer for Beatles tones, Brian May's Queen tones, or any style of music.I had fun mixing and matching the tones and effects.I love this amp! Definitely worth the money!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

LOUD!!!!!!!!!!!

By Mr Pancake Mix

from Stuttgart Germany

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

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't believe my guitar!

By Reverend Pete

from Wichita KS

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I just got this amp last week. It's my first amp in well over 20 years. Once you get a handle on the tap and edit buttons, and how they work, (read the manual!), this amp is quite a joy. The effects and styles are everything you need, period. I use it for practice & I plan on busking with it. I use this with a 1968 Framus Texan 12, converted to a 6, (cuz it sounds better), and a DiMarzio in-hole humbucker. I do need to add a volume control on the guitar. I don't remember 5 watts being so powerful when I was younger. This amp is an amazing little package. Just what I needed to make rock n'roll new again.

 
5.0

Mini Vox Powerhouse

By Dubayew ...

from Glenview, IL

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This is a great amp! Lots of killer clean sounds, agood compressor for that chiming 12 string Byrds thang. If you want distortion it's waiting on the last 6 amp settings. You plug the aux output into a slave amp or the "board" or your digital work station.And it's loud even on the lowest power setting. It's too cold in Chicago for outside playing now, but the battery operated option will be used in the Spring.

 
5.0

Tiney amp killer

By walkergdad

from Lex, KY

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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?

 
5.0

Tiny rocker

By Love2play

from Lincoln NE

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This little amp has it all. Ton's of amp models, a great selection of effects and AWESOME TONE.Seriously, this thing has fantastic tone and allows you dial in your sound.I've had it for over almost two years with the only problem being the guitar input jack....the work loose and you have to take the amp apart to put it back. A little loctite works great here.

 
5.0

What Tone!

By theFenderhead

from Horseheads, NY

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I really cant believe what amazing tone this little monster can produce.Ill start by talking about the many different sounds this amp can get: The clean settings are crisp and every note you play will sing. The crunch tones are great to get the ballsy-raw sound that so many bands these days are going for. The gain and drive settings are probably the biggest let down. Their depth really leaves alot to be desired, although if you kick in some of the many effects, which i will get to later, you can get some good vintage gain tones going. But where this amp REALLY shines is in its blues tones. The three settings range from smooth and creamy to raw and harsh. With a little bit of re-verb, you will be wailing away the blues all night long. I just cant get over the amazing tone of these blues settings. Now to the effects:It has so much more than I expected. Every single effect is high quality and totally adjustable. You can pull back on your effect of choice to compliment your playing, or crank it up and go crazy with your sound.As far as looks go, it is classy all the way. I have the red with a silver grill and it is real nice. As far as size goes, well, you cant judge a book by its cover. When i showed this amp to my friend, he said "It looks malnourished!" But once he heard it, he changed his mind. In a nutshell, this amp is perfect for the buyer who wants that classic Vox tone to go with him everywhere.

 
5.0

Favorite amp so far

By Josh-xld-z

from Centerville, LA. U.S.A.

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I've had a lot of small practice amps, still do, including my Roland Micro Cube which I was really happy with. I would read all the reviews about the Vox DA5 and everyone saying it was better than the Micro Cube and after awhile I decided to get one and try it out. It's true, the Vox's sound seems to have so much more depth to it and it has an "alive" quality to it, if that makes any sense. I love all the amp tones, and the effects keep me from getting bored and make it fun to play around with. I find myself playing every spare minute I get. I really can't believe how good the sounds are and how big they sound. I have mine set on the .5 watt setting and it's still pretty loud, but then I always play at low levels so I can watch tv while I play. I have read reviews on other sites saying the amp models are not really authentic like the original amps, but do they really expect an amp of this price and size to replace all those big expensive top name amps that the pros use? I don't think that was Vox's intentions, it's just a small portable amp with some killer tones and cool effects that can run on batteries and go anywhere you go. I couldn't ask for anything more, just wish they would have built these back when I was starting to play 23 years ago. I'm totally happy with it and would tell anyone reading this if you're thinking of getting one, just get it, I'm sorry I waited so long. I plan on getting one of the bigger models later to keep at home.

 
5.0

A No Brainer

By OnlyRocknRoll

from Minneapolis, MN

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.

 
5.0

Nice little/big guy

By Oldschool0943

from Menominee, MI

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I bought this amp 2 times. The first time it was stolen from my office in a break in. This amp is awesome for practice or for a newbies first amp. It has monster tone. I own a few amps tube and a vox advt50. The effects are really good for its size as well as being able to adjust the volume down without losing tone. The amp models are great. My favs are vox ac15 and ac30 as well as crunch. It's also useful as a battery operated amp for out doors where there is no electricity. If you are new to playing or a pro you will love this little guy.Would I replace it? Yes even for the third time!

 
5.0

This Amp is No Toy

By Iowa-Bassman

from Central Iowa

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I've owned this amp for 4 months, and I love it. I have a Custom Vibrolux amp and it's just too much of a hassle to set it up with effects when kicking back and playing in the living room or den. I can leave my little DA5 by my recliner and it's ready to use whenever I get the urge to play. I play my Strat, Squier Venus XII or even my Guild Acoustic through it and it sounds great. I've used it with my digital 8 track with good results. After 4 months, I'm still on my first set of batteries. The effects and models are great. This is a real value for any guitarist who doesn't want to wake up the wife or have the neighbors call the police. I highly recommend it!!!

 
2.0

Great amp..BUT!

By 7eY6IoATj

from Undisclosed

A great amp,but the second week I had it the power switched failed,I'm not a happy camper. Going back for servicing. Aside from this,It IS a good amp with nice features(when it works).

 
5.0

VOX DA5

By Blue Jack

from North Ft. Myers Fl

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What a great value in a small amp. I never expected such a great product at this price. Amazed at the quality digital sounds(admittedly some aren't as good as the analog pedals I have) and so much more volume than I expected.Just try it "lined out" to another large amp or PA. It screams! Only thing extra I'd wish for in it is a built in tuner. Still a super fantastic buy! You could actually do low volume gigs with it alone. Try it on a stool or chair for maximum projection. I'd buy it again in a second. Looks like a "baby" next to my VOX Valvetronix VTXAD60 and VTXAD120! Get one!

 
5.0

Can you say versatile?

By bywatter jammer

from Kennedy, NY

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I bought this little guy about 10 months ago cuz i was moving off to college and needed something that wouldn't kill my roommate with volume. If this is what ur looking for, the 1/2 watt setting is amazing. So what this gets used for now: this little guy has become the jack of all trades amp in our band. It has been used for a bass amp/monitor, drum/keyboard monitor, keyboard amp and occasionally as a guitar amp. This is not to say its bad for guitar, but i now have a small tube and i'm the only electric guitar. For guitar, it is a light, portable all in one beauty, effects, models, batteries if you want. Is the sound amazing, no, but its good for what the amp is, 6.5" speaker, digital modeling, sounds pretty good. Great little amp, especially for college. By no means better than a tube, but cheaper, easier to control, and with built in effects/models, its a good buy.

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