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The VOX Night Train first caught musicians' eyes - and ears - with its ultra-cool mirror finish and serious all-tube sound. Now welcome the Lil' Nigh...Click To Read More About This Product

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Get your one-way ticket to killer tone on the Lil' Night Train!

The VOX Night Train first caught musicians' eyes - and ears - with its ultra-cool mirror finish and serious all-tube sound. Now welcome the Lil' Night Train. At under 5 lb., it carries this same minimalist flair and portability to an all new level!

Light enough to take anywhere, the Lil' Night Train lets you enjoy the traditional yet individualistic VOX aura in any musical situation, without ever leaving your signature tone behind! Rehearsing, recording, at a gig, or practicing quietly at home, the Lil' Night Train's all-tube design offers a diverse range of authentic, all-tube VOX sounds. The exterior features a durable mirror-finished chassis, cut in the familiar VOX diamond pattern.

All-tube design for uncompromising sound
Compact and powerful, the Lil' Night Train head boasts vacuum tubes in both the preamp and power amp stages. The preamp uses two 12AX7 tubes, while the power-amp uses one 12AU7, providing that sense of drive, power, and fatness that's obtainable only from vacuum tubes.

Dual purpose output
The Lil' Night Train provides a headphone/line out jack - a feature surprisingly rare on an all-tube amp. This output contains a cabinet simulator that reproduces the resonance and spatial character of a quality speaker cabinet, so you can enjoy real tube amp sound even during night-time practice sessions or when recording directly from your Night Train.

Two-way tone switch
In order to meet the needs of any style or playing technique, the Lil' Night Train lets you choose from two tonal characters. The Bright mode boosts the high-frequency range for the familiar VOX chime; the Thick mode bypasses the tone circuitry, boosting the gain to create a more full and beefy sound.

FEATURES
  • Authentic VOX all-tube tone in a stylish and ultra-compact 2W head
  • 2 - 12AX7 preamp vacuum tubes; single 12AU7 power tube
  • Treble, bass, gain, and volume controls
  • Two-way mode switch: Bright boosts the high frequencies and activates the EQ, Thick bypasses the EQ and boosts the gain for a full, beefy sound
  • Headphone/line out jack is fantastic for recording Lil' Night Train's tube sound directly or for those late-night practicing

All aboard the Lil' NIght Train! Powerful, all-tube VOX tone perfect for the studio. Order now!

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VoxNT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head
 
4.7

(based on 17 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (14)
  • Excellent sound (14)
  • Warm / comfy (14)
  • Portable (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home studio (14)
  • Amateur recording (9)
  • Professional recording (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

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(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lil Night Train Big Sound

By Noluck4

from An Igloo

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Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

It's clear, precise and shows harmonics, and perceptions of my playing and guitar I NEVER heard before from my solid state amps. It's easy to record with and can just sound good.
This amp has a better set of features than the fender champ, or many other amps in it's price range. It's tube amp loud so it can compete with a stereo or other insturments for attention. The only feature it lacks is a Mid knob. This however isn't a problem if you learn to tone your equipment properly. The Gain knob has lots of head space. The Bright/Thick switch is quite useful. It can shimmer like an AC30 on bright, and on Thick it acts like a Badcat. It's very much from the same Vox family tree as the AC30. The headphone/line out jack is most useful.
It seems to be built like a tank. The tubes are secured in place with a brace. The stock tubes are chinese made. It's shiney, and just under 3 pounds in weigh. It fits perfectly on my desk. The headphone/line out is better than many on other amps.
This amp is a bargain. It's the real deal if you want tube tone for a reasonable price and expectation. Most of all the volume knob does what it says so an attunator is not needed.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Powerful Little Bugger

By Seth Easton

from West Virginia, USA

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Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

After playing with this thing for about an hour at the store, I was so impressed that the next day I came back and bought the floor unit (the only one they had left!). I just now brought this home and plugged it in to the external speaker jack of my Fender Blues DeVille 2x12. It sounds even better than through the VOX 1x10 cab in the store. I bought this mostly for recoridng in my home studio and for practicing at low volume. After all, that's the entire point to this thing: to provide 100% all-tube tone at a volume that won't shake your entire house.
You can get anything from classic VOX "AC" tone to ballsy blues to screaming metal from this thing. Flip the switch to "thick" and dime the gain and tone controls, and you've got that awesomely thick and soupy harmonic-laden distortion that only driven tubes can produce. Flip the switch to "bright" and turn down the gain -- now you've got that mid-rangey/twangy "AC" tone. And then there's everythign in between. My unit came with a very nice VOX speaker cable, but you can use any 1/4" cable.
This breadbox-sized head is very solid has an all-metal chasis. The buttons and knobs all seem sturdy and high-quality, but then again I only just got it, so I can't speak to its longevity. The sound quality is nothing short of awesome, and it drives my 2x12 vinstage Fender speakers just fine (I am going to try driving just one of them to see if there's any difference). The nice thing is that the tubes are screwed in with a bracket to prevent rattling. You can also change out the tubes for higher-quality ones (I read somewhere that the built-in tubes are the cheap Chinese kind). I am considering switching out the 12AX7s for a matched pair of 12AY7s or 12AU7s for a cleaner, more mellow sound and more clean headroom (as of now, it clips very easily).
This thing is quite pricey for what you get (a TWO-watt amp, people will laugh at you and not understand). For this price, you could get a decent solid state combo amp or a smaller tube combo amp, or even one of those newer digital combo amps with lots of bells and whistles. Remember though -- you're paying for quality, not quantity.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent for the Price, Go For It!

By Stonewall Jackson

from Sumter, SC

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Pros

  • Beautiful Dirty Blues
  • Classic Rock
  • Classy Looking
  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth
  • Portable
  • Powerful

Cons

  • Need A 5 Watt Version
  • Needs A Carrying Case
  • Needs A Handle

Best Uses

  • Amateur Recording
  • Home Studio
  • Livingroombedroom
  • Professional Recording

Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I was on the fence about this little amp for over a year. Do yourself a favor if you're on the fence about this one and go ahead and get it. Don't waste a year like I did. Because of where I live, it's hard to find a lot of gear to test. I bought a used lil Night Train that had all 3 tubes upgraded already. People always complain about stock tubes and speakers with amps, but it's been my experience that if you give most things a proper break in period, 95% of the time you're fine unless you're in a big band in a high end studio or something. Haven't tried one with the factory Chinese tubes, but I would have given them a chance. If you want perfection save your money; Vox has the heritage series.

Now, on to the amp. I'm actually running mine in through an 8 ohm Vox cab with 4x8" Blue Bulldogs and I love what I hear. It amazes me that I'm only pushing 1.5 watts witht hat set-up! I don't compete with drummers these days so that's not a problem as far as volume goes. I can't get over the volume I can get with the current set-up. That 1.5 watts could blow the windows out of a spacious master bedroom! I'm using mine mainly for practice with blues, classic rock, and 90's alt music. Works perfectly fine for my needs. At first I thought there were too few knobs for my taste, but less truly is more with a decent tube amp. I'm discovering things I can do with the controls on my guitar that I never paid attention to before. The lack of a standby switch hasn't been any kind of problem for me. I gave it 5 stars because for what it's advertised to do, and for the price, you get a good deal.

I'm really impressed with this little tank. (And it really is built like a tank!) It sounds great, but it also just looks super cool. It looks like a classy, viintage, boutique piece. I like to kill the lights at night and watch the orange glow of the tubes while I play. (Though that red power indicator light is bright as all get-out!) Wouldn't hurt my feelings if it had a handle and a carrying case like it's big brother since it's supposed to be ultra-portable, but I'll live. Knobs feel really good when you turn them, not cheap like most amps seem to be.

If you play/record at home, or just jam with a few other guitar/bass players, I highly recommend it. If your a band/club playing person, go with 15 watt version. I, too, would love to see this made in England or the U.S. instead of Vietnam/China, but all things considered, I'm very impressed. Did a lot of H.W. before buying and most people don't seem to regret the choice they made. I don't, and mine will stay with me. Go for it!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best lil amp in my practice collection

By RBinNH

from 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 NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

I seem to "collect" practice amps. I have 4 small Fender solid states, a small Marshall solid state and 3 small tube practice amps; a Jet City Picovalve, a Kustom Defender 15h, and this Lil Night Train.

The Jet City is passable if you swap the tubes.
The Kustom excels at warm, clean, sounds and takes pedals well.

But the Lil Night Train sounds phenomenal plugged straight in. With a Les Paul standard, I just crank the treble a bit and I get sweet, big amp sustain. With an American Standard Strat, I roll off the treble and get pure Fender tones. I've also played my PRS Custom 24 and Musicman Silhouette and it takes em all perfectly.

If you want terrific tube sound in a tiny amp, then this is your baby.

BTW, my "main" amp is a Mesa Boogie Lonestar Special, which I love, but I have to admit every once in a while I plug into the Lil Night Train just for a change - it's that good.

The only drawback is that there is only one channel and no effects loop. If I had this amp with a clean channel and effects loop, I would use it for recording 85% of the time.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Lil' Vox kicks it!

By Chris Reynolds

from Nashville

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Weak

Best Uses

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

Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

The amp sounds ok out of the box. If you want it to sound awesome, change the 3 tubes with some JJ's. I swapped the 12Ax7's with 12 AT7's & the power tube to a JJ EC82. I also de-soldered C19 (bright switch) and now it sounds great. There is a lot of info online about other mods, but what I just described was easy & less than a dinner at Morton's.
I play it thru a Koch 1x12 cab w/ an EV & it sounds great. I don't use the "Thick" (tone defeat) switch),I set the Gain at noon, treble at 11, bass noon, and Master wide open (most of the time) and I get a classic vox tone. If I use a Tube Screamer in front of it, set for light OD, it sounds glorious. Great little amp.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Train of Tone

By Johnnie

from Mission Viejo, CA

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

  • None For Me

Best Uses

  • Home Studio

Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

After viewing several You Tube videos about the LNT I decided to purchase it. No bells and whistles, just back to basic ear pleasing tone is what I was seeking. However to assure I would get a full spectrum of tone clean to crunchy I set out to build a 12" cabinet. I used an old Celestion G12L-35 that was recommended by a Celestion tech. That was the right move. This diminutive shiny chrome power source in concert with an early 70's Tele delivers clean county twang, warm on the edge of distortion blues, and in your face power snarl that brings my peaceful little home studio to life.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm on a lil night train

By WannaBeBeKing

from Kentucky

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Excellent Sound
  • Good Warmth

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Amateur Recording
    • Home Studio
    • Professional Recording

    Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

    Tone is all about personal preference. If your looking to find dialed in perfection this might not be for you. But if your easy going laid back and just want that dirty muddy sound your love it. On the bright channel you get full use of the gain treble and bass. Some really nice cleans. Also really nice dirt to it when you max out the gain. When in thick mode it bypasses the eq and boosts the gain giving a really nice muddy blues tone. It's awesome to play around with and for the price it's well worth checking out. I love to play Freddie King style blues and I can achieve that sound with this amp straight out the box. 2watts is enough for your house/back porch. Don't let that deter you at all. But for a live application your need to tap into the house PA

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    L'il Night train

    By Johnny Guitar

    from Central AZ

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Amateur Recording
      • Home Studio

      Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

      I have owned my L'il Night Train head since they came out and use it frequently. I did change the tubes, including a JJ long-plate 12AU7, which improved the sound tremendously. It performs well at low volumes, with quite a complex tone, and gets a little louder than I thought it would when cranked. The headphone out sounds good when you use a quality set of phones, but not so much with cheapies or earbuds. I think getting great tone for the price paid is OK and it meets the need it was designed for.

      When they first came out I had to purchase the head and speaker together. I was never very impressed with the speaker cab and have replaced the speaker with a WGS Veteran 20 and ultimately took it apart and added some more port holes in it to get it to sound decent. I generally use it with that cab or a few small cabs I have designed and made myself and get a good tone from it. I am happy with the amp!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Cool amp

      By JPaul

      from Denver

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        Lunchbox amps are taking over the universe, and for good reason: an amp doesn't need to be the size of a suitcase, weigh 70 lbs and be deafening to sound good. It's not that big amps don't sound amazing, just that they can be overwhelming in many circumstances. VOX makes those types of amps, too. But for a hundred other situations this little amp is perfect. One warning, though, while it has a chimey sort of VOX sound, it doesn't really have what I would call a clean sound. Even at the lowest gain setting it's already injecting some dirt. Sounds great, lots of harmonics, but just don't expect anything resembling Fender or even Marshall clean. It's not in there. This little amp definitely has VOX dna, but with it's own voice. And for the price, esp when it's on sale, this is another "gotta have" in the amp arsenal.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Amazing amp for low price but long shipp

        By Apricat

        from Montreal, QC

        About Me Novice

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • 2 Months To Ship

        Best Uses

        • Amateur Recording
        • Home Studio
        • Professional Recording

        Comments about Vox NT2H Lil' Night Train 2W Tube Guitar Amp Head:

        I'm extremely happy with my purchase! The lil' night train is an excellent amp for beginners and pros looking for that warm tube sound without bothering the neighbors too much. The cab that is paired with this is the 10"... But after trying the 10 and the 12" in store, I realized that the 12 is much better sounding.

        Only thing I have to say negative is the amount of time I had to wait to receive my order... I ordered in beginning November and just received the amp last week (January). It was the Holidays, however, and it was extremely on sale so I'm understanding :-)

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