VOX AMPHONELEAD Active Guitar Headphones
- Headphones with built-in am Plug technology that allows you to obtain lead tone immediately
- Headphones made by Audio-Technica, the trusted name in headphones
- The headphone amp uses a new reactor circuit that's based on the Valve Reactor technology featured in Vox amps, delivering incredibly dynamic lead tone
- Totally analog design that faithfully simulates the circuit response of the original amp
- Delivers a heavy British crunch lead sound
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From the Manufacturer
VOX Amphone AC30 Headphones
Active Headphones for Electric Guitar or Bass
The VOX amPlug is a popular series of headphone amps that you can simply plug into your guitar or bass to enjoy full-fledged guitar/bass sound. Now, amPhones make it even easier. amPhones are headphones that have the amPlug technology already built in.
Just plug in an instrument, and enjoy serious guitar/bass sound. The headphones themselves are made by Audio-Technica, trusted name for headphones. They can be used as conventional headphones when the power is off. There are four types of amPhones available: AC30, Twin, Lead and Bass
Amphone AC30 Features
- New reactor circuit based on the Valve Reactor circuit featured in VOX amps
- Totally analog design simulating the circuit response of the original amp
- Effects provided: chorus/delay/reverb for the guitar versions, and a compressor for the bass version
- 1/4" connector allows connection to any guitar or bass
VOX AC30 Amphone
amPhones are headphones with amPlug technology built in. Just plug in an instrument, and enjoy serious guitar/bass sound. The headphones are made by Audio-Technica, the trusted name for headphones. A guitar/bass can be connected to these headphones, or they can be used as conventional headphones for listening to music.
Top Customer Reviews
They are also comfortable on your head & especially so on your ears - the padding is very good.
Thats about it for the Good !
The Bad : The cable that connects these headphones to your guitar is way too short, it fits but it could have been another 2 feet long to make it more comfortable.
The control dials located on the left earphone piece are recessed and impossible to access while wearing them on your head. You have to take them off to alter then - So Make Sure you're Wearing a Strap if You're playing Sitting Down ! - also the cable ( again ) is connected to the left headphone piece, this means the cable has to go behind you or between you and your guitar.
If running it behind you its not comfortable - its too short - if running between you an guitar then it will pull on your headphones as it gets 'caught' as you lean forward then back.
It seems that the technicians that develop things , like headphone amplifiers , arern't guitar players themselves because for a right handed guitar player the cable should connect to the right side of the headphone piece. This wouls give an unhindered line from the guitar jack to the headphone ...but obviously thats too simple for the technicians at Vox. (btw it's ok for lefties as it is)
Overall I said it was okay, just ! For the price its not worth it at all though the Vox Amplug ( which I also have ) is a far better choice, you can use your own digital headphones which are probably heaps longer then the Vox AC30 AGH.
So save your money.
My advice to Vox ... find some technicians that actually play the guitar !
1) Amazing sound, I'm getting some really nice tone out of these with my LAG acoustic electric
2) They have the VOX AmPlug AC30 basics but add a tone control which I now wish the AmPlug AC30 had (I have that item too)
1) The most significant issue is that there's little mention of the tone control in the manual. It is marked from 1-10 but there's no description for what the numbers represent. I have it set on 8 which sounds great but being a beginner I have no idea what mix of reverb, chorus, and delay I am hearing.
2) The cable is a little short and not at all heavy duty, I worry about snagging it and damaging it
3) The ear cups are round and only just big enough to fit me, wish they were slightly larger or elongated for a better fit
I recommend these and would buy another pair if they broke or were lost.
I have played with them for hours using a MIJ Strat and the tone is surprisingly good considering there are no tubes to be found anywhere and the whole thing runs on 2 AA batteries (included). The "gain" and "tone" can dial in overdrive while the effects add enough to make it all seem much bigger than it really is. So far though, I have not turned the volume up past 3 in a quite living room, so they have plenty of headroom if you have to overcome a loud environment.
If you have a chance, set the gain to 8, tone to 6, volume to 3 and effects to 6, then select the bridge pickup, volume 10, tone 5 and play something simple like "e, a, b" power chords or a blues shuffle. (sure it will sound different on your guitar, but it should sound pretty thick and tasty somewhere around there)
With the AUX in I can play to music on my smartphone or laptop (cable not supplied but it is a basic 1/4 stereo to 1/4 stereo type).
Battery life seems good, I have been using them for at least 10 hours on the factory batteries and it's still going (the manual says 16 for alkaline).
The headband gets big enough to fit over my head with plenty of room to spare (seems roomy compared to others headphones I have tried).
These are light weight and fit completely over the ears and the pads feel good, not too tight.
Lastly, they work as regular headphones without the guitar.
If I had any complaints, the plastic is very plastic (if that makes any sense), I don't think they are going to win any design awards based on looks and feel but they seem like they will hold up.
Bottom line, I would recommend them to a friend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
These things are so great for bass. Plug and play with built in everything. VOX accessories just kick butt.Published 29 days ago by phil van
Like the headphones a lot, but (here it comes) as with other posters, the cord needs to be a foot longer.Published 29 days ago by C. Webber
I am not sure what some people expect for $65 but I found these to be perfect for their intended use. Are they going to replace your Ampeg or, better yet, Eden World Traveler rig? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Raftice - Avid Reader
For what you're paying for, you are getting a great sounding set of phones.
The only 2 cons are they are very plasticky (makes em nice & light but could mean that they... Read more
They work as advertised. However, the way they are designed makes them feel cheap, and the cable is very thin. Read morePublished 2 months ago by San Lupo
I tried my best to love these headphones, and I admit the concept is great. However, no matter what I did, I could not eliminate the buzz and sudden static noises. Read morePublished 3 months ago by plt
The vox headphones work amazingly and whilst not quite as powerful the are a great alternative to buying an ampPublished 3 months ago by PattyLu
Really great headphone for when you don't want to wake the family. Has an effect wheel with reverb and tremelo that makes it stand out from the competition. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Herbert L. Hirsch