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VOX AMPHONELEAD Active Guitar Headphones

by Vox
110 customer reviews

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  • 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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Product Description


The Vox amPhones Lead Active Guitar Headphones feature am Plug technology built in, making them perfect for the guitarist who just wants to plug in and play! These comfortable headphones plug directly into your guitar output jack so you can enjoy crunchy lead tones without waking the neighbors! The amPhones Lead headphones were designed by Vox and Audio Technica to provide great sound quality. You can use them as conventional headphones when the amp simulator is switched off. Vox amPhones Lead headphones are perfect for practice, listening to your MP3 player or any other source. If you love high gain British and US boutique amp tone and you need a way to practice silently, these headphones are for you! The Lead model in the Vox amPhones series covers lead guitar sounds ranging from UK-made amps to US-made high-gain boutique amps. It uses a completely analog design in order to faithfully model the circuit response of the original amp, and will satisfy even the most critical listener.

Product Details

Size: Lead
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 4 x 8 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • Shipping Advisory: This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
  • ASIN: B009703P7E
  • Item model number: AMPHONELEAD
  • Batteries 2 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,723 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at October 15, 2012

From the Manufacturer

  • Type: Closed-air dynamic headphones
  • Driver diameter: 40 mm
  • Output sound pressure level: 97 dB
  • Playback frequency range: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Maximum input: 1,000 mV
  • Impedance: 49 ohms
  • Cable length: 1.3 m
  • Output: 1.4 V (Maximum)
  • Controls: Dials (Gain, Tone, Volume, Effect), Switch (Standby)
  • Input Terminals: Guitar Input, AUX Input
  • Power supply: AAA battery x 2
  • Battery life: Approximately: 7 hours (Manganese) / 16 hours (Alkaline)

Vox amPhones Lead

Active Guitar Headphones

The VOX amPlug Series of palm-sized headphone guitar amplifiers enables musicians to easily plug their amPlug into any guitar, and attach a pair of headphones to achieve high quality guitar sounds anywhere. Now, amPhones make it even easier for you. While the amPlug required the user to provide the headphones, the amPhones are headphones that have the amPlug technology already built in! Just plug in your instrument, and enjoy serious guitar/bass sound and superb comfort.

amPhones are created using headphone technology from Audio-Technica, the name you trust for headphones. amPhones can also be used as conventional headphones when the amplifier simulator is switched off. You can connect your guitar/bass to these headphones, or use them for listening to music. amPhones are what you need, whether you're practicing by yourself in your room, or listening to your portable audio player on the way to the studio. amPhones are a must-have item for any VOX enthusiast.

  • Lead: Delivers the classic crunch of a UK-made 100W amp.
  • Included items: AAA battery x 2, 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch adapter

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Black on April 27, 2013
Size: AC 30 Verified Purchase
The Good : These headphones have a good sound, well for headphones I guess you could even say great. i have not owned an AC30 Vox amp so can't compare to the real thing.
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 !
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. Forester on December 26, 2012
Size: AC 30
Got these from my wife for Christmas yesterday and hooked them up as soon as I could. The plastic is somewhat cheap but likely contributes to how light they are which is nice. The pros make this a great item, the cons I can live with.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By CD on December 30, 2012
Size: Twin
I got these as a gift and I am really impressed. This is the simplest way practice by yourself on an electric guitar, just plug it in and jam. Since there are no other boxes or things to plug in you can stand up and walk around without tripping over wires or ripping the headphones off.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S. B. on October 20, 2014
Size: Lead Verified Purchase
3 duds. I'm surprised that I haven't seen any other problems with this item. When it works it works great but it doesn't last. I've had three of these now and after about a week or so of use they just die. Can't explain it. Luckily the first two I was able to return and exchange. Not so this time. It worked a little bit longer so my return window expired. I can understand one defective unit, BUT THREE?? POS. now I just use them for headphone for an iRig HD. I don't write reviews often but you guys deserve to know.
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