What are the differences between the first generation of the Vox amPlug AC30 and the now enhanced Vox amPlug 2 AC30 successor models? In the following article we will compare both models to each other and you can also watch my Vox amplug 2 review of the AC30 below. You can be the judge whether either one – or mini guitar headphone amps – are the right choice for you.
One thing I can tell you right off the bat: in my personal opinion, both Vox amPlug AC30 versions have a great sound. Of course, the real question is, how authentic is the sound quality compare to the real and legendary Vox AC30 amp? Well, I need to be honest here, I never played an AC30. However, I am very familiar with its distinct sound characteristics. And based on that, I feel that the amPlugs do a good job in emulating that raw, earthy and “gainy” feel. Some die-hard AC30 fans might disagree with me, but generally speaking, I think the sound quality that you get with these little guitar accessories is pretty amazing.
Differences between the Vox amPlug 2 AC30 and the regular Vox amPlug AC30
Let’s start with the general design and built. Both models look and weigh pretty much the same. Speaking of weight, all amPlugs are ultra-light. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t sturdy. The plastic hard-case is of solid built. I’m not just saying that. Some of my amPlugs come into involuntary contact with tiles and hardwood floor but survived the accidents without any issues.
All Vox amPlug mini headphone amps need two AAA batteries which come with the device. However, one of the main differences between the Vox amPlug 2 models and their predecessors is that the new devices have an On/Off button vs. a switch. While that in and of itself might not be a dramatic improvement, it allows for the amPlug 2s to power off automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity.
Additionally, the Vox AM2AC30 comes with three effects, namely, Chorus, Delay and Reverb. Each effect has three intensity levels. Lastly, the new amPlug AC30 has two tremolo options.
And then of course, all second editions of the Vox amPlug feature a plug that you can swivel around which is extremely helpful as demonstrated in the video. The device is very affordable but please check by clicking on the images below for current price and purchasing information.
Here are a few of the questions I get all the time regarding these guitar miniamps. Does the amPlug fit on a Stratocaster? Yes, it does. Both versions do, so nothing to worry about. Can I use guitar pedals together with a Vox amPlug? Yes, you can. Connect your guitar to the pedal of your choice and then plug the device into the “Amp” output of your pedal. I tried it and it works very well.
If you have any questions that I didn’t answer in this Vox amPlug 2 AC30 review, please leave a comment below and I will get back to you promptly.