I just got myself the Vox amPlug AC30 Guitar Headphone Mini-Amp and I thought I put a quick review together for you. However, instead of just listing out all the features of the amplug AC30, I thought it might be more helpful create a quick video to demonstrate the device’s features and give you a sound sample.
In addition to a full video demonstration of this popular guitar headphone amp, you will find a summary of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions I’ve been getting on this device. Additionally, as mentioned, we will look at a detailed video review I put together, before I will then share my honest personal opinion about this little gizmo. This is a lot of information, so here is a table of contents with bookmarks for you to navigate straight to the section of your choice:
1. Introduction to the Vox amPlug AC30
So, if you’re a guitarist and family-man (or woman) then you inevitably face the challenge of making enough time, right? Chances are your loved ones are not too eager listening to you practicing scales or noodling over the same riff over and over again. You could, of course, retreat to an area where you could follow your passion in isolation – that, however, would mean that you’re separate from the rest of the gang. I encounter this situation more or less every night. And to be honest with you, that’s why actually started looking at the Vox amPlug guitar headphone amps in the first place. I wanted a device that would allow me to play with amplification – and headphones – so I can sit on the couch with everybody else, blasting my ears with sweet music while the others are watching, let’s say, televised content that is typically not of interest to me. You got me? Good! I thought so…
2. Video demonstration
3. Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How is the device powered?
Answer: You need two AAA batteries. A set of those come with the purchase of the device.
Question: How long do the batteries last?
Answer: A long time. That is, if you don’t forget to switch the device off after you’re done with it. The newer versions (e. g. the Vox amPlug 2 models come with a power-off function which turns the device of after 30 minutes of inactivity. However, the first edition of the amPlugs don’t have that feature)
Question: Can I use the Vox amPlug on a Stratocaster?
Answers: Yes, you can. The Vox designers thought of that an accounted for the ‘angled’ input jack of the Stratocasters. Here’s a video I made for you to prove that it works just fine.
Question: Can I use guitar pedals together with the amPlug?
Answer: Yes, you can. I tried it myself and it works fine. Here is an example of how I had everything hooked up just recently: Gibson SG ’61 Reissue into BigMuff pedal into the VoxAC30 miniamp connected to headphones. My ears started to ring! So, yes, it does work.
Question: Can I connect the amPlug to a regular amplifier and/or a cabinet?
Answer: I personally did not try that, but based on the comments I get to my video review, a whole bunch of people confirmed that this is possible without a problem.
Question: What is the AUX-Input for?
Answer: I hardly ever use the AUX input of my Vox amPlugs, but it does actually work very well if you like to connect your iPhone, MP3-player, etc., to either play along with a song or back-tracks.
Question: Do I need headphones for the Vox amplug or does it come with an integrated speaker?
Answer: It doesn’t come with an integrated speaker, so you will either need headphones or some sort of speakers (like PC-Speakers).
Question: Can I use the accessory with my Ukulele or Bass?
Answer: You can use the device on any instrument that has a standard jack. The question is, does it really make sense to do that? Well, I have my doubts that the crunchy distortion of an AC30 is a good match for a Ukulele. But hey, that’s just me. As for the bass, there is a special Vox amPlug Bass model available.
Question: Is the AC30 amPlug a good device to play Metal?
Answer: Well, that comes down to personal preference. It also depends on what you mean by ‘Metal’ since this is a very broad genre. The ‘trademark’ of the AC30 amp is its unique crunchy-ness. If that’s something you like, then I don’t see why you wouldn’t be able to play Metal with it. However, you may be better off looking at some of the other Vox amPlug models that I reviewed in order to figure out which one would suit you best.
4. Is the amPlug worth the money?
Yes, it is. And that’s my honest opinion. I would tell you if I’d feel otherwise. But here is why I love the amPlugs:
– Easy to use
– Light and small
– Great Sound
– Work on any guitar (that has a regular jack)
– Very reasonably priced
That’s it. The fact is, I’ve been using all different kind of Vox amPlugs for quite a while now I am really amazed by the AC30 headphone amp. I use it on a regular basis. It’s perfect when I want to sit with my family while they watch TV – I can practice my stuff, get some amplification without annoying them. If there’s one thing I would improve on this product, it would be the addition of a reverb dial button (which Vox actually did in the new edition of the amPlugs). The sound is very dry, but on the other hand, from what I understand, this is how it’s supposed to be. Overall I can highly recommend this accessory. I was at first a little skeptical, but in retrospect; I think is absolutely worth the money. Very cool if you like to practice with an amplified sound, even though you are not hooked up to a ‘real’ amplifier.
5. Where can I buy the amPlug?
I got all my amPlugs, including the AC30, from amazon. They typically have the best prices and ship fast. Click on the model of your choice for current price and purchasing information:
Alright, I hope this was helpful. If you have any questions that I haven’t answered, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you. Also, here are a couple of links to other Vox amPlug reviews that I put together.