This is my third Vox amPlug mini headphone guitar amp. So far, I had tested and reviewed the AC30 and the Metal version, both of which exceeded my expectations. However, the one we will be talking about today is the first one of the Vox amPlug 2 series, specifically the Classic Rock model (Vox amPlug 2 CR).
To be totally honest with you, I was a little bit skeptical at first. Simply because I didn’t see a need to make changes to the regular amPlugs, and I was afraid that the amPlug 2 devices might just be a way to out a new version on the market that doesn’t really offer much. However, after I have a chance to do a thorough review of the Vox amplug 2 CR, I concluded that my concerns were unsubstantiated.
The amPlugs by Vox are great guitar practicing devices. Typically, I use them to when I just want to sit on the sofa together with my family – and while they are watching TV, I can practice via headphones and with amplification without having to use a real amplifier. All I have to do is connecting the Vox amPlug into my guitar, plug in the headphones and I’m good to go. The device uses two AAA batteries. When you buy the Vox amPlug 2, you will get a set of batteries with the package. As far as battery life is concerned, the amPlug 2 versions have new feature; the devices power off automatically after 30 minutes of inactivity.
Here is a full Vox amPlug 2 Classic Rock demo video:
Vox amPlug vs. Vox amPlug2 – The 4 Key Enhancements
Alright, as I mentioned before, the amPlug 2 devices offer a number of enhanced features when compared to their predecessors.
1. Swiveling the Plug
You can easily swivel the plug of the Vox amPlug 2 Classic Rock to adjust the angle according to the guitar being used. Also, because of the added mobility, it is much easier to actually see the dials and get to the buttons of the device.
2. Auto Power-Off Function
While the battery life never an issue with the older amPlug versions, there was always a chance that if you forgot to switch the device off, you’re batteries were dead the next time you wanted to use it. With the amPlug 2, the accessory will power off after 30 minutes of inactivity.
3. FX Button
The following Vox amPlug 2 guitar mini headphone amps come with this new feature: AC30, Metal and Classic Rock. Each press of this button switches the setting between the following effects: Chorus, Delay, Reverb and ‘Effect off’.
4. Standby – On – Button and Indicator
If you hold down the ON/Off button for a second when the device is turned on, you can press this button again to add a low level Mid-Boost (LED will turn orange). Pressing the button again will switch to a high level Mid-Boost range (LED will turn red). This is a very cool feature if you want to add a little (or a lot) more punch and intensity to the sound.
Other than that, the Vox amPlug 2 CR has almost the same look and feel as the previous versions. There are three dials to adjust volume, tone and gain. As you saw in my video review, there is a wide range of sound you can navigate in as you play around with all the different settings. I was yet again very surprised by the quality. Speaking of quality, all amPlug version are very light. Nonetheless, because of the solid plastic frame, the amPlugs survive little accidents like dropping them on the floor, etc.
Okay, I hope you found my Vox amPlug 2 Classic Rock review helpful. If you have any questions around this specific guitar mini headphone amp, just leave a comment below. For current price and purchasing information, click on the image at the beginning of this article.