Reviews and Problems with Vox MINI3 Modelling Guitar Amplifier
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Great Little Amp with Phony Advertising
1 December 2011
Summary: I'll start with the bad news first. The title of the listing on Amazon is "Vox MINI3 4-Watt 1x8 Guitar Combo Amplifier". To me this says the amplifier has 4 watts of power into an 8 inch speaker. WRONG!!! It is a 3 watt amplifier into a 5 inch speaker. This could not have been an accident. I believe it to be an outright lie and I don't know why anyone would think it was necessary. Now the good stuff. This is a heck of an amp. Very loud with good quality sound.
Summary: I'm pleased with the performance of this little amp-has enough kick to get a full sound. I use it in both plug-in and battery mode. Does anyone know about using (6) 1.2 volt AA rechargeables in it? Don't know it that's enough voltage to push it. Regular AAs are 1.5 volts. Anyway, IMO The amp types aren't as useful as the effects-nice delay/echo, and the reverb, chorus are good. I use only the cleaner amp offerings, esp black/tweed.
Summary: With all the new mini/micro-amps hitting the market over the past 4 years I've tried many of them. Some of my favorites have been the Roland MICRO-CUBE, Danelectro Honeytone, Vox AC4TV (All-tube with either 8" or 10" Celestion speakers), Fender Super Champ XD (which is really a 15-watt dual tube amp but is small and cheaply priced), and now lastly the VOX Mini-3. While this amplifier compared to the Roland Micro-Cube more than any of the other above amps.
Summary: This is my first amplifier, so my experience is not particularly broad, but I can say I am extremely pleased with the Vox Mini3. I use it with a solid-body ukulele, sure dynamic microphone, and whoever else's instrument needs to plug in. The effects are great, volume is great, and the ability to run vocals and instrument simultaneously is exactly what I needed.
Summary: It really puts out an impressive array of sounds at a good volume. It will never be a 60W combo amp or anything other than a battery powered mini, but the effects are sharp, and it is very responsive to my Strat.
Summary: The VOX mini 3 amplifier does everything I want. With the Gain and Master controls at 1/3 maximum, I have all the volume I need in a 15' X 20' room. If I crank it up it hurts my ears! The microphone input jack works well with my dynamic microphone, and you can get a good balance with the Trim control, so the mic can be louder or softer than the instrument. The Aux In works well with my portable CD player, to play backing tracks while I play over it.
Summary: The Vox Mini 3 is truly the best battery powered amp I've tried--it's far superior to 5 others that I own. The speaker is high quality stuff--I think it's a Celestion custom made for Vox. The cabinet is constructed very well with a bass port tuned to the speaker to deliver good low end response. Access to the 6 double A batteries is very simple via a velco secured door in back. Note that an ac-dc power supply is included and it works well, too.
Summary: The 3W Mini 3 has more output than my 15 W Kustom, and the Mini can be powered by 6 AA batteries for complete portability. The affects are fairly good. I think in this price range I would have expected very meager modeling and affects; but no, they make significant differences in the sound produced. By the way, we play an electric/acoustic bass on it at times. NO trouble at all with the low E string.
Summary: absolutely worth the money, i just bought one (not from this seller) and it is fantastic. The effects are so much fun and give a really good sound, it also works perfectly with a guitar and a mic going through it. The individual effects control on the mic channel is a great bonus to. Definitely recommend it!