Vox Amplification has announced the release of Amphones, active headphones that feature integrated AmPlug micro amps and can be plugged directly into an electric guitar or bass.
Designed in conjunction with headphone specialists Audio Technica, Amphones, will give guitarists the chance to enjoy late-night or private practice sessions as well as being able to listen to their recordings or other music without switching headphones.
Four Amphones models are available:
• "AC30" reproduces the sound of the classic VOX AC30 amplifier;
• "Twin" simulates the sound of a famous US-made clean combo amp
• "Lead" covers lead guitar sounds ranging from UK-made amps to US-made high-gain boutique amps
• "Bass" models VOX's classic AC100 bass amp with a wide-range design to accommodate a variety of tonal possibilities
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.
Choose from four different versions
amPhones come in four models: the "AC30" faithfully reproduces the sound of the classic VOX AC30 amplifier, the "Twin" simulates the sound of a famous US-made clean combo amp, the "Lead" covers lead guitar sounds ranging from UK-made amps to US-made high-gain boutique amps, and the "Bass" models VOX's classic AC100 bass amp with a wide-range design to meet the needs of today's modern electric bass players. Each 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.
Numerous high-quality effects are
The amPhones series contains numerous effects that add variety to the sound. The "AC30," "Twin," and "Lead" provide reverb/chorus/delay, and "Bass" provides a compressor. Each effect is adjustable, giving you sound with superb presence that will bring out your best performances.
Also usable as headphones
When you disconnect your guitar/bass and power-off your amPhones, they will function as a conventional set of headphones that offer the superb sound quality that you would expect from VOX. The headphones themselves are made by Audio-Technica, the name you trust in headphones. You'll enjoy optimum sound quality and a comfortable fit that will not produce listener fatigue, even during extended listening sessions. Their folding design allows easy portability, and the extension cable and adaptor plug are also included, making these units an excellent choice for their stand-alone headphone functionality.
More and more these days, headphones are used by many music lovers as a "must have" accessory and fashion statement. Introducing the iconic Vox brand into this segment will allow Vox to be "seen and heard" in mainstream consumer markets as well as existing music industry channels.
The VOX Amphones will be available mid-fall 2012 for a U.S. street price of $99.99.
For more info, visit Vox Amplification.