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Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar - Tube Overdrive
As a musician you know you need to practice regularly to hone your skills and learn new songs. However, you can't always break out the amps and crank up the volume. For those times when quiet is required, you can both practice and hear the amplified output from your instrument using this Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar from Monoprice!
This amplifier is designed to provide amplification to the output of instrument level devices, such as electric guitars and bass guitars. It features a 1/4" TS plug, which plugs directly into your instrument's output. It is powered by two AAA batteries (not included) and has a 3.5mm TRS output for listening with headphones.
An additional 3.5mm TRS auxillary input is provided for connecting another audio source, such as an mp3 player. The audio from the Aux jack is mixed with the audio from the guitar so you can play along to an existing recording.
This amplifier produces a "Tube Overdrive" sound with distortion and delay reminiscent of Classic Rock performances. The amplifier includes analog Gain, Tone, and Volume controls.
Note: The distortion effect that this amplifier produces means that there will necessarily be some background hiss/noise, even at normal volume levels. If you listen to the amplifier without it being plugged into a guitar, the noise level can be loud and pronounced. However, when it is plugged into a guitar the signal returns to a desirable noise level for playing.
PROS: sound is good, function is compact and easy to use. pop a battery in and you are good to go. nice to be able to walk around and play with a distortion
CONS: control knobs are hard to read, especially when playing
This little guy sounds best with the gain and tone up high. It sounds a lot like a cheap version of the diode-rectification on a Marshall JMP (which is probably exactly what it is). I am guessing that the only concession to cabinet emulation is probably a simple HP/LP filter circuit.
The lack of any reverb or room-sound makes it hard for this little guy to sound anything close to "realistic" amp-emulation. But it's still kinda cool and fun to play with. Build quality is cheap and flimsy.
It is worth the $12 I paid for it.
PROS: Size, price, fun factor
CONS: Flimsy, noisy build quality. No reverb.
6 months ago
PROS: Small and powerful. Inexpensive. The perfect product to allow practice without disturbing everyone around you.
I enjoy using it The wife shakes her head as I rock out in silence, Glad I found it
at that price. price
PROS: I give it a 10.
PROS: Able to play guitar without having to use a real amp, great for late night jamming when everyone is asleep.
CONS: none that I know of,
PROS: Mini Headphone Amplifier for Guitar - "Tube Overdrive" is an all around Great Product.
PROS: Good for when you want to play quietly
CONS: None so far.