The series features 12AX7-driven preamp and power amp sections.

Melville, NY (March 10, 2016) -- VOX has taken what it knows about decades of building analog amplifier circuits and put it into a new category of analog modeling amplifiers, offering players a full pallet of authentic amplifier sounds via eight, all-analog preamp circuits with the release of the AV (Analog Valve) series. The AV series is a new concept in tube amps, delivering versatile tube sound yet excelling in affordability. Featuring 12AX7 driven preamp and power amp sections, the AV15/30/60 create eight types of tube sound ranging from transparently clean to crunchy chime and modern high-gain.

The innovative Valve Stage section modifies the circuit to add, or reduce, brightness and bass response, and also allows users to adjust the bias and response of the power section on the fly. Additional features like a unique, sealed cabinet design, three classic effects (Chorus, Delay & Reverb), and a retro-inspired aesthetic establish the AV Series as one the most exciting, and unique, offerings in the VOX lineup. Special attention was paid to the analog design, the preamp circuit that decisively determines the character of the sound uses a completely analog design, and is constructed with a huge number of carefully selected resistors and capacitors.

“The AV Series is perhaps the most revolutionary tube amps in all of VOX’s long history,” shared Brian Piccolo Brand Manager for VOX. The signing tone of a tube amp, the stunning presence … there's a certain sound that can only be attained by analog circuitry and by a tube amp in particular. While multi-voice tube amps do exist, they are few and far between, and hardly ever affordable.”

“With eight different analog preamp circuits, the AV series is able to accurately reproduce the sound of eight classic tube amps. In addition to the coveted AC30 top boost sound, it also covers a wide range of tones from clean to high-gain, including a sound that is reminiscent of the rare AC15 with EF86 tubes,” added Piccolo.

The cabinet structure of the AV range has a major influence on the sound quality. The baffle and cabinet utilizes a one-piece construction, which allows for the vibration of the speaker to be supported by the entire cabinet, minimizing unwanted vibration and more efficiently emitting the sound. Front-mounting the speaker also achieves a louder and clearer sound that's less directional and more spacious. In addition, the bass reflex design maintains the low range while delivering a more natural sound balance.

The AV series achieves functionality and expandability, both with a high degree of precision. The headphone amp features a version of the cabinet simulator used in products such as the amPlug series, with additional refinements that allow it to convey an even more detailed sense of airiness. The AUX input lets users connect an external audio source, and is equipped with a circuit that compensates for the response of the speaker and cabinet, allowing users to hear sound that's faithful to the original source. The AV30/60 provide additional expansion potential with send/return jacks for convenient connection of compact effect units, as well as an external speaker output.

The entire AV Series line is available, AV15: $229.99, AV30: $329.99 and the AV60: $429.99.

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Beginner

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