Vox Adio Air GT Guitar Amp Review
Vox Adio Air GT Overview
The Vox Adio Air GT is a digital amplifier that has been created to provide you with up to 23 types of amp models. The amplifier comes with two 3″ speakers built in and provides a sound density that far exceeds its size.
The unique enclosure design provides real amplifier sound and is rigid enough to handle its 50 watts of power.
Vox Adio Air GT External Hardware
Firstly, the Vox Adio Air GT is a 6.4 pound combo amplifier measuring in at 14.1" wide, 6.5" high and 6.4" deep. It is loaded with 2 - 3" speakers in a plastic ported chassis.
The chassis is a proprietary divided cabinet design that was created for optimal sound and is very unique in how it looks. All controls are accessible from the top of the amplifier and are pretty sturdy mechanically with vintage style knobs throughout.
The amplifier can be powered with either the 19V DC adapter or batteries if you need portability. 8 - AA batteries will power the amp for up to 8 hours.
The amplifier is very unique in how it looks and so some people might think its ugly, while others will like the appearance.
Never the less, Vox has made it some what vintage looking with their vintage style grill cloth and Logo.
There is no handle on the amplifier, instead you will find a recessed slot in the rear of the chassis in which to pick it up by.
Vox Adio Air GT Channels and Controls
The Adio Air GT has a pretty standard control scheme that is easy to use. If you have ever owned or played a modeling amplifier you will recognize this layout as it is pretty similar to other modeling amplifiers.
The amp models can be selected with the rotary knob on the left hand side. Once you find the model you like, you can optimize it with the 3 band EQ. Like all other modelers things seem to flow from left to right.
Effects on the Adio Air GT consist of four modulation type effects such as chorus and tremolo, as well as four ambience type effects like delay and reverb.
There are a few different settings of delay and reverb which is nice. Each effect type is allocated to one of the 2 FX control knobs, setting them with the Tone Room software is then where the magic happens.
A TAP button is located near the FX controls to set the tempo which is then displayed by a green LED. This button also works with the built in tuner.
The amp is 50 watts and your output level is adjusted with the instrument output knob which controls instrument and effect final volume. If the Aux In, USB port or a Bluetooth connection is used, the Audio Knob will then control the level for these methods.
On the rear of the amp you will find the USB jack which will allow you to send the amplifier signal out to a computer or other device. This makes it easy to record new song ideas to your favorite recording device.
Adio Air Output Power
The Vox Adio Air GT is rated at 50 watts of power and does get pretty loud. However, if you are planning to perform with this amplifier with no PA or ability to mic this amp, you may be underwhelmed.
The amplifier struggled to keep up with a light hitting drummer unless set to higher gain models. It is possible to perform with the amp but only if you are using a mic/PA or use the line out to a board.
If your a coffee shop performer, this will work without a drummer!
Note: The actual output of the amp is 25 watts RMS x2.
And only when plugged into the 19 Volt adapter will you get levels this loud. If you are running from the batteries you will only have 5 watts of power total.
Tone Room App
The Vox Adio Air GT has a USB jack on the back that can be used to connect to your computer and modify and access more options!
The Tone Room app lets you access an even larger selection of models and effects! It also lets you take advantage of the Adio’s full potential of parameter and customization features.
The Vox Adio Air GT when recorded sounds good! For a small modeling amp, this is one of the better sounding units we here at killer Rig have reviewed.
Adio Air Built In Tuner
The Vox Adio Air GT has a built in tuner which will come in very handy. if your just getting started, this can make or break your enjoyment. If your an experienced player, then you will be happy to hear that the tuner is accurate! Simply press and hold the tap/tuner button to activate the tuner.
Once activated, the tap/tuner LEDs will turn red. When you play a string, the user program LEDs will light up to verify the string note in which you are playing. The tap/tuner LEDs will then let you know if the string is sharp or flat. The tuner will also work with down tuning which is a bonus!
Vox Adio Air GT Sound
Vox uses what they call Virtual Elements Technology (VET) as part of their DSP modeling technique. The concept is to try and replicate what is happening in an amplifier by modeling the circuit and components.
Well, i must say, whatever they are doing is working because wow this amplifier is really good! The models are very natural sounding and feel great. The Adio Air GT has a Vox AC30 model that nails the sound and feel. The rich tone that this little amp puts out is very pleasing!
The amp sound much bigger then you would assume it would when you see it for the first time.
It seems to fill the room when cranked up, but the speakers don't distort like other modelers. It has a very comfortable amount of headroom thanks to the higher output power.
The effects on board are really nice sounding for an amplifier under $500 and are a great way to fine tune your sound!
The controls are easy to understand once you spend some time with it, and the software allows you customize you effects and patches.
Overall this little amp is pretty tube like and has some great features for a little portable unit.
There are many great electric guitar amplifiers on the market for under $500 and the Vox Adio Air GT is one of the better amplifiers you can get. It is very easy to get a great sound as soon as you plug in which makes it a better choice than other amp modelers at this price point.
The included Tone Room software allows you to edit the effects and set up amp patches for many different types of sounds. If you want to perform with it, that is possible too but it might need help depending on your setting and environment.
The Adio Air GT is easily one of the better sounding modelers available, its not the nicest looking thing, some have even gone as far as calling it a woman’s purse!
But you can’t judge a book by its cover, this thing is a diamond in the rough and packs some punch! Its also Bluetooth compatible and that alone opens up some serious versatility!