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In this comparison we put the Yamaha THR10-X and Blackstar IDCORE10 Stereo Combo head to head in a battle to find out which wins the specifications war. The team take this task very seriously - two products enter, but only one can leave. You might also be interested in our article Top 10 Best Modeling Amps

 Yamaha THR10-XEveryone has different preferences and priorities, so to make choosing easier we have attempted to give a frank review of the products. Let's start with the Yamaha THR10-X.

 Blackstar IDCORE10 Stereo ComboAnd now we will have a look at our second product, the Blackstar IDCORE10 Stereo Combo. This combo amp is the economic pride and joy of 7 years technical development by the Blackstar company founded by ex-Marshall employees. While relatively new to the scene they have already produced a whole host of notably reliable amplifier series. The IDCORE series represent their leap into digital guitar amplifiers for today's modern guitarists. Ideal practice volume levels, it is a small but powerful home amp. Controls are simply laid out for easy use and include gain, volume, and ISF equalization.

A good look at the Blackstar IDCORE10 Stereo Combo

It has 4 main onboard effects that manipulate into 12 built-in effects using digital delay, reverb and modulation settings. It provides clean warm tones as well as a clean crunch/super crunch to tweak up and manually store. At just 10 Watts you can't deny it makes a fantastic low energy consumption option when choosing a great modeling amp.


Yamaha THR10-X

Blackstar IDCORE10 Stereo Combo


+ Authentic tube tone at a reasonable volume.
+ User memory switch and a tap/tuner switch.
+ Complimentary studio headphones.
+ USB auxiliary out.

+ Super wide stereo sound quality
+ Features a mini USB connection.
+ Handles low registers well.


It can also be powered by batteries making ideal for outdoor jamming on a sunny day. You can also silently practice leads along to the track whilst wearing the studio headphones that are part of the package.

A great modeling amp which provides access to an affordable range of easy to dial and store sounds, giving an electric guitar player great tones for home practice use.

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