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Modeling Amps of 2018 - Comparison Test 4
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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

Everyone 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. This Yamaha THR10 is a great example of an excellent modeling amplifier. With 5 separate channels and a whole host of effects, this modeling amp has plenty to offer. The product was developed and aimed at the heavier rock guitarists in mind who love high gain and distortion. Emulating the response of a cranked up stack it delivers subtly diverse distortion, fuzz and much more.

And 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 modeling amp. Controls are simply laid out for easy use and include gain, volume, and ISF equalization.


A closer look at the Yamaha THR10-X

Some of the more notable effects include a Flange, Phaser, and tremolo, it also has spring-reverb as well as hall style reverb settings. It also benefits from an additional compressor and noise gate exclusive to the THR 10 X model. Its array of controls give electric guitar players the ability to manipulate bass middle treble effects delay/reverb gain and master. Sporting vintage aesthetics with its army green metallic look case and strong carry handle for portability. The Yamaha THR10 comes with an assortment of useful guitar accessories and a copy of Cubase for branching out into a recording.


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.

HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Yamaha THR10-X Blackstar IDCORE10 Stereo Combo
KEY FEATURES
+ 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.

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
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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