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Battle Royale: Comparing the Vox AC4 4W to the Bugera V5 Infinium

We will be looking at two popular products, the Vox AC4 4W and the Bugera V5 Infinium. There is a lot more to this sort of decision than price, so we see if we can help you decide which is best for your needs. This article is part of a series called 10 Best Tube Amps of 2019

Everyone has different preferences, and we hope our frank reviews will make your decision easier. First, we will take a look at the Vox AC4 4W. Harboring the makings of the legendary VOX AC30 , the Vox AC4 is a limited edition, hassle-free, all-tube miniature combo amp. Delivering the same epic top boost tones that have enchanted guitarists for the last five decades, a sound exclusive to one of the most popular tube amp manufacturers of all-time. The Vox combo amplifier consists in essence of two12AX7 pre-amp tubes and 1 EL84 power tube. It has all the obligatory controls expected; Gain Bass and Treble and a robust 12 inch Celestion speaker (2 inches bigger than previous models). It is an A class tube amp capable of pristine cleans and huge crunches. This combo amplifier carries the classic looks of the vintage VOX identity with a diamond grille cloth and basket-weave vinyl exterior.

The second product we are looking at in this head-to-head review is the Bugera V5 Infinium. This highly affordable Class A amplifier with an 8-inch turbo sound speaker is the epitome of all that is desired in a cheap tube amp option. The parts are all painstakingly hand crafted as opposed to relying on mass produced manufacturing methods. Driven by an EL84 tube and featuring a 12AX7 tube it brings an honest vintage tube tone in a modest, portable cabinet it provides awesome tone control. The Bugera V5 has an added proprietary 'Infinium' tube life multiplier technology unique to Bugera which revolutionizes tube life management. It has appealing vintage aesthetics, sporting a simple tone knob, digital reverb, independent gain knobs and master volume. to complement its high calibre, authentic sound. Its Pre-amp design originates from a humble 1960's design concept. Whilst already a low watt tube amp, the Bugera V5 also switched to a single watt mode which still benefits from full gain channel manipulation. Perfect for use in apartment rehearsals.


HEAD TO HEAD COMPARISON
Vox AC4 4W Bugera V5 Infinium
KEY FEATURES
+ Unbeatable portable sound.
+ User friendly.
+ Historic sound quality.

+ Headphone mode for silent guitar solo practice.
+ 'Infinium' tube life management system to help keep a tab on your tubes power.
+ Jack for unhooking the built in speaker and hooking up an external speaker cabinet instead.
+ Master volume & independent gain knobs

WHAT OUR TEAM THOUGHT
It expertly provides the rich sounds of a tube-driven amp suitable for practicing at home, performing live and recording situations. World famous British engineering in a small tube amp which produces a variety of tones from pure cleans sound, purring blues and huge crunches.


The Bottom Line

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