The world of audio and musical equipment can be a tricky one to navigate at the best of times. With so many different products, conflicting opinions and confusing reviews, it’s hard to know what’s actually the best product for your needs. Luckily, the team at Mixdown have put in the legwork for you, sifting through the spec-sheets and putting the products through their paces to bring you Mixdown’s Picks - a new series of expansive, category defining product guides across our digital channels. Anything that has made the cut has rated highly across the board with the Mixdown staff, garnering a unanimous tick of approval from our staunch critics.
This time, we’re getting into what’s now a must-have for any guitarist looking to jam out or record awesome sounding tracks from their bedroom: low-wattage amplifiers.
Distributed by: Yamaha Music Australia | Expect to pay: $749.99
Key Features: The new Yamaha kid on the block, the THR10 is full of easy to access technology and great guitar amp sounds. Standard features include realistic tube-amp modelling, with 15 guitar, three bass, and three mic models allowing for fantastic flexibility and a wide combination of classic sounds. There are also flat-voice settings for more diverse sonic needs and a built-in wireless receiver which is compatible with the Line 6 Relay G10T transmitter. Compact size and go-anywhere style with an Integrated Audio Interface ensure class-compliant, driver-free recording. The line outputs provide additional connectivity for studio or stage (*THR30II Wireless only).
The THR10 also includes Bluetooth backup support for audio playback and editing, with its THR remote, which also connects via the app, to desktop and mobile devices. The rechargeable battery is built into the unit, allowing you to play anywhere, anytime. The Hi-Fi audio playback has Extended Stereo Technology for huge bandwidth and realistic guitar tones. The Virtual Circuitry level amp modeling makes for realistic tones & feel across the board, while this compact unit includes plug-and-play USB connectivity for recording and playback. The THR10II Wireless and THR30II Wireless also feature a built-in rechargeable battery and Line 6 wireless receiver.
Mixdown Says: One of Yamaha’s best-selling home guitar amplifiers just got even better. Showcasing three new models offering a range of features and solutions including Bass and Acoustic guitar amps, the new THR-I0 range has something for every player’s needs. From researching what guitar players need from this type of amplifier, THR has designed a new at-home amplifier that stacks up with classic tube simulations while staying portable and easy to use.
Overall: A compact, portable, dynamic Yamaha guitar amp with wireless capability and Bluetooth support. Consistent classic amp modelling with easy access to user-friendly controls and features. Battery life is good for up to five hours, while the unit also has access to a Mobile Editor/Remote control for iOS & Android platforms which makes it easy to use on the go. Adding in Cubase AI/Cubasis LE - Steinberg software for PC/Mac/iPad, makes it hard to beat as a recording workhorse too.
Find out more about the Yamaha THR range via their Australian webpage.