Vox Introduces Bass amPhones

Vox Bass amPhonesVox is rounding out their new bass-related gear for the fall with the Vox amPhones Bass Headphones.

Made by Audio-Technica, the new Bass amPhones have a built-in bass amplifier modeled after their AC100 bass amp, allowing you to plug directly into your bass. The circuitry also includes a built-in adjustable compressor for tweaking your sound and the Bassilator circuit, which simulates the resonance of a speaker cab.

An aux input is included for jamming along with your CD or MP3 player, and they work as conventional headphones, too. The Vox Bass amPhones will be available mid-fall with a street price of $99.99.

For more info, check out the Vox website.

Vox Bass amPhones Details:

  • Type: Closed-air dynamic headphones
  • Driver diameter: 40 mm
  • Output sound pressure level: 97 dB
  • Playback frequency range: 20 Hz – 20,000 Hz
  • Maximum input: 1,000 mV
  • Impedance: 49 ?
  • Cable length: 1.3 m
  • Output: 1.4 V (Maximum)
  • Controls: Dials (Gain, Tone, Volume, Effect), Switch (Standby)
  • Bass Input
  • AUX Input
  • Power supply: AAA battery x 2
  • Battery life: approximately: 8 hours (Manganese) / 20 hours (Alkaline)
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 195x 160 x 50 mm / 7.68? x 6.30? x 1.97?
  • Weight: 230 g / 8.11 oz. (Not Batteries included)
  • Included items: AAA battery x 2, a plug adapter “3.5mm 6.3 mm”

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  1. These things are really intriguing! Very cool, Vox.

  2. Sounds fantastic. Must have!

  3. I own the Vox Bass AmPlug and I love it. It offers you the privacy and freedom to travel with your bass. If these headphone are well made and provide a reasonably good tone I might just get a pair.

    • Hm. I have a different experience with the AmPlug – it is incredibly noisy, to the point where its utility as a practice tool is eclipsed.

    • Incredibly noisy???? Really!!! I confess that you will not get the exact sound as you would from a floor amp, but for practice purposes mine has served me well. I can think of only 3 possible causes for excessive noise: 1) If you are using an active bass, if possible, switch to inactive mode and adjust your settings. 2) The gain on your Amplug is up too high. Turn it down. 3) You have a defective Amplug. Return it for another. Hopefully one of these will help.

    • 1) if the bass AmPlug is incompatible with active basses it didn’t say so. It was sold as a bass headphone amp with all the latitude that entails. 2) Noise creeping in at the top end of the gain level is understandable. Disruptive noise creeping in around 4 or 5 on the scale is bad design. 3) The opportunity to return the item has, unfortunately, passed.

      It’s not just me who has noticed the noise issue; it’s not difficult to find reviews online and in magazines that note the hiss.

    • Hopefully Vox will better define the limitations of their amPhones. It sucks when you eagerly anticipate using something you’ve purchased and then find out it doesn’t work.

    • A minor annoyance but the disappointing experience led to me buying a Line 6 Studio 110 amp. There’s nothing like having actual air move when playing and the amp is versatile enough for small gigs and home practice without enraging the neighbours.

    • Hahaha… then move that air fellow bass player.

  4. But… can we use it as a simple preamp? is there an output?

    • No line out, as far as I can tell.

    • Thank you for this reply ..

      That’s too bad … I don’t need to have a pile of different things doing different things too … good headphones and an amplug already do the job and I can use the amplug on my stereo … so I don’t like this idea … it seems like an expensive toy …

    • Just curious, how do you use your Amplug on your stereo? And what does it do for you? I’ve often wondered what other uses it had. Also, have you ever tried to use an effects pedal with it? If so, how did you set it up?

    • On a stereo, I use the mini jack out with a $2 minijack/rca cable (white and red), I plug it in the aux in of the stereo, it allows to have a sufficient amount of volume … I started with a digitech multieffect pedal for guitar (digitech rp100) on holidays .. was nice just for work, when you’re tired of the pressure of the headphones … not too dangerous for the speakers of the stereo i think, since I did not have any problems … I even played with a drummer for some rehearsal with my stereo .. (a nice mellow drummer, not a john bonham :) ) but I did
      My neighbour uses his pocket pod with his guitar on his stereo too ..

  5. Awesome! I’m definitely picking these up as soon as they come out!

  6. I already have the AmPlug Bass, and I can also plug headphones into my Fender Bronco 40, but with these babies there is no need in carrying anything but the headgear. Love the idea! ME WANT!

    • John

      Get a battery powered amp like the DTA-1 from Dayton and a Dayton Puck tactile transducer. Split the signal from your AmPlug with a splitter cable (preferably with a volume control for each channel) to the headphones and the battery amp. Put the Puck on your chest. It will feel like having a huge amp, but be totally silent :)