Headphone amp thingy ?

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baldybaldy Frets: 77
I am looking for suggestions for something small, cheap"ish but reasonably good sounding, for late night noodling.
At present I have a Vox Amplug2 "Classic Rock" but am not that impressed, although possibly the headphones I am using don"t help.
Mainly playing clean"ish but some FX & possibly drum patterns would be nice.
Also headphone suggestions.
At present I have Sennheiser HD 500"s & a couple of pairs of cheap in ear phones that came with mobile phones & MP3 players.
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  • JamesOB1JamesOB1 Frets: 13
    You could pick up a Line 6 Pocket Pod - normally around £30-40 second hand. That’d give you a range of amp models and a few effects too. It also does a decent job as a backup at gigs if your amp should ever fail - I DI’d it a couple of times and it was decent. 

    Headphones wise, the Audio Technica m30x would would be a step up from your current ones, around £50 new if your budget allows. 
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  • I have the Vox Amplug.. didn't like it.. the dials are cumbersome.. wiring it up is a bind..

    I recently bought an Amplifi TT (£100 @ Andertons).. it's great. It lives next to my Xbox under my TV, I can stream audio from spotify or youtube to it via bluetooth and blend with the output of my guitar/bass. I hook up some headphones for late night practice.

    I'll be watching the headphones suggestions here..
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  • I have the Vox Amplug.. didn't like it.. the dials are cumbersome.. wiring it up is a bind..

    I recently bought an Amplifi TT (£100 @ Andertons).. it's great. It lives next to my Xbox under my TV, I can stream audio from spotify or youtube to it via bluetooth and blend with the output of my guitar/bass. I hook up some headphones for late night practice.

    I'll be watching the headphones suggestions here..
    I have the Amplifi 75, slightly bulky but it’s an excellent practice tool, think you can still get the much smaller version Amplifi 30? use it mainly for silent playing - also use it to stream music and play along to my band stuff, probably one of the best bits of kit I’ve bought in years.
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  • SlimbertSlimbert Frets: 164
    An IPad with Garageband and an iRig.
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  • ecc83ecc83 Frets: 832

    I have no shame. Blackstar HT-1 or Fly.

    Dave.

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  • rprrpr Frets: 153
    I use a Zoom G1on for headphone practice,similar needs and does more than fine.  About £40ish last time I looked.
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  • Zoom G3 is great for headphone play. It has effects block called "Air" that gives the right kind of stereo widening that makes headphone play feel more like being in a room thank playing into your lugholes. 

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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    I have a Zoom G3XN but was looking for something a little less bulky & preferably with a battery option to save having to hook up a power supply ?
    A pocket Pod is definitely an option.
    Anyone have any experience of the Korg Pandora ?
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  • Ah I have the older regular G3, which doesn't have the expression pedal and also runs for hours on four rechargeable AA batteries. I think they took the battery option out of the newer version.

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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    Yes no battery option on my Zoom G3XN, plus having the expression pedal makes it bulkier.
    I really would like something battery powered & as compact as possible.
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  • joetelejoetele Frets: 136
    Pedals. 
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  • KeyrohKeyroh Frets: 2
    Use a Mooer Audiofile with beyerdynamic DT 770 headphones.
    Very happy with the sound, takes effects like a champ, even dirt.
    Convenient to leave on my board.
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  • MrMusicMrMusic Frets: 40
    edited October 18
    Recommend the Palmer Pocket amp, loads os uses and works well with headphones or as a DI

    https://www.andertons.co.uk/guitar-dept/guitar-pedals/overdrive-pedals/palmer-mi-pocket-amp-mk-2-portable-guitar-preamp
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  • JD50JD50 Frets: 281

    I use Irig and download the free Fender/Marshall amp sims to my Ipad/Ipod

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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    edited October 21
    After reading the suggestions I am tempted to get a Line 6 pocket Pod ?
    Some of those suggested have been mains powered only or a little bulkier than I would like.
    My criteria was, compact, battery operated, a few FX, possibly a drum pattern.
    The pocket Pod seems to tick all the boxes for me for a late night silent noodle.
    Other times I can use either my Katana 50 or Orange, with or without headphones & I have a Zoom G3XN as well.
    Before I pull the trigger is there anything better that ticks the above boxes for similar, or slightly more money ?
    I was tempted by the Line 6 Pod XT/Version 2 but they appear to be mains powered only ?
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  • steamabacussteamabacus Frets: 923
    The Zoom G3 is well regarded - can be battery powered and includes a looper and rhythm patterns. Does all the Pod does and more (and more up to date processing/modelling)
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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    I like the G3XN I already have, but can"t see the point of getting another one, minus the pedal, just to have the advantage of battery powered instead of mains (I think that is about the only difference ?) TBH.
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  • I've had a korg PX4 for long time. A couple on ebay. 
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  • ArjailerArjailer Frets: 13
    edited October 24
    Be aware that Pocket Pods can have very noisy headphone output - I got one about 10 years ago and tried to live with the noise, but I just stopped using it after a few months. Seemed to be very "uninsulated" - you could hear the buzz/whine noise change as you moved the guitar around.

    None of this was a problem for the USB or amp outputs - they were nice and quiet - so it'd still make a decent gig backup.

    Might not be so bad with clean tones (I tend to play higher-gain stuff), but I'd hesitate to recommend one.

    I now use a Palmer Pocket Amp Mk 2, which I'm very happy with so far.
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  • meltedbuzzboxmeltedbuzzbox Frets: 7838
    edited October 24
    I found the pocket pod really cumbersome. 
    It's easy enough to use but sat on the sofa with all the cables and what not just didn't work for me. 
    It was a little noisey too
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    Well I am still in a quandary as to what to get.
    Line 6 Pocket pod, Palmer pocket amp MK2, Korg Pandora PX4, Korg Pandora mini or is there another route I could go down maybe upping my budget ?
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  • one of those vox jack socket thingies?
    The Bigsby was the first successful design of what is now called a whammy bar or tremolo arm, although vibrato is the technically correct term for the musical effect it produces. In standard usage, tremolo is a rapid fluctuation of the volume of a note, while vibrato is a fluctuation in pitch. The origin of this nonstandard usage of the term by electric guitarists is attributed to Leo Fender, who also used the term “vibrato” to refer to what is really a tremolo effect.
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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    I have one of the Vox Amplug MK2"s, which is what I think you mean ?
    They are rubbish sounding IMO.
    When I say "is there another route I could go down maybe upping my budget" I mean going to a mains powered unit that I can plug headphones in to ?
    My wife doesn"t like having an amp in the living room so being that it will be a bulkier unit than a pod or the like it mustn"t look like an amp (I don"t fancy a THR).
    I have quite a good separates Hi-Fi set up in the room so something that looks a bit like a Hi-Fi separates unit might be ok, or could I connect something through my Hi-Fi set up ?
    I have an XVive wireless system so don"t need to have a cable from the guitar to the unit.
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  • simonksimonk Frets: 1155
    Have you tried a Korg Pandora? The one I had for a while sounded gash I thought.
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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    I haven"t tried anything bar my Vox Amplug MK2 & that is poor.
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  • Do you have a laptop? You could use an affordable interface like the Mackie Onyx Artist with Scuffham S-Gear, which sounds incredible.
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  • baldy said:

    My wife doesn"t like having an amp in the living room so being that it will be a bulkier unit than a pod or the like it mustn"t look like an amp (I don"t fancy a THR).
    I have quite a good separates Hi-Fi set up in the room so something that looks a bit like a Hi-Fi separates unit might be ok, or could I connect something through my Hi-Fi set up ?
    You might have already tried this, but if not I would definitely recommend sitting your wife down properly, maybe take her for a meal, and explaining to her that playing guitar is something that you really care about. Something which brings you a lot of happiness not just as a form of entertainment, but also as a big part of who you are. So as big part of your identity, it is something which you would like to be reflected in your home, and shared with your partner/family. She may never have thought about it in those terms, and may well feel differently.
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  • baldybaldy Frets: 77
    edited October 25
    You don"t know my wife.
    She didn"t like me having my Katana 50 in the room as it was a "big black box".
    One day out shopping she spotted an Orange amp in a shop window & commented that that would look ok in our room as orange would go with the decor.
    So I got an Orange amp but when I put it i the room she said it was the wrong shade of orange to co-ordinate. 
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  • ArjailerArjailer Frets: 13
    Line 6 Amplifi TT has a very "hi-fi" look.
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  • DdiggerDdigger Frets: 33

    It appears that the Amplifi TT is-going-to-be/has- been discontinued.

    Historically, what are Line 6 like at supporting discontinued products?

    I wasn't aware of the product prior to this thread, but I am now interested.

    Cheers,

    DDig

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