Yamaha THR10C Battery-Powered Stereo Guitar Combo Amplifier - 10W (Discontinued)
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The THR10C is part of Yamaha's desktop profile guitar amplifiers, which received great acclaim, and is the “boutique hand-wired combo" variant of the THR series.
The design ethos behind the THR series, as stated by Yamaha UK's Julian Ward on a piece at NewsAtlas is: ”a lot of players are looking for what they think an amp sounds like rather than what it actually sounds like”. Because of this, the approach behind the speaker design, amplification and modeling come from a more hi-fi, studio recorded route than a regular amplifier.
It features a 10W amplifier with dual 3.15" speakers (stereo), and it gives you 5 amp models that are based on classic amps with names that hint on the actual models that they are based on, including Deluxe, Class A, U.S. Blues, Brit Blues, and Mini.
Together with the built-in modulation, delay and reverb effects, you'll have a lot of sonic options in one compact box.
Yamaha also equipped it with an acoustic and bass amp preset, adding to the overall value and flexibility of the amp.
Other features include the ability to record direct to computer via USB, Bluetooth streaming, more tweaking options via software editor, and the ability to run on 8 x AA batteries for portability.
- Power: 10W (Can run on 8 x AA Batteries)
- Speaker: 2 x 3.15"
- Amp Models: 5 Classic Amps, 1 Acoustic Amp, 1 Bass Amp
- Effects: 8 (2 Simultaneous)
- Input: 1 x 1/4", 1 x 1/8" (Aux), Bluetooth
- Outputs: 1 x 1/4" Headphones
- Weight: 6.17 lbs.
Phenomenal and amazing are two words that summarize how the most users feel about the Yamaha THR10C. Its balance of portability, quality and features helps it gain quite the following, which is quite special considering that it does not follow the usual combo amp shape and configuration. Sound quality gets a lot of thumbs up, even experienced players are impressed by its tube emulation. Peter Hodgson of I Heart Guitar Blog's opinion of the tones are similarly positive: "The Mini amp model is great for Jeff Beck-style lead (think “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers”) while Brit Blues does a great David Gilmour. US Blues is killer for SRV-style semi-Hendrixian chord work, and Class A is packed with great chime. Deluxe is a nice all-round blues or country model."
While the amp's classic clean and overdriven tones are well received, there are a few who feel that the effects are short changed. Other users were hoping for a speaker emulated output for going straight to PA, or to a powered speaker. Others note it didn't sound as good as some of the Youtube videos which is due to some of the videos recording the audio through the USB recording feature and not miked up in front. Some owners found the switch and other plastic parts to be flimsy compared to the metal parts.
If you're looking for an optionally battery powered, portable and classic sounding amp to spice up your practice and home recording, then the THR10C is a good option if you can find one second hand.
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