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Despite more musical instruments any other brand on earth, isn’t exactly the first you’d associate with guitar amplification.

Although the GA-15 practice amp is still a of the catalogue, the DG series modelling have long since discontinued, and you’d have to go to the valve-powered T50 and T100 designed by Soldano in the late 1980s to a Yamaha amp capable of getting racing. However, that all be set to change thanks to Yamaha’s foray into the world of amps — the THR.


the master and volume controls hard, there’s remarkable end on tap.

The THR theory is sound: serious guitarists have a big amp does the business at band but is way too loud for home use. will also have a combo for rehearsals and intimate

But even a low-wattage valve amp built-in attenuation can be too loud in a context, and will the other let you keep an ugly practice amp in the Forget about it.

A THR? it might just fill the And then some.

Unboxing the units, we’re by the smart retro cosmetics bring to mind in equal a lunchbox amp head and a high-end DAB Both models have a of full-range eight centimetre speakers onboard so, unlike a valve head, you don’t an additional cabinet.

Neither THR would look out of place on a or desktop and they are certainly discreet than a 1 x 12 combo, or a audio system for that Only the textured plastic of the casing cheapens the appearance a — some sort of veneer would be

a classier

That said, these strictly living room eight AA batteries enable you to your skills or jam along your iPod in remote thanks to the 1/8-inch aux input. perfect for an impromptu Gobi blues jam session, or more for blasting out the soundtrack to a summer trip.

You might assume the chief difference between the and THR10 is one of output wattage, but in both units are rated at (five either side) and identical speakers — the names don’t denote power.

The larger THR10 benefits the versatility of three additional sounds (bass, acoustic and five memory locations for sounds, a three-band EQ as opposed to a pot and separate output controls for and USB/aux.

Under the hood, THR units use Yamaha’s new Virtual Modelling (VCM) technology for sound generation, with the response designed to mimic the thing’ — valve In this instance, the five amp offer a range of Fender, Marshall and Boogie-style benchmark that should be familiar to who has used any amp modelling hardware of the decade.

This simplicity, with a selection of modulation and effects derived from modelling and Yamaha’s pro audio desks, but controlled by standard pots, ensures that you have to waste valuable time navigating your way menus.

However, if it’s editing that you want Yamaha’s THR Editor software you get to grips with amp and effect with the units hooked up to a via USB. In addition, this you to control hidden compression and gate functionality, so the THR is a product as simple or as complicated as you want it to be.

The USB 2.0 connections also facilitate each unit as an audio and stereo monitor in combination computer recording software as the bundled Cubase AI. Or you could use it as a great speaker system watching a film on your don’t underestimate how much will improve your

Access to both dry and wet stereo over USB enables you to plug in and ideas quickly using the THR sounds then potentially the dry DI signal at a later date. is a real plus, as not only has guitars become commonplace in years (even if the artists aren’t aware!), but it also that you needn’t waste studio time trying to the vibe of a part that you on a home demo.

Fired up, amps emit a warm glow from behind powder-coated metal speaker that might trick the into thinking that are housed inside. Yamaha this ‘Virtual Tube which is presumably tongue-in-cheek, but we do a good light show and it’s certainly more than a backlit monochrome LCD

Plugging in and kicking things off at the end of the spectrum with a little spring reverb thrown in for measure, it’s immediately that even the physically THR5 has a much bigger than you’d expect a box of its diminutive size. Hugely so, in

With its master and volume pushed hard, there’s bottom end on tap that retains even with a high neck humbucker, while the frequencies really sing.

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As you settings further up the gain proceedings inevitably get a little around the edges with pronounced mids, but in a good With a generous helping of single-coil hum can be hard to control judicious gating via the THR Editor but that’s certainly preferable to to fork out for a stompbox noise

Crucially, these amps been designed to sound and retain dynamics without overly processed, whatever the level, and Yamaha has certainly that. It’s refreshing to through an amp that doesn’t worse when you turn it

The company’s Extended Stereo makes for a spacious, three-dimensional that really doesn’t like any other practice we’ve encountered, particularly the stereo reverb is engaged.

To our the clean, crunch and modern are where the best sounds as the Marshall-style Lead and Brit Hi are a little grainy. But it’s and can be fine-tuned with the Editor

Although the official spec that both models the same output power and speaker size, the THR10 is much the bigger brother. says that the large and the addition of a high-quality three-band EQ are the factors that make the punch harder than its and the piano-like bass from the channel is something to behold.

it is designed for domestic use, so power is something of a moot the larger THR would cope with live performance in coffee house-style surroundings a polite drummer.

The Bass and modes offer yet more Whether it’s four-string fun or plugging in a keyboard, the results are impressive.

By comparison, the THR10’s mode feels a little to our ears, but Yamaha assures us this is merely an issue our prototype review model, and the production version will updated firmware in order to things out.

Make no whichever THR unit you choose, of these amps will you play the guitar more. also likely to consign existing iPod dock and speakers to the attic or eBay, as the hi-fi reproduction via USB or the stereo input is good enough to put dedicated speaker systems to

As far as we are concerned, the important question whether or not you need a THR in your it’s which model you best. While we were initially by the more compact of the THR5, using the units in a of real-world scenarios saw the additional and bigger sound of the THR10 in handy time and time making it perhaps the smarter in the longer term.

The perfect amp? The THRs are a whole lot than that

Yamaha Motiv-E Electric Smart
Yamaha Motiv-E Electric Smart
Yamaha Motiv-E Electric Smart
Yamaha Motiv-E Electric Smart
Yamaha Motiv-E Electric Smart

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