These are six of the best models that you can currently find and are also among our selection of the store.
Some time ago we compiled different types of amplifiers to play at home, a review where we advise you on the “little brothers” of brands such as Memphis, Blackstar, Fender or Line 6. But the title of the youngest should be taken by the Mini Amplifiers of which we want to talk today. These are tools that serve for very specific cases such as travel or places with inaccessible power sources since most of them are battery operated.
The sound you can get with these six models of mini amplifiers is certainly lower quality and never get the most out of our electric instruments, but its function is not that, its usefulness is based on excellent portability and low prices, some of them are models already established in the market years ago, but we also show you very recent models such as the Mini Katana with which we started. Without further ado, we go on to detail one by one of their best weapons.
Boss Mini Katana
With a power of 7W, the Katana-Mini makes the serious Katana tone accessible in a small battery-operated amplifier (six AA batteries or optional AC adapter). With sound quality far surpassing other amplifiers in its class, this miniature features a true multi-stage analogue gain circuit for large, expressive sound, in addition to a traditional analogue equalizer. Ultra-compact and ready to go from place to place, the Katana-Mini offers an inspiring Katana tone, as Adry tells us in the video we recently posted on our youtube channel.
Orange Micro Crush PIX
Like others on this list, the Orange Micro Crush is a miniature revision of a classic amplifier with 3W of power. This 4-inch speaker has an integrated tuner with its distortion and clean channel. The reliability of the brand is a great guarantee for the one who is second on our list and one of our customers’ favourites. In this video where we recommend gift options for less than 50€, we include it.
Roland Micro Cube
Power of 2 W, with a cone of 6 with a maximum volume more than acceptable. It has several amplifier simulations and also has two potentiometers for groups of effects (rever and delay) and another one for the rest of the effects of modulation effects. As a curious plus, it has a key that marks the LA to 440 to tune if you don’t have the tuner close by. With Roland signing its manufacture little can fail.
Vox Amplug Metal
Another classic of classics, this mini-amplifier is different from the others on the list because it is a headphone amplifier, but we thought it was fair to include it in this list because it serves a similar function when we want to play the guitar alone. The Vox Amplug metal is 100% analogue and can be connected directly to the guitar jack. It is powered by two AAA batteries (alkaline duration: approx. 20 hours) and an auxiliary input for CD/MP3. Its dimensions are 86x80x31mm and its weight 40gr. It reproduces a heavy-metal sound of high gain that will leave you amazed by its low price.
Marshall Mini MS2
This may be the best known in this list, as it belongs to a family of mini amplifiers very popular in the guitar world. Its power is lower than the previous ones (1 watt), but with some features to consider. This mini amplifier has a headphone input and output that can also be used as a line output with a Marshall character that has led it to be used even in professional recording studios … and I’m not kidding.
It is powered by a 9V battery or power supply (not included). It also has a rear clamp.
Blackstar Fly 3 Mini Combo
The well-known brand Blackstar, specialized in guitar and bass amplifiers, presented the Fly 3 in 2016. It presents a digital combo of 3 watts that is added as an option to others already consecrated as the THR of Yamaha or the Micro Cube of Roland. This mini amp dispenses with a large number of options, sounds and effects of the brands mentioned above and is presented as a minimalist version, with two channels switchable through a mini switch. The amplifier features gain, overdrive, volume, treble/bass equalization and tape-delay simulation. It weighs less than 1kg and has a 3 inch to 4-ohm loudspeaker, with the possibility of connecting to an external screen if we want to round off its sound even more (sold separately). It has a line input to be able to reproduce, for example, mp3 files, output for headphones and recording output with loudspeaker simulation. It can work with power supply and with batteries (without feeder).
Written by Michael Adams
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