Help me pick a portable amp: Yamaha THR10 vs Line 6 Spider V 240HC

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Which amp should I get?

  1. Yamaha THR10

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  2. Line 6 Spider V 240HC

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  1. pfizer

    pfizer SS.org Regular

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    Hi there guys, need a bit of advice.

    I'm looking to purchase a portable amplifier, mostly for practice and recording at home. I play mostly hard rock and metal, but also dabble in blues, funk and the occassional djent.

    I was pointed to two different amps with a pretty big price gap:

    The Yamaha THR10 kept getting mentioned and with good reason; it's portable but still sounded pretty darn good and even had the option of running off AA batteries. I don't really live in a huge mansion, so the fact that it takes up very little space but is still relatively versatile and nice sounding is appealing.

    The newer, less portable option is the Line 6 Spider V 240HC which is kind of a hybrid amp-head that's also a portable amp by itself. It's quite a bit more expensive than the Yamaha and doesn't run on batteries, but also has a lot more customization options and can be used for actual gigs.

    Does anyone here have any experience with either product? Does the price difference reflect on the actual quality of either amp, i.e. bang for the buck? I already know I'm not going to get the kind of sound a Mesa Boogie XXXLLVV hand-carved by Michael Angelo can deliver, but I just want a good versatile amplifier that's relatively future proof and easy to use.
     
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    I personally don't have any experience with either, but I know most people stay away from the Line 6 Spider, especially for metal, because it sounds like crap. I would just like to throw out the Boss Katana as an option as well. It is an amazing amp for the $. Can sound really good for pretty much any music you're looking for. I own the Katana 50 and it's a killer little practice amp. The Katana head also comes with a built in speaker like the Spider, so that would be pretty useful for just fiddling around.
     
  3. Wolfhorsky

    Wolfhorsky Regular idiot

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    Think about THR10x. Brown II sim is the best imho. I would also comsider Boss Katana. With editor and senaky amps package this amp is much more diverse. I have both and i play mostly on Katana whereas my beloved THR is collecting dust.
     
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    StrmRidr Hide your Jacksons

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    The Yamaha gets my vote. I own the THR10X and it is a great sounding practice amp.
     
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    Those Yamahas are really nice sounding for the price. Haven't heard anything positive about recent Spiders.
     
  6. pfizer

    pfizer SS.org Regular

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    I figured as much about the Line 6. Glad to have another option with the Boss Katana Head though.

    As for the Yamaha, is there a significant difference between the regular THR10 and the THR10x? I do play quite a bit of metal, but I've been dabbling in some SRV and Mayer as well. I've been told that the regular THR10 is more versatile and I'm a tad concerned that the THR10x might not do so well with the non-metal stuff.
     
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    Go with the Yamaha! I've had the THR10 for a couple years now, and still use it almost every day (and that's with my Mesa Mark V 35 rig sitting next to it). It's just so damn versatile and convenient. I went with the regular version and have no problems finding a tone to play anything on it, and actually have the 5 presets dialed in for jazz with the Fender clean, math rock with the AC30, classic rock with the Plexi, JCM800 metal (my go-to), and a modern Dual Rec metal tone if I need it. Takes pedals like a champ too, and boosting the distorted channels with my mini-TS sounds great. At higher volume levels, I have no problem getting it and my Mesa rig to play along well when I have a buddy over for bedroom jamming.

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    prlgmnr ...that kind of idea

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    I'm happy with the range of tones on my THR10, I would recommend going for versatility rather than multiple high gain options. But then personally I'd pick the Marshall based sound for my high gain 90% of the time anyway.

    Not even tried it with any pedals yet...I like the idea of a mini pedal board to go with it ^
     
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    After picking up a THR10X I dumped my Line6 Spider IV.
     
  10. pfizer

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    That looks like my ideal bedroom practice set-up. What pedals are you running? I'm thinking of adding a Line 6 G10 relay into the set-up, just to reduce wire clutter.

    I'm thinking I might go for the classic THR10. It's got a nice balance and is voiced right in the middle of the THR10X and THR10C models. It also apparently takes pedals quite well, so maybe I can take a queue from what you did and add some analog pedals for a little more versatility.

    As for the Boss Katana amp head, I'm going to wait until I try it out; a nearby store is going to re-stock them soon and it might be best for me to try it.
     
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    I'm not a huge effects guy and keep it simple but my pedals are:

    Xotic SP Compressor ->
    Ibanez Mini Tube Screamer ->
    Mooer Noise Killer ->
    TC Electronic Flashback mini/HOF mini/Ditto mino (swap between these 3 until i build a new board) ->
    TC Electronic Polytune 2 mini

    The amp and pedalboard all fit in a backpack and I've flown with it twice. Glad TSA didnt think it was a bomb haha.
     
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    I like the Katana Head as well. It not only sounds good, but feels good. It has much more of a dynamic feel than many solid state amps. You can really dial it in using the EQs once you use the computer editor.
     

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