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Yamaha THR10 II

Guitar Amplifier By Paul White
Published September 2020

Yamaha THR10 II

Though small and quiet, this stereo combo is big on possibilities...

The THR10 II is the smallest in Yamaha's II series, measuring just 368 x 183 x 140 mm and weighing only 3.2kg. Despite this, and looking like a typical lunchbox amp head, it's actually a tiny combo that caters not only for electric guitar but also for bass and acoustic guitar. What's more, it has stereo capability: as well as the digital modelling side of things, it houses a pair of robust 3.1-inch speakers, each driven from its own amp.

Yamaha describe the two THR10 II amps (there's a standard THR10 II and a 'wireless' THR10 IIW version, of which more later) as 'third amplifiers', for use on occasions when serious sound quality is required but excessive volume isn't. And judging by the tests I've conducted, it could certainly earn its place either in a studio that's stuck for space, or one in which there's a need to keep a check on sound levels.

Overview

While the name suggests this might be a 10W amp, it is in fact rated at 20W when powered by its included mains adaptor, or 15W when running off its internal lithium battery. (The latter gives you around five hours of playing time, so if you fancy trying your hand at busking or playing at the bottom of the garden you're good to go.) Although it's not monstrously loud, it still packs a hefty punch if you crank it up, and it could even be loud enough for a small pub duo gig if you don't have to compete with a drummer. For those who are new to the world of recording, both versions come with a download code for a free copy of Steinberg's Cubase AI (for Mac/Windows) and Cubasis LE (for iOS) DAW...

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Published September 2020