“If it’s too loud,” the saying goes, “the neighbours are going to call the cops and screw up your late-night shred session.” In an attempt to solve this eternal conundrum, the guitar amplification specialists at Vox have teamed up with the headphone geniuses Audio Technica to create Amphones. Yes, guitar amplifier headphones. It’s a preposterous idea that’s just crazy enough to work.
Amphones have a built-in power source, a 6mm input to plug-in your guitar, plus little dials so you can set the gain, volume, tone, as well as the level of a built-in effect. Amphones work as you’d imagine: connect your guitar, flip them on, set your levels and wail away. Since Amphones also work as regular headphones you can simultaneously listen to your favourite music and play along. Amphones come in four different versions: The AC30 (modelled after the legendary Vox amp), Twin (modelled after classic American amps like the Fender Twin Reverb), Lead (high gain), as well as a bass version.
Honestly, if these weird cans weren’t made by two brands we trusted we’d never believe they sound good. Never in a million years. But we’re psyched to try them out, and for $US100, they won’t be the most expensive weapon in your musical arsenal. [Vox]