Submitted October 5, 2012 by a customer from rcn.com
"Great practice amp, good for cleans and Marshall sounds."
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I've owned my fair share of amplifiers and the Yamaha THR is a great practice amp. It does best with Fender cleans, light crunch and some Marshall sounds (from JTMish to JCM800). If you want it for metal, I wouldn't use it. It really does do a nice job of getting that cranked poweramp distortion.
I have compared the THR5 to the THR10 and they use the same speakers for the guitar sounds. The THR5 is quite a small unit, but it gets more than loud enough for practice usage. The software isn't overly confusing and is straightfoward to use.
For fender cleans- 8/10
For JTM/JMP crunch- 9/10
For JCM800 crunch- 8/10
For Rectifier/5150 sounds- 5/10
For some reason these modeling guys have a hard time getting metal tones (POD HD500, Fender Mustang, etc...). However what this little unit does have over those products is a very responsive "master" knob which gives you that nice powerful overdriven sound at low volumes. My favorite model is the Lead model, just crank the master and it reacts surprisingly similar to my plexi tube amp. Does it sound exactly the same? No, but it is able to get that "tube feel" at low volumes so you don't blow off your roof.
The features are great, the only downside of the THR5 is the single tone knob. They really should have kept a bass, middle and treble on this amplifier. Otherwise the fx are easy to use and you can control everything from your computer.
Recording it sounds great (remember it uses hi-fi speakers which translates perfectly for recording), and it works nicely with its USB. It really is a joy to just have the knobs next to you to adjust, instead of having to constantly tweak on a VST or ampsim.
Ease of Use
Very easy to use. This is where Yamaha got it right, simple knobs that work like a real amp. No constant fussing to get good sounds.
Having everything in one unit that is so lightweight is a big advantage.
No issues so far, even though these are made in China. You have to realize that these days almost all electronics are manufactured in China. From a $2000 dollar computer to a $1 toy watch, it will be manufactured there. I usually trust Yamaha though, they seem to do a pretty good job.
I'd say it is a little pricey for a modeler at this wattage, however it does come packed with a lot of features including high quality speakers. I'd say if they continue to support (and update their subpar modern model) it would be worth it.
Since my THR5 doubles as computer speakers sometimes, I say it is worth it in my case.
Can't answer this as I have had no issues.
The Wow Factor
I would say an 8/10 in the wow factor. What is so cool about this unit is how small, but good sounding it is. I really wish I had one of these things when I was a teenager, would have made my life a lot simpler for recording
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