Ampeg micro VR heads with two cabinets still sound bad?

Discussion in 'Amps and Cabs [BG]' started by LenMe, Dec 25, 2014.

  1. LenMe


    Dec 25, 2014
    I'm interested in buying the micro VR head with two 210 cabinets, And I know that there were alot of threads talking about how this stack buzzs alot, Anyone knows if it was fixed/How to fix it?
  2. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    JimmyM would know.
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  3. mapleglo

    mapleglo Ancient Astronaut Theorist Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I've had the Micro VR with the two 2x10 cabs for well over a year and it's been flawless.

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  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Mine fixed itself over a few months time. Don't know why, but I imagine the speakers just needed to loosen up a bit.

    Still, I'd probably go for the PF350's the same price, never had a problem with two 210av's even before they broke in, the extra wattage never hurts, and though the Micro VR has that coolness factor, the PF350 ain't bad looking ;)
  5. Sam Ray

    Sam Ray

    Aug 30, 2014
    Sydney, Australia
    I've only had the Micro VR head and cabinets for about a week but I haven't experienced any buzzing yet
  6. High Camp

    High Camp

    Oct 3, 2013
    With the two SVT210AV cabs, I would go for the PF350 over the Micro VR because:
    - it's as cheap as or cheaper;
    - it's lighter
    - it has more power;
    - with low volume bedroom practice, there's no fannoise.
    On the other hand, the Micro VR looks better IMO.
    That's my bit.
  7. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    I found the Micro VR head would clip way too easily when run a 4 ohms. It would also get hot and the fan would run at full raging speed eve with the amp just idling. I think it's a great sounding head but woefully underpowered compared to most ultra light heads on the market.
  8. LenMe


    Dec 25, 2014
    Does the PF350 sits well on the 210 cab?
  9. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Yep. The PF350's feet won't fit in the 210av's footcups, but they do fit around them:

  10. No issue with my cabs at all. No buzzing ever.
  11. johnpbass


    Feb 18, 2008
    Glen Mills, PA
    Can't imagine any head (well maybe there's a few) sounding bad though two of those cabs. As some others have suggested, the PF350 is also an option. IIRC, it's the same basic preamp but the added wattage will give you some extra headroom. IMO, the 350 sounds GREAT with two 210AVs.
  12. bassrich


    Nov 20, 2011
    Sarasota, FL
    I only have 1 cabinet and saving for another but to answer your question the issue was corrected largely due to members of this very forum loving my half stack and my fan is quiet as can be
  13. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    Yeah, I think it should have been more like 300/350 watts, but with I think they feared clashing with the SVT line. That's not to say that anyone in the market for an actual SVT would get one INSTEAD, but as the JUNIOR SVT it had to be "less capable" on paper as well as reality - numbers mean a lot in getting things out the door of the showroom.
    But if Ampeg is listening => There is a market for a 350-400 watt micro vr for people like me who don't want arena rock levels but want a bit more clean headroom in a more conventional/vintage-y look, rather than the PF which is super practical but frankly a little TOO practical cosmetically. Yeah I know looks don't mean anything - except that they do. If you disagree - what do you wear to gigs? Also I prefer MOSFETS to digital.
  14. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    Hi, Jimmy.
    This post/thread just reminded me of something - how does one get OTHER cabs (not 2 or 810) in the silver VR look nowadays? They used to be listed on the site separately, then they it was listed on the individual cabs as an option - now neither seems to be the case. Are they discontinued, special order or "secret menu"?
  15. jumblemind

    jumblemind I also answer to Bryan Supporting Member

    Aug 27, 2011
    Agree, though I wished they would push it into 500w territory. I find Ampeg watts are a little lighter in volume than other makes, maybe due to voicing. And I like the sound of my MicroVR far more than any of the new Portaflexes. Jimmy says it's because you have to crank it and it gets that nice growl, but I dunno. I think there's more to it. Granted, I only played a PF-350 through the 210he, so maybe that one is more alike.

    I will say that as is I've played lots of local gigs with the MicroVR. Sometimes even with one cab. Those 210AVs throw incredibly well.
  16. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    Yeah - I thought I'd settled on the perfect fit for me (two B100rs) for small to medium gigs (and mic'ed/direct for larger) until I tried the VR - it sounds SO nice and is so small and light and looks COOL. With a couple of matching 115s it would give me something comparable (200 watts - 2 15s) in an even more portable package and I could even get the 210 or a 112 for really small gigs/practices for ultimate portability.
    I'd say 350 is just about right as I think Jimmy is at least partly right about turning it up (mosfets are wonderful for this) and 500 watts just might be too much headroom to do that at any sane level.
    NEXT suggestion - Switchable power - 100/350 for the same reason when you want less volume AND the bigger cabinets AND the grind.
    I'd even be happy if they put it in a full size head (or even better like 3/4 size) as long as they didn't increase the weight of the innards - sort of take the place of the old solid state SVT heads but in a more "warm"/"grindy"/"ampeg-ish" form. As long as they stuck with the plywood for weight it would be the "best of both worlds" - Full stack lto look right on large cabs AND light and practical.
    EDIT - even crazier (but all the more awesome for being crazy) the 3/4 head and a matching 8x8 for the ultimate mini - rather than micro - stack).
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  17. RoadRanger

    RoadRanger Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2004
    NE CT
    Dunno what yous guys are doing to these poor heads to constipate them so. Last summer I played mine into an 8x10 with plenty of volume to carry an outdoors 1000 cap venue where the PA was blowing folks 30 feet back and had it's subs cutting in and out (main reason I brought the big cab). I did have a bit on grit on it - but why would anyone want to buy an "SVT" for"clean" anyways? BTW the Micro-VR has been benched at 260w so is no slouch.
  18. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    It's not "quiet" just a little more headroom would be nice for those of us attracted to it for it's size and weight and thus want to use it with cabs smaller than an 810.
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Because its clean sound is way better than any other amp's clean sound. At least that's my opinion. It's richer, fuller, and packed with lots and lots of testicular fortitude.
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  20. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Pretty sure that Ampeg will sell you AV grills that you can slap on your cabs. They said they were going to start doing it when the V4B came out.