Vox AC15 Custom (AC15C1 and AC15C1X) - Premium Package
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Ratings & Reviews
Preferred Series doesn't live up to the hype...
by Clancy M
After reading some rave reviews on here about these tubes I thought it would be worth the risk to splash out and buy a set to see if they lived up to the hype and improved my Vox AC15C1X. Several people with AC series amps had left glowing reviews saying the difference with the preferred series was dramatic and positive.
Frankly, I'm unimpressed, especially for the price. I made recordings and listened to before and afters and I'd hesitate to call it an improvement.
Some things were better - their was certainly more air in the sound which gave a more open hi-fi and detailed sound overall. But some things were worse - the new tubes lacked warmth and sparkle compared to stock, and so things generally just sounded hi fidelity but kind of lifeless and dull.
I think I'm just going to put the stock tubes back in – while these ones don't sound terrible, the sound is uninspiring vs stock. Probably won’t order from tube store again.