The Fender Frontman 15 and the Vox DA5 are two models of practice guitar amplifiers from two leading names in guitar amplification. The Fender Frontman offers more power, however the Vox DA5 comes standard with an array of effects.
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Fender Frontman 15
The Fender Frontman 15 is a 15 watt practice guitar amplifier that has a single 8 inch Fender Special Design speaker. The Frontman 15 comes in two models; G and R. The only difference between the Frontman 15 G and Frontman R is that the R includes reverb. The Frontman is a solid state amplifier that has one input for an electric guitar as well as an aux input for a drum machine or MP3 player and a 1/4 inch headphone jack. The weight of the Frontman 15 is around 6.8kg and is priced reasonably. As of 2010 the Frontman 15G retails for £58 and the Frontman 15R retails for £71 on the Fender website.
The Vox DA5 is a mini-amplifier that can be either powered by its AC adaptor or by six C batteries. The DA5 is technically a 5 watt amplifier, however a user has the option to change the output to either 5 watts, 1.5 watts or 0.5 watts to extend battery life or if you need to practice at lower volumes. The DA5 has one 6 inch Vox designed speaker and features 11 digital effects including chorus, reverb, phaser and delay. The DA5 has one input for your guitar and includes an aux input, mic input and a headphone jack. The DA5 weighs around 3.63kg, comes in four different colours and retails for £123 as of 2010.
Comparing the Frontman and the DA5
A guitarist must weigh his options when choosing between the Fender Frontman 15 and the Vox DA5. If portability is the most important to you, the DA5 would be the better choice simply because it is smaller and can be powered by batteries or an AC adaptor. If you are looking for a practice amp with a little more power and if price is a factor, the Frontman is the better choice.
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