THR10 packs in everything you need from an off-stage amp. Real tube amp tone and dynamics, great sound at low volume, genuine hi-fi quality stereo playback and full recording capabilities. Prepare to spend a lot more time playing guitar.
THR10 and THR5 are based on Yamaha’s strengths and core competences. They represent a new concept in the design of guitar amps because they were developed to add new value to the guitar playing experience by making it possible to play the guitar indoors, or practically anywhere, except on stages and in studios.
Previously, small amps for practice purposes were just scaled-down versions of large stage amps. Their sound quality and design were not suited to indoor practice environments. Also, recently, amps with multiple features, such as accompaniment tracks and audio input, are becoming more common, but these are usually just based on previously existing guitar amps with some features added. The quality of either the guitar sound or the audio sound and, in some cases both, is compromised.
To develop its new concept amp, Yamaha conducted extensive research on what appeals to guitarists, their perspective, and the environments where they like to play. Based on its findings, Yamaha created the THR Series to offer the optimal designs, functions, and sound quality. Yamaha focused sharply on satisfying potential customers who “have some experience in playing the guitar and insist on their own style of performing.”
More information at http://yamaha.com/thr/
Music Radar Review-“Make no mistake, whichever THR unit you choose, both of these amps will make you play the guitar more. They’re also likely to consign your existing iPod dock and laptop speakers to the attic or eBay, as the spacious, hi-fi reproduction via USB or the stereo auxiliary input is good enough to put some dedicated speaker systems to shame”. (4.5/5 stars)