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The Yamaha THR10 is the new standard in guitar home and practice amps - and you can take it on the road with you too! Ideal as a third amp, the THR10 has highly-realistic built in models (thanks to Yamaha VCM technology) which will give you authentic-feeling, authentic-sounding valve amp tone in a portable stereo speaker amp with built in effects, usb interface and auxilliary input. In short, the THR is the ideal companion for guitarists who love to play, and could be struck by inspiration at any time. No longer do you have to settle for mediocre practice amp tones when a musical idea hits you on holiday, at work, or in the tour bus. THR10 will be ready with all the sounds you'd ever need for a jam or writing session.
In addition to all the great features of the THR 5, the THR 10 includes 3 more amp models, 5 preset memory locations and 3-band EQ. Like the THR5, the THR 10 also features a USB interface which means that THR can be used as a playback device for your computer, and that you can record your guitar tone (dry, effected or both!) directly into the included Cubase AI software. Yamaha's Extended Stereo speaker technology and dual full range 8cm speakers ensures that the THR sounds great with both guitar tones and recorded music.
Tube tones at bedroom volumes, recording and playback over USB, and a host of realistic amp models and stunning FX. The THR10 is the ideal third amp after your main gigging and rehearsal amps. It will inspire you to pick up a guitar again and again and again!
Here's what Yamaha say about the THR5
Welcome to a new kind of amp...
The THR is designed to fit where, when and how you play when you're not on stage. With big amp response, incredible effects and hi-fi stereo sound in a package that's built to meet all of your off-stage needs, you're about to begin a new chapter in your playing.
Not a sound, a feeling...
Developed by a team of guitarists in search of the ultimate tone, THR delivers the sound that you want and the feeling that you need. Effects that enhance and complement your playing combine with room-filling reverbs and delays to push your playing to new levls. And thanks to THR's unique design and focus, stadium-filling volume isn't a prerequisite - everything about this amp is designed to fit the way you play, right down to the need to keep it quiet sometimes. With tone and feel like this, you'll appreciate the ability to keep playing all night.
Full-fledged recording with Cubase AI
THR's incredible amp models give the tone and response of a real amp, cranked, mic'd and straight into a mixing console - all through the USB or line output. THR comes bundled with Steinberg's Cubase AI music production software to make professional quality recording and editing with those tones just a click away. Utilizing the free THR Editor Software, you'll be able to create and modify the amp sounds with incredible depth.
More than just a practice amp...
When practicing is such an important part of playing, why should you accept a tone from your practice amp that's anything less than inspirational? With THR you don't have to, and the outstanding stereo playback sound will keep you playing harder, longer and later than ever before.
THR's combination of outstanding tone, flexibility and portability makes it the perfect backstage warm-up amp.
Ready when you are...
With THR's great tone, you'll want to play every chance you get. It's the only amp that will give you the sound you want, wherever and whenever inspiration strikes.
Your Third Amp
Conventional amps work great on stage. But what about everywhere else you play? Most amps are just small versions of stage amps - but how you play at home isn't just a small version of how you play on stage, so why would an amp based on that really give you what you need?
THR is the first amp truly designed to fit how you play off-stage. Everything you need is here: tones that push amp modelling to a new level, recreating the exact response and experience of playing a tube amp thanks to Yamaha's exclusive Virtual Circuitry Modelling (VCM) technology; ultra-realistic reverbs and effects to complement your playing and push you farther; and true hi-fi quality stereo audio playback that no guitar amp can get close to - all wrapped up in a package designed to mirror how you really play off-stage.
You have your big amp that sounds great cranked up to 10. Maybe you have your practical, smaller amp for rehearsals and smaller shows. Now you have your perfect third amp. The amp for everything else, THR. Prepare to spend a lot more time playing guitar...
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.
THR Main Features
Designed from the ground up, every part of THR's design, from the preamp to the speaker enclosure, is focused on delivering the ultimate playing experience through a tone that belies THR's ultra compact size.
THR utilizes a newly designed amp-modelling technology using Yamaha's Virtual Circuitry Modelling (VCM) technology. VCM gives THR the power to model real amps incredibly accurately, with each control working and responding exactly as it does on the real thing.
- Clean: Rich clean tones from a 6L6 power section with gentle breakup for incredible jazz, blues and country sounds.
- Crunch: Low-powered EL84 class-A tube output with bright, clear, dynamic power amp distortion characteristics.
- Lead: Classic British single-channel tone. A combination of a low-gain preamp section and EL34s in the power section give rich, controllable distortion with great midrange definition.
- Brit Hi: EL34s keep the classic British clarity while a higher gain preamp allows you to push the amp into serious distortion.
- Modern: Ultra high gain input section combined with 6L6 output section delivers smooth, powerful distortion and awesome power amp compression.
- Bass: High-power all-tube design for dynamic, driving bass tone.
- Aco: Electro-acoustic optimized input with mic simulations for natural, clear tone.
- Flat: Flat response clean input for line sources. Tone and effect controls allow shaping of non-guitar sources.
- User memory function lets you save up to five amp settings of all controlls and switch settings for quick recall
- Most of THR's effects feature VCM effects processors. Based on the technology used in Yamaha's professional audio mixers, VCM effects give unsurpassed realism and quality.
- Tap tempo function to quickly set delay time.
- The built-in chromatic tuner features accurate, stable tuning and an easy-to-read display.
- THR incorporates Yamaha's new Extended Stereo Technology to create an incredibly wide, spacious audio image. Stereo tracks and studio quality reverb take on a depth unimaginable from such a small enclosure.
- THR's design provides stereo playback from your smartphone or other device through its AUX jack or direct from your computer via the USB2.0 connection.
- THR is bundled with Cubase AI, Stinberg's professional music production application that offers full-fledged recording and editing.
- The THR editior available for download from Yamaha's website offers deep editing of amp and effect parameters using a computer. Additional in-depth controls include compressor and noise gate functions.
- THR's two-way power supply lets the unit operate on AC (PSU supplied) or battery power.
- THR's Virtual Tube Illumination includes a simulated orange tube glow from the metal speaker grille.
- Brit Hi
- Spring Reverb
- Hall Reverb
- Noise Gate*
*only available in the THR Editor
- Input (Standard Mono Jack)
- Phones (Standard Stereo Jack)
- Aux in (Stereo Mini Jack)
- Power Supply: EADP-38EB A (Included)
- Batteries: 8x AA (Not Included)
- 2x 8cm Full Range Speakers
- 10w (5w + 5w)
- 360 x 183.5 x 140mm
- AC Adapter
- USB Cable
- Stereo Mini Cable
- DVD-Rom with Cubase AI
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 28 January 2014
Great sounding little amp, with the THR editor the range of sounds is limitless.
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 05 October 2013
A really cracking little amp. I am in a small flat at uni - to much hassle to bring my whole rig up here, to loud as well for the neighbours. I had a line 6 computer interface I was using, but there is something great about getting a fantastic, easy to dial in tone, through an amp which I don't need headphones for :) if you just wanna jam with yourself (or a couple other minus drums) then this is a great little piece of kit!
Anonymous review via Feefo | Purchase date: 09 September 2013
Amazing device. Brilliant, has allowed me to replace a ton of other kit which I have sold on Ebay creating space and also simplifying my home practice regime. It has more than paid for itself already. The ability to play anywhere with a great sound and low weight is worth it.
Mike | Purchase date: 14 November 2012
This little amp is great. It is really handy to carry about and runs on batteries too making it really versatile. It sounds good, far better than you expect for something this size. It also doubles as a sound card for the pc so you can play things from the pc or laptop through the speakers of this little amp. Sounds far better than using the laptop speakers. You do get hum from the laptop power supply which seems to be common with laptop power supplies which I imagine are pretty much noisy rubbish machines. If you unplug your laptop mains supply and use the battery this cures the problem. The amp also operates as a sound card to play your guitar into the provided Cubase version to record it. I found the volume a bit low into the laptop but imagine you can adjust this, though I did not delve into it too much. The registration process to actually get the Cubase to work is an absolute nightmare. You would think they are giving you the crown jewels the messing about you have to do! Be patient with it, or just chuck it away and use something else, though it is not too bad once you get it sorted. This is the reason I give it 4 instead of 5! All in all a good little amp, versatile, sounds good, easy to use. Tuner too and that works fine. Buy one!
Paul | Purchase date: 23 October 2012
Excellent small amp and perfect for carrying around and trying different sounds out. Feels well built and the sound for such a small device is incredible especially the Hall/Reverb setting.
Mike | Purchase date: 25 September 2012
Really can't get over how good this sounds!
I have to be honest and say I sometimes spend more time trying to get a good sound than I actually do playing my guitar. However, with this magic box I was able to create 5 quality tones (and save them in the presets bank) pretty much straight out of the box.
When I loaded up the THR editor I was able to do my usual tweaking to get the sound perfect. Spend a little time with this amp and I really challenge you not be inspired by the quality and variety of tones you get out of it.
Just buy one you really won't be disappointed.
Martyn | Purchase date: 24 September 2012
I think this is a great little amp. The sound is really good at low levels (if practicing at night). I was looking for a good clean sound in a small amp, and I'm really pleased with both that and the higher gain settings on this amp.
The ability to play along with your backing tracks makes it ideal for practicing with. I mainly use this in conjunction with the THR editor software which I find really useful to fine tune the amp and effects settings.
You can record both the wet (amp model and effects), and the dry (DI without effects) in stereo at the same time, and this is very handy to get quick ideas recorded. You can then re-amp the dry sounds later on with your own plugins if needed.
Overall. It has inspired me to play my guitar a lot more, because it is a great all in one unit.
Richard | Purchase date: 31 August 2012
After owning the amazing THR5 for six months I decided to upgrade to the THR 10. The extra outlay is definitely worth it. Better bass, bigger sound, acoustic/bass amp fx and the ability to store sounds directly to the THR. This is the perfect home amp/recording package. I can't recommend this enough !
Dave | Purchase date: 08 August 2012
A wide variety of sound and it looks great too. The ability to connect the amp to my PC via the supplied USB cable means I can use the THR software to adjust the sounds even more than the top panel controls allow, and I can now record my dubious playing. Awesome.
phil | Purchase date: 18 May 2012
this is probably the best practice tool you could own.
with a 2 year old and 2 month old babies, practicing had become almost impossible in my house, except for unplugged.
its really easy to use and once you've dialed in your sounds you don't want to stop playing.
those tiny speakers really kick out some sound!
i'm chuffed with mine one anyway.
Jimmy | Purchase date: 11 April 2012
Easily the best sounding practise amp I've ever owned. Actually made me play more because of the sheer sound quality coming out of this thing. The THR Editor works fantastically well and I even recorded using the Steinberg software. Some of the patches you can create using the Editor is as close as you'll come to a proper valve amp and I loved it. However, after a year, the sound on the modelling channels developed a grittiness when played clean and a blooming effect almost like there were two channels competing with each other. I'm using it as a doorstop at the moment as even though it has a 2 year warranty Yamaha won't honour it as I bought it online and want me to go through the retailer and the retailer tell me to go through Yamaha direct as it's over a year old and covered by Yamaha. Catch 22 and I'm the loser.
Ben | Purchase date: 10 April 2012
My initial thoughts-
-Clean sound is forgiving compared to a valve amp.
+Well built, great looking.
+Impressive stereo imaging.
+Good for rock music but it's not going to replace monitors and a subwoofer.
-The low end is fine for electric guitar. I think pushing an acoustic or a bass through it would be asking a bit too much.
Having played with it for two weeks-
+The Jcm800 sound is great fun! (I am still getting a JCM-1 though :p)
+Using THR editor is a must to dial in subtle reverb/tremolo.
+The whole thing is super simple to use.
+Great with a laptop. I used it with Amiloop (a free looper for PC) this morning and there was minimal fuss. So I'm now thinking about selling my Boss looper because the sound quality is much better through this. The ability to balance USB/guitar levels using knobs and change voices mid loop is great. Likewise great to play over the top of guitar backing tracks.
+Absolutely perfect for a midnight jam with headphones
Overall I have no regrets with this product whatsoever. I find the Spring reverb and Tremlo to be really good. I would say the effects are slightly better that the Line 6 Pod HD 500. Obviously you can't route them however and there are less of them. I use an Eventide Space with my main amp so as as you would expect that still rules the reverb roost. But I find I am less inclined to bother to set it up for practice sessions, which is a great tribute to the usability of the THR-10.
If I had to nit pick I'd say an onboard metronome would be nice. The headphone output can require you to push a bit more gain and master onto the clean sounds (depending on how loud you like to practice and which headphones you are using). Oh and the tuner is weak. I get much better results using the Polytune app. Also, I wouldn't gig with it. It can handle a living room.
I have had no issues with the power so far.
You could argue that an F/X loop would be nice, but I think that gets away for the main theme of this piece - the one stop shop.
I haven't even got round to trying the Iphone app yet!
The great thing is you can literally plug and play, without ten minutes unpacking stuff, dialing stuff in etc. The design is very efficient. There are no layered menus to worry about.
I'm making the most of my playing time, and playing more since getting this time... oh and using it as an internet radio now writing this review :)
Overall awesome piece of kit.
Matthew | Purchase date: 01 April 2012
I bought the THR-10 on reading some of teh reviews and to use with my new JTV-59 as I was left a bit disappointed playing the 59 through regular guitar amps. The THR gives a fantastic sound particularly with the acoustic models on the 59 and acoustic amp model setting athough I can get realy convincing Stones and Zepellin tones as well from it much better than you would imagine from such a small package.
It now goes to every lesson I have and is my main amp even forsaking my other bigger and much more expensive models.
The wifee even lets me leave it in the lounge!!
Neil | Purchase date: 17 March 2012
This is a great little piece of kit as a practice amp and a recording tool.
Even though it's 10 watts it's not overpowering or rudely loud in my experience, gives a nice smooth, rich tone from each of the amp models.
The speakers are great and this is where I believe the extra money goes, in the quality of the speakers. Build quality is super as you would expect from Yamaha and it's a quality chassis that can take some knocks and scrapes.
Sound wise the clean mode is warm but transparent, giving you an accurate reproduction of your sound, quite a bit of headroom but does break up if you crank the master.
Crunch you're talking classic F type territory such as rolling stones etc. Can be a little piercing but is easily tameable with the controls.
Lead there is a jump in volume but gives a satisfying lead tone, great for solo's etc.
Brit Hi is based on British M style amps I would say of the 80's & 90's. Hi-gain but responsive and articulate, great note definition.
Modern you're talking American Hi-Gain, tight bottom end and great for metal rhythm chugging & riffage.
With the gain, master and guitar knobs working to control your volume and gain structure you can really dial in some awesome sounds. Bass, Middle & Treble do their job greatly.
Great Dynamics on this amp.
Reason it's not a five stars is that whilst you can program five patches they're not foot-switchable. That would been a great little option, to switch from one patch to another just by tapping on a pedal.
All in all a great practice tool, underneath the small form factor and classy chassis there are real, authentic useable valve-esque dynamic tones and response.
Jean | Purchase date: 10 March 2012
I'd been agonising over which practice amp to get for some time but I finally decided to take a chance on the new Yamaha THR10.
I was really surprised and delighted. The retro look and build quality is great and it's so portable. The sounds are amazing, I have electric and acoustic guitars and it sounds great on both. The editing software is a bonus to get even more sounds. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that when recording with Cubase I find it difficult to get the volume balance equal between the guitar and a recorded track, but that might be me, need to investigate this further.
mike | Purchase date: 23 February 2012
Great product and the 'email me when in stock' service was brilliant.
Rich | Purchase date: 17 February 2012
Bought this Amp for lounge. Looks cool, sounds cool.
Haven't tried free software yet do can't comment.
Graham | Purchase date: 02 November 2011
Cracking home practice tool. Particularly enjoying sitting my guitar in the mix properly when playing to backing / album tracks. Not tried recording yet but the THR is a great addition for those looking for a do it all package for home use. Highly recommended.
Graham | Purchase date: 01 November 2011
Excellent home practice / recording amp.
Great interface & sounds. Brilliant at getting your guitar sitting 'just right' in the mix when playing along to backing tracks / MP3s. Team it with drum machineand it's great practice tool ( I've just bought the iPhone GarageBand app, and am using it for drum loops, more to come when I have the time).
Wish I had one of these 20 years ago…
Stuart | Purchase date: 01 November 2011
The THR10 is a clever device, it gives a huge sound at a small volume. It also makes your mp3 player sound surprisingly good so can double up as a sound box. It also looks rather funky sitting on your desk top.