The Vox AC15CH Amp Head (2016 - )

AC15CH with optional black grill from North Coast Music

Extension on bottom of AC15CH cabinet for tube clearance

Reactive Power Attenuator Control

Reactive Power Attenuator Circuit

Vox AC15CH with 1x12" AC-15 Cabinet by North Coast Music

Vox AC15CH with Vox V212C Cabinet

VOX AC15CH Specifications
Dimensions (W x D x H): 24" x 10.43" x 11.18"
Weight: 34lbs.
Tube Complement: Three ECC83, two EL84
Output Power: 15 Watts RMS into 16 Ohms
Inputs: Normal input jack, Top Boost input jack, Footswitch jack
Outputs: Extension loudspeaker jacks
Options: VFS2A Footswitch

VOX V212C 2x12" Cabinet Specifications
Dimensions (W x D x H): 27.76" x 10.47" x 22.48"
Weight: 50lbs.
Impedance: 16 ohms
Power Rating: 50 Watts RMS maximum
Inputs: Single 1/4" speaker jack
Construction: MDF (medium density fiberboard)
Accessories: Optional Cover

AC-15 1x12" Cabinet Specifications
Dimensions (W x D x H): 23.70"x 10.43"x 17.95"
Weight: 38lbs.
Impedance: 16 ohms
Power Rating: 25 Watts RMS maximum
Inputs: Single 1/4" speaker jack
Construction: 3/4" 13 ply baltic birch baffle, 3/8" 7 ply baltic birch backs, half lap joints, built by North Coast Music under license to Vox Amplification UK
Accessories: Optional Cover
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Introduced in January 2016, the Vox AC15CH incorporated
the chassis from an Vox AC15C1 combo amp into a head cabinet.

The AC15CH had a Normal and a Top Boost channel. Each channel had a single input.

The AC15CH had nine controls. The "Normal" channel featured a volume control while the "Top Boost" channel featured volume, treble and bass controls.

The AC15CH also included a master volume, tone cut, reverb, and tremolo speed and depth controls. These five controls affected both channels.

Tube Complement
Aside from the reverb and tremolo circuits, the AC15CH featured an all-tube audio signal path. The preamp circuit was powered by three 12AX7 preamp tubes. The output, or power amp section utilized two EL84 tubes in the classic Vox Class A (self biased) NFB (no negative feedback) design.

The reverb and and tremolo circuits were solid state.

AC15CH Cabinet
The AC15CH head cabinet was constructed from MDF (medium density fiberboard), finished in black basket weave vinyl and brown Vox grill cloth. North Coast Music offered an optional upgrade to black Vox grill.

An extension to the bottom rear of the head cabinet provided minimal clearance for the five vacuum tubes suspended from the bottom of the AC15CH chassis (see photo at left). This cabinet extension prohibits the use of a chrome swivel trolley with the AC15CH.

Reactive Power Attenuator
In the days before efficient PA systems, high powered 100 watt "stack" amplifiers that produced high stage sound levels were all the rage. However, in recent years performers have learned that high stage levels made it difficult to create a well balanced mix.

Most high powered guitar amps include a master volume control to dial back the output. However, amps often develop their best tone when wide open or "dimed." Incorporating an attenuator or "power soak" between the amp head and speaker cabinet allowed an amp to operate at full power while reducing the output from the speakers. The attenuator acts as a second master volume control, turning some of the power output of a fully cranked amp into heat.

Vox came up with a new twist to the power attenuator for the AC15CH head. Using their "Reactive Power Attenuator" circuit, a three position rotary switch allowed the amp to be operated at 15, 1.5 or 1/6 watts RMS. The Vox Reactive Power Attenuator circuit could reduce the 15 watt output of the AC15CH to bedroom levels.

Optional VFS2A Foot Switch
Vox offered an optional VFS2A foot switch for the AC15CH. This foot switch featured two indicator lamps and could remotely control the reverb and tremolo effects.

Extension Cabinets
Vox V212C 2x12 Enclosure
- The Vox V212C was a 2x12 AC-30 sized enclosure designed to be used with either the AC15CH or AC30CH amp heads. This 16 ohm enclosure was equipped with two eight ohm 12" Celestion Greenback speakers. and was constructed from MDF plywood. It featured black basket weave vinyl, brown Vox grill cloth, two pin corners and two Vox handles.

1x12 Vox AC-15 Enclosure by North Coast Music - North Coast Music exclusively offers a compact 1x12" enclosure that matches the AC15CH head. Hand crafted in the North Coast Music wood shop, this AC-15 enclosure features one 15 ohm, 12" Celestion Green Back speaker, a 13 ply baltic birch baffle and 7 ply baltic birch back panels. It features black basket weave vinyl, brown Vox grill cloth, two pin corners and a handle.

Official Vox AC15CH promotional video clip, used by permission of Vox Amplification


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