I really want to get an Amplifire, but...

Discussion in 'Digital & Modeling Gear' started by Joe_Guitar, Apr 26, 2016.

  1. Joe_Guitar

    Joe_Guitar Member

    Feb 12, 2007
    I'm not sure I should just get an Axe fx?

    Listened to a lot of demos of both on YouTube, they all sound great.

    Looks like the Amplifire is easier to get great sounds out of easily... While the Axe will do anything if you're willing to dig into it, not to mention the better effects.

    What do you guys that have both think?

    I'm just a home recording dude. Got a ton of amps and effects, but am looking at these units for low volume high quality sound.
  2. facefirst

    facefirst Member

    Feb 13, 2006
    Cleveland, OH
    Had both. Still have the AmpliFIRE. Best sounding modeler to my ears.
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  3. mac jones

    mac jones Member

    Sep 4, 2013
    One is not better than the other. Price difference is substantial.
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  4. scook

    scook Member

    Oct 6, 2015
    Haven't touched my AmpliFIRE since I got my Axe-FX.

    Neither are hard to dial in.

    Both sound great.
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  5. jageya

    jageya Member

    Nov 5, 2013
    $600 vs $2500? hm.......thats quite a jump
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  6. atquinn

    atquinn Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2004
    Mineola, NY
    I preferred the Axe FX. And I should hope I would since I paid about $2100 more for the setup! IMO the Axe FX sounds better and it can obviously do alot more. It's nice to have one unit (well, 2 counting the MFC101) that can do it all. To someone new to both, I imagine the Amplifire would be easier to dial in.

    But really, if you're choosing between the Amplifire and the Axe FX, you might as well consider the Helix, AX8 and Kemper since it sounds like price is no object.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
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  7. timowens316

    timowens316 Member

    May 1, 2010
    N.W. Arizona (But it's a dry heat)
    If you have a ton of amps you might look at the Kemper because you could simply profile your amps and be done with it.
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  8. Falconbill

    Falconbill Member

    Apr 23, 2011
    I don't see how the OP could go wrong with either modeler. It's really just a matter of cost and footprint. To get the most out of the modelers, you should run them through an FRFR cab.
  9. shane159

    shane159 Member

    Jun 25, 2011
    Chattanooga, TN
    I haven't touched my Axe Ultra, and returned a Helix since buying the Amplifire. They are all great, and I don't think any of them are better than the other, it's just a matter of works best for your needs. The amp modeling on all three were all fantastic, the Amplifire was the one that sounded the best running into a tube power amp and cab for live gigging. For me ,that is where the Amplifire excelled over the others.
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  10. jeahsj

    jeahsj Member

    Nov 4, 2012
    Had the Axe FX II. It is a great effects unit. Amp modeling is good too. However, I decided to sell it since it is overkill for me. I am currently using S-Gear at home and am completely happy with the sound I get. I am seriously considering the Amplifire. I thought about the AX8, but the reality is I am likely to exploit only about 30% of any devices capabilities. It is unlikely I will play songs that will each require a completely different amp or effect. With that said, for only $599, you get a very capable great sounding system in the Amplifire.
  11. jageya

    jageya Member

    Nov 5, 2013
    This is where i am at too....Tried the helix...was going to get ax8....but i realized its overkill as well for me....45 amps? 200+ a,mps? I get the variety but for me i just need things simple with 3-6 great basic tones..and good basic effects.The amplifire would be my choice for sure over the others 2-4x more cost.
  12. Ed DeGenaro

    Ed DeGenaro Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2002
    Got both... An affiliated with both companies... Got my first AxeFx 9 years ago...
    The Axe used to be my go to travel rig... First the Ultra then the II. I can dial it so it does anything if ever need. Up until recently it was rather cumbersome to make it cranky enough. It was too smooth for my taste. Then has been addressed.
    The AmplifiRE feels awesome, as all products from Atomic I Have used over the years, the Reactor cabs and wedges, power amps even the baby Marshall that was never released.
    It now is my travel rig, it fits I the gig bag...total no brainer.
    And I still use amps too...now if I had to pick one....tough one...
    The answer would change daily. But I do not compare by $ figure. If it works I use it. And if it costs less and I dig as much, even better.

    BTW currently the piece if gear I use most is my Calor 5 watt 1x10 combo that's like $350

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