Not all amplifiers are made equal. Some have pretty sucky audio quality, while some aren't a good fit for amping vocals in particular due to the varying levels of EQ frequency boosts. When looking for an amp as a singer, you want to make sure that the product you are buying will be a great fit for your vocals in order to bring out the best sound possible. I put the recommendations in order from least to most recommended.
Many guitar amplifiers also work well as vocal amplifiers, so don't be confused if you see a few products on my list that are labeled as guitar amps. While guitar amplifiers work as a solution for mics, a higher-quality solution for your vocals would be to buy an entire sound system.
PAs or sound systems are better than having a vocal or a guitar amp. An entire PA (which stands for public announcement) sound system is designed to amplify all types of instruments including voice, guitar, and bass. Sound systems consist of multiple speakers, also known as monitors, microphones, amplifiers, and related equipment.
While looking for vocal amps, you may also notice that monitors are listed as a solution. While the term is often used interchangeably, stage monitors are more like speakers, but they also often happen to have amplifiers built into them. Many products that are listed as monitors work great for vocal amps. This is not to be confused with in-ear monitors that specifically play what the musicians and singers need to hear in order to perform their best in a very loud environment.
This monitor/speaker system has a clean output sound for vocals and guitar at an affordable price. It's loud, but not super loud so it's more of a monitor than an amplifier. If you aren't in need of a huge boost for your vocals, this is a good pick. If you need a lot more power, consider one of the other picks below.
Here's a good choice for a vocal amplifier that's listed as a guitar amplifier. It features dual channels that allow you to connect an acoustic/electric guitar and a vocal mic, with full EQ adjustment settings. It also includes an "Enhance" function that mimics the sound of rich and crisp studio vocals in a live setting. It's a bit pricey but has so many other features for vocals that make it worth it including echo and reverb delays.
Here's a versatile monitor that simplifies traditional PA bundles into one reliable piece of equipment at a great price. It's lightweight and yet has a great amount of power that can amplify vocals, guitar, and even drums in the right setting. As expected, you can't use this to fill the room of a huge auditorium, but it works well for most live music settings with a super clean sound.
Similar to the Roland Cube monitor, this Samson Monitor is a great fit for singers in a live setting looking for clean amplification. It's often used in churches and local events that have a lot of singing in their programming. It's also lightweight and perfect for singers who are always on the go!
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