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Amplifi "system" vs. Firehawk FX

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Just purchased an Amplifi 75 over this past weekend and its my first time diving into this system. To make a long story short - I totally dig the system and I am now looking at my options. This led me into the path of buying the new FBV MK3 floorboard to control my amp and patches....however....


 


that got me into thinking I could buy the Firehawk FX (which is everything the amplifi is, and the FBV3) but does NOT have the speaker. I am a Dad / busy / hobbyist guitarist and I like the idea of having the amplifi in my office to get me jamming out a few minutes each day. The Firehawk gets me more 'things' per se - the floor board control, the HD amp models, all the iOS control, etc. but just no speaker. I would be basically removing the live speaker element out of the equation and likely only ever playing with headphones.


 


I paid $549 for the amplifi. The Firehawk FX is $599.


 


If I purchase the FBV3 to go with my amplifi that is $549 + $349 = a hell of a lot more than the Firehawk current....again, with no speaker or sound.


 


What would you do?


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Depending where you are located, Firehawk FX is currently 449.99 at a few retailers in the US. There has been a promotion every couple of months for Firehawk FX at 349.99, this promo is not currently in effect but may come back around in a few months. 

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To confuse you even more: here's an additional option: Get the Amplifi TT and the pedals. That still won't give you a speaker, but a nice looking device you can put onto your desk/hook up to your computer for recording or your home stereo. Thomann was reselling for quite cheap here (got mine for 99€, likely clearing out their stock on that one) - and at that price it is a real bargain.

If they didn't have the TT for that price, I'd likely not have purchased the Apmlifi at all (but rather a Joyo Zombie) - but happy that I did purchase it, despite the app still being sub-par.

 

But back to your question: If you're planning on using headphones more or less exclusively anyway, and you cannot get any of the devices in a special sale, then go with the Firehawk. I kinda miss being able to switch from clean to distorted/not being able to enable/disable effects.

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