Positive Grid’s Spark amp is useful for practicing musicians, but its size and weight aren’t practical if you want to play in the bedroom or venture beyond the studio. Fortunately, the company now has a portable option. positive has revealed a Spark Mini amplifier that promises the digital functionality of its bigger brother in a much smaller design (approximately six inches in diameter) that you can carry anywhere. The 10W device doubles as a Bluetooth speaker and reportedly delivers “strong” bass via a downward-facing boost – there’s even an interchangeable grille to customize the look and feel.
Connected resources remain the centerpiece. The Spark mobile app can automatically create backing tracks as you play, display the chords of any song (including slowdowns if you want to learn a segment), and provide any of 10,000+ free guitar tones. The Spark Mini includes 33-amp models, 43 effects, and a USB interface (on top of the practically mandatory quarter-inch guitar input and eighth-inch aux inputs) to translate your performances into creative software. The battery is useful for up to eight hours.
Positive didn’t mention pricing for the Spark Mini, but it will be available for pre-order in march. It’s safe to say the tiny amp will cost less than its full-size equivalent of $299, potentially making it a better value if price and versatility are more important than raw power.
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