The Ultracoustic AT108 from Behringer is out to prove that you don’t need to spend a lot to find a good acoustic amplifier with enough power, tone and versatility for small performances. This solid-state combo amp comes in at a very wallet-friendly price, but is it any good? Let’s take a look!
For such an affordable amplifier, the controls on the Behringer Ultracoustic AT108 are understandably pretty basic. Working left to right on a strip at the front of the amp’s face sits a master volume control for both the microphone and instrument channels, as well as 3-band EQ for the guitar (low, mid and high) and the power switch. A simple setup, but it does the job required.
Like the controls, the design of the amp is simple but stylish, and – as seems to be the case with most acoustic amps – uses a brown color scheme, with a brown leatherette covering and a simple black grille cloth.
For such an affordable price, it’s not swimming in features, although it proves a very useful amp for buskers or solo performers, as it has both standard guitar and XLR microphone inputs, both with separate volume controls (as highlighted above). Under the hood, there’s a dual-cone 8” speaker offering 20 watts of power, which means it’s suitable for smaller performances. However, it comes with a headphone output jack for quiet practice, while the CD input allows you to play along to external tracks.
When it comes to sound, the Ultracoustic AT108 punches well above its sub-$100 price tag. Notably, it features Behringer’s Virtual Tube Circuitry simulation, which delivers a natural sound replication that is clean and warm, while the EQ controls allow you to adjust and balance the tone as you like it. It also takes pedals well.
At its core, this is a practice amp and the power won’t blow anyone away. But, for its size, it packs enough punch to cope with smaller performances (think busking on a street corner or a coffee shop performance) very well.
The Ultracoustic AT108 proves a very useful amplifier for those who want a decent acoustic tone on a tight budget. It’s stylish, robust and travel-friendly and – providing you aren’t planning a major gig – this little amp from Behringer is a solid choice.