NAMM 2014: Yamaha THR10 + THR5 DSP Updates (Video)

Julian Ward talks us through the updated models   25-Jan-14

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Yamaha have announced a new update on their Yamaha THR5 and THR10 - a DSP upgrade designed to make the small amp sound like it's filling a big room.

The stereo field of the Yamaha THR series already sounded impressive considering the small size of the amp, that was one of the things that most impressed us about it when we reviewed the modelling amp.

The original THR5 and THR10 models only had one fixed (virtual) microphone position, meaning the sound coming out of the speakers was effectively a replication of what would happen if you stuck one mic on an amp in a studio.

A new upgrade to the THR5 and THR10 sees a twig to the DSP, replicating multiple microphone placement and creating what feels like a more natural sound to the ear. When we listen to an amp in a room, we're hearing reverberations and reflections bouncing around giving a much bigger sense of space.

The gain on the clean channel has also been twigged to allow much more headroom, due to reports from users that the amp's clean channel broke up into distortion too easily (we concur with that one, and this new update seems like a logical step).

Check out the video above for the lowdown from THR mastermind Julian Ward.

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Written by Richard Beech - @RichTheJourno.
Filmed by Andy McCreeth, presented by Richard Beech.
Product demonstration by Julian Ward of Yahama.

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BB1970    Said...

I keep hoping they'll make a bass version.

25-Jan-14 03:19 PM

ES-335    Said...

I keep hoping that they'll make a full size combo.

25-Jan-14 06:03 PM

Studio 139    Said...

I really like the THR10, and the update sounds like it will be worthwhile, although I did think that using the software editor really helps you get the most out of the amp. And BB1970, the bass amp model in the THR10 is quite usable.

25-Jan-14 11:38 PM

KJM99    Said...

Pretty cool! So this is a software update to upgrade the original THR5 and THR10? If not then they should call it Mark II or something. In this day and age a software upgrade should be the norm. Surprised Line 6 is one of the few companies doing this.

26-Jan-14 01:06 AM

Meneer Vincent    Said...

Can't update with Apple Mavericks system. No USB driver nor the V2 software version. I hope they fix this soon!

26-Jan-14 06:03 AM

Stew dean    Said...

I've just updated on my Mac (with Maverick), works a treat.

26-Jan-14 01:55 PM

Meneer Vincent    Said...

@ Stew dean van you give me the exact name of the USB driver you downloaded? My Mac refuse to install.

26-Jan-14 02:44 PM

Bojan    Said...

I have updated last night without any problems: 1. download and install Mac driver before plugin into amp: Yamaha Steinberg USB Driver V1.8.3 for Mac link:

2. after 1. installing and restarting, download and install: THR Editor V1.0.0 for Mac OS X (10.5.8 or later) and THR V2 Updater for Mac read the manuals inside installations

3. connect to THR10 with the USB confirm that it is visible in THR Editor

4. follow the steps in user guide in THR V2 Updater to update the Amp Hope this helps

28-Jan-14 01:07 PM

marc    Said...

I love my THR but please include a footswitch on the next version. Also, my new THR has an annoying buzz. I've even noticed the buzz on the youtube demonstration videos. I hope that gets fixed in the update.

20-Feb-14 10:08 PM

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