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Xvive V5 Delay review

Miniature repeater pedal

  • £52
  • €58
  • $98
It may be small, but the V5 is still solidly built

Our Verdict

A fine entry point to delay land.

Pros

  • Decent delay time. Analogue self-oscillation. Please retro delay.

Cons

  • Touch of hiss on repeats.

MusicRadar Verdict

A fine entry point to delay land.

Pros

  • + Decent delay time. Analogue self-oscillation. Please retro delay.

Cons

  • - Touch of hiss on repeats.

The Chinese-built, US-based Xvive V5 is an analogue delay pedal that aims to replicate the warmth of old-school stompboxes, and adds a pleasing retro decay to its repeats.

"One of the joys of analogue delays is self-oscillation, and the V5 is no slouch here"

Delay times range from 25 to 600 milliseconds, which covers rockabilly slapback to syncopated passages, and while a touch of hiss accompanies the repeats, it's not too obvious.

One of the joys of analogue delays is self-oscillation, and the V5 is no slouch here, either: cranking the feedback at any delay time offers instant UFO-replicating gratification.

Michael Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism, and has spent the past decade writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as a decade-and-a-half performing in bands of variable genre (and quality). In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.