NAD - NuX Mighty Plug Pro (MP-3)

It’s. So. Good!

I also own the Harley Benton DNAfx-GiT Mobile and as far as features go there is no comparing the HB to the NuX MP-3. There is so much more included with the NuX product that it almost feels like there needs to be two categories of headphone-based guitar amplifiers.

The sound quality on both products is excellent, so if you want to save a bunch of money, buy the Harley Benton. Hands down it wins on value. The MP-3 was $139.00 CAD retail and the DNAfx was $59.99 CAD. For perspective, the Mustang Micro from Fender is $169 CAD.

This is where the MP-3 absolutely decimates the competition.

  • Full control via an app.
  • Support for IR cab simulations + user loadable IRs
  • It includes a metronome
  • Backing tracks supporting event triggers. Drop marker(s) in your backing tracks to activate FXs or swap amp models on-the-fly without taking your hands off of your guitar!
  • Drum tracks
  • Included FX - Noise gate, compression, overdrive/distortion/fuzz, delay, modulation, reverb, and EQ. Aside from the noise gate, every category of FX includes multiple choices.
  • Audio interface functionality supporting wet, dry, and re-amp routing.
  • Streaming ability including loopback
  • It has a mute button (yeah, I know it’s a small thing but I really like having a mute button)

If you are thinking about getting Mustang Micro, I really encourage you to consider trying out an MP-3 first. I’m seriously impressed, well done NuX!


Sounds great, thanks for the review! I recently got the Fender Mustang Micro, so, I might not switch any time soon, but I am envious of some of the features you mention! The built-in metronome, ability to load other amp sims, drum tracks, backing tracks with triggers, and app controllability all sounds very nice to me! I am very happy with my Mustang Micro, by the way, but it would be even better with those features.

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I have no doubt that the Mustang sounds really good if its clone is any indicator, so I don’t think that the quality of the modeling is going to determine which one people will choose. Brand loyalty, price point, and features are going to be what sells any one of the current selections on offer.

Having the ability to control it with an app was what sold me on the NuX.

I would not be at all surprised to see the next generation of headphone amps, especially Fender’s, come with some level of app support. Given that Fender already has an app for the Mustang and Rumble line of amps I wonder why they didn’t port it over to the Micro to start with.

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It seems that Nux makes some good stuff. I was asking about pedals at my local guitar shop, and the dude recommended the Nux MG300 multi-effects unit. I haven’t gotten one, since I decided to mostly just use my AI and PC, but it seems they are very popular.

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There are some Chinese brands that punch way above their weight and NuX is one of them. I’ve been keeping an eye on their products for a little while now and I don’t think they have a bad one in the bunch.

The NDD-7, their take on a tape echo is going to be the next pedal I buy. In every demo that I’ve seen it just sounds amazing.

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