NAMM 2014: Line 6 Amplifi - Bluetooth Amp from Line 6 (Video)

Tone so good, it should be illegal?   26-Jan-14


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Before I start, Line 6 make some seriously cool stuff, don't get me wrong, but this one leaves a bit to be desired. Line 6 have dubbed this 'the guitar amp reinvented'. Now, I'm not much of a philistine but I'm not 100% sure the guitar amp needs reinventing, plently of companies are making incredible sounding amps using things like transisters and valves. Tone to me comes from saturating a valve to the point at which it can't quite handle it anymore and not from a microprocessor telling me 'this is what a saturated amp sounds like'.

It comes in two models, a 75w ($399) and a 150w ($499) and as a Bluetooth hifi system I can't fault it but the Amplifi app seems to have missed the mark.

Check out the video and listen for yourself but I'm not quite sold on this one.

Written by Rob Hicks.


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tajparis    Said...

That's all well and good, but rather dismissive to the actual target audience of this kind of amp. Not everyone who plays can afford to drop 2k on a hand-wound valve amp. Some of us just play for a hobby and want to jam along to our favorite songs now and then.

This kind of product isn't aimed at tone-heads who play for a living and are trying to define their own sound.

27-Jan-14 01:59 AM


Hobbo    Said...

I completely agree. As far as target marketing you hit the bullseye with me. A superb product for a great price.

Question. What is the brand of instument cable you are using for the set up? The red looks nice and match the equipment too.

27-Jan-14 11:49 AM


Rob    Said...

Yamaha THR? It sounds a thousand times nicer and you don't have to have an iOS device to use it. Line 6 are selling this as a stage amp which is really, seriously isn't. You don't need to drop 2k to buy a decent valve amp, Peavey Classic 30 will run you about $800 half that on eBay. I don't think I was comparing this to a hand wound valve amp, just an amp that actually sounds nice to listen to.

28-Jan-14 03:11 AM


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