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The Line 6 AMPLIFi is the guitar amp, reinvented.The Line 6 AMPLIFi is unlike any amplifier you’ve ever played. Hear every note in amazing detail with a revolutionary 5-speaker stereo design. A ton of built-in DSP provides amazing-quality guitar tones and effects. Bluetooth streaming makes it easy to jam along with your music library, play back songs at rehearsals or fill the room with sound at your next party. Control your rig wirelessly—and instantly get tones that match tracks in your music library—using the AMPLIFi Remote iOS app. With a world of tone at your fingertips, AMPLIFi redefines what’s possible in a guitar amp.
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Comments about Line 6 AMPLIFi 150 150-watt Guitar Amp and Bluetooth Speaker System with iOS Integration:
Bottom-line upfront, this is an excellent product but it does have a few warts. Still, highly recommended if you need a great sounding practice amp.
There are several features about this amp I really like a lot! With the Bluetooth integration and the IOS app, this is a very easy amp to use and program. You can dial in a great tone in minutes. The IOS app works and is easy to use - very intuitive. Setting the amp up when I first turned it on took less than a minute. The tone matching feature is great. There is an on-line library that the app will automatically suggest matching tones based on the song you want to play. You can also search by artist or song manually. There are a lot of great tones that come pretty close to the artist's tone you may want to match. You can tweak the tone to your taste - hotter, cleaner, different cab, etc. You can also easily design your own tones. All the big time amps, cabs, and stomp boxes are available - Fender, Engl, Peavey 5150, Vox, Marshall - you name it. You can save tones you created to presets via the app and load it to your amp (some people claimed otherwise in their reviews). Overall, great tones are available and are easy to dial in from scratch. They are authentic sounding. The amp side has plenty of juice. It can get very loud. To me the ease to dial in tones via the intuitive app on my IPAD from the dozens of amp options and the tone matching feature make this a great tool to practice with.
Line 6 says the amp modeling is based on the POD X3. This amp sounds much better than POD X3, which I owned and thought was horrible, most likely because it is very easy to dial in the tone via your IPAD/IOS app. The speaker system is also matched for this amp which is another contributing factor why this is light years better than POD X3. Lastly, AMPLIFI 150 has enough power to gig with, but I would recommend you get the footswitch.
I did say it had warts. Nothing major but worth stating. First, the amp is shockingly unimpressive to look at. I first saw it in a Guitar Center and I was surprised how small it was and how cheap it looks. Line 6 claims it can fit-in well in your living room. Absolutely not, this thing is 100% plastic and looks low end. The cheap plastic look makes you wonder about quality though my amp is working great with no issues. If you take it to a gig or band practice, have a thick skin because there will be a few jokes when your band mates see your new amp. The other thing is there is no line out. It would be great if you could connect to a 4x12 cab or PA. I think it would sound great. Apparently, Line 6 wants this to be a practice amp only. Lastly, and this one is important, Line 6 claims this is one of the best sounding MP3 playback systems available. Not true at all, not even close. Over the Bluetooth it is very good but not spectacular. The issue is with the aux in, the sound is nothing special and has the juice of a 20W system not a 150W system. So when I play with backing tracks, I found the sound was better if I used another device for the backing track. However, AMPLIFI is usable to jam over your backing tracks though you will notice a drop in amp volume.
These warts have more to do with Line 6 trying to keep it affordable rather than some oversight by the manufacturer.
I have never been a Line 6 guy. I bought their original AXSYS 100W amp in 1997 and even gigged with it. I give that a passing grade but my subsequent experiences were mixed at best. I bought the original Vetta combo and hated it, I bought POD XLT and thought it was ok but lacking the sparkle in the tones I wanted, and quit on Line 6 years ago after I bought POD X3 and hated it. (As stated, though the modeling for the Amplifi is based on POD X3, the Amplifi sounds much better.)
My main rig is Engl Morse Half stack. I also have a Peavey 5150 head and Engl Blackmore Half stack. All three are amazing. Does Amplifi match these amps? Obviously, no but I can get Engl, Marshall, Vox, Fender and 5150 (and more) tones out of it that sound very good. Occasionally, I don't get the response I might get from a real valve amp, but for the most part, the tones are superb. Critics who claim this is a toy or poor execution of a bad idea are missing the point completely of what this amp delivers - great tones easily dialed via the intuitive app and Bluetooth connectivity. Highly recommended.
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