Hi folks. I've been looking for a smallish STEREO practice amp for a while, and I have a Blackstar ID:Core40 on order. Although quite a bit pricier, I picked up an Amplifi 75 yesterday as well - mainly because of the hype over its stereo effects. I thought I'd share my thoughts here. Do the Line 6 folks watch these forums?
After two days, I have mixed feelings. I really like this thing because it's fun, cool looking, powerful and a great Bluetooth speaker - but if I look at the whole package objectively, I have far more dislikes than likes. I went to bed last night pretty intent on taking it back. Today I like it a little more...but just a little. Unfortunately, if the consensus is that this is truly the completed product, it will likely go back.
First of all, I bought the 75 because I liked the size (and because GC didn't have the 150 in stock). It's quite possible that some of my complaints will apply only to the 75.
- Really slick and modern styling (even though it does feel a bit delicate).
- One of the best sounding Bluetooth speakers I've heard
- Integrated PS - no brick
- For the most part, the app is easy to use
- Seems to have quite a bit of low end for a small amp, even with just an 8" speaker
- Lots of power for the size
- Virtually NO stereo separation for guitar effects. Where is all the hype coming from? Given that this was sold as a feature, this one is baffling to me. They are definitely running in stereo, but I have to stick my head right between the two little speakers and concentrate to notice it. Would it really have been that hard to add 5-10ms between the channels to fill it out? Any chance of adding an adjustable delay between the L/R channels in the next firmware & app drop?
- Bluetooth skips fairly often - VERY annoying when you're playing to tempo.
- Bluetooth can only pair with one device at a time - a real PITA when I want to use both my iPhone and iPad, or stream from my Android.
- Patch changes through the app are slow, and add Bluetooth breaks/skips.
- App is WAY too dependent on it's own player. I have my music in a personal cloud and not local to my device - so I can't even use the player. How about adding DLNA support to the player?
- Way too difficult to find tones. I should be able to just search without going to the player.
- Annoying to create a brand new tone. Can we have just a 'new tone' button where I can start from scratch?
- No way to type in parameter values directly...forced to use the sliders. Can we have a value input box?
- No clear way to port tones from POD Farm (since it appears to be based on the POD Farm tech). I ported a few of my tones manually and they actually translated fairly well - much to my surprise.
- No clear way to back up tones other than in the cloud - which is automatically synced. Make a mistake, lose your tone.
- Higher gains leave something to be desired. I almost want to say they have a cocked wah sound to them....at least to my ears.
- No detailed manual anywhere that I can find
- Why is it so hard to find detailed specs? How big are the satellite speakers? Does it use BT 4.0? APTX?
- Can we have a way to turn off that infernal tap temp light when we don't need it?
Like I said earlier, it's a shame because I really like this thing....but I also find some of it's limitations extremely annoying. It's kind of an expensive toy to be on the fence about....