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#1 joeydego

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 01:14 PM

I bought the 150 (450 out the door at GC) and its performing as advertised. I load up my playlists and jam along to practice and I bring it to rehearsal because its easy. No problem in volume jamming along with a drummer, keyboard player, bass, 4 vocal mics and a PA. For what it cost, Im good with it. If i HAD to gig with it (I never will, but if I had to) I'd get by just fine I suspect. Anyone else? Reading lots of com[plaints here. Some valid, others a bit unrealistic. It was 450 bucks, Fractal Axe FX II and similar will set you back considerably more. This is prosumer stuff, take it for what it is.


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#2 Guitarplayer1130

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 01:20 PM

So far so good with mine. I've had it since this past Thursday and it works well provided you follow certain "rules".

By that I mean don't change apps on the iDevice, keep the iDevice relatively close, etc.....

Planning on using mine for a solo gig coming up next month. We will see......
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#3 julioborko

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Posted 20 April 2014 - 04:19 PM

Love using mine at home to practice. Use it at church (mic'ed). Used it at a wedding for my acoustic and for streaming wedding music via Bluetooth. Works for me!
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Posted 21 April 2014 - 01:11 AM

Really pleased with the amp itself and the tones out of it.  I think there are a lot of unrealistic expectations out there and a lot of negativity because it is iOS (not a problem for me as a fan of apple products) and not android/windows.  

 

However, having said that the application Amplifi Remote whilst working as advertised could be so much better and would take the whole amplify experience to another level.  There are some good ideas that people have put on Line6 IdeaScale that people could look at and vote for...

           Vote On Idea        = Easy Way to Delete Favorite Tones

           Vote On Idea        = Various enhancements to App

           Vote On Idea        = Add more Preset Tones to Amplifi


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Posted 21 April 2014 - 06:00 AM

I like the amp. However, Line6 really needs to finish development--and refine--the amp's firmware, iOS app, and tone server. These components of "the system" simply are not where they need to be.

 

At the top of the list needs to be the USB interface which should work the Fender Mustang amps' USB works. When I first bought the amp I was very hopeful that Line6 would provide USB functionality but, as time passes I'm less and less optimistic. I thought by now we would have updates -- but this has not been the case.

 

Maybe someone from Line6 can chime in here?


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#6 Brad_Ames

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Posted 21 April 2014 - 11:36 AM

The one I played on was a 75watt, and it took forever to get the app working..the amp was fine but it is true the bass is a little weak. The main problems I had were the app constantly saying "cannot connect to line 6server"!ecen with perfect 4g and or WiFi, since everything is digital, I believe an app and firmware update would help to fix it. And other than the large price, the amp was ok for me, just too expensive for what it currently does.
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Posted 26 April 2014 - 11:46 AM

Just bought the 75 today. Took a long time deciding to do it, but I'm happy so far. Key thing is knowing what you want. I wanted a small practice amp that doubles as a music system for our spare room. Something to get me playing and practicing as quickly (and therefore as often) as possible. I'm not a gigging musician, nor a massive tone connoisseur. I'm not expecting it to perfectly replicate every nuance of a tube amp. 

 

Amplifi seems pretty clearly marketed at players like me: people who can't justify spending £1000s on kit just to twang away in the bedroom. Line 6 seems to have plenty for the more serious players (and those with bigger wallets).


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Posted 26 April 2014 - 05:03 PM

It's good to read a post where some people are happy with the Amplifi. I haven't had the opportunity to try one of these yet, maybe down the road.


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#9 danperry

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Posted 04 May 2014 - 09:50 PM

I'm happy with the 75, although it is dead until they fix the remote app issue.

USB would benefit not only customers, but it would boost Line6 customer service reputation which is never a bad thing, and this doesn't mean they need a boost in that necessarily.. Just sayin'

The Amplifi 75 is the first device/amp/effects unit I have used that allows stacking same type of effect together, like 2 analog chorus's for example..or 2 of whatever, maybe 3, but haven't yet tried that..


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#10 Spantik

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Posted 11 May 2014 - 12:40 PM

Fine with me, had a Yamaha THR, but the iOS capability with BlueTooth is simply awesome. Driving the amp at your fingertips is really making practice a pleasure and efficiency is substantially enhanced.

However, the automatic tone matching might become a serious issue, as it happened to me that the downloaded tone had both volumes (master and guitar) almost at maximum, the first strum was effectively scary.
And trash the manufacturer four preset tones, they are pure scrap. You then can choose between zillions of more appropriate and satisfactory tones.

So far, the AmpliFi 150 is a great practice tool with infinite flexibility. The only con for the moment is the digital sound, sometimes very artificial.
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 07:24 AM

I'm loving my 75 so far, works exactly as advertised for me and I've been playing around with tones and settings. Just plugged in paired the Bluetooth connection and logged in on the app, had a couple error messages but they didn't affect anything. Did the flash update to stabilize the Bluetooth connection and everything was fine.

Most of the bugs I see mentioned (like Bluetooth) have already been fixed by software updates. There is only so much testing you can do in beta, so I don't expect software to be perfect as soon as it's released, I just expect it to work. So other than wanting to see a few refinements to the app (like actually being able to browse tones not just search) everything is working 100%
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Posted 26 May 2014 - 08:30 PM

I'm bothered that they don't have a pc remote app..... I don't know what the decision process is, but there are a lot of us pc Neanderthals that are asking "what the..."  Yes, it's a decent sounding but no everyone owns an apple unit.   


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#13 Charlie_Watt

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Posted 27 May 2014 - 04:55 AM

I think a lot of us are waiting for increased connectivity before buying!


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#14 rkhiii

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Posted 08 June 2014 - 10:00 AM

<< Is Anyone Actually Happy With This Thing? >>

Couldn't be happier.  --r


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Posted 08 June 2014 - 11:21 AM

More than one month using the Amplifi 150 almost daily and so far just amazed of that practice amp, the connectivity and control over the iPad or iPhone is just great. Hope that soon also Android users will be able to profit from this amp and that we all will ejoy the firmware 1.1
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 03:48 PM

Love my amplifi 150 tones are nice sounds great but wifi is ok at home, have trouble when playing at gigs with wifi kicking on and off, till they fix wifi problem will use as a practice amp. And yes I updated tried all suggestions no luck yet. One more thing anything about usb or computer hook up yet?????
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Posted 08 June 2014 - 07:27 PM

<< Is Anyone Actually Happy With This Thing? >>
Couldn't be happier.  --r


I am about two months in with this. Quite happy. For starters, let's just take the tube/digital thing out of the argument. I teach at two days a week at a local college. This thing is a killer tool for teaching. I already use Amazing Slow Downer as a teaching tool. Having Blutooth is dumb convenient. Kids bring in music on their phones all the time. No brainer. It also sounds pretty damn good. Teaching new players about different effects, amps, etc and what they do is as easy as it gets. I am super happy with this amp. I tried a Spyder IV about a year ago and traded it off. Sounded great. Something just didn't click. This is different for me. Convenience outweighs the little quirks for now and it sounds like they are working on that stuff. Thumbs up.
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Posted 16 June 2014 - 06:04 AM

I bought an Amplifi 75 the day they came out in GC. It's the only piece of gear I use EVERY day. It fits nicely on my desk, and is awesome for practice. I also play out with it every week; it's super light, and it sounds absolutely great. As with any Line 6 piece, the difference between what you hear in the headphones is pretty different from what comes out of the speaker when it's cranked up, so you need to make sure that you can tweak your sound once you're on stage.

 

The iPad holder on the top is a great touch. The only 2 issues I have are fairly minor, and not really the amp's fault.

 

1.) When your phone or iPad is in remote mode, the battery drain is pretty ridiculous. I charge my iPad before a gig, and from soundcheck to shutdown, the battery will drain as much as 70%. It's as if the bluetooth is constantly chatting with the iOS device... I'm sure they'll address this in a future FW update.

 

2.) You absolutely have to remember to put your phone or iPad on Do not Disturb. If the bluetooth is linked, all of your text message and email sounds play right through the amp.... and pray you don't get a phone call while you're on stage! I don't know if it would be possible, but a "gig button" on the remote would be an awesome feature. It would put the device into DnD mode, and avoid inadvertent interruptions. Thankfully, it was just during soundcheck that I learned this lesson!

 

Other than that, this amp is awesome. It sounds great at home, it's loud enough for a small club, and for bigger venues, mic it, and enjoy!


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Posted 20 June 2014 - 02:29 PM

The amp emulation and effects are totally acceptable for the price. The sound of the amp itself is totally acceptable.

 

I guess i should mention that all the presets i use are custom programmed. I was not really happy with presets i downloaded from the Amplifi cloud. And finding ones you might be interested in using the ios app's search facilities is less than ideal for me. So when i do find something in the ballpark, i then pretty heavily tweak it so that it works for my particular personal playing style. The ios app's editor is totally acceptable for custom editing of presets. It's very easy to use. 

 

The fact that there are only 4 preset memories in the amp itself is a big limitation for me personally.

 

I bought this when it first came out at the beginning of the year and it is now the end of June, and as far as i know, the USB port is still not working. Please correct me if i have a mis-conception about this.

Using a mike to record this amp kind of defeats the entire purpose of owning it, so the fact that i can't record the output of the amp digitally into Ableton Live on my mac is really limiting it's use for me currently to practice only.

 

I've reported issues i've run into with the bluetooth connection to the ios amplify app before on the forum.

It always works correctly when using it as a bluetooth speaker for other apps, so it seems like an amplify app issue.

 

For a player like myself, the amplify app could be much better thought out. It seems designed for a very different kind of player. I've posted various suggestions on Line 6 Ideas regarding how it could be improved for a player like myself.

 

I say i use it for practice only. But the lack of an external effects send/return is kind of becoming an issue for me, because i like to use external looper pedals as a part of my guitar practice regime. Ideally, you'd like the looper to be after the guitar effects in the signal chain, so that you can record a loop, and then change the guitar effect sound you are using when you play back on top of the loop. Since you have to put the looper pedal in the signal chain before the raw guitar signal enters the amp, you can't really do this with amplifi. Both the loop and the guitar you are overdubbing on top of the loop are run through whatever effect preset you have loaded into the amp.

Again, maybe at this point my attempted usage of the amp is way beyond what the designers intended it to be used for.

 

So i guess my biggest beef with this amp is that the designers seemed to intentionally dumb it down in different ways. Which might be perfect for a certain kind of casual user. Who just wants to very casually play guitar along to an itunes track of some band they like. That kind of seems like the ideal user the designers focused on.

 

i was initially attracted to it because i have used digital amp simulation and digital effect for years, including Line6 pods and Line6 modeling guitars. And was always very happy with those products in the past. Both for live gigs, and for use in the studio. So when a new 'revolutionary' amp was announced by Line6 with integrated Line6 amp simulation and effects and high quality stereo sound output, that sounded very exciting. And they also said it had a USB port, so i just assumed that actually worked and would provide a digital connection from the amp to a computer for recording purposes. So i ordered one as soon as it was announced, because my experience with Line6 products had been so stellar in the past.

 

In hindsight, i should have waited for user reviews. Had i done that, i probably would not have purchased the amp. The sound of the amp and it's effects are totally acceptable to me, but other aspects of how it is to be used, the design of the ios app, the stability of the bluetooth connection, the lack of external effect sends, the lack of a working usb connection, all of these issues lead me personally to be kind of frustrated with it.


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Posted 21 June 2014 - 08:57 AM

Very happy with my 75.
Anything to get me playing more is a good thing.
Still trying to figure it out, but like it a lot.
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Posted 21 June 2014 - 10:58 AM

Anything to get me playing more is a good thing.
 

 

Yes to that concept! Sometimes the energy involved in working with the more complex offerings the "dream rig" presents gets overwhelming for me - too many options makes it hard to decide on things. I don't have an AMPLiFi, so I don't know about the specific workflow of achieving a tone functions -  I like hearing that customizing your tones with the IOS app is easy to do.

 

I've been mucking about lately with adding outboard gear to my HD500 rig, and it's gotten pretty complex to set it up, wire all the cables and the amp and the extra pedals and such. Simplicity is a godsend when you just want to play music and not fuss about with a million different options!

As far as the various limitations in the AMPLiFi gear, concerning recording, I suppose that's just the way it is. Surprising to some extent, that the USB port doesn't function as an audio send a computer, nor does it have any line out that still allows the speaker to be used. Though again, just getting something that makes you want to play is different than something that is used as a tool to record. Once I start recording, I often lose the type of "in the moment" playing exploration, so it's a constant back and forth between raw creative energy and focused "deciding power".

 

Anything that encourages creative music exploration is good, no matter what it's inherent limitations.

 

For that price, it's hard to beat. I have a thing for Keeley pedals, and they only do one thing per pedal. So, for the price of two Keeley pedals, give or take, you get one AMPLiFi.. I overdid it a bit, realized I liked being able to toggle individual effects on and off, so embarked on a ridiculous quest to add a complete analog pedalboard in front of the HD500 and added an M13 for the effects loop... I can say, running the M13 in stereo in the HD500 effects loop is pretty awesome. The analog pedals in front of the HD500 don't always work as well as I would like - I'd imagine they might function better in front of the DT25; but I like the manner in which the DT25 and the HD500 work together to render the amp models in such a fantastic manner - much more so than just the amp models by themselves in studio/direct mode.

 

So getting back to that original comment, I heartily agree and will re-state it now:

 

"Anything to get me playing more is a good thing."


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Posted 21 June 2014 - 11:33 AM

Very happy with my 75.
Anything to get me playing more is a good thing.
Still trying to figure it out, but like it a lot.

 

I felt this way when I got the X3 Pro & Spider Jam way back in the day, lol, and I'm still learning new things.


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Posted 27 August 2014 - 09:08 AM

Yes I am happy with the amplifi 75.  I had back surgury and can only lift so much weight.   This little package I can handle.  My wife loves the headphones.  lol.  To the nay sayers I say.... come on ,  200 plus effects combinations and amp models?  How can you not love that.  When I started playing almost 50 years ago, one could spend untold thousands  to get a fraction of this amp's capabilities.  This is a great product for the price.  NO it is not perfect, nothing is.  Enjoy it for what it is.... a great little amp with terrific features at a reasonable price.


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Posted 05 September 2014 - 03:40 PM

I bought an Amplifi 150 here in Australia. I bought it purely as a jam along and learning tool, and the fact that it was advertised as a great HiFi music playback system. After unboxing, I plugged in guitar and played around with the built in presets, something was wrong(?). Very little low end, and not much in the way of volume. Certainly not loud as I had read about in advertising and reviews.

Next I tried music playback from an ipad through bluetooth, again, really disapointing low end, I understand using the 12 inch speaker as a guitar and so called sub woofer there would be some compromise, but the bass response was really disapointing. I boosted low end on the ipad equalizer, still really lacking in bass. I tried running a cable from the ipad to AUX in, tried it from a laptop to AUX in, and manually pushed low end frequencies on the itunes equalizer, which just made the unit clip.

Sound is all relative to an an individuals perception, so I played the same audio file through 6 inch studio monitors and had substantially more low end response compared to the Amplifi, I then played the same guitar through a Vox Cambridge with a 10 inch speaker and compared it to the Amplifi, again more low end.

I rang the shop where I purchased it from, and asked their opinion, they told me it was a very loud amp, with more bass "kick" than some of the PA systems they sell. So they put me in touch with Line 6 support. I was told to update the software, which I did, with no change. Another Amplifi 150 was sent out to me, and disapointingly the same sound. So I have either tried two dud amps or this is actually how they sound.

The Amplifi, concept is great, it suits me as an loungeroom guitar hero, but if this is what they sound like then it does not achieve well as a music playback speaker or a guitar amp. I think it is going to have to go on ebay.

Anyone else, had similar experience?


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Posted 16 September 2014 - 05:45 AM

I love my Amplifi 150.  Plenty of volume and both guitar and music sound good through it.  I've just got an FBV Shortboard so that I can switch effects on and off in a preset.  I use mine with a Shure PG14 wireless set up and it's fantastic.


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Posted 17 September 2014 - 02:34 AM

Absolutely love my 150, seriously couldn't be happier !

Not just as a practice tool, but gigging too

 

For all the people who say this isn't loud enough, they must have a problem (either technical, or with their ears?!)

 

And for people who say the bass is an issue, ... have you heard of EQ ?

My Les Paul through this is pure thunder (now I have the presets correct !)

 

All of the presets need to be tweeked to personal preference, I haven't found one that I liked straight from the cloud.

 

I've disabled the tone search when I play MP3's as I'm happy using my own tones, and not bothered with finding a tone that's considered 'close' to the original. It was good fun for a while but not for me, however, it would be invaluable to someone in a covers band, as you can save the 'correct' guitar tone for every song in the set !

 

I have a vast catalogue of 'backing tracks' in various styles and can sit for hours jamming along.

I love that I get such great tones and the backing music from one box

 

I tend not to use this as a 'music player', as I bluetooth my itunes to my Bose which is far superior

 

As a guitar amp I'm very happy, and considering the vast amount of tonal capabilities, spending less that 400 quid was a no brainer

 

I just need to invest in a footswitch, and I see there are some discussions on here, so that's where I heading now

 

 

 

 

 


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Posted 20 September 2014 - 02:36 PM

About my 150:

I am really happy with the design, the editor and the sound quality is really good.

HOWEVER, what I'm not at all satisfied with is the app itself.

1. The presets available are mostly terrible and far to low leveled to be of any real use. Hopefully we will see a lot of useable presets in the future.

2. The app forces a preset switch when you select another song even if you are completely happy with the preset you've selected before.

3. Mostly you will not be able to choose among your own presets while at the play mode, but have to go back to the main menu and select your preset from there. Every time you switch song you are forced to to the same if you want to use the previous setting.

4. Many songs are not recognized and you will therefore not get any suitable preset listed.

5. Slow connection to Line6 cloud and tone matching are therefore a bit too lagging.

 

So my main concern is the app, that I think needs to be completely remodeled to become usable. Luckily for everyone, this is something totally possible. 


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Posted 26 September 2014 - 11:52 AM

I'm very happy with it.  Got the 150 and I have to say it is very versatile.  People say it is very digital sounding, I think that most of the tones need a bit of work with the effects (compressor etc) and it really comes alive.  I bought it for the variety of stuff that you can jam along to without pratting around and for that reason it is awesome.  I can go from stunning acoustic sounds with my strat to low down dirty blues at the swipe of a screen.  So I can jam along to anything from Funk to blues and beyond with some very credible sounds.  The 150 is loud enough to play with a sax player.  I don't think I would gig with it as I don't like too much to think about, either playing or going wrong.  I have a fender mustang for gigging with.  People slag that off aswell but I reckon that only a few people would be able to distinguish the sounds from either the fender or the line 6  and their beloved all valve monster tube amp that they all swear by. If you look at some of the blind tests done on utube the line 6 and the mustang sound far better with a full all round tone. They just need tweaking to their environment.

 

All said and done, like they say 'it is a real blast!' And that is what it is all about.  Having an effing good crack with the guitar!!


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Posted 28 September 2014 - 06:37 AM

I've had the Amplifi for about 3 weeks now.  I agree with a lot of the pros & cons that have already been voiced here.  ***Footboard Issue solved, see edit below*** I'd like to add that I think Line-6 should have an accessory footboard specifically for the Amplifi.  For example, why can you switch between the 99 presets on the Amplifi FX100 but that's not available on the Amplifi 150, then if you want a footboard you need to spend an extra $200 for the FBV MkII and you're still limited to the 4 onboard presets?  I don't want to spend $200 on a footboard and be thinking, "well that's a bummer."  Of course you can change the preset with remote app but that's a bit of hassle in my opinion if you want to be able to switch quickly.  It almost seems like if you're going to spend $200 for the FBV MkII why not go for an extra $100 and get the FX100?  Of course now you're spending $800 for both and it seems really redundant just to be able to have decent switching options.

 

 Another poster also mentioned the issue with using a looper.  If you're going to be doing basic looping then fine but with all the effects after the looper and no way around that you are limited.  Line-6 has the JM4 looper which seems like a good solution as it has built-in effects so that's a cheap option I guess, you can then output all your loops once done separately through the stereo out and run an adapter to plug into the aux in (I haven't done this yet it's just an idea I thought of) and then you can play guitar and solo over that by running the guitar through the normal input.  Or you can just buy some effects boxes or one of the Line-6 stompbox modelers and put that before the looper.  

 

Now for the good.  The remote app works great, looks great and is really easy to use.  I use an iPhone 4S and the screen isn't too small, it's very well done.  The only complaint is that if you go out of the app to access something else on your phone when you go back to the app it takes a couple seconds to resync. The tone match is a cool feature and I think being able to share your tones with others online and have access to their tones is brilliant.  It's a lot of fun to see what others have done and then see if you can come up with something that sounds like an even closer match (of course this is highly dependent on the guitar everyone is using, for example the tone someone created might sound great on a Les Paul but not so much if you have a Strat so you can select a different one or create your own and publish it, amazing idea and it keeps things fresh).  The 100 presets Line-6 has provided are all well done and super easy to tweak to your liking with the remote app.  The fact it's a bluetooth player too is a HUGE plus, I use that feature all the time.

 

So here's what it comes down to folks, the price.  For $450 - $500 you simply can't beat that.  If I want a more professional set up I'd have to spend $1500 on a DT-25 & HD500X bundle or something similar.  Now is the sound of the Amplifi acceptable for $1500, I'd say no but for $500 it's amazing.  For me the only thing :"wrong" with it is the footboard issue.  $200 and I can only switch between 4 presets?  Um...or an extra $100 and now I have an Amplifi 150 and an FX100?  I guess that solves the looper issue though and let's face it, if you're using a looper in such an advanced way that's going to require you to invest some $$$ on gear one way or the other.  I also wouldn't mind some more inputs on the back, like how about a dual stereo input so I don't have fiddle around with adapters and whatnot.  

 

I'm thinking of returning it before the 30 day window has expired but if I do I'm going to get a DT-25 & HD500X so it's not like I can return it and get something "better" in the $500 dollar price range, I need to triple my investment to get better so by that standard I'd say the Amplifi 150 is a great value and worth price.  Line-6, the only thing is those of us that bought the 150 need a footboard that can access more than 4 presets, especially considering the FX100 owners can do this effortlessly.  

 

So yeah, long story short is for $500 it's a great deal, you want better then you need to be prepared to spend 1K+.  And if I do return it then now I'm out the bluetooth player and I do like the remote app.  It almost seems silly not to keep it and just get the DT-25 & HD500X also.    

 

 

**EDIT**  -  Someone told me in another thread that you can use the Shortboard to cycle between the 100 presets and those presets are in fact stored on the amp and accessible using the Shortboard without the remote app so that's really a huge improvement that I'm happy with.  Also, I've decided to keep the Amplifi 150.  For $500 you can't beat it as a practice amp & Bluetooth player and now that the footboard has good functionality, I'd say the Amplifi is a great bargain.  If you want a more professional setup then prepare to spend $1500+.   


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 07:40 PM

I bought a 150 very lighted use online, mint condition.

As a stereo buff and a guitar player, this sounds a bit weak for 150Watts.

On the guitar side, I need to remind myself that with a tube amp, every bit of the circuit is the instrument, where a modeling amp synthesizes the tone then amplifies that sound with absolute clean transistor fidelity. It won't be as loud or have the same response as its tube counterpart.
Having the control of the good stuff on this amp hinged upon iOS, is actually a hidden expense for those who do not have such a device. Cumbersome, it is not the most clean app, though it is better than having to delve through hidden menus one a screenless interface.

On the the stereo side, it works well. Hook up is simply and pleasant sounding until one tries to play it loud. Again, I thought 150 watts would produce more sound pressure.

For the price, I would not buy this as a guitar amp as I do not need so many effects(many of which are kind of useless, in my opinion), it has that sterile digital response and it is not particularly loud. One would do better with a 15watt tube amp and move their pedal boards from their main rig to the practice amp. As for a blue tooth remote speaker system, it is not as loud as I though it should be. That said, it sounds better than many of the comparably priced systems. This is why this thing works..... It is perfect for a bed or dorm room and can be dragged out for background music outdoors. Add to that, is a serviceable practice amp.

I am on the fence on keeping it, but might recommend it to someone who needs such a niche product.

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 08:47 AM

I bought a 150 very lighted use online, mint condition.

As a stereo buff and a guitar player, this sounds a bit weak for 150Watts.

On the guitar side, I need to remind myself that with a tube amp, every bit of the circuit is the instrument, where a modeling amp synthesizes the tone then amplifies that sound with absolute clean transistor fidelity. It won't be as loud or have the same response as its tube counterpart.
Having the control of the good stuff on this amp hinged upon iOS, is actually a hidden expense for those who do not have such a device. Cumbersome, it is not the most clean app, though it is better than having to delve through hidden menus one a screenless interface.

On the the stereo side, it works well. Hook up is simply and pleasant sounding until one tries to play it loud. Again, I thought 150 watts would produce more sound pressure.

For the price, I would not buy this as a guitar amp as I do not need so many effects(many of which are kind of useless, in my opinion), it has that sterile digital response and it is not particularly loud. One would do better with a 15watt tube amp and move their pedal boards from their main rig to the practice amp. As for a blue tooth remote speaker system, it is not as loud as I though it should be. That said, it sounds better than many of the comparably priced systems. This is why this thing works..... It is perfect for a bed or dorm room and can be dragged out for background music outdoors. Add to that, is a serviceable practice amp.

I am on the fence on keeping it, but might recommend it to someone who needs such a niche product.

Namaste,
David

 

I think that's what it comes down to, for the price it's a great deal.  Realistically if for $400 - $500 dollars you could viably replace $$$$$$ worth of equipment then what?  Nice thing too is that besides something that you can play music & backing tracks on when you're using your "real" equipment it's a a great practice amp so you don't have to put the wear/tear on your tube circuitry.  You can use it simultaneously while playing the guitar & having a background track on.  The remote app regardless of anything gives you a ton of options and it's easy to use.  It's easy to move around.  Take it somewhere you don't have to worry about it as much.  $500 is a steal for the 150, especially if you're a hobbyist. 


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Posted 13 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

I think that's what it comes down to, for the price it's a great deal.  Realistically if for $400 - $500 dollars you could viably replace $$$$$$ worth of equipment then what?  Nice thing too is that besides something that you can play music & backing tracks on when you're using your "real" equipment it's a a great practice amp so you don't have to put the wear/tear on your tube circuitry.  You can use it simultaneously while playing the guitar & having a background track on.  The remote app regardless of anything gives you a ton of options and it's easy to use.  It's easy to move around.  Take it somewhere you don't have to worry about it as much.  $500 is a steal for the 150, especially if you're a hobbyist. 

 

 

Indeed, but like I said, having an IOS7 or 8 device becomes an additional cost, unless you already own one.  


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Posted 14 October 2014 - 09:16 AM

Indeed, but like I said, having an IOS7 or 8 device becomes an additional cost, unless you already own one.  

 

Yeah definitely, if you don't have an iOS device and don't have any other use for one then the Amplifi probably wouldn't make sense.


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Posted 26 October 2014 - 10:54 AM

Enjoying the amp, the bluetooth/iOS/app connectivity is its only downfall.  While I can stream to it from any other app (spotify, itunes, etc),the app just refuses to connect to the box. Ive had alot of Line 6 gear, and this is the first time i have been underwhelmed by a product. The potential is there, just needs the stability. And yes, i have updated f/w and the app.  

I am going to try to delete the device from my iOS bluetooth and re-add it as another step but, would really hate if this becomes the norm.


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Posted 27 October 2014 - 04:25 PM

psanchez,

 

Perhaps you need to update the firmware.  The original was notorious for connectivity issues.


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Posted 29 October 2014 - 07:38 AM

A few notes..Up till practice time this AM, the jury was out on this device. Let me start by saying, I am a long time line6 user starting from the XTLive and each new incarnation since.

So for me, a couple of things drove the purchase of this, 1. I am getting close to retirement and thought that I have one more rig in my future, 2. The church that I play at regularly is very Ipad centric, monitoring, charts, etc. Along wiht the Amplifi 100, I also purchased an Ipad Air. Most of my issues have been with the Ipad...It is aggravating.

 

Big plus's: I understand now why only 25 patch banks and no extra user folders. (My HD500X is filled to the brim with patches that I use and move around depending on the set that week). The ability to save tones into a MyTones location and make space for customization without deleting a tone is nice. In the My Tones Panel it would be nice if the Save Tones function followed you down the page.

 

I love the simplicity of the footswitch/save function.

 

In the past I would work with my HD on my desk until I designed the patches, then set it on the ground. I would only occasionaly use the editor on my laptop, as it seemed clumsy, just me. There is no point in having the Amplifi anywhere but on the floor.

 

This week was probably not a great week for me to get this, as our group is playing at a different location this week and we have an extended set. I DO press on.

 

This AM I set up the Amplifi and my HD500X next to each other at my workstation, and duplicated the patch bank for one song, 4 patches.I started with my root tone in location D and copied it over to C, B and A. In about 15 minutes I have all of the patches developed for that song,

each one pretty complex. Patch A Intro Swells, B clean with stereo trailing delay, C slightly driven and D over the top for the ending.

 

Downside: It seems a little glitchy in the edit mode. It likes to hiccup between patches during play back and editing in general. I did shut down the App and switced between patches and it seemed smooth, no latency. Here is a suggestion, maybe add to the interface, a Performance View screen that looks like the GUI on the HD. Sort of an overview of the patch you are in on the screen. If you need to edit, have an Edit button on the Performance view screen. I am going to update the firmware as soon as I resolve a Wi Fi issue with the stinkin' Ipad. Luckily, I have PCs that work fine so I can log on to the Apple Help to troubleshoot my Ipad.

 

I LOVE that the Amplifi uses the X3 effects package! I used the stereo delay this AM and am so glad to have the old offset function back. Something about this control is just different from the new stuff. The old X3 controls that I have encountered are like seeing and old freind.BTW welcome back Auto Wah..I missed ya!

 

I will be using the Amplifi at rehearsal Thursday night, and will report back after that and the gig on Sunday. I plan to run it in Editor mode for rehearsal and sound check, but may shut the App down during the gig.

 

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Posted 05 November 2014 - 06:55 PM

i like use it for home practice, jam along with backing track :D 


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Posted 08 November 2014 - 06:32 AM

Hi i bought the amplifi150 and it seems there is no software installed in it .i have to install software in it by download from site? Bluetooth seems to work cause i played backing tracks but i cant control amp from my mobile thank you
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Posted 08 November 2014 - 06:33 AM

Hi i bought the amplifi150 and it seems there is no software installed in it .i have to install software in it by download from site? Bluetooth seems to work cause i played backing tracks but i cant control amp from my mobile thank you
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Posted 10 November 2014 - 04:48 AM

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

i really hope u guys fix this stuttering thingy plus the crashes after playing along some songs.

Becouse this is absolultly annoying.

And that's the reason I am not happy with this thing.

May it's only on I phone 5 but I am not willed to buy a Pad.

 

Hope u give us a better perfomace soon.

 

Thank you in advance, have a good one.

 

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