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  1. cbrillow

    Amplifi 150 (Dim Lights + Factory Reset Not Working)

    @shedhand First of all, this is a very well-written post, documenting your problem, the steps you’ve take to try to resolve it, and your expectations. Well done! It sounds like you’ve had pretty good luck and a satisfying experience with your amp to this point, which is more than most of the contributors to this thread can say. But there’s no denying it, it sucks when this happens, no matter when it occurs. My gut reaction is that the failure you’ve suffered, while certainly not unique, is one that happens less frequently than the one that seems to hit most of us: the inability to update firmware, resulting in a bricked device that does nothing. To my mind, it sounds like yours has a actual hardware issue that will require repair. Many of us other users have found ourselves in a different situation, where there’s nothing wrong with the hardware, yet it will not allow a factory reset or reloading of the firmware, despite satisfying all the requirements and correctly performing the steps to accomplish this. Hardware failure is inevitable, and many types of products exhibit similar failures to the extent that they appear to have design flaws, but these rarely reach the class action lawsuit arena. I had to send mine across the country at my expense to have them reload the firmware, which I had tried unsuccessfully to do, even with a Line 6 tech monitoring my actions via telephone as I did it. I’m very tech-savvy and tried it with several different machines, all of them up-to-date with OS, drivers and security patches. It’s ridiculous that a device that’s intended to be updatable by an end user can be so finicky that it has to be returned to the factory for a simple firmware update. Supposedly, mine didn’t suffer a hardware failure. Those, I can understand... Good luck to you in obtaining a resolution you can live with.
  2. cbrillow

    Is Anyone Actually Happy With This Thing?

    Sounds like you may have purchased a *New* device, which is good -- much easier to arrive at a satisfactory conclusion with new equipment. And it's also good that you're calmly initiating this with Sweetwater, whom I've found to be very reputable and accommodating. Line 6 would also cover you under warranty, but going through Sweetwater will probably afford you more flexibility, especially if your choice is to run away to something that may be less technologically-engaging, but more reliable than the Amplifi series. Good luck!
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    Amplifi 75 Cuts Out

    You may not have noticed that you're referencing a post from 2014. I would do some investigation before trying to update your Amplifi device. Although it doesn't happen to everyone, there are plenty of instances of failed Amplifi updates bricking the hardware. You'll find a lot of complaints about that on the forum. It happened to me despite the fact that I am very experienced and knowledgeable with computer hardware, and even attempted the procedure while talking with a Line 6 tech on the phone monitoring my every step. Line 6 eventually covered the cost of repairs, but it set me back over $100 to send it to California. When it returned, it worked, but there was no report on what was done to fix it. I inquired and was told that the firmware was reloaded. Well, duh -- what do you think I was trying to do on the phone with the Line 6 tech? I'd suggest first attempting to verify the version of your Amplifi firmware, which can be done non-destructively. There have been few updates, and none for well over a year. If you are running an outdated version that is currently working, or you don't absolutely need to try to update, don't press your luck.
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    Used JTV-59 Landmines?

    I'm quite certain that psarkissian has mentioned that there's been at least one revision to the 59's circuitry, but that it was minor and doesn't really qualify it to be a 'new, improved' product. He'll probably jump in and confirm or correct me, as necessary... I like most of the things about my '59 except selecting models with that screwy 3-way toggle switch and pushbutton knob arrangement. I 'grew up' with a Variax 500 that had the 5-way switch -- like a Strat -- and just can't remember where the models are with the newer switching system. I almost wish I'd bought a JTV-69 instead. Other things to look out for might be the poor illumination of the model select switch and battery life. It can be hard to see what model you have selected, especially in daylight or onstage. If you buy an older JTV, expect battery problems and a $50 expense for a new one. I know you are planning to power it from HD500X, but there are times when you just want to plug it in and go. If you don't have battery power, you're stuck using the mag pickups. (which I like, by the way...) Good luck -- hope you find one that you like...
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    micro usb on G10 relay

    Thanks -- that's what I was guessing you used...
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    micro usb on G10 relay

    A little description would be nice! Is that a regulator board you've added? Maybe a 9Vdc input to 5Vdc device?
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    Relay G10 USB input poor design

    Nice job -- thanks for your contribution!
  8. Ok, good information... Some more questions: Is this a newly-acquired device? Bought as new or used? Have you registered it with Line 6? Was it working ok prior to this? You might have better luck talking to them on the phone rather than waiting for a response to your ticket. The problem with tickets is, they'll make a suggestion or ask for more information, which can really string things out. I've been able to have a tech on the phone, so we can exchange real-time Q & A, and was able to perform checks while he waited for the results. If you've registered your FX100, you might get a quicker response this way. Offhand, I don't have a suggestion that goes beyond what you've already tried.
  9. Hope Line 6 have been able to assist you! Your message is a bit unclear -- did this failure occur after you updated to 2.60.0, or did you do the update in an attempt to correct the problem?
  10. cbrillow

    Amplifi 150 / 75 or TT? Wha should I get?

    If you're finished 'playing out' and are going to be playing primarily in your basement or room, consider the Amplifi 30. Really! It's surprisingly loud and it sounds pretty darned good, IMO. It's also pretty easy to adapt it to battery power, so it'd be suitable for playing in the park, where there's no AC power. I have 30, a 150 and the FX100, and find the 30 the most useful. I also use backing tracks from karaoke-version.com and some I've made myself. It works fine for the occasional open mic show and I can carry the entire setup in an Igloo cooler
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    Is Anyone Actually Happy With This Thing?

    I would question what prompted you to conclude that it 'doesn't work with Android.' ?? I have an Amplifi 30 and an Amplifi 150. They both work with the remote app on my Android phone, which is a 4-year old Nexus 6, and with my 6th generation 9.7" iPad. I also use them with a laptop, using the computer's built-in Bluetooth to play backing tracks on the amps. I have no problems with Bluetooth disconnections. I have other doubts about the Amplifi series, notably the frequent difficulties that can arise out of updating the firmware, but that's probably a moot point, because we're not likely to see any firmware updates, anyway...
  12. Thanks for passing along this information, rx7carl -- maybe it'll help someone one of these days! (Maybe even me -- I haven't put any effort into getting Line 6 Edit working with my Windows 10 system yet...)
  13. cbrillow

    fbv express mkII question

    Thanks for enlightening me on this! Here's hoping that the original poster has had his (or her) question adequately answered!
  14. cbrillow

    fbv express mkII question

    I'm not really familiar with the Spider series, so my comment may not be relevant. I would caution you that the FBV Express MKII appears to be very limited in its utility, restricting the selection of only 4 presets in the amp with the A, B, C, & D buttons. If the Spider has banks of presets, there would be no way to access them -- this floor controller has no mechanism for changing banks. I have Amplifi devices, which have 25 banks, each containing four presets. The FBV Express would be of limited use with my setup. I use an FBV Shortboard MKII, which offers the extra capability of changing banks and turning on and off individual effects stored in each preset.
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    Will the MkI shortboard work with Amplifi 30

    As shown on this FAQ page, the Amplifi series is not on the list of compatible devices. The FBV Shortboard MKII is listed as being compatible and I can verify that it does work with my Amplifi 30 and Amplifii 150.
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