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    Battery Charging Time

    My JTV-59 is one of the 'older' ones and was little-used for several years. Because of this, my battery isn't what I'd consider an ideal test case, as it doesn't hold its charge for as long as I'd suspect when running on battery power. Bearing that in mind, here's how mine behaves: I agree that the time required to charge is in the 3 - 4 hour range. While charging from a low condition, the LED remains lit. It eventually does begin to blink, and will continue to blink for as long as it's in the charger. (and that could be days or weeks, literally) Measuring the voltage at this point yields approximately 8.4 to 8.5 volts, which will hold for quite a long time -- days, in fact -- as long as it's not put back into the guitar. It does seem to lose energy more quickly in the instrument, even if not played, without a cable being connected to the 1/4" jack, and with the volume turned all the way down. I've begun to use an XPS box to power it for practice nowadays, so I don't have to be concerned about the state of charge in the battery. If I play a couple of songs at an open mic, I'll use the battery with confidence, as long as it's been in the charger for a while prior to going.
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    Firmware 2.23 jtv

    I expect nothing, so there's seldom disappointment when nothing is offered. However, given that Line 6 apparently went to the trouble of releasing a new firmware version, it would be nice if customers were notified of its availability. Again, thank you for your comment. I wouldn't have been inclined to connect my aging JTV to Monkey to see if updates were available, but will keep this in mind in the future. I don't see any 'deeper notes' on the Downloads page, which is one of the reasons I spoke out. Had there been an adequate description of the new firmware, I'd have remained silent. And appreciative.
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    Firmware 2.23 jtv

    Thank you. I generally try to learn what a given update is supposed to do before deciding whether it's worth the risk. After a $110 failed Amplifi 150 firmware update, I'm a little gun-shy...
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    Firmware 2.23 jtv

    Gee, a 'new' JTV firmware update! (released without fanfare -- not even a suppressed fart -- in April of this year) Did I miss a relevant discussion of this on the forum? Nope. Would be nice if there were some type of presence on this forum to announce the availability of new versions. Or maybe send an email -- they're great about sending emails trying to get us to by the newest gewgaw... So I went to the downloads page to check, and learned that the previous version, 2.22, released in 2017 affords us the following spectacular updated experience: Sorry I missed that one! But this new one promises... well, it promises.... EXACTLY NOTHING. Here's a direct quote from the support page: Wow -- be still, my beating heart!!! This is gotta be the GREATEST FIRMWARE UPDATE EVER! After all, it's 456 KB!!!! Just like all the others... Pathetic support, Line 6. You're making it hard to believe in you anymore.
  5. Someone who twice uses a verb -- 'allot' -- in place of a common two-word expression 'a lot', should be careful of criticizing another's improper use of language...
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    Warning about the Amplifi series

    Hope you don't think I'm a wise-guy, but I'm having trouble understanding a couple of things about your post: You say that you removed the SD card containing the firmware, then booted the amp. That seems counter-intuitive to me. Will the amp actually 'boot' with no firmware? 'It hasn't played up since.' Do you mean that it's been 'ok' since you did this -- it hasn't messed up, screwed up, goofed up? 'Played up' is a phrase I'm not familiar with... Thanks.
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    Wireless headphones

    Conventional bluetooth devices are prone to unacceptable latency, as has been mentioned in these posts. But there is a technology that may reduce the delay to virtually unnoticeable level. Look for an aptX low latency bluetooth transmitter for best results. In order for it to work optimally, the receiving end, whether it's a standalone receiver, BT speaker, or a BT headphone or earbud set, must also be aptX-equipped. I've used such a setup on a PC with BT earbuds to watch Netflix movies without lip sync issues that occur with plain-vanilla bluetooth. As you might expect, aptX devices cost more, but they're worth it if it does what you want.
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    Slapcatt

    Is this a followup to a question you asked before? If not, you haven't given enough information about what you're trying to accomplish and what you have tried that doesn't work.
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    Upgrade from X3

    My opinion: I don't see it as being much of an upgrade, unless you're REALLY interested in the remote app & Bluetooth music streaming. I believe the models in the Amplifi FX100 are based on the XT Live and X3 technology, so I wouldn't expect a difference in sound quality. And, I find the FX100 foot switch configuration to be extremely limiting and cumbersome. There are switches that select which of 4 presets - A, B, C & D - within a bank of tones is active, as indicated by an LED that corresponds to the switch. The bank number is shown in a 2-digit 7-segment LED display, so your only visual cue would be to get the bank number from the 7-segment display and look for which LED is lit over one of the 4 switches. Put that together and it might decode as 10C. (bank 10, preset C) Doesn't tell you much about the selected tone, does it? And, you have 25 banks with 4 presets each. How good is your memory? Which tone is 04B? I don't know, either... And, to change banks, you have to simultaneously activate two of the switches to go up, and another two switches to go down. Not the easiest thing to do on a dim stage while you're trying to play guitar. Another serious deficiency is the lack of other switches that would allow you to turn effects, like reverb, stomp or compression, on and off. You want a boost for a solo, you have to have a separate preset with a hotter output -- you can't just step on a stomp or boost switch. I don't know who they designed this thing for. It sounds ok, but it's got some serious usability issues, IMO. In case you're wondering, I have one. It's ok for practicing by myself in the basement. A better solution in the Amplifi series would be one of the amps, combined with an FBV Short Board MKII or an FBV-3. That gives you much more flexibility and control, but adds expense. And the Amplifi amps don't give you a dedicated output to an external amplifier, the one thing the FX100 does have going for it. Sigh....
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    Amplifi 1/2 speed

    The Amplifi series appears to be another in a long line of products introduced, hyped, halfheartedly supported, mostly-neglected and finally abandoned by Line 6 when the next new shiny object comes along. It's not possible to say where that timeline is with Amplifi, but my guess is that it's near the end of the cycle. Line 6 appears to still be selling them, you can get 'em fixed, but releases for long-standing usability issues and feature updates are few and far-between. I'd suggest that you explore other options for playing back your tracks, and guess that you can find one that features far more flexibility in varying the speed, setting loop points, etc. I see that you're using an iPhone, so I can't make any specific suggestions. I use an Amplifi 30 for practice, and often play backing tracks or songs on my PC with Andy Robinson's Transcribe!, a wonderful program that offers many speed and pitch options, including fixed and infinitely-variable playback speeds, along with loop points and other options. There are other free options that would also work for simple speed changes -- Audacity, Videolan (VLC) Media Player, etc. Or you can continue to wait for Line 6 to squash the bug...
  11. Found this interesting and wanted to compliment you for your work, despite having no use for it, myself. (I have a MKII that I use with Amplifi 30 & 150.) I have noted the disappointment that others have expressed in the inability of the FBV3 to display colors. Looks like you've gone the extra mile in coming up with a solution, even if it's beyond the capability of many users and requires extra components. Thanks for your effort!
  12. They're not only playing the watts game, you also need to keep this in mind: A change of 3 dB is accepted as the smallest difference in level that is easily heard by most listeners listening to speech or music. It is a slight increase or decrease in volume. To produce an increase of +3 dB you simply need to double power (watts). --sourced from http://www.jlaudio.com/ So now what would you think about the difference between the Amplifi 75 and the 150? Louder? Yeah. A little bit. Unscientifically, I'd have to think that the 12" speaker in the 150 would move more air than the 8" speaker in the 75. But what do I know - I'm just an aging rock & roll neverwas... (Expecting someone to weigh in with the 'tube watts are much louder than solid state watts' argument any minute...) With regard to the original post: Last year, I twice used my Amplifi 30 at a practice with another guitar, bass, drums, 3 vocals and a keyboard, classic rock tunes scenario. Surprisingly, standing not too far away, I could hear it, but it was turned up all the way, and clean tones absolutely out of the question. Would've been interesting to try a 75. I now have a 150, but have not been able to sit in with the band anymore.
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    Firewire for Pod XT?

    Well... You didn't mention which version of the Pod XT you're referring to, but I'm not aware of any that has firewire connection capability. As the previous post mentions, it does have USB functionality. I believe the old 'Bean' versions of the XT have a cat-5 connector for use with accessory floorboards, but still no firewire, as far as I know.
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    Line6 Relay G10 transmitter connections

    The TRS plug on the G10 does not mean that it's designed to receive or supply a stereo signal. It is designed to work with standard 1/4" TS (2-conductor) output jacks that are found on almost all conventional magnetic pickup guitars. It also works with many guitars with active electronics and preamps, but there are some documented cases of incompatibility. I believe there's a section in the user manual that mentions this, and maybe a thread on the forum or an FAQ that also addresses the issue.
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    USB interface

    This is a questionable configuration in 2018, but it used to work just fine. The biggest issue is incompatibility with newer versions of Windows, specifically Windows 10. A forum search will yield several posts which outline difficulties in making this combination work properly.
  16. I'll start with a simple question, which someone may be able to answer off the top of his/her head. Then, I'll go into a tedious explanation of what I'd like to accomplish. First, the question: If my JTV-59 is connected to a compatible Line 6 device with a VDI cable, will the analog output at the guitar's 1/4" output jack be suppressed, or could it be connected via a standard guitar cord to play through an amplifier? Now for the rest of the story, which may spark an alternate solution, or may result in a 'You can't get there from here' unhappy ending... The battery on my JTV-59 doesn't seem to have much longevity, despite the fact that I use the mag pickups more than the modeling. I'd like to be able to power it for everyday use and practice by connecting it to my Pod XT Live via VDI. But I'd prefer to go wireless into my Amplifi 30 through a Relay G10 plugged into the 1/4" output, because I like the sound of the Amplifi more than the output of the Pod XT played through my stereo amplifier. In this scenario, I'd essentially be using the Pod XT Live as an expensive power supply. But that's ok -- it's paid-for... If the output continues to be available at the 1/4" jack while connected via VDI, it would also open up the possibility to use the Pod XT Live to change models on the JTV, which would be VERY cool. I'd still be using the Amplifi for amplification, but wouldn't have to play with the knobs and switches on the guitar in the middle of a song. Another option that solely addresses the power issue may involve the XPS footswitch, which I've basically never used, although I have at least two of them, supplied with my Variax 500 and 600 guitars. Maybe it would be possible to power the Variax with the XPS and it's 3-conductor guitar cable, and plug the Relay G10 into the 1/4" output of the XPS box? I know: I could try these combinations, myself. And probably will. But I thought it would be useful to throw these scenarios out there and see if others have tried or given thought to possibilities such as these. Look forward to hearing any ideas or suggestions...
  17. Once again, thanks for your comment. I'm familiar with IdeaScale, and used to get weekly notifications. For some reason, those notifications stopped, and I have to make it a point to remember to visit occasionally.
  18. I'm at a severe disadvantage because I can't look at the circuitry, and have to rely on general knowledge and experience with electronics, guitars and amps. The current draw explanation seems spurious to me. For one thing, the output available at the 1/4" jack -- whether is from the modeling electronics or the mag pups -- is scaled to approximate a typical guitar signal, meaning milivolts, whether it's 10 or 150mv, and is going into a high impedance guitar amplifier input. Not exactly a big current drain situation in my eyes. I'll stop there, although the temptation is strong to speculate about internal routing of the signals and how they relate to the D-A and A-D conversion components to handle the modeling and transmission along the VDI. Sure, at some point, there may be an issue with the line to the 1/4" output presenting an extra load on an output only designed to handle connection to an internal stage of the onboard processing. But I remain skeptical that it's a current issue... There's no point in my even going there, because 1) I don't know for certain, and, 2) I'd be told that I'm wrong, just because I'm not supposed to know. So I'll just leave it at that. I know there's little chance that you'll address this, but I'll throw it out there anyway for anyone else who may care to comment: If this is truly a current-draw issue, I should be able to avoid any loading with a unity-gain voltage follower at the 1/4" output. From there, I should be able to do anything I want to with the signal without any possible interaction with the JTV electronics -- even hook up jumper cables to ground...
  19. Thanks for the link. Looks like there's some interesting information to be found there. Will look around!
  20. Thanks for your comment. I tried a forum search before posting this to see if it had been addressed, but didn't waste a lot of time trying different search term combinations. I'd like to be able to see these admonitions... Circuit overload, eh? Sounds like pholgiston to me... Or poor circuit design, if true.
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    Amplifi 30 Gig Bag

    Looks good! Seems the 16-can size coolers are just right for this purpose. I saw another brand at Costco the other day that looks like it's also a good fit.
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    AMPLIFI effects

    I wouldn't buy an FX100 strictly to use the effects. Look into one of the effects pedal units, instead. (not really familiar with the options, to be honest) The FX switching options are way too limited to be a satisfying choice as an effects-only pedal. You only have 4 preset selections, accessible via switches A, B, C and D. And bank up/down selection, which is awkward, at best. The individual effects can't be turned on or off at the tap of a switch. There's no 'Boost' switch available for a quick solo boost. Visible indication of the currently-selected preset is done via a two digit LED display and a single LED indicating which switch is active. Good luck remembering what '07' with the B LED on means. Do yourself a favor and re-think this! Addendum: IMO, If you're looking for a budget solution and are satisfied with earlier technology, a used POD XT Live would be a better choice than the FX100. You can turn the amp models off to allow you to take it straight into your amp, and the XT Live has switches for the individual effects.
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    Replacing the USB AC "plug"

    Should work just fine, as long as the specs meet or exceed what's put out by the Line 6 supply. For the record, I often use a power bank for my G10 receiver at live performances, to eliminate the need for extension cords and AC-power adapters.
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    Can I use 2 G10 transmitters with 1 reciver?

    No, each transmitter needs to be paired with its own receiver.
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    Cannot go into factory reset mode

    If this is a new unit, not a previously-owned one, it's unconscionable that it wasn't shipped with the latest firmware and required updating. As can be seen in this forum, updating these things can be very problematic, and it's clearly not a case of 'clueless users' who don't know what they're doing. I'd suggest returning it to the retailer, if purchased new, or open up a support ticket. Hold their feet to the fire. Updating should not be this fragile a process.
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