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  1. Saw your reply on my thread as well - thought I'd chime back in. I was able to solve my high-frequency interference AND reverse-polarity issue with one fell swoop: By using a length of cable about 2 feet long, and locating the transmitter on the back of my guitar strap, old-school style. The mono cable handles the polarity problem the same as the recommended adapter, and putting the transmitter away from the guitar eliminated the interference. I actually used a few leather strips and mounted some snaps on them and the guitar strap as "stays" for the cable. But only because I'm not a "zip tie and duct tape" kinda guy. In some ways, I prefer this setup since the transmitter had a tendency to get bumped while sticking straight out from the endpin of my acoustic. One good whack could have easily broken it off. Now I'm using a right-angle cable connector and all is well.
  2. This article does NOT address the high-frequency interference that some (more and more, it seems) users are experiencing with acoustic guitars. I'm one of them. G10 works fine in some of my guitars, and has a completely unacceptable level of high-frequency, digital-sounding whine in others.
  3. Well, if Guitar Center won't take back my G10, maybe Line 6 will.... Big fan of Line 6 products in general, but this is simply unacceptable. You guys needed to do more testing with various guitars before releasing this product. I am guessing here, but it seems that active electronics in acoustic guitars that use BRAIDED cables for the pickups have issues with interference. It's bad. It's high-frequency, digital-sounding noise and it's not anywhere near "typical" or tolerable. I have an Emerald X-20 acoustic. Originally equipped with a B-Band A3T system. My G10 worked just great with it, however I had quality issues with the system, so B-Band sent me a replacement. The new pickup design included a braided shield over the pickup cable. This is when the noise started with the G10. Using a guitar cable, the noise went away. After having yet more quality issues with B-Band (and Emerald quit using them as a supplier), I had Emerald install their updated LR Baggs Element system. This, too, has a braided pickup cable. And the noise is even worse than before. The guitar is dead silent when using a normal cable. Yes, I've tried the mono-to-mono adapter trick. No relief from the noise. In addition, this new LR Baggs system seems to suffer from the "reverse polarity" issue, whereby the system won't even work at all when plugged directly into the guitar. It's been more than 45 days, but I'm going to see if Guitar Center will take this thing back. It's simply not worth the hassle. For whatever reason, my 15-year old Yamaha (yes, it has an active preamp) works fine with the G10. But I simply cannot accept the noise coming from the Emerald, and it's not the guitar's fault. Any solutions before I return this inferior product, Line 6 people???
  4. Same issue here. Emerald X20 with a B-Band A3T preamp/pickup. High-pitched interference noise from the G10. I will add this, however: I had to replace the pickup on this guitar. The previous pickup has what looks like a ribbon cable to connect to the preamp. The new pickup has braided shielding over the cabling, and the noise issue ONLY appeared after the pickup swap. I'm no electrical genius, but it sure seems like the braid is picking up interference from the G10. B-Band advised trying a wire jumper from the shield to a screw on the preamp circuit board as a "ground" - this made no difference. I also tried the 1/4 mono adaptor trick from Line 6 - also no change (well, the interference might actually be slightly worse). I'll wait to hear more info here from Line 6, but for now I've got to ditch the G10 and go back to a guitar cable.
  5. Same issue here - high-pitched interference from the G10. Placing my whole hand over the transmitter greatly reduces the noise, so I know it's the G10. An interesting observation, however: I used the G10 for a while on this same guitar, but with a different pickup (B-Band under-saddle - replaced since it went bad). The newer pickup (direct replacement from B-Band) has a braided shielded cable, and it's only after the pickup switch that the interference began. The old pickup had a non-shielded cable. I've tried putting a jumper ground on the braid, attached to the preamp, and no change in the problem. Also just now tried the adaptor trick - no change. In fact, the interference might have been slightly worse. Unfortunately, I choose the guitar over the wireless, so it looks like I'll be going back to being tethered to my pedalboard.
  6. I'm buying a G10 anyway - but I can't understand why this wasn't an included feature. A simple USB port on the transmitter so it can be charged via cable as well as on the receiver/base station? My personal details (which I can only imagine apply to others as well): I'm a solo-acoustic performer. I've got a great custom pedalboard setup with universal power supply, etc. Everything is pre-wired and pre-cabled to make my setup/teardown as quick and easy as possible - full-on OCD style! The G10 receiver will live on that pedalboard. There's no way I'm going to drag my pedalboard inside all the time just to charge my G10 transmitter. If I could just pop the transmitter in my pocket after a gig, bring it into my house, and plug a USB charging cable into it, life would be SO easy. I think my ultimate solution is going to be to keep the receiver removable from the pedalboard via medium-strength velcro. Line6 Tech Support confirmed that a generic USB charging cable (micro) can be used to power the receiver/base station, so I won't have to "unwire" my power source on the pedalboard. Just unplug the receiver, take it and the transmitter into my house, and charge it up that way. Tech support also said there are no "battery memory" issues, so I can "top off" the charge on my performance breaks, as well as before my gig begins. I'm guessing that with the anticipated battery life, I'm probably going to be pleasantly surprised by how infrequently I'll need to do a full-charge. Still, the option to simply use a USB cable would be an easily-added and much-appreciated feature.
  7. Well, I received all my new gear today, and I'm happy to report that the Relay G30 works FANTASTIC as a wireless solution to run signals from one Bose Compact to the other! The use of a -15dB attenuator is the perfect solution as well. I tested the setup with a -10dB attenuator, and could definitely hear the difference in sound quality; as dboomer stated, I was getting clipping. Using the -15dB inline attenuator between the Bose Compact output and the Relay transmitter, I get near-perfect sound quality. I can hear a very slight difference in the overall frequency response versus a cable, but not enough to matter. It still sounds great. I expect to be using a cable to daisy chain the units most of the time. But knowing that I can wirelessly connect these two PA's when the need arises adds an incredible level of flexibility to my live setup. Thank you, dboomer, for the great advice on attenuating the incoming signal.
  8. Well, I just decided to go ahead and use a more "standard" inline XLR attenuator. I also purchased proper XLR-to-TRS cables so there will be as few clunky adapters as possible. Seems to be the cheapest and simplest method. The attenuator, cables, and my second Bose system should arrive later this week, and I'll be experimenting with the wireless setup shortly thereafter. I'll post my results! Thanks for all the great advice!
  9. I'm having a hard time finding an attenuator that utilizes 1/4" connections....particularly 15dB....I'd rather not use a whole bunch of line adapters to convert 1/4" to XLR to hit the attenuator, and then back again to 1/4". Most every attenuator I find seems to be XLR in and out...I may have seen one or two 1/4" but they're not the simple inline-type, and certainly not as affordable either.... Any suggestions?
  10. Fair enough .... looks like I'll pick up an attenuator! Thanks!
  11. Hmmm....now that is certainly good information! According to the specs, the 1/4" output is a Nominal +2.2 dBu, Max +20 dBu. The system has a built-in two-channel mixer, separate volume for channels 1 and 2. I never have the either of those levels beyond 50% of full volume. Does this sound reasonably safe? And - for my own info - what damage can occur with a voltage above +8 dBu? Thank you!
  12. Curious what the popular consensus would be on this.... Could I use my G30 to transmit wireless sound OTHER than just guitar? If not, why not? More info for those who are interested: I am a solo acoustic performer, and I use a compact, all-in-one PA system from a brand other than Line6 (no need to mention names!) I will soon be buying a second, matching unit so I can have a backup as well as a dual-tower setup when I feel the need for more power. I have no intention of making this a "stereo" setup. These systems have a 1/4" output, which is the recommended method of "daisy chaining" multiple systems together. 1/4" out from one to the 1/4" input channel on the next. I already own a Relay G30 - And the idea of using it to wirelessly send that signal to the second PA system is mighty appealing....no long cables to unroll and carry, no trip hazards at doorways, the ability to have speakers in multiple areas (within reasonable distances, of course) - the possibilities are really great and the convenience factor is way high! We all know as soon as I receive my second PA system, I'm going to try it and I'll report my results. But if you want to talk me OUT of trying this for some reason, please do. Just be convincing; tell me why all my gear will spontaneously combust or something like that. What say the gurus?
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