Line 6 DT50 212 Reviews4.6/5.0 based on 5 customer reviews
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August 30, 2012Music Background:
Musician with Day Job.
Unleash the BeastIn Bogner's words..."This is not a toy." Alone it sounds amazing and is loud! No issues keeping up with drummers here. As the latest piece needed to complete my Dream Rig (DT50 212, HD500 & JTV-69), it now can do anything, and do it well. But it takes a deep understanding of how to pair and use all the elements to get what you want. I'm a Tone Hound, but not a Gearhead, and it is an overwhelming system, which is the only reason why I gave it 4.5 stars. With this amp, be careful when switching between certain Class A & Class A/B models, as the analog components do change and may take a couple of seconds to settle in. It takes a lot of planning to get this to do what you want, and if you know better than I do what you want and how to get it, then unleash the beast.
from Pittsburgh, PA USA
July 20, 2011Music Background:
Underrated!People typically think of Line6 and instantly think of their solid state amps that young rockers love so much. Well this amp blows those solid states away! A full tube amp from Line6? I was a bit skeptical. This amp does truly sound amazing. I love the fact you can switch between tube settings and have 2 channels (not your standard dirty clean either) I plan mostly high gain and this thing can get me Metallica/Slipknot tones and also some punk tones (Bad Religion, Screeching Weasels).
Only downfall to this amp and it does not include a simple 2 channel foot switch so you can play without stopping to switch channels.
I also run a Pod HD400 through this which is amazing because Line6 set it up so they intertwine very well.
from Burlington VT
March 18, 2011Music Background:
Snap, Crackle, Pop and BOOM goes the Dynamite!I played this the other day at a local guitar shop. It's bigger than my '78 Fender Twin Reverb and heavier,too! I plugged a POD HD 300 into it and plugged in my Variax 700. The tones were nice overall but it really needs to be let out and cranked to get the tubes going. The modeling at lower levels is conspicuous and a bit fizzy at times. But what I really found unnerving is the way this thing pops, cracks, and snaps and punches the speakers when I changed topologies (models)thru the Pod. I would be squeemish to fork over $1500 for an amp that does this anytime I want to swap my presets, especially in the middle of a song playing live. I think it would sound like a small fireworks display. I don't know if Line 6 could avoid this setup as the relays are analogue but to me it is a source of concern. I DO like the idea of what Line 6 was aiming for. I have a Vetta II and was hoping the DT50 would be a smooth transition from it. I may settle for a POD HD 500 and a pair of Tech 21 power 60's to avoid the noise of the relays switching ,plus also to avoid having to haul this beast around.
You pays your money, and you takes your chance. Best of luck to all.
from Yakima, WA
January 15, 2011Music Background:
Amazing AmpI just bought this amp yesterday and I already have it dialed in and it sounds out of this world. I found it very easy to use and tweak as needed. The template Line 6 gives you lets you dial up the perfect amp for all occasions
from Lakewood, CO
December 20, 2010Music Background:
semi-pro musician :) Recording/live engineering background.
DT50 212This is really an amazing amp... got mine today and just have been blown away by the tone the tube/drivers give as well as the digital integration with my hd500. Well worth the money if you're in the market for a decent amp without going to a full stack. Plus you can daisy chain a couple of these if you really needed more sound level :) Now I just have to wait for the JTVs to actually make it out but it sounds great with my Strats and Parkers.
Some players can make their music happen with just a single amplifier kept on a single setting. But many of us are looking for versatility from our amps; we want to cover a range of sounds, from clean to crunchy to singing to screaming. If this describes you, then you really need to check out the tube amp. From Fender to Vox to Marshall, it's all in there. And even if you're a one-sound kind of player, the DT50 should still be on your list, as it will deliver your sound with great authenticity.
The DT50 was designed by Reinhold Bogner of Bogner Amps fame, and it completely changes what we think of as a modeling amp. The DT50 does include the same high-resolution modeling found in the Line 6 POD HD, but there's much more to this amp than just great models. There are two 12AX7 preamp tubes and two EL34 power tubes inside. The cool thing is that the amp can reconfigure itself for either Class A or Class AB modes. So, when you select a Fender sound, you get a true Class AB tube section, just like the real thing. When you move to a Vox, the amp switches itself to a Class A configuration for totally authentic tone.
There are two channels, each with drive, bass, mid, treble, presence, reverb, and volume controls, plus a master volume control - and when you pull the master volume out, the amp drops into low-power mode for very quiet operation. You can also switch the tubes from pentode to triode operation for even more volume control.
There are four "topologies" in total: Classic American, Class A Chime, British Crunch, and Modern High-Gain. Selecting one of these topologies instantly reconfigures the amp to the proper circuit and tube-configuration type. It's like switching to an entirely new amplifier! And if you want to take things way further, hook up an HD 500 modeler to the DT50 via the proprietary L6 Link. The HD 500 takes over the front end and becomes the brains for the rig, controlling the topology and the configuration of the DT50.
On its own, the DT50 is tremendously versatile. For live performance, you can instantly call up the tones you want. In the studio, there's plenty of flexibility for tweaking the tone exactly to your requirements. And it's easy to dial in; the controls will be familiar to any guitar player. Now add in the HD 500 and things just go over the top. Suddenly, you have a rig that can do anything. It's truly mind boggling. And with those real tubes in there, it sounds right.