Line 6 have just announced their new flagship amplifier the DT50 and not only has the amp been redesigned on the inside but it has had a very nice facelift on the outside with a more vintage styling. But don’t be fooled by it’s old school boutique looks, there are some incredibly clever things happening not only under the hood but on the faceplate itself too. As you change settings on the front panel, say changing from Pentode to Triode the setting description illuminates so you know which setting is selected but not in a nasty L.E.D. way but in nice simple backlit white text.
Classic American clean, chimey and crunchy English tones, modern high-gain distortion '“ all great amplifiers are based on one of these four celebrated amp voicings. DT50 has them all, and the four-way Voicing switch on the front panel is your speed-dial to each one. Behind each Voicing is the perfect recipe of dynamic analog circuitry (which includes tube configuration and negative feedback loop topology), and HD amp modeling technology (which fuels the preamp and tone stack).
Each Voicing can become a classic powerhouse or totally customized thanks to tube amp guru Reinhold Bogner's uniquely flexible design. The (2) 12AX7 preamp and 50W, (2) EL34 power section offer easy reconfiguration of operating class (Class A/Class AB) and power tube mode (Pentode/Triode) for a wide range of feels and tones that can be added to each Voicing: modern or vintage, tight or dynamic.
The A/B Channel switch allows any combination of voicing, operating class and power tube mode to be saved to either channel and accessed via a footswitch. The front panel operation is as per a traditional amp, so whatever you set on say the Channel A bass knob will be what you hear, no digital recall of a saved value. There is some serious technology happening on the back of the amp too with Line 6′s ‘L6 LINKâ„¢’ connectivity to integrate with the new Line 6 POD HD. There is also a serial effects loop, MIDI and an XLR direct out with cabinet simulation for recording.
Check out this video too that has explanations from the amp designers from Line 6 as well as Reinhold Bogner:
Check out the Line 6 website for more info and video demos.