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Line 6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless Guitar System

 
Line6 takes guitar wireless to a whole new level with their new digital wireless systems. The entry-level model, the Relay G-30 is anything BUT entry-level in sound OR quality.


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Outshines every competitor in its price range featured

Comments I think every guitar player has reached or will reach the point where one trips over one cable to much. In my case I nearly ripped out the cable from my guitar as I misjudged how far I could walk away from my rig when I realized that though I'm no Janick Gers, I did like to interact when playing.
After looking into different makes, models and price segments I figured that it would be easier to take the time and test different types in a guitar shop.
I had already read that many models had different issues such as noticeable lag, need for special cables etc. so I had a good idea of what I wanted and needed from a wireless unit. I enjoyed all the features the Line 6 G30 had to offer; normal Jack connection between the guitar and the transmitter, 6 channel selector, battery indicator, cable length simulator and more than long enough reach (apx. 100 feet).
The transmitter comes with a belt clip and fits easily into any standard sized transmitter holder.
The cable tone simulator function. Placed on the receiver is a three way switc which allows you a drop in the high frequency tones. Choose between off, 15 feet (5 meters) and 30 feet (9 meters) to simulate cable length.
I plugged the transmitter into a guitar and the receiver into an amp and could walk carefree through the entire shop without any (unwanted) noise of any sort. The receiver also has a display showing the audio status as well as a battery status from the transmitter. That the G30 was on 50% discount was just a bonus, I would've bought this unit regardless.

I've used the G30 now for hours every week for six months. My only modification is to switch the jack cable that came with the set with a high quality patch cable from Klotz.
Sound wise I have no issues what so ever. And I don't play big enough stages to warrant a unit with longer reach. The only thing I would've like to see improved is the battery indicator. When it first drops from full it drops quickly. A set of 2 AA alkaline batteries last around 8 hours but it's a good idea to bring a spare pair.


Liked about it - Excellent sound quality.
- 6 channel selector.
- Outshines every competitor in its price range.


Didn't like - The mentioned battery indicator issue.
- The receiver seems a bit light in weigh, thus less stable. A metal housing would be preferable.


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5.0

By hp29
Dec 06, 2011
 
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The Line6 Digital Wireless revolution WILL be HEARD! featured

Comments This is NOT Spinal Tap

You've either seen it, heard it, or lived it. The freedom of wireless roaming on stage crippled by the interference of local radio stations, other broadcasts, or the wireless from the opening band's guitar player that didn't get turned off after THEIR set (I've actually seen the last one happen). All of these scenarios have led to a small backlash against traditional analog/RF wireless units and have players going back to their tried-and-true cable.

What's in a cable?

If you have the inclination, you can find information on the Internet that bashes guitar cables as "tone suckers" and nothing better than antennas that bleed your guitar tone and introduce interference. While this may be true, many opt for the stability of a cable over the gamble of interference on a wireless. Leave it to Line6 to solve this issue in an incredibly creative way using proven technology. When it comes to wireless, Line6 now has every other company smacking themselves on the forehead and asking, "Now why didn't WE think of that?"

The Relay G30 Digital Wireless Guitar System

Enter the Line6 Relay G30 Digital Wireless Guitar System. Comprised of a small transmitter and receiver, this system that Line6 represents as their entry-level package outperforms most other expensive wireless systems. The design of the G30 is both elegant and practical. The receiver is smaller than most stomp boxes and will fit easily on a pedal board, on top of, and possibly inside the back of most open-backed amps. The internal antennas on the G30 receiver makes it easily mistaken for a stomp box on a pedal board. The transmitter is just big enough for the device itself and the two 'AA' batteries that power the transmitter. Now let's talk about intelligence for a second. When you're playing, you can't see the transmitter that is on your guitar strap, belt, etc. That's why Line6 put the meter that shows the relative strength of the signal (including transmitter battery strength) on the receiver, where you CAN see it at a glance via a row of color-changing LED lights. There is, of course, a battery indicator on the transmitter, but I found myself relying more on what the receiver was telling me than constantly looking over my shoulder.

I had the Relay G30 up and running in about 30 seconds. Put in the batteries, pick one of the six available common "channels" on the receiver and the transmitter, plug in, and play. No messing with antenna positions, no dealing with interference, just pure, true guitar signal getting to your amp. Line6 has accomplished this by using tried-and-true digital wireless technology. This is the same technology you've had in your house for some time now, wirelessly connecting your computers to the internet. The Relay G30 operates over the 2.4 GHz frequency band, the same as most of the older cordless telephone and computer wireless access points.

Given the history of wireless systems and interference, plus the fact that I'm an admitted geek as well as musician, I decided to see if I could make the G30 fail or introduce any interference into the signal. Nope. I even put a famous-maker wireless access point made for computers directly between, beside, over, and under the G30 receiver and never encountered any interference. This is due to a pair of technologies on-board in the G30. First is Digital Channel Locking (DCL) technology that "locks" the transmitter and receiver onto the same signal frequency. The second employs some advanced technology, again borrowed from the computer world, to block out any signal that might try to interfere with YOUR frequency.

But how does it sound?

Once I plugged in the G30 I was amazed at the clarity, quality, and overall fullness of the sound when compared to my cable. In fact, it was a little TOO good. Higher frequencies were popping out all over the place and I thought, "I haven't changed my EQ settings, where did all this treble come from?" Well, it turns out the G30 will transmit all those higher frequencies that your guitar cable doesn't. The specifications on the G30 state its frequency response between 10 Hz and 20 kHz. My first thought was that I would have to adjust my EQ settings to accommodate the new wireless. But wouldn't you know it, Line6 thought of that as well. The G30 has a feature called "Cable Tone Simulation." Basically, this is a three position switch on the receiver that allows you to select how you want the G30 to sound. Your choices are Full Digital, 5 Meter Cable Simulation, or 9 Meter Cable Simulation. Clicking onto the 5 Meter position rolled off a good bit of the high frequencies
and my guitar started to sound more like its old self. Clicking onto the 9 Meter position rolled off even MORE of the high frequencies and my thoughts of having to adjust my EQ melted away. As an interesting note, the lowest and highest frequencies listed on my 31-band famous-name EQ are 20 Hz and 20 kHz, so the G30 has got you more than covered. The high-fidelity quality of sound that the G30 produces will have you looking at your guitar and gear in a whole new light.

I was afraid that while I could hear the differences live, I wouldn't be able to capture the differences when recording sound clips. That wasn't the case at all. Listen to the attached sound clips and you can hear the differences.

I plugged in a variety of guitars and amps using the G30 system including Gibson and Epiphone Les Paul models, Ibanez RG and JEM models, a Fender Lite Ash Telecaster, a PRS SE Semi-hollow, a Mosier MMi-T, and various Squier models. I was treated to the same crystal-clear beautiful tone every time. The attached sound clips were created using a stock Gibson Custom 1958 Les Paul Standard Reissue VOS, a Mesa Boogie Mark V combo, a VOX coiled guitar cable, and the G30. The clips were recorded using a Shure Beta 58 close-mic'ed into Cakewalk SONAR Producer 8.5 and exported to MP3.

Overall, I think the Relay G30 Digital Wireless Guitar System far exceeds any "entry-level" expectations and have a difficult time thinking of it as entry-level on any scale. The signal delivered is pure and true and the Cable Tone Simulation feature means you can gradually adjust your EQ settings until you reach that "full digital" state if desired, or leave it on to shape your tone exactly how you want it. Be forewarned that due to the power needed to maintain good signal strength the transmitter will deplete a standard set of 'AA' batteries after a few hours of playing so either make sure you put in fresh batteries before a gig, or use high-grade Lithium batteries that are specially designed for high-power devices. Either way, if you're standing right in front of the receiver and the signal strength light is showing one red bar instead of 2-3 green bars, change your transmitter batteries. The receiver is powered by the included AC adapter, so you're covered there.

Say good-bye to your cable, bad wireless interference, and anything else that has previously kept you from exploring the rest of the stage, the crowd, the drum riser, or anywhere else within 30 Meters of the receiver.

The Line6 Relay G30 Digital Guitar Wireless System--freedom to roam about from the name you trust--you're out of excuses!!

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Liked about it Outstanding high-fidelity, quality, tone with NO interference.
Extremely easy to set up and use.
Cable Tone Simulation allows you to get closer to "cable tone" without having to re-EQ your entire setup and still sounds better than a cable or analog wireless.


Didn't like The transmitter is a little tough on batteries, but you can only fit so much into a small package. As noted above, use high-quality batteries and you'll be fine.


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5.0

By racerevlon
Mar 24, 2010
 
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