LowDown LD150 review by Line 6

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 8.3 (32 votes)
Line 6: LowDown LD150
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Purchased from: 4sound Skelleftea

Sound — 10
I normally play 2 basses with this amp. The first one is an Eagle AB VI (6-string, active), and my homebuilt bass (4-string, passive J-style). Both basses sound amazing through it, and I play everything from metal to funk, and a lot of other styles, and the amp performs amazing. It's extremely versatile, and I like that my FBV Express pedal from my Spider III 30 guitar amp works with this amp, so channel switching is possible when playing. Also the distortion is awesome! I haven't had the time to tinker around with sounds (bought this like a week ago), but it gets very close to the sounds that Fear Factory uses, and maybe with a 5-string J-bass, it would sound identical. I've played this amp at fairly high volume, and it handles it extremely good! No distortion at all! A world apart from my old 16w amp.

Overall Impression — 10
If this amp was stolen, I wouldn't buy a new one. I'd buy two, just in case it would happen again. Before deciding to buy this, I tried a Gallien-Krueger Backline 115, and a Hartke Kickback 15, and althought the Hartke sounded amazing, the Line 6 was a bit more versatile, and had some things the Hartke lacked. The only thing this lacks is a 1/4" out jack, for recording. I think it can be done through the headphone jack (my guitar amp has the same for recording and headphones), so it might not be a problem. It does have XLR out, so it isn't really a big deal if you have some form of mixing table (which I don't). A small problem on an awesome product though.

Reliability & Durability — 10
Nothing has happened so far, but as I said, I've only been a proud owner for a week. I wouldn't even think of getting a backup at all, it seems really sturdy, and reliable. The "cab" feels well built, and there's a sturdy metal grill in front of the speaker, so it should be protected if something bad would happen to it.

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    Flaming Bass
    I'm getting one of these bad boys pretty soon, read the reviews and stats of this, and the fender rumble and bassman. I know that this is no substitute to plugging in and listening to each one individually, but hey, i trust the judgment of the UG musicians..