52 Amplifier Heads, week 17—Line 6 DT25

So far in the 52 Amplifiers series I’ve written about amplifier heads ranging from 1 watt to 20 watts. I’m still looking for something that I could use comfortably at home, but what if I also benefited from something that was capable of a lot more? Then an amplifier that went from 10 watts to 25 watts might be better. But I’ve so far discovered plenty of amplifiers that provide quite the tonal range for me to consider as well. Thanks to the Line 6 DT25 that might not be a problem either. I love a good problem solver.

The DT25 comes complete with four different voicings allowing you to switch easily between American cleans, British crunch, class A chimes and modern high gain. That’s impressive. What’s perhaps even more impressive is the DT25’s ability to connect seamlessly with the Line 6 POD HD processors which increases your tonal variety to enviable levels. That’s a lot of positives for the beginning of an article. I’d better list the amplifier’s main features before I get over excited.

  • Tube head designed by Reinhold Bogner
  • 25/10 watts
  • Selectable power tube mode (pentode or triode)
  • 1 x 12AX7 tube
  • 2 x EL84 tubes
  • Series effect loop
  • 2 channel design (each channel with Drive, Bass, Mid, Treble, Presence, Reverb and Volume controls)
  • 4/8/16 ohm speaker output options
  • MIDI in/out
  • L6 connections
  • Footswitch jack (for Reverb and Channel control)

That’s pretty impressive. My excitement levels may have remained high!

As someone who primarily plays from home—and is very aware of the other people in the same house (and street to be fair)—the low level options in this amp appeal to me greatly. Apparently the low level volume mode allows you to not only experience lower volumes, but also keep the awesome tones your tube amplifier would pump out at much higher volumes. You can see and hear more about that on the official Line 6 DT25 promotional video. The tones though you are better off listening to (and watching if you desire) on the official Line 6 DT25 Sounds page.

People who know me may not be surprised to learn that my favourite voicing is voicing 4. I love the modern high gain tone.

This amplifier appeals to me a lot. It’s tube, yet it’s modern and connects to other technology in a way that just opens up the tone options from the one head. We’re moving up in the price scale now, but when one head is essentially four or more amplifiers combined into one, perhaps it’s worth it. That’s the argument I’ll take to my wife should I decide this is the amplifier for me at the end of the year.

Oh and Tony Iommi uses Line 6 amplifiers. I’ll just leave you with that. \m/

Disclaimer: I’ve not played through this head. I have not experienced the sound or tone of this head other than through video. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

Line 6 DT25
Line 6 DT25

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