Line 6 DT25

This was my first amp, and I bought it in November 2013, roughly a year after I started playing in Rocksmith.  I went to Key Music in Sint Niklaas to try out a number of different amps, having researched amps around that price bracket and made a complicated spreadsheet of the main options (one of my favourite tools!).  The DT25 was the most expensive by far of the amps that I was considering – the others on my shortlist were the Fender Super Champ X2, the Line 6 Spider Jam, the Peavey Vypyr VIP 2, and the Vox Valvetronix VT40+.

The DT25 and HD500X
The DT25 and HD500X

I tried most of these in the shop – one of the problems with online gear research is the difficulty of finding shops that stock everything that you want to try, but Key Music had most of them.  I also tried a Blackstar that they recommended.  The amps that I tried were a mix of (partial) tube and solid state, with some modelling features.  The DT25 has tubes in the power amp and models lots of different amps, although it gives you a choice of four models as the default settings (the others are accessible through a computer interface).

Together with my Fender Pawn Shop '72
Together with my Fender Pawn Shop ’72

The simple test was the sound quality, and of the amps that I tried, I liked the sound of the DT25 best.  It has an impact and immediacy that the others lacked, and it also has a very clear control layout, with two entirely separate channels, each of which has dedicated controls.  In that way it’s great, and actually better than the more expensive amps that I’ve bought since then.

I also bought an HD500X, Line 6’s (then) flagship multi-effects processing unit.  I will write more on that subject at some point.  The amp and the HD500X made up two thirds of the Line 6 ‘Dream Rig’, with the third part being a Variax guitar which I never got.

The control panel, and the card insert showing the main amp models
The control panel, and the card insert showing the main amp models

Recently, my DT25 has been largely unused since I bought my Victory and Marshall amps, which I do think give a better sound.  I still think it’s a decent amp with great features, but I think I prefer an amp that does its own thing very well to an amp that tries to do lots of things reasonably well.

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