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Line6 G30 Digital Wireless System - guest penned by Ben White (Dane Rumble / Sola Rosa)

Posted by on 12 May 2010

Relay G30 Receiver Peda 630 80

:: Line6 Relay G30 Wireless Guitar System ::

This summer I have been lucky enough to trial the Line 6 Relay G30 wireless guitar system. After many years of playing guitar and experiencing wireless freedom very rarely, I was excited at the opportunity to perform with wireless full time.

The unit itself is very simple and consists of four pieces, TBP06 transmitter, cable, RXS06 receiver and power supply. Straight out of the box at the first rehearsal I had the unit setup and ready to rock in under five minutes. With both the transmitter and receiver set on channel one I noticed no interference whatsoever and found no need to darken the tone with the two cable tone options (see below Fig1). Tone wise I heard little difference between the wireless and cabled sound, if anything a touch brighter and louder. Further rehearsals proved the same and I was looking forward to taking it on the road.

On the road the unit performed just as well, if not better. On the small stage, setup was simple, transmitter clipped to guitar strap (fastened with the help of trusty gaffer tape for safety) and receiver placed on top of my amp or with my pedal board. Although I wasn't utilizing the range of the system, on the small stage I had complete freedom to roam without any annoying twisted cables or tangles. I also had many comments from other bands regarding the units simple design and sound quality compared to other top of the range systems they had tried.

Line6 G30 Relay Digital Wireless
line6g30relay.jpg Cable tone simulation.

Using a cable and a wireless system? Now you can switch back and forth without having to adjust the tone settings on your amplifier. Relay digital wireless systems feature a Cable Tone Simulator, which lets you match the sound of your Relay to the sound of your cable.

The big stage was where the system really performed. Sound wise I had absolutely no problems. My sound was clear and articulate from anywhere on stage, in the crowd, running around the crowd and all the way to the mixing desk. I noticed some latency the further I roamed from the receiver, but this was to be expected. Again I received compliments from other musicians regarding the quality of my sound. The only problem I had was when the clip came loose of the transmitter and I had to play the rest of the gig with it in my back pocket. This however is easily remedied with some careful fastening of the transmitter before performing.

Overall, from the rehearsal room to the big stage the Line 6 Relay G30 wireless guitar system lived up to all my expectations and more. I would happily include it as part of my setup in the future.

Specifications - Line6 Relay G30 Wireless Guitar System

Transmission Format

Line 6 proprietary digital audio transmission
Frequency Response 10Hz - 20kHz
Dynamic Range 118 dB
RF Carrier Frequency 2.4GHz
Compatible Channels 6
Transmission Range 100 feet line-of-sight (may vary due to local conditions)
FCC Approval Part 15 approved, no user-license required
TBP06 Transmitter
A/D Conversion 24-bit Delta Sigma, 128 times oversampling
Input Impedance 1.3 M-Ohm
Connectors 1/4-inch unbalanced input
Controls Power On/Off, Channel Select
LEDs Display Power, Audio Status
Battery Life Approx. 8 hours (2x AA alkaline batteries)
RXS06 Receiver
D/A Conversion 24-bit Delta Sigma, 128 times oversampling
Connections 1/4-inch output
LEDs Display Power On, Data Link, Audio Status
LCD Displays n/a
Controls Power On/Off, Channel Select, Cable Tone Simulator
Power Requirements DC-1g power supply (9VDC)