Line 6 have been making digital wireless transmitters for a few years now and have announced a new version at this year’s NAMM show. The G10 Relay is a super simple design and can transmit on up to 14 different frequencies.
The product consists of a charger/dock/receiver which you plug into your amp and a transmitter you plug into your guitar. When fully charged the transmitter plug should give you around 8 hours of playtime, according to Line 6. The plug will automatically search for the base unit, meaning you just pull the charged G10 from the charging station, plug it straight into your instrument of choice and get playing.
The G10 supports any type of guitar, so whether you are an acoustic, bass or electric guitar player, you should find it’ll work equally well. They use a 24-bit digital wireless system that goes between 10Hz-20kHz frequency response, and Line6 claim more than 110dB of dynamic range. They also say there are no latency issues and that you benefit from the Line 6 ‘Cable Tone’ technology, which simulates the character a regular guitar cord imparts to your signal. Your standard guitar cable’s resistance actually plays a large part in your signal chain, so without this feature you often find most wireless systems a bit ‘cold’ or too ‘Hi-Fi’ sounding sometimes.
The unit is designed to be very simple to get up and running. The G10 Relay operates in the 2.4GHz ISM band and so there will be no issues with radio signals from mobile phones or TVs interfering with your guitars sound. The G10 also has a range of around 50 foot, which is big enough for most stages and rehearsal rooms, I would imagine.
I like the look of the product as it appears very simple to set up. Eight hours battery life is very reasonable and the way the unit charges in the included dock is nicely implemented. Line 6 say it should retail in the UK at around the £120-£130 mark when it is released later this year around the April/May. Personally I like gear that’s easy to set up and use, especially when playing at a gig, so this product appeals to me. It also looks nice and compact which again is a big bonus when playing live. I have enough to carry as it is with my guitars, pedal board and my amp!