Line 6 Powercab 212 Plus review

The digital amp giant has the perfect companion to your amp modeler...

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Guitar World Verdict

A truly state-of-the-art and incredibly versatile speaker cabinet that enhances your favorite modeler’s preset tones and so much more, all while delivering the sound and feel of a classic guitar cabinet.


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    Choice of Flat (FRFR) or Speaker Modeling modes.

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    Choice of 12 onboard Speaker Models.

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    Stereo width setting, which allows you to increase or decrease the cab's stereo field


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    Fairly hefty price point.

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What do you get the amp modeler that has everything? Why, a companion stereo guitar cabinet with onboard speaker modeling, of course! Line 6 has upped the powered speaker cabinet ante by offering the Line 6 Powercab 212 Plus, a 500-watt active stereo guitar speaker system that’s tailor-made for guitarists who rely on professional amp modelers and, more specifically, Line 6 Helix users.

The challenge for guitarists who use modelers has always been reproducing their preset tones live without coloration when running through traditional amplifiers, PAs and speaker systems. Here, the Powercab 212 Plus is not only transparent when it’s set in Flat mode, but delivers a full-range, flat response (FRFR) that preserves the tonal integrity of your sound.

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Paul Riario

Paul Riario has been the tech/gear editor and online video presence for Guitar World for over 25 years. Paul is one of the few gear editors who has actually played and owned nearly all the original gear that most guitarists wax poetically about, and has survived this long by knowing every useless musical tidbit of classic rock, new wave, hair metal, grunge, and alternative genres. When Paul is not riding his road bike at any given moment, he remains a working musician, playing in two bands called SuperTrans Am and Radio Nashville.