Positive Grid Spark Link: A Quick Overview + What It Does

Positive Grid Spark Link

Positive Grid has just waded into the wireless guitar system market with its Spark Link. Here’s everything you need to know…

The Spark Link is a wireless guitar system created by Positive Grid to provide cable-free playing with their Spark amplifier range. It also works with any other amplifier, making high-quality wireless functionality accessible to all guitarists.

What is the Spark Link?

The Spark Link kit consists of a transmitter that connects to your guitar and a receiver that plugs into your amp. It uses a proprietary 2.4GHz signal to send your guitar’s sound to the amp wirelessly.

This gives you freedom of movement up to 70 feet away during practice or performance. The system delivers rich audio with less than 3ms of latency.

Key Features

  • Wireless range up to 70 feet
  • 24-bit/48KHz audio quality
  • Less than 3ms latency
  • 6 hours of battery life
  • 120-degree hinged plugs fit any guitar jack
  • Simple plug-and-play setup

Who is it for?

The Spark Link is great for any guitarist wanting to cut the cable and roam free. Its ease of use makes it accessible for beginners, while its sound quality satisfies advanced players.

It’s ideal for home jams and practice sessions. The extended wireless range means you can move around the house without getting tangled up.

Why choose the Spark Link?

  • Brings cable-free functionality to Positive Grid’s popular Spark amps
  • More affordable than comparable systems
  • Straightforward setup and use
  • Strong audio performance for both practice and live playing

If you want wireless guitar freedom, the Spark Link is a great choice. It delivers convenience and flexibility to help you get the most out of your practice sessions.

The device is priced at $129 which isn’t exactly cheap but for what it does, in the right hands, it could be pretty useful.

Things To Keep In Mind?

Positive Grid Spark Link

Wireless guitar systems have been around for ages now, but there is a good reason why most professional players do not use them.

And when they do, more often than not they’re using high-end proprietary models developed by their own in-house team.

As a player, there’s a bunch of reasons why I don’t use wireless guitar systems. The most important ones – based on my own, personal experience – are listed out below:

  • Latency: This is the main concern for many guitarists. Even with the best wireless systems, there can be a slight delay between playing a note and hearing it through the amp. This can be imperceptible to some, but for others, it can be distracting and make it difficult to play in time with other musicians or backing tracks.
  • Tone: Some players report a slight difference in tone when using a wireless system compared to a cable. This can be due to various factors like the type of wireless system, compression used in the signal transmission, and even the cable itself (longer cables can slightly roll off high frequencies). However, the difference may be subtle and not noticeable to everyone.
  • Reliability: While modern wireless systems are generally reliable, there’s always a chance of signal interference, dropouts, or other issues. This can be a major concern for professional musicians who need their gear to work flawlessly during performances.
  • Cost: Wireless systems can be significantly more expensive than a good quality cable, especially for high-end models with features like multiple channels or long range.
  • Battery Life: Wireless systems require batteries to operate, which means you need to be mindful of their charge and have replacements on hand, especially for extended playing sessions.
  • Additional Gear: Using a wireless system adds extra gear to your setup, including the transmitter, receiver, and sometimes additional cables, which can be cumbersome and add complexity.

Call me old-fashioned, but I just prefer using a cable. With a cable, less stuff can go wrong. And in a live situation, this is the name of the game. You already have a million and one things to think about. Adding in an extra layer of tech, while convenient, often creates more problems than it solves.

If you want to try out the Spark Link, you can pick one up direct from Positive Grid’s web store.

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