A knee-jerk first impression of the Elite Acoustics D6-8 Pro might be, “Dang, that is small.” But its one-foot cube packs serious effects and features, including an 80-watt amp, six-channel mixer, and a raft of digital effects. Stereo operation, Bluetooth capability, and the ability to save “user scenes” all help make it not just another acoustic amp.
A bi-amped design, the top of the D6-8 Pro has a digital screen that lets the user easily jump between effects, levels, and deeper tweaking. Plenty loud, its effects sound sumptuous, even for a small cab housing an 8″ woofer and 1″ tweeter. You can deeply edit chorus, delay, and reverb effects, as well as find a compressor and noise gate for each channel.
The back-panel digital mixer is just as important as the top, with a three-band EQ with mid sweep, high-pass filter, and notch filter on each channel. Connections include 1/4″ and XLR inputs, stereo Channel 5/6, and XLR outs.
In tests, the Elite D6-8 PRO was a powerhouse of flexibility and tone, delivering big, gorgeous acoustic/electric sounds from its tiny footprint – it also works with vocals, keyboards, and other instruments. And while it’s not cheap, it’s a certifiable case of “you get what you pay for.”
This article originally appeared in VG’s January 2023 issue. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.