I use my HD 500 direct into a mackie mixer or into a Genz Benz acoustic amp. I usually use the 1/4" line out POD to line in mixer/preamp, typically a 10' cable. Anyone prefer using the XLR out to mixer XLR preamp? I think that the preamp would add another gain stage opposed to simple line-in, which I guess could be a good or bad thing. My VLZ3 mackie mixer should have good preamps. Probably a preference thing, so anyone tried it both ways?