I'm only speaking for myself, but about 9 years ago I got this shiny thing called "Guitar Port"..It was the kewlest thing ever..I still have it, and it doesn't owe me a cent..1Close to 20 years ago I remember thinking that one day we'll be able to have effects run from our computers (i believe it was already happening then).I never dreamt that this new technology called amp modelling will be on our pc's exceeding my dreams of running effecs.
Fast forward to today, and I swear i can run 5 guitarists out of my apartment if i include my home stereo system as one of the power sources for said modelling devices.
I have the basic gearbox, and now Jam vox software.Basically through Guitar Port, I now have the option of running Gear box or Jam vox.
On my i pod touch I have I -rig, and now that my wife bought me an I pad mini, I had to go out and buy the latest.I -rig Hd to run amplitube on it.
I upgraded my pod xt to the hd 500 about three years ago, and to really truth be told my Marshall combo is good enough on it's own without running modellers in front of it. Why would I model a Marshall into a Marshall anyways..My hd 500 does sound great with my 4x12 and marshall rack power amp though.
Look I'm not bragging about my gear..it's actually a lil sad that i buy into the latest and greatest shiny gadgets that come out (it is fun though !).
The point is that I personally will not be trading in my hd 500 for the 500x.I don't run duel amps..The 500 has enough processing power for me.
I spent two weeks this past winter finally programming this thing properly. At some point we have to say "screw it" and stick to what we got until it dies.
Yes I'm trying to convince myself and resist the urge, but I'm sure that this is it as far as amplication goes for me..knowing my nature, I'm surprised that I'm not all over the 500x..I must of been cured finally! The pod hd 500 is a great unit, so why change up?
Rambling on now over