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#21 tochiro

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Posted 25 July 2013 - 07:00 AM

I've had my HD500X for a few days now and compared to my former HD500 you can clearly use 2 amps and still have a reasonable choice of FXs, which was not possible before.  So IMO the 20% more power is really useful.


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#22 ChristianArnold

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Posted 26 July 2013 - 06:02 AM

I've had my HD500X for a few days now and compared to my former HD500 you can clearly use 2 amps and still have a reasonable choice of FXs, which was not possible before.  So IMO the 20% more power is really useful.

That's my experience too. Unless someone sits down with an HD500x and starts playing around, the 20% will just be laughed at. If you actually play with it, you notice that 20% is amazing.


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 12:25 PM

I am always astonished and wondering when user are claiming for more DSP-power  to setup the ultimate dual amp presets with another 8 slots for FXs.  Sorry this is not my needs I am looking for. But each to their own ...

 

I bought my HD500 in Sept 2010. And I am willing to spend after nearly 3 years with this amazing piece of gear some money in a new generation of POD HD with really ENHANCED functionality (from my perspective).

 

But the enhanced functionality I am looking for is improved sound quality in the amp models and the FX.

 

Not shure, if the +20% DSP-power of the HD500X enables the L6 developers to improve their algorithms in the future ...

 

Another major disappointment I see for many users (not for me) is the fact that the new HD500X is not capable to support different Output modes (studio Direct for FOH; Combo Power Stack for the amp).    

 

So all in all: no reason for me to switch to the HD500X for me. BUT Line 6: the first release of the POD HD is now nearly 3 years! Time to come up with a REAL next generation model with REAL enhanced functionality to cover the EXISTING customer base. And that makes me thinking ...


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:03 PM

I've got the 500X, but I haven't had time for programming patches since I got it.

But IMO, this is an easy upgrade for 500 users to skip. Unless you're bumping up against the DSP limit often or love glitzy footswitches, there's nothing revolutionary here to entice musicians already satisfied with their 500s. Although I do think the light on the power cord is a little greener than the original. :-)


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Posted 26 July 2013 - 01:26 PM

...there's nothing revolutionary here to entice musicians already satisfied with their 500s. Although I do think the light on the power cord is a little greener than the original. :-)

That was the only reason why I kept it. :-P I love that little green light. lol jk. 


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 09:51 AM

Charles spurgeon preset is sweet.... Can you share that?
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Posted 27 July 2013 - 05:20 PM

As soon as I get everything in my new music room set up, I will put those presets on the custom tone website.

 

Charles spurgeon preset is sweet.... Can you share that?


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Posted 27 July 2013 - 06:16 PM

Great video Christian,

What are the ear buds you use? I have been using sennheiser hd280 and having some fizz on tail end of notes on my pod hd. Curious on your ear buds there would be easier to record as headphones can be a pain.
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Posted 28 July 2013 - 04:07 AM

Great video Christian,

What are the ear buds you use? I have been using sennheiser hd280 and having some fizz on tail end of notes on my pod hd. Curious on your ear buds there would be easier to record as headphones can be a pain.

That set I believe are called Skull Candy. They're pretty decent.


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Posted 28 July 2013 - 06:47 AM

Thanks for the video. Good to see both units side by side.

Although you show things that you think are better on the HD500x, for me there's no reason to change from the HD500 to the x.

 

In my ears all the tones you show are overloaded with effects (This of course is my very personal opinion). I always use effects very subtle and never run into DSP-overload when creating my tones. I don't care if a light shines brighter or the font is other color eighter.

 

The things I'm missing on the HD500 can't added just with a firmware upgrade or more power. So I'll wait until a new generation comes out, if that ever happens. Until then I'm happy with my HD500 as it is.

 

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Posted 29 July 2013 - 09:55 AM

If you are using single amp set ups, you can load the heck out of the DSP.  I think the 500X is targetted more at the guys who don't already own a 500, and those that want the dual amp set up.  I'll wait I believe.  I want the JTV 59P, that's where my next dime will go.  And Christian, thanks for the response, very much looking forward to your "Dream Rig" vids.


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Posted 29 July 2013 - 03:06 PM

If you are using single amp set ups, you can load the heck out of the DSP.  I think the 500X is targetted more at the guys who don't already own a 500, and those that want the dual amp set up.  I'll wait I believe.  I want the JTV 59P, that's where my next dime will go.  And Christian, thanks for the response, very much looking forward to your "Dream Rig" vids.

You bet! The videos will be coming soon.


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Posted 30 July 2013 - 10:35 PM

My two cents: 

I've owned the HD500 since around April of 2011 and a DT50 2x12 since around November 2011. Never really had problems with them, and only using a lot of higher end effects ever bumped me against the DSP limit. The only time I use dual amps is for metal rhythm patches(and then it's just the two amps layered with different cabs to get around the 'meh' IRs) with an OD and noise gate. 

 

Do I have any reason to upgrade? No. Personally I don't.

 

Is this a good opportunity for new customers? Yeah. I think so.

 

It'd be cool if Line 6 did a promotional where you could get like $75-$100 off the 500X if you owned a 500(and then I think a lot more people would go for it, because it would cover the cost of the lost value of the HD500) but overall does it really matter? Not really. 

 

If you own an HD500 and like it: cool, it's still an excellent unit. 
If you don't and want one: an awesome unit just got better, and for the same price as the thing it replaced.

If you hate the HD500: well, there are plenty of other alternatives out there.

 

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Posted 17 March 2014 - 09:15 AM

Hey Christian Just Wondering when you are gonna help us out and put the Spurgeon Patch. Cant seem to find it in Custom tone,. Thanks.

 

As soon as I get everything in my new music room set up, I will put those presets on the custom tone website.


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Posted 18 March 2014 - 04:42 AM

Great video.

 

What happens when you don't ask 20 guitars players for their opinion ?  You get 30 responses.


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