Hi, I recently got a Blackstar ID60 1x12 combo for use as home. I was looking for an amp to run my HD500 though for those times when I can let it rip! The ID60 tones are really good and the MIDI input allows you to use the POD HD500 as a patch selector. I tried the 4 cable method (5 cables if you include MIDI) but the ID60 lost some of its dynamic response when the giutar was plugged into the HD500, so a reverted to plugging my guitar direct into the amp.
I also tried running the ID60 Emulated Ouptut back into the POD and using the speaker sims to improve the tone through my headphones and when recording.
After a week of playing around with the ID60 I decided to take it back and changed it for a Line 6 DT25. Why?
1. The background noise levels were too high for close playing at low volumes. Fine for live gigging but when you are sitting 2 to 3 ft away from the amp you hear everything!
2. The output signal from the Emulated Output is really low. Even with the gain and channel volume at full I still had to add about 30dB gain from a mixer to bring the signal to unit gain. This just added noise to the signal.
3. Getting equal volume between patched was not easy especially if you want to use the channel volume to get power amp daming and sag as Blackstar suggest.
Those are the main negatives on the ID60; however there are a lot of positives to using the DT25 and HD500 combo. These being:
a. Broader amp tone options
b. reduced noise on amp and through HD500 for headphones and recording
c. Balancng patch volumes is easier.
d. Using full HD amp models with cab off, allows you to warm the tone up using the sag, bias, resonance and thump controls whilst at low vonlumes (IMO a better solution to using the DT25 low volume switch).
e. pick dynamics are maintained.
f. The full HD500 suite of comp, boost, vol, wah, distortion, O/D modules can be used so no need to buy additonal pedals.
IMO the DT25 may be several £100 more than the ID60 but that is money well spent if like me you already have an HD500.