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#1 ninfrag

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Posted 30 September 2013 - 10:22 PM

Hey,

I was wondering if anybody could answer me this question?

I currently own a POD XT live, which I solely use for home recording. Is it worth it to upgrade and buy a POD HD500x? Are the models better, does it sound better, does it have more and better effects?

Thanks for an answer!
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#2 TheRealZap

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 03:49 AM

i'd say yes to all of your questions.

the HD pods are a higher sound quality...

there are fewer models (than the fully loaded xt with all the model packs), but they sound better.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 08:41 AM

Hey,

Thx for the info. Are the sounds worth the upgrade of 500 dollars?
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#4 TheRealZap

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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:13 AM

It's hard to place a dollar amount on a subjective thing like tone....

 

I can only suggest that you give it a try and judge for yourself.

 

you might consider saving a few bucks and getting a 500 (probably loads of new ones at bargain prices, and many used ones)

but it all depends on you're preference.. some would rather pay a few bucks get the latest and a warranty.

 

I do think it's priced well for what it does.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 09:38 AM

Well, as an ex user of the XT live, I can tell you that the pod is another kind of beast.And as for the price, for good or bad, line 6 has always less price than the quality it gives for any device.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:21 PM

Is it worth it ? - that's a very subjective question.  For me it was.  I didn't mind spending $500 bucks to get something that sounds and plays better.  I play out often plus do recording and have been doing so for a lot of years.  $500 is very inexpensive compared to $2,000 and up for a Kemper or Axe. 

 

On the flip side, if you're happy with what you have... well you need to make that choice.


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Posted 01 October 2013 - 01:46 PM

I believe the best way to describe the difference between the two is the XT sounds more like a professionally recorded amp and the HD is more like the raw amp.


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#8 sosmusic

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Posted 03 October 2013 - 08:23 AM

I too upgraded from the XT live to the HD 500, and i would give a resounding YES to all your questions. The HD 500 is such a superior device, It was worth the money and a whole lot more, i only needed to be plugged into the HD500 for about 5 minutes to know this. I will add that i was a content XT Live user from the time it came out too. MUCH better amp modelling, WAY better wah models too. HD 500 is next level tone.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:16 PM

Me too, I skipped X3 generation and went straight from a fully expanded XTL to an HD500. Much less models, but much more quality in each of them.

XTL is fine, it always has been fine for me, and I still use it and will continue to do so, because there's patches there that I love and can't dial with the HD

(anytime I try to do so I come up with good things, but they don't sound the same, that's the idea anyway, isn't it?). There's also the bigger offer in bass amp

models on the XTL, so, whenever I grab the bass I end up using the XTL.
It has more effects, some are new for you, some are the same, some are similar but sound different, and If you like the autowha on the XTL, you're going 

to miss having it on the HD, because there's no such thing. There are similar things, some supposedly better, but... just supposedly.
If you feel it's time for an improvement and, for whatever reason, want to stick with what L6 offers, an HD500(x) will do it for you.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 12:24 PM

You could always go HD300 (least money and still get HD quality).  Mine is for sale with gigbag.  Today I got a HD500x.


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Posted 03 October 2013 - 04:48 PM


I solely use for home recording. Is it worth it to upgrade and buy a POD HD500x? Are the models better, does it sound better, does it have more and better effects?

 

Positively. For home recording the difference can probably be explained in 10 years of advancements in modeling. Seriously, for recording the xt,x3 are  are very inferior to the HD. Hd is much more believable  and much better solution if you don't won't to bother micing real amps.


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Posted 06 October 2013 - 07:12 PM

The looper is a lot of fun!

Coming from the XT, the HD500 felt a little unfinished when I first got it...there's patches that are wildly different volume levels...and it does have a different sound than your XT, so it could be a good compliment to it. I ended up selling my XT...the HD500 does sound great once you dial in your tones. Haven't tried the 500X. Good timing for going for a 500 and saving some bucks...
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Posted 09 October 2013 - 06:00 AM

I have an XT Live that I got second hand really cheap a few months back without the metal shop and I have been thinking lately as well about upgrading to the HD500. I play a lot of old school thrash and death metal (80s Metallica, Death, Deicide, Possessed, Pestilence, Exodus, etc.) and the XT Live has always delivered. I also love how the whole thing is built like a tank. It's always plugged via USB into my desktop computer and I'm the type that can sit in front of Gearbox all day long tweaking and making patches like there's no tomorrow. I found that I can get some really amazing sounds out of it that really suit the style of music that I play and this is without the metal shop. I'm very satisfied with it. :D

 

Now I've been seeing a lot of stuff on the internet as to how the HD500 is such an improvement over the XT Live series in overall sound but then again, I don't know. I do know that I really like my XT Live. :unsure:

 

Also (forgive me, I am new to all things Line 6), is there anyway for the online Line 6 store to use something like PayPal? :unsure:  I don't have a credit card and I don't live in the United States (I live very far from it actually) but I'm interested in purchasing the metal shop.


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Posted 09 October 2013 - 08:19 AM

I don't think the site takes paypal.. you'd need to get a pre-paid credit card i believe.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 03:57 AM

is gearbox not working with pod hd500x i have no  conextion  help me i am from holland


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 06:04 AM

gearbox does not work with the hd500x you need hd500x edit.


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Posted 08 December 2013 - 06:17 AM

As far as upgrading from XT to HD500, Its a catch 22 in many ways.  Yes The HD500 has the potential to sound significantly better but it takes a long while to get there.  You get a plethora of added features and do dads that you can do amazing things with it.  But if you want something that is more plug and play easy and fast the HD500 is a no go for me.  It was much easier to get working tones for me with the xt technology than hd500..  I used to be able to just download usable patches through custom tone and they would generaly sound good enough but the HD500 series I have not found any good sounding patches through custom tone.  I usually have to pretty much start from scratch ( I don't no if its because the majority of people using hd series has DT amps or what).  I use  FRFR Headphones not a physical amp so I can detect sound artifacts a bit more than a limited range guitar amplifier..

 

well just my 2 cents good luck though If I were to do it again I would not have bought the HD500...


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Posted 26 April 2015 - 06:45 PM

ok i used the pod xt lvie and its a blast to play through, so easy to get awesome tones,its harder to play through than a pod 500x which is smo0ther,but after buying the 50x I instantly mised my pod xt live sounds. the 500x is no fun to play through kind of dull in a way and the custome tone preses suck so far and so hard and freakin takes so long to get a god tone. .pod xt live al the way the patches are fun .fun to play, customtones are sweet and easy to get a great sound. i am returning my 500x.if I didnt have pod xt live or experiene of playing one, then yes I would get the 500x


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 07:30 AM

It is worth the five hundred bucks for the 500x in my book, especially for recording. Don’t get me wrong; I still pull out my XT Live and X3 Live from time to time for recording but that is becoming less and less as I get used to using the HD 500x…..  


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Posted 27 April 2015 - 07:51 AM

Add me too....  I found the difference between my XTLive and the 500X like night and day


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Posted 29 April 2015 - 02:45 PM

Hey,

Thx for the info. Are the sounds worth the upgrade of 500 dollars?

I think it's worth the price. I have a XT Pro and a Bean, and the improvement is really eye opening. The amps sound much better.


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:47 PM

Been thinking about the same upgrade but really only use the XT live for the effects(Mod/delay maybe the occasional wah). Is there a substantial difference to other members ears between the units?


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Posted 06 June 2015 - 05:16 AM

My opinion is this... 

At this point, if your machine isn't broken - therefore you don't actually need to buy a new thing; 

 

1. The HD500 has been out for 5 years. The X, while only 2 years old, wasn't actually a new product. It was a slight mod due to a hardware supply issue.

So, you may want to consider waiting to see what and when something new comes out.  

FYI - I am not an advocate for chasing, or waiting for, technology. It is just a suggestion due to the unit's age. 

 

2. If you are not using L6's world famous modeling technology, you may want to consider a different product. 

It is sort of like buying a sports car that you only intend on driving during gridlock. 


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And it sure would be nice if I could use 500edit on my Android Phone or Android Tablet to manage my Pod when not at home.

Even if it needs to be a '500 Lite' version that only allows for the import and export of patches, and not a full-fledged working program.

Something needs done. 

 

 


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 02:40 PM

I have a XT Live that I will keep,  but the HD500X is a whole new level of experience. Out of the box I thought I made an expensive mistake, for some reason it came loaded with what I consider a bunch of "wow, look a all the spacey weird sounds I can make" presets and a very steep learning curve. After a bit though and some YouTube tutorials I've come to realize how fantastic this device is. It was well worth it for me and can be used live or recording. The modeling sim tech has come a long way since the Xt Live, think of a new i7 Intel intel 5960x chip computer verses an old core 2 duo, I am blown away by the realism. It takes work to get good sounds but they ARE in this very capable machine.


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Posted 15 February 2016 - 06:33 PM

I have a x3 live I have used since 2010 or so. Like it for my solo gigs through my Bose pa. Bought a HD500x and a JTV-69  James Tyler wanting the acoustic guitars mostly. Almost sold the 500x,the factory presets are terrible.Some of the patches on CustomTone are ok. I did watch a lot of videos on both products before and after my purchase. I will say there is a pretty good learning curve to the 500x.

what is rather difficult for me are a solid lead tones. I am a Strat player and a long time Line 6 guy. Have a old AX2 amp.Check out Glenn DeLaune's website he has some usable patches there.

Is it worth the money... yes, are the amps believable? Yes, will they sound good recorded and live? Yes, it just takes a lot of tweaking.... good luck!


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Posted 16 February 2016 - 05:49 AM

"wow, look a all the spacey weird sounds I can make" 

 

I've said that numerous times. 

The factory patches aren't there to be used, otherwise every album made since 2010 would all sound the same. 

The factory patches are "far out" because they need to demonstrate what can be done with the unit. 

 

The next time you see an ad for a new phone, are they going to open up the dialer and say "this is how you make a phone call" or are they going to say "we have included the ability to display holograms in your living room" 

 

Because, quite frankly, I am not going to spend $2k on a phone that has hologram technology unless I know it has hologram technology. lol


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And it sure would be nice if I could use 500edit on my Android Phone or Android Tablet to manage my Pod when not at home.

Even if it needs to be a '500 Lite' version that only allows for the import and export of patches, and not a full-fledged working program.

Something needs done.