There's nothing your HD500 can do that my HD Pro can't and tbh, I wouldn't go as
far as to say its "remarkable" for the reasons you stated cause other manufacturers
are doing pretty much the same things in their own way. Same crap different bucket.
While I agree that the perfecting of algorithms is a priority, I don't think the rest of
its architecture should have to suffer for it and if I hear another person utter
the words "Amp Sim" Im gonna implode lol. People seem to pay too much
attention to it. Sure, perfect your algorithms and modelling, but don't get
consumed by it to a point you neglect OTHER important areas of the design.
The release of the X iteration is a perfect example of how they got it this wrong.
Line6 could've saved face by starting an entirely new flatform instead.
And why have we become complacent for a standard that throws
"DSP LIMIT REACHED" in our faces dialing up tones ?
I never understood this. And I don't mean with just Line6, Almost all
MFX pedals seem to have "under-spec" DSP chips put into them.
Not so long ago they had all the model packs to expand the POD.
Where are they now ? Those are the kind of things that make it worthwhile.
And no. I don't hate Line6. Its just a name to me and I wont get caught up
in picking favourite "brands". I judge a design by its technical merits.
I will credit Kemper for their efforts, they actually brought forth a "new"
innovation with their profiling, but id be happier with an AxeFX II.
Its a pity they set their price at lofty heights.