Recently, it seems there is a lot of complaining, and general unhappiness on the forums, so I wanted to share a positive experience with my POD/DT25 combo.
I play in our worship band at church, and in an effort to simplify my patches this week, I made a bunch of adjustments. I took my patches down to the bare minimum (single amp models in most cases, with light compression, a little overdrive and a few effects), and added an expression pedal (which I'm using to alter the effects mix for delay/reverb or to pan between two amp models. I use the built in Expression pedal to control amp channel volume to free up an effects slot). I also switched the POD to 5-8 Footswitch control to make it easier to engage/disengage multiple effects.
My goal is to have two or three base tones to build on: Shimmering Clean, Light Overdrive, Creamy Distortion; with the ability to add or remove OD/Distortion as needed and still get a great clean sound (I don't like to switch patches during a song). My Light Overdrive patch has a Distortion pedal stacked with the OD pedal, so that patch is very versatile and the one I used 90% of the time last night. It's setup like this: Red Comp, Screamer, Classic Distortion, PHD, Octoverb, Stereo Delay, noise gate. I have the Classic Distortion set up with a high filter value (to smooth out the high end a little) and give a couple db of boost for lead lines.
At rehearsal last night we were changing out our Aviom IEM system to a Behringer system, so there was time to really play around with some tones along with the other guitarist. He has a SWEET setup: Matchless Class-A 2x12 combo, and a pedal board full of vintage and new pedals... he gets some amazing tones whether he's using his Les Paul or his Tele. This was my first time playing with him, and I'm happy to say that the POD/DT combo, and my new, simpler approach to tones, held up VERY well against his boutique rig. I was using my Strat (he had his LP) and the blend was very nice. He really cranks his amp up (we have amp closets) and that's the one area where the DT might fall short of his Matchless (which is 15 watts Class-A)... overall volume. I had to put the POD at 3 o'clock and the DT at 3 o'clock (about 75% of full volume on both) just to get close to his volume... I could probably get there though, as I tend to build my patches with a lot of headroom (can't stand digital clipping).
This POD/DT combo is such a versatile system if you put the time in to experiment with it and learn it. We have some world class guitarists in our worship group (one guy has toured with Keith Urban and currently uses a Kemper), and I feel comfortable that I can hang with them tone-wise with this combo. THANK YOU LINE6!