I have been playing through the POD X3 via a nice set of Bose noise-cancelling headphones for a long while now as I've lived in apartments for the last few years. That will no longer be an issue soon and I was hoping somebody could provide some advice on output alternatives (i.e., speakers, amps, etc.). I feel like this topic has been covered to death, except that I couldn't find any great posts or advice that seemed to answer my exact question. I'm also relatively new to the world of amplification so please excuse my lack of understanding.
I play solely as a hobby, not in a band and not live. My typical day of playing would involve a lot of backing tracks at home. I play a couple Strats and a nice PRS. As far as music, I'm a huge David Gilmour fan, but I would be playing anything from Clapton to the Chili Peppers.
I previously played a POD 2.0 through a low-end (literally bottom end) Marshall half stack. I was always really disappointed with the tone, especially compared to how great the POD sounded through a nice set of headphones. I knew a guy a while ago who played the original POD through a PA system and I was astonished at how great it sounded (he turned me onto the POD in the first place).
So, basically, I am looking to replicate as much as possible how great the POD sounds through a pair of headphones. That probably isn't very descriptive, but I believe (just a guess) that the headphones are not processing the sound as much as other output alternatives would. I recall reading the instructions with the Marshall half stack on how best to set it up with the POD and I felt like I was hearing the POD tones very much modified when they were coming through the amp. Granted, the Marshall was a terrible, terrible piece of equipment.
What would be my best option for "outputting" the POD's tones with as little modification as possible while retaining some power? In other words, taking the tones I would hear through a nice pair of headphones and producing those through some kind of speaker? Would a PA system be my best bet? If so, anything specific I should look for or avoid? I've read elsewhere that not all PA systems would be appropriate for this kind of thing. Any specific gear you could mention that would be a good example?
Thanks in advance for any replies. As I said at the top, apologize if this is the 1000th time you've come across this question but it's an answer I've been looking for for a while.