It is so strange to hear a complaint abut the dual-rec model, especially an opinion that it 'sounds like crap'. Last year, my brother and I got seven guitarists together (my brother and I included) and compared the dual-rec models of the Pod HD 500 and the Axe-FX.
NOTE: Allow me to insert here that I believe that these are both fine units, each with their strengths and weaknesses (and one of them seriously over-priced :). This is not to compare the two and has nothing to do with which is better, etc. This is strictly about their respective dual-rec models.
The end result was that all seven guitarists, including the owner of the Axe-FX, agreed that the dual-rec model in the Pod unit was the superior of the two. One of the guitarists present is an owner of a dual-rec, and reported that the model was the most realistic amp model he'd ever heard. So again, the comment surprises me.
meambobbo: THANK YOU! I believe that I am only one of many that greatly appreciates the many fine presets, as well as the valuable information that you have shared with the community. Rock on, bro.