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  1. I don't use an FRFR, 'cause I have an HX Effects that goes to an amp, so I have no direct experience. But, I have listened to a couple of FRFR shootouts on YouTube, and have been surprised at how different the various cabinets sound. To my ear (via unknown mic'ing, digitization, ...) the Powercab sounds better than most. Check out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WteWgQ1lV8A and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WjMsdts5F70 If you do want to use an amp, rather than an FRFR, you might check out the BluesCube line. I really like mine. It's solid state, so light and easy to carry, but it's voiced like a tube amp, not "modeled". The cool thing for practice is that the output power is switchable, 0.5W, 15W, 45W or max. In my basement, it sounds great on 0.5 W, and even some band practices I leave it there. It's loud enough that it almost never goes above 15W.
  2. I'm using several different pedals successfully with the HX Effects (not sure about the Helix, HX stomp, ...), and I think I've cracked the code. Some of the pedals I'm using need a TRS cable. e.g. Both my Valeton EP2 and my Donner Viper work as an volume pedal if you plug a TS cord into them, and as an expression pedal with a TRS (stereo) cord. The HXFX needs them to work as an expression pedal. The complication is that the Expression Pedal inputs** for the HXFX need a TS cord. The problem can be solved in one of two ways. You can use a stereo TRS cord from pedal to HXFX and cut the R (middle) wire on one end. Or, you can use one of these adapters https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000068O5D/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1, plug a TRS cord from pedal to the Hosa adapter, and the red Tip output from the adapter into the HXFX pedal input. The other (ring) output from the adapter just hangs free, or you can cut it off. I also use a line6 expression pedal with an ordinary TS patch cord. Of course, it works perfectly. It's a very nice pedal. ** Actually, there is an odd thing about the pedal inputs on my HXFX. Pedal input #1 works as I described above. But, my pedal input #2 doesn't seem to care whether it has a TS or TRS cord plugged into it. So my volume/expression pedals work fine with a TRS cord from them to Pedal #2, but don't work in Pedal #1 without the fix I just described. If you have a pedal that isn't working, try using a TRS cord into the pedal #2 input. You might get lucky.
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    sun sheild

    I've already set it to off/brt, and still can't see it. It's just not bright enough to be seen in any sunlight.
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    sun sheild

    I've just played a couple of outside gigs and it's really tough to use my hx-effects in the sun. It's hard to read the labels, but I can live with that. The really bad part is that I can't tell if the led rings around the buttons are on or off, so I don't know which effects blocks are on. The ceba sunshade that the OP mentioned (https://www.gearbyceba.com/music-products/helix-sun-shield-splash-guard) looks slick, but looks like way overkill, too big for my hx-effects, and costs $125. Has anybody come up with any other solutions for this?
  5. I use the built-in wah with an expression pedal, and I haven't noticed anything like that. Might you have the pedal inadvertantly mapped to "level" on the wah, as well as "position", or even on some other effect? You could tell whether you've done it on another effect by turning the wah off with your switch and see if the pedal affects volume. If not, check all the other parameters on the wah.
  6. Thanks, Phil. Kind of a bummer. For live use, I might very well wanna tweak depth, mix, frequency, but I'm unlikely to care about stuff like pre-delay, which is what some blocks give me.
  7. Is it possible to reorder the front panel knobs on the HXE so that the 3 most useful parameters show when a block is selected? I’ve tried both in HXEdit and on the unit itself, but I don’t see how.
  8. I had the same problem. After a couple of go-rounds with Line6 tech support, the conclusion was that I had corrupt presets (specifically, all of the existing factory presets) and needed a reset. I fixed it by resetting only the presets, and didn't lose any of my own presets or anything else. Save the presets that you've made by exporting them individually using the HxEdit. (optionally) copy them to a high bank in the HX effects. I think, though I'm not certain (somebody please confirm) that resetting the presets doesn't mess with effects in higher banks than are occupied by the factory resets. I don't remember for sure, but I think that after the reset banks 1-10 (11? 12?) were occupied with factory presets. So, if you put your own presets in banks >= 15, they should survive the preset. Either this or step 1 should be sufficient, you shouldn't need both, but why take a chance? Do a Preset Only reset, by holding down FS5+FS6 while powering on the unit. (Documented in https://line6.com/support/page/kb/effects-controllers/helix/helixltfx-reset-procedures-and-troubleshooting-tricks-r768/). This will not affect your global settings, nor IRs. I'm think, though I'm not certain, that it won't affect upper preset banks. That's it. If your presets are still there in the upper banks, you're done. If not, you've exported them so you can simply reimport them. After I did this I had more and better factory presets, and the backup function in HxEdit works fine.
  9. Thanks for clarifying. I had misunderstood. The amps and effects listed for the ampliFi (http://line6.com/support/page/kb/_/amplifiers/ampl/amplififulllistofampsandeffects) are indeed somewhat different than those on the HD500, though there's a lot of overlap, at least by name. I guess at this point I just need to go mess with it a bit, and see if it's a better box for me. Thanks.
  10. I don't understand this. There's no real meaning for "high definition" audio. It's just a marketing term. I can't find any specs anywhere that provide sampling rate or bit depth (the measures that might matter for audio quality) for either of these devices. When I look at the M13 models for mods, reverbs, etc. they seem to be identical to the HD ones. So, what is the difference? Is it documented anywhere? (BTW, there's no info on the line6 web site about what models are actually in the fx100. I'm taking your word for it that it's the M13 set.) If they really are different, why would Line6 come out with their cool new device, using an old set of models? I have an HD500. I love the sound, but I definitely don't love how big and heavy it is, and I don't love that it's really tough to make a tweak on-stage ("lets try a different distortion box on this solo, please") unless I've pre-programmed that parameter to a knob or button. The fx100 should be a big improvement in both of those areas. As for the other stuff - variax, usb audio interface, ... - I don't care much, at least in a live situation. I haven't tried the fx100 yet, but I will!
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