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  1. Yeah the POD Go came out a couple months after I bought the helix. Would have definitely considered it if it would have been out before.
  2. I have a pair of inexpensive audio technica headphones. I want to say the mx20’s. They are like 50 bucks. Obviously there are going to be better options, but these sound great for my uses of practicing/noodling not actual studio stuff. I do suggest getting studio headphones. I tried using my regular consumer style Sony’s. Which are really nice headphones for listening to music movies, but it sounded weird out of the helix, and I think someone mentioned this before adds too much bass.
  3. For anyone who comes upon this thread in the same predicament I was in, here’s a little update. Ended up going with the Helix LT just before this past Christmas, so have been rolling with it for a few months. The stomp probably would have been fine, but the extra blocks and more options on the customtone page made it worth it. Paired it with a headrush 108 and that has been great so far to my ears. It’s also been great with just headphones for practicing at night, and bought an adapter to plug my iPad into the USB to play lessons and jam tracks overtop. This thing has been worth every penny already, and I have only scratched the surface of its functions. So many amps and pedals allow for experimentation and also learning how effect loops and signal chains work. The customtone presets are awesome too. A lot of people who are more experienced than me have already made the tones you’re looking for. I just moved to a place for work with insane cost of living and had to downsize to an apartment. This thing is an apartment players dream. Only negative is sometimes you end up experimenting so much with all the effects and different peoples patches, you lose practice time lol, so be aware of going down that rabbit hole. Again, this is coming from someone relatively new to guitar gear and who is a home noodler with no gigging aspirations. I just play for my own sanity and enjoyment, so you can take my opinion with that in mind. Thanks for everyone’s advice on this thread
  4. Guilty. Gear obsession has eaten a lot of my playing time. Like right now for instance.
  5. Any advice on buying a Helix unit used? Avoid it? Do it if the price is right? Any issues I will run into trying to register a used unit?
  6. Thanks for the advice man! I'll definitely keep researching the PowerCab+ and the HS8's. Appreciate your time and explanations!
  7. Definitely not trying to go the cheap route, which is why this post came up. I have been looking at the Yamaha HS monitors. Is 8 inch the minimum you would go for size for sound quality. Looking at the power cabs. What’s the difference between plus and regular? I’ll look into Helix Native. What are some of the hardware options you speak of? I’m pretty unversed with the computer guitar software world. Also, going this route, I would still need some nice monitors correct? Does Native still give you all of the effects and amp sim, but it’s just run through a computer?
  8. Yeah I like this set up. I definitely plan on keeping my amp at least for a while. The stomp seems like a good start but I just have a feeling I’ll be upgrading in a year or so as I start exploring modeling more
  9. Yeah I think, I'm leaning towards this plus headphones to start. One question, Can you manage the volume of your higher gain tones better through the helix? Like you said 5 watts is still pretty loud. Also, do you ever use regular pedals with your helix through the amp?
  10. Probably a really stupid question but I'm going to ask anyways because I have no shame, The only stereo type system I have at home is a TV sound bar and subwoofer. Not going to be ideal for this correct?
  11. So if I'm understanding you correctly, Studio monitors (around 5") and/or a nice set of headphones are what suit my situation best?
  12. Yeah this is how I got into this whole rabbit hole. I was going to upgrade to a higher quality tube amp, but 1. Tube amps love to be cranked, and I live in an environment where that is not always possible. 2. They are a little more limiting than the amp modeling route. For example I want the fender clean feel, but also the marshall and mesa crunch and gain feels. So I don't want to spend any money before I explore all options.
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