Line 6 POD HD500X Review

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It’s fair to say that when you upgrade to a new car, you often look for a similar model but with a little something extra. Lets say you have the outgoing BMW M5 and you want it’s replacement: The brand spanking new BMW M5, you’d expect it to be slightly more powerful, have updated technology, and have updated styling. If BMW were to release a new M5 that has nothing in common with its predecessor, and perhaps decided to style it on the looks of a 1980’s Skoda it may not be so well received.

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Line 6 POD HD500X First Play

HD500X

POD HD (same as HD500)

That’s right faithful readers and Line 6 fans, I have a lovely new POD HD500X that Line 6 have kindly loaned me to do some product reviews…

It only landed on my doorstep yesterday, and the first thing I wanted to try was to compare the more powerful POD HD500X to a POD HD500 or POD HD Bean (both the HD bean and HD500 have the same processing power and I have the HD bean to hand so that’s what I’ll use).

Above is a preset I created on the POD HD500X (above top picture).  Then the lower of the 2 above pictures is as far as I got on the POD HD Bean.  The next effect I tried to add on the HD bean was the 63 Spring Reverb, and I got the DSP over limit warning.  Now I do appreciate that this isn’t a full test, it’s just me creating a preset in the order that I usually do it, and that’s as far as I got.  For reference: I usually add amps, then delay(s) and then reverb.  Perhaps adding the FX in another order would mean I can add more less DSP intensive FX to the POD HD bean preset before the DSP limit is reached (as the 63 Spring Reverb is well known to use a large amount of DSP processing resources), but that’s a test for another day.

Line 6 Release Updated POD HD500X

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Line 6 Updates Best-Selling POD HD500 Multi-Effects Processor with New POD HD500X

Best-in-class multi-effects processor delivers more DSP power for exceptional flexibility and creativity

RUGBY, UK.—10th July, 2013— Line 6, Inc. today introduced the new POD® HD500X guitar multi-effects processor, the successor to the best-selling* POD HD500. With even more processing power, POD HD500X enables musicians to create more intricate sounds and signal chains than ever before. Professional-grade, backlit footswitches provide total control and are highly visible in any environment.
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