No one really thought I would compare a bit of silicon with a REAL Tube amp did
Well you were right - I'm going to! The Hype surrounding these type of
equipment is amazing - if you believe the stories no one would ever buy another
Tube amp would they? So what's the score - are we being taken over by silicon
implants (did I get that right?) - read on...
I come from the world of computers - and it's true they bring amazing results
with them to most things they are applied to. But TUBE amp emulation?
Consider this - many of the finest effects units (TC Electronic included) use
silicon and program internally to the unit to enhance the sound we all end up
listening to. Have you noticed? The truth is, that this outboard kit is now so
good that if we went back to older outboard then you would be shocked at just
how bad it used to be - before the silicon came around.
So should I be shocked at this latest foray of the computer - whatever next -
hopefully they will replace women one day J it's
the results of these little pedal boards that should really shock - the cost is
low and the quality is up - a recipe for all amp makers to go to the resting
place in the sky? Clearly not, amp makers continue to expand not just survive!
It's down to the comparisons - check out this comparison between a Line6 XT
POD Live and an Engl E670 and see whose your favourite...
The Line6 XT POD Live Floor Pedal
to listen about the Pod XT Live Pedal
to listen about the way we tested.
The XT Pod in my view is probably as good as it gets - there's Digitech, Boss
(yuk) - even Behringer are getting in on the action. Top names - but is that
what it's down to? - NAMES.. I don't think so.
And probably neither will you when you listen to these direct comparisons.
The Line6 XT Live went through that same Marshall setup which is tested
elsewhere on this site and even the Marshall is a wonderful sound - but not with
this Line6 coming through it.
Better you be the judge - I MUST be biased? Either way, the sounds are above
and you can readily compare. We really did try to get the best sound out of the
All views are Personal. All Trademarks Acknowledged.