I've had my PODxt for a while now, long enough for the 'honeymoon' to wear off, so I figure it's time to give it a review. Background: My first 'real' amp was a Line6 Spider 210 combo (the original Spider, not the Spider II). Then I sold the Spider and bought a Mesa F-30 1x12" combo (great cleans, OK distortion). I wanted a modeller for easy recording and late-night practice, especially since the F-30 needed to be cranked up quite a bit to get 'that' sound. I thought the POD 2.0 was a bit pricey, so I bought a Behringer V-Amp Pro. This led to me buying a TransTube power amp and 2x12" Avatar cab to go with the V-Amp. However, the V-Amp wasn't giving me what I wanted, so I sold the whole rig for a PODxt. I also ended up selling the F-30 for a Mesa Nomad, but that's another review. Features: Every amp model you could hope for, zillions of effects (especially with the model packs) - this thing is the 'industry standard' for a reason. The stomp box effects are a nice addition, and I like being able to put delay/chorus/etc before or after the amp model. The parametric EQ is a godsend. Sounds: First things first: I'm using the most recent firmware from Line6, currently 2.14. The first firmware, which most PODxts ship with, sounds TERRIBLE compared to newer ones - make sure you update the firmware! I find that the medum-gain sounds are quite nice. I have a Mark IIc patch that I use for a lot of rhythm and medium-gain leads that is almost as nice as my Nomad. The cleans are also very nice - a brittle 'solid state' clean sound is easy to get, and a warmer tube clean is in there with a little tweaking. I haven't found the perfect blues sound yet, and it can sometimes be hard to get a high-gain solo sound without sounding too artificial. The best advice I can give is to be very careful with the gain knobs and don't forget to use the parametric EQ. Ease of use: With the on-unit buttons, some of the editing can be a bit confusing - you really have to know exactly what you want to do. However, the Line6 Edit software makes patch creation a breeze - everything is laid out in an easy to use format. Getting it to talk nicely with my PC was pretty much plug and play. Overall: I give it a 8/10 It's great for practice, laying down quick ideas, and for curing some GAS - I can experiment with a collection of amps and effects that I could never afford to buy. It doesn't quite feel like a tube amp, but it's damned close. I've been told that putting something like VHT's buffer device in front of a POD does wonders for the feel and the consistency of the tone - if I ever get a chance to try it I'll make sure to review the results. I think modellers still have a bit of a way to come, but for recorded tones I doubt most people could tell this from a 'real' amp - and that's what it's all about, right?