Line 6 POD HD500X
Line 6 POD HD500X

POD HD500X, Guitar Amp Simulation Pedal from Line 6 in the POD Live series.

Alternat Runner 10/04/2013

Line 6 POD HD500X : Alternat Runner's user review

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Value For Money : Excellent
Everything has already been said in previous reviews and the site Line6 ;)

However, I wanted to give a special mention for the construction of the pedal, the finish is at the top and to the overall quality of buttons and switches other. Everything in this pedal exudes strength. Special mention also for the connection, more than complete!


The general configuration is it simple?
Relatively simple. Changes banks are not through switch for the rest it is commands to scroll the screen (backlit high quality). Some other controls are accessed directly, such as EQ or volume preset and master.

Editing sounds and effects is it easy?
Working only in home studio environment, I only use my PC via the publisher, so yes, in this case the issue is very simple and allows very easy access to all parameters, modify existing banks and importantly, create their own.

The manual is clear and sufficient?
Not read ...


The effects are they effective, responsive and realistic enough?
Okay, well I've never had the opportunity to hear a Plexi, or a JCM800 Dual Rectifier (except through the test Judge Dred ;) ), so impossible for me to tell if the simulations are realistic or not. However, what I can say is that they sound good and are easy to use in a composite. As is often the case in this type of machine, the basic presets go wow! to @ #! #! So it will be interesting and necessary to create your own presets using the user banks (whose number is quite high I think). Anyway it sounds clearly better than all those pesky plug-ins that I finally got rid!

Which instruments do you use?
Ibanez S570
Charvel DC-1
Squier Fat Strat


How long have you use it?
2 days.

Have you tried many other models before buying it?
Korg AX3000G and many plug-ins

What is the particular feature you like best and least?
+ Manufacturing quality
+ Connector
+ Overall sound
+ Number of amp models, effects
+ Number of possible combinations

- No on / off switch

How would you rate the quality / price? With experience, you do again this choice?
The price / quality ratio is good in terms of sound quality and build quality of this pedal that was clearly built for the stage. Yes I do it again this choice, especially at this price it is difficult or impossible to find as well.