I bought the POD about 4 years ago at Sam Ash. I paid about 300 dollars for the unit at the time.
The sound quality and ease of use of the POD makes it the best cabinet simulator on the market. The presets are all great and allow for a true right out of the box use. The POD is also very flexable and allows the user to create thier own sounds. The optional software allows for connectivity to your PC. Allowing you to create your own unique sounds and transfer them back and forth from the POD to the PC.
Without the optional foot pedal attachment the POD is extremly difficult to use in live performances. The odd kidney bean shape sometimes makes it difficult to find a place to put it.
The POD is very well constructed and durable.
Best recording tool for and home studio to have. The over all quality of the unit would have to be rated a 4.5 out of 5.
I PICKED THIS UNIT UP TO HELP OUT WITH SOME SONGS I WANTED TO RECORD,I HADN'T PLAYED GUITAR TO ANY GREAT DEGREE FOR SOME YEARS BUT FOUND MYSELF KILLING HOURS AND BRAIN CELLS IN THE GARAGE TO THE POINT THAT I HEARD THOSE INEVITABLE WORDS "YOU LOVE THAT GADGET MORE THAN YOU LOVE ME".
I REALLY LIKE IT FOR RECORDING MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE THE RANGE OF TONES ARE F***ING AMAZING . I PLAN TO GET A FLOOR BOARD AND TRY IT OUT GIGGING
IT LOOKS LIKE S**T BUT SOUNDS LIKE ANGELS DROPPINGS
THE SOUND QUALITY IS SUPER IN THE STUDIO THE CONSTRUCTION IS STURDY ENOUGH BUT I'M NOT SO SURE ABOUT DRAGGING IT AROUND BARS AND CLUBS
THIS DEVICE IS A MAJOR TECHNOLOGICAL BREAKTHROUGH FOR ALL THOSE RUSTY OLD ROCKERS OUT THERE THAT STILL LIKE TO HEAR GOOD TONE BUT IN A WAY THAT DOESN'T PISS THE NEIGHBOURS OFF
Purchased at Long and Mquade/Ward Music North Vancouver BC Canada. I aquired the pod because I had just moved from a house into a small apartment. I knew I wouldn't have the room for all my gear plus I don't think playing with any sort of volume through your amp really endears you to your new neighbours. As far as cost goes, I bought the POD about a year ago and can't remember the exact price. It was aroun $475 CDN.
I like absolutely everything about the POD. Right out of the box this thing is just tons of fun. The 16 amp models all have a very distinct and tasteful sound. I doubt very much that it matters to the average person whether or not the "Tweed Blues" setting sounds exactly like a vintage fender '59 Bassman being that most people could never afford one in the first place. At any rate, even if you are a real tone snob you can't help but enjoy the delicious flavours this thing puts out. The 16 effects settings plus the effects tweak knob are terrific as well. The effects tweak allows you total control over all the effects ranging from a tight compressor to a wide open flange. The super bright LED display is easy to read and the simple 1-10 style circular knobs allow for all kinds of tone adjustment.
The only thing I don't particularily like is the colour choice on the lettering around the outside of the unit that tell you where the inputs and line/midi outs are. In this case dark grey on dark red is pretty much invisible in any kind of lighting. As for seeing it in low light...forget about it,it aint going to happen.
The POD housing is very rugged. All metal,no plastic and super heavy. I haven't had occasion to kick or drop my POD yet, however, I'm sure it would be up to the test.
All in all this is a great product for anyone who loves great guitar tones but doesn't have the space,time,and or money to mess around with ten different amps and two milk crates full of effects. I haven't even touched on all of the other cool functions and features of this devise but trust me, they are well worth the cost of this unit. Easy to use,great tones, low price,funky packaging, and what more can I say. This one is easily a 6 out 5. Cheers.