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August 30, 2013

Line 6 POD HD500x

The HD500x is an update to an already great product, the HD500. The HD500x is the HD500 with some nice improvements. Didn't like the switches on the HD500? Well then, the X should make you happy!

The foot switches have been redesigned, and they are a substantial upgrade from the previous design. The new foot switches have the look and feel of what you should expect from a professional effects pedal. You can really feel the click from underneath your foot when selecting different amplifier models or engaging different effects within the chain. A nice touch is the addition of LED lights surrounding the foot switches to let you know when a particular amp or effect is engaged.

Another feature you will notice at a glance is the improved LCD screen. The old screen was a bit dim and lacking in a functional contrast. This sometimes made it difficult to be viewed under direct sunlight or even in a club when the stage lights hit it too hard. The new screen helps to eliminate those contrast issues and allow you to have a better view of the screen.

Line 6 also boasts the inclusion of additional DSP power within the POD HD500X. At a very basic level this means you now have more freedom to add more effects within a signal chain as well as the ability to mix and match the amplifiers, cabinets, and microphone simulations in a variety of combinations. It's like having a DAW plugin at your feet with endless freedom to customize your sound exactly the way you want without any limitations.

Is it for you?

You get roughly about 20 percent more power with the Line 6 POD HD500x, which can be more than worth it, if the HD500 limitations annoy you.

If the improvements truly don't matter to you, the price of HD500's will like start to drop, and you might be able to get a new or used unit to a great price.

If you don't already have the HD500, then the new X is a highly recommended unit to get. It has so many great tones and features in it. As a long time happy user of the HD500, I applaud the new HD500x and it gets my approval without hesitation.

Where To Get The HD500x

You can order the Line 6 POD HD500x from here.

By Robert Renman - www.dolphinstreet.com

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Posted by Robert Renman on August 30, 2013

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