#1
Hello everybody. I'm planning to buy this wonderful processor. I know the HD500 is out of production and has been replaced by the HD500X.

Is there a lot of difference between these two units? And is it worth to buy the newer model if the HD500 is available for cheaper?

I'm asking because there's a dude selling an used HD500 , but he's asking around 400 dollars for it but i guess the price can be negotiated since the unit is both used and out of production so i think should be able to negotiate a lower price.
Last edited by Number45 at Feb 16, 2014,
#2
$400 is too much for the regular hd500. You can get the 500x for that much on eBay, brand new, sometimes they include a case and some cables too.

The 500 x is great. The led rings are clear and easy to see, and don't flare into your eyes like the hd500 ones. The switches are a bit better, and the screen is clearer. The extra memory is pretty cool but it really depends on what type of patches you are using.
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It's not memory that's the problem, but processing that's the problem. The DSP is a bit stronger on the new one. If it has so many effects and stuff running at once and the DSP can't process all of that fast enough, then you get a DSP error.

I don't think it's worth upgrading unless your really "anal" about it. If you have neither, then sure, get the 500X. I personally want to invest in an old POD HD 500, but it's mostly for personal reasons of not being able to use the old Variax Workbench with the 500X.
#4
I've looked into this myself, and the general consensus seems to be that if you don't have a 500, get the 500X. If you do have a 500 already, don't bother.

The DSP increase really isn't that much, you can't add that much more to your chain than you can put in with the 500.
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