Price paid: $ 169.99
Purchased from: Sweetwater
Sound — 9
My setup is an Epiphone Les Paul Standard (stock pickups) -> Boss TU-2 tuner -> an old Crybaby (probably 70s-80s era) -> MXR Distortion III -> Boss NS-2 Noise Suppressor -> DD-7. My amp is a Fender Frontman 212R (hoping to upgrade to a Marshall soon.) No noise, just remember, delay goes after distortion ( a pretty basic rule.) I use the HOLD mode to loop songs' riffs and solo over them (this is the coolest part of the pedal.) The analog mode is great for those long, gilmour-ish Echoes on Pink Floyd records. The modulation and reverse modes aren't that useful for emulating others, but may help you to find a unique sound. Just remember: the REVERSE mode won't make you sound like "Castles made of Sand" by Jimi. The "normal" modes sound great, good for playing any guitar solo- especially ones that you want to sound like Steve Vai. The 50ms mode is worthless to me, it's more for when you're using it in stereo.
Overall Impression — 9
I play classic rock, hair metal, a little thrash, and Grunge, and this pedal sounds and operates great for me. I bet it sounds even better in stereo. If it were stolen or lost, first I would find the piece of @#$^ that stole it and beat them into submission, then I'd buy another one as soon as I could afford it. I also looked at MXR's carbon copy, and loved the sound of analog delay, but found the DD-7 to be much more flexible, plus it has an authentic sounding analog delay, making it a better choice.
Reliability & Durability — 10
It's a Boss. It'll never break or quit working. The only CON is that it really sucks batteries (normal for digital delays.) I use a 1Spot AC adaptor for this and all of my other pedals and it woks fine. Just remember, expected battery life with an alkaline battery is just 6 hours.
Ease of Use — 9
This is a very useful pedal. It is fairly self-explanatory if you read the instruction manual, or if you've used Boss compact delays before. There are a bunch of modes to choose from, and they all sound good. It comes with a sticker you can put in its side to remind you what the delay times for each mode are. The stereo modes are also posted. I haven't used this, as I have only 1 amp.