Sound — 7
The electronics and models are essentially lifted from the older "kidney bean" version of the POD. The requisite Fender, Marshall, Vox and Mesa models are all present, as well as some less-popular but very cool choices like Dumble, Soldano, Budda and Matchless. High-end tone connoisseurs should recognize these names as among the vanguard of hand-assembled amps. Overall, I felt the Floor POD Plus lacked realism in a way that is difficult to describe. Listen to the sound clips for examples; I recorded them all with a Washburn Dime 333, loaded with a Seymour Duncan JB, direct into my computer. There is a lack of roominess or woodiness, very difficult to capture but essential for realistic tones. The feel of it is pretty compressed also. The response of this unit is different from the amps it mimics, something you will notice when you plug into it.
Overall Impression — 8
The Floor POD Plus is not designed for someone who needs a giant rack full of gear, tube amps and 4x12 cabinets for days to get the tone they like. This pedal is designed to have a wide variety of tones available for three purposes: silent recording, low-volume practice and playing direct through a PA. Part of the reason for Line 6's success is that is does all these things admirably. Not as well as plugging into the real amps, but far cheaper and simpler. I wouldn't have a unit like this as my main tone, but it would be great for a backup in case I have amp trouble at a gig.
Reliability & Durability — 8
The POD is a tried-and-true design, one of the reasons Line 6 has stuck with it and modified it for many years rather than starting from scratch. The Floor POD Plus, while a brand-new product, seems well-put together and sturdy. The switches seem a little flimsy to me, but I have not heard of any problems with any facet of the pedal as yet.
Ease of Use — 8
Line 6's Floor POD Plus is firmly entrenched in the "Guitar Effects For Dummies" vein; even if you have no idea what is going on, you can twiddle knobs until you get a tone you like. There is a knob to select amp model, one to select effect, and several others for compression, delay, noise gate, and reverb. The knobs are carefully laid out to give the user a maximum of tone-shaping capability with a minimum of confusion. There are also several footswitches: one for Bank Up and Bank Down, then one each for presets A, B, C, D from each bank. This layout is far preferable to a simple Up/Down, as you have four tones immediately available with one touch. There is a Tap button to set delay time (a very useful feature), and a treadle on the right that can be used for volume or wah. There is even a built-in tuner -- Line 6 designed the Floor POD Plus so that you would not need any external gear at all.