Sound — 10
I run my Les Paul through a Crybaby into the POD and then that into my Marshall. I also have my POD plugged into my laptop to further enhance its capabilities. The noise gate button is true genius as it cuts out all of the background noise from the guitar (not that theres much anyway from a les Paul), this is extremley useful when you have the POD set on the Line 6 Insane amp model. As for the effects they are spot on and they are extremley easy to use to get a sopund from a sound eg. intro to boulevard of broken dreams' tremelo is very easy to get. The effects always sound spot on. Using the POD plugged into my lapotop I simply log on to custiomtone. com and can then download patches that people and Line 6 staff have produced and then send them to the edit buffer of my POD. It's that easy. All of the amp models are accurate ant the tonal variances are nothing short of monumental. This is possible via the options of: presence, delay level, reverb decay, volume boost, distortion boost, delay feedback and effect speed.
Overall Impression — 10
I play everything from Racer X Metal, to John Williams classical guitar and the POD can cope with it all effortlessly. I can play Clssical guitar through a downloaded patch as well as some twelve string guitar through my six string. I bought this product because it was highly rated and came top in a magazine poll of the ten top products of the decade, I have never looked back on spending the money. If it was stolen or I lost it I would probably buy the POD XT, because it has a few more amp models and more connctivity. If you are looking to buy a multi-effects unit then I would definitley recommend buying or at least trying the Line 6 POD 2.0. It will blow you away!
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have been using the POD for over a year and have not had a single problem with it. It is built from a metal shell so it is virtually unbreakable. I would feel comfortable using it without a backup while gigging.
Ease of Use — 8
Easy to use main controls however you do have to have a good memeory to remember the second functions of the amp models adn I am constantly locking them up in the manual. The manual is great it is very well laid out and describes all the tonal variances that can be acheived with each amp model.