Purchased from: Guitar Center Tampa
Sound — 10
Either thru headphones, studio monitors or a big freakin amp, this unit sounds great. The POD X3 has a large library of guitar sounds. From blues rock, metal, acoustic, you name it, it has it. The best of the best was used as reference when they can up with these sounds. The presets that come with the unit really showcase it's abilities but there's probably a billion combinations you could come up with. It has soooo many amp models, speaker cabinet models, microphone types, mic placement, even bass amp and cab sounds plus some vocals FX. Technically this is a "dual processor" since you can run 2 inputs in, effect them with 2 completely different FX patches and them run them out to 2 amps, or 1 guitar in and 1 vocals in, or a guitar and bass. I use it as a second guitar sound in my Live 2 amp set-up. It gives me that extra something that my first amp sound lacks.
Overall Impression — 10
I do a lot of recording on my Boss BR-600. The Line 6 POD X3 is a great addition to all the Roland/Boss sounds I already have. It's like I now have all the best equipment. Marshall, Bogner, Fender, Mesa/Boogie, Soldano, Gallen-Krueger, Matchless, Orange, Roland, Ampeg, Shure, Neumann, AKG, Sennheiser, Hiwatt, Hartke, SWR, Big Muff Pi, Tube Screamer, Metal Zone, too many for me to sit here and keep typing. I mainly use Boss and MXR guitar FX but have recently grown to really like the Line 6 sounds. I did not know it was a true dual processor so I was happy to find that out. No matter what the style of music, you can find the guitar sound on the Line 6 POD X3.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Just bought it so it's lasted for a couple months. I'm going to guard it like Chuck Norris. Anyone comes near it, roundhouse to the face. So far I've used it at 1 party and a bunch of practices. It works great. If I could afford to, I'd buy 2 but then I'd probably use it in a 3 amp set-up so I'd never have an extra for backup.
Ease of Use — 9
Talk about easy-to-use. Plug in, turn on and dial in you sound. Even with 12 knobs, 7 buttons, a knob/button and a directional button (think NES or Playstation), it's very easy to figure out without having to consult the manual for every little thing. Very user friendly. Along with the FBV Shortboard or FBV Express, you can Switch sounds easily with your foot while playing.