Sound — 8
As others have said before me, this thing can bring you from Hendrix to Malmsteen, to John Mayer at the push of a button. It has so many different possibilities that it's not funny! You have 32 effects and 78amp models are really impressive. I recall using my X3Live alongside my friend's JCM2000, I used the JCM2000 model and asked my friend to set it to his real JCM2000's settings. When we started playing, it sounded exactly the same, with just a very small notable difference. The only nerf I have with the X3Live is it's effects. They aren't as good as say the Boss GT10's effects and some of them sound a bit weak to my ears, still line6 are famous for their amp models, not their effects. Regardless, their effects are not really bad, they're just not as good as I'd hoped, still I can get really good tones out of it. I use an Ibanez SV5470 with the X3Live, and with the SV's versatility and the X3Live's massive tonal range, there's a plethora of different sounds and tones made available by this amazing effects unit.I play mainly blues rock, funk, Joe Satriani, Paul Gilbert and a bit of Jazz, the X3Live does it all and more.s
Overall Impression — 10
Brilliant effects unit, I use it all the time and if it were stolen, I'd break down into depression for awhile, then realize I can just buy a new one and put my old patches into it and I have back my old sounds once again! The amp modeling is definitely this unit's forte and for good reason, it's spot on. it's durable and looks like a UFO with it's lights and LEDs.I forgot to mention, it's convenient handles, makes it really easy to carry as well. All in all, the X3 Live is something I can't Live without, two thumbs up for line6!
Reliability & Durability — 9
This thing is built like a tank! it's never failed me yet, no slip ups, nothing. I'd always choose to play with a backup for security reasons if I had the choice of having another X3 Live, however since I don't, I always play without a backup anyway, it has not let me down yet! I've dropped stuff on it, and it's perfectly fine.The expression pedal does squeak from time to time though.
Ease of Use — 10
The POD X3 Live is a very straightforward pedal to use, it's also very conveniently labeled and the manual supplies you with everything you need to know on how to operate the POD X3 Live. it's easy to use yet it has so many tonal options to choose from, it's mind blowing! The four configuration knobs, the one save and scroll knob as well as the amp equalizer knobs make setting this beauty easy and quick, though leaning down to set it may cause back aches, but hey, no pain no gain, it's the same with any other pedalboard. The addition of an included USB cable and the Gearbox program that you can download from the line6 website is really helpful.It makes recording so much more easier and creating dream tones a lot quicker, and you don't need to bend down to use the computer. The expression pedal is also a step up from that of the XT Live, really hardy thing, love using it.The revolutionary part of this unit, is that you can download tones and patches from other guitarists around the world on line6's website, making it easier for beginners to get an idea of how they want to craft their own sound by looking at others, as well as allowing the more seasoned guitarists to share their views and sounds.