Price paid: $ 279
Purchased from: Herried's Music, Chico, CA
Sound — 10
I am an apartment musician (which means I use it with headphones almost exclusively for practice and recording), and I don't get to use it with an amp very often, however in a jam setting, I was able to find a decent tone rather quickly, and a few minor tweaks in between songs got some great tone out of my Peavy Bandit 112 (something I thought would never be possible). I use a Fender Strat with EMG pickups for rock and blues and a Samick Custom Strat copy with a Seymour Duncan JB in the bridge for the heavier stuff, and the PODXT makes both guitars sing wonderfully.
Overall Impression — 10
I play all sorts of music, and it handles them all beautifully. I have been playing for 12+ years, and it's the best piece of gear (outside of my guitars) I own. It is a great value (even though I find it completely necessary to buy the FBV Shortboard) and you get an amazing bang for your buck. The best thing about the PODXT and Line 6 as a whole is that they constantly update and upgrade their products with easily downloaded patches available on their website. I waited for three years to write a review of the PODXT so I could write an objective review, and this is it. If I were to lose my PODXT, or God forbid, it should stop working at any point, I would go right out and buy another one. I give this product my full backing. On a scale of 1 to 10, in the immortal words of Nigel Tufnel, this one goes to eleven.
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have never gigged with it, so I wouldn't really know how durable it is, but I have never ever had a problem with it whatsoever. Although I admit I'm very careful when handling it (I own the gig bag that holds both the PODXT and the FBV Shortboard), I have dropped it a couple of times, and the metal chassis held up without a problem. I bought the dang thing used, and there's hardly a scratch on it!
Ease of Use — 9
First off, I have owned my PODXT for three years now, so it's a little difficult to remember how long it took for me to learn the ins and outs of the PODXT, but it didn't take too long to get it down, and now that I do, I move through it with ease. I highly recommend taking the time to read the thorough manual that comes with it in order to get it down (it is fairly large, but you can skip some stuff to get the basics down). I also own the FBV Shortboard (a must). All you have to do with that thing is plug it in and go.