Price paid: $ 252
Purchased from: Feedback Musicstore Rotterdam
Sound — 9
The sound is simply amazing, given that you have a good set of speakers. Of course, nothing can sound like a real full blown tube amp but a tube amp itself. But you probably didn't buy the UX-2 to use it as a tube amp. The effects are great as well as the modeled amps, they sound true to real life. The only thing that got me a little off, was that the Wah Wah pedal was controlled with the mouse. It sounds "less realistic" as when you would have your foot on a pedal. But given that I don't have a pedal (which the UX-2 does support by the way) it's my own fault. And if you don't want to use the modelled amps and effects, just plug your amp and stomp boxes into the UX-2 and your ready to roll.
Overall Impression — 9
This thing is plainly awesome. Especially considering the GearBox program also comes in VST's, so if you use CuBase for example, you still get the GearBox's great tone. The only thing I wish they did, was to make a TonePort which also has enough mic ports to record a drumset with. Now nothing beats a real full blown studio, but for beginning artists/bands this is the perfect way to start recording your songs (guitar, bass, vocals and even has MIDI support for your keyboard). And one other thing, if you don't have any recording software on your PC (like Cubase) you'll find that the Ableton Live Line 6 Edition is a bummer. Now I thought I'd get RiffWorks 2 for free with the TonePort, but it appeared to be a demo. So I recommend to buy Riffworks 2 with it from Line 6 for 90, it is awesome to record simple songs, and riffs. But overall, this device is a must have for people Who record their music on their PC's.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Because of it's ASIO sound card and driver support, the sound never dwindles and you have practically zero latency (meaning that it is there, but we puny humans can't hear the difference) without having to buy an exspensive 200 bucks sound card. Now logically, you need to watch out what sounds you squeeze from it, if you are planning to reproduce them in a Live show. And this is a little pinch on the reliability, at least for me, because you get carried away making all these awesome sounds which you can't reproduce.
Ease of Use — 8
This thing is awesome! Just take it out, install the Gearbox software (Amp Modelling) plug it in, and you're ready to use your PC as a home studio. Updating firmware is easy as hell. Open the Line 6 Monkey (software included with the TonePort UX-2 as well as any other PC related product by Line 6) it checks your setup, tells you if you need to update. Dowload the stuff and done. Getting good sounds is easy, it has (almost) all the effects modelled in gearbox you could want. And if that's not enough, just open the Tone Library in Gearbox, and find your favourite artists tone, from Dire Straits to Pantera.