Price paid: $ 420
Sound — 10
The sound of this unit is amazing: some of the amp/stomp box models are very real-sounding, and FX are superb, and you have a variety of effects to choose from: 3 compressor models, 3 types of chorus, about 5-6 delay types etc. The two channels function is also very use full: you can have a rhythm and a lead sound, within the same patch, or clean and Drive within the same patch, and it's even better with the 80 user-editable presets and 80 factory presets. I play various music styles, from blusy stuff like SRV, Led Zeppelin and Santana and up to metalcore and Death Metal, and with this unit I get all the sound I need to play all this music styles. I love the Mesa Boogie dual rectifier models, it has the ultimate lead sound. But this effect lacks power when it comes to palm muting, and when the gain is at 90-100 it becomes fuzzy (this effect have too much bass, in my opinion). I play with an Epiphone Les Paul Standard Plus through a Fender Frontman 25R, and it still sounds amazing (even though this amp is not so good), and the effect can actually make it sound like a tube amp. Another cool feature is the tube: a 12AX7 tube is built in the effect, and gets those famous tube characteristics out. That's what makes the difference and what makes it better than Boss GT stuff or the Korg AG3000. You can actually get a natural tube Overdrive without using any Overdrive simulator: just get both tube and BOOST knobs all the way up and here you go: natural tube Overdrive. It also has a MIDI and USB interface, which you can use along with the Cubase LE software you get with it for home recording or even studio recording.
Overall Impression — 9
I guess I've said everything you need to know. The unit has amazing sounds, some of the best effects and amp/stomp box modeling I've ever heared in multi-effects, it's very versitile and fits many musical demands. It's also the only multi-effect unit I know that has a built-in tube circutry (12AX7 vacuum tube). It's made of metal, so it's very durable and strong. So, are you still here? Go get yourself one, or if you got the cash, get yourself it's big brother (the Zoom G9\.2tt), which is even better than this one.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This unit is a monster: it's made of heavy duty metal, almost all the knobs are metal knobs, all the jacks are built great. I will definitly use this one without any backup, and if unfortunatly this my unit will brake up, I'll buy another one or the better one (Zoom G9\.2tt) for sure.
Ease of Use — 7
At the begining, it can be hard for some people to use this unit, because of the amount of knobs and functions. But within a few days you'll start to figure it out. When you figure out how to use it properly (the manual really helps), those great sounds of this unit will burst right through your hands.