· Napoleon Dynamite
This has been debated on several forums by guys who are sound engineers. Both are great at what they are built to do. Yes, the Vox has a tube pre. The price is more expensive and the upgrade path falls far short of what Line 6 offers. The vox wins on some cleaner amp models, the xt, with packs and version 2.01, wins on the high gain modellers. The choice should be made by what sounds best to the person who intendeds to buy either. I would personally go for the XT Live because it sounds great, is much cheaper than the vox and is less expensive than buying a pod xt then getting a shortboard for live playing. I don't think you'll be disappointed with either. They are all good. I just have to give Line 6 kudos for the constant upgrades and support for the XT line...Lydian said:Unlike the masses i'm going to tell you something: The Tonelab has tubes in it. The pod xt doesnt. That's enough for me to choose the lab. But make up your own mind. You really shouldn't rely on what any of us tell you. Try them both out.
Not taking a shot at you Lydian, so don't get offended, but to simply chime in with the "going against the masses" bullshit just because it has a PREAMP tube in it is a bullshit answer and doesn't really help the guy. All these badboys cost between 300-600 bucks so a wise decision should be made before plopping down the hard earned cash. Of note, a new firmware release is due out any time now, v2.10, for the podxt to give it the same features of the XT Live. The LAST upgrade to the 2.x series gave us pod owners the SAME patches in their top of the line Vetta amp (a couple of grand alone). How the fuck is THAT for support of customers? Line 6 sets the standards, the others ride their coattails with cheaper copies of their tech. I returned the Vox after several days. I was more than willing to keep both but it just didn't sound better enuff to keep it.