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Line 6 POD XT review

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Features 9/10

Key features:

  • Guitar input
  • Headphone output (1/4" jack stereo)
  • Line outputs (2 x 1/4" jack)
  • 42 guitar amp models and plenty of effects
  • Pedal input
  • MIDI I/O
  • USB port
  • ASIO/Core Audio drivers support
  • GearBox/Line 6 Edit applications that control XT via PC
  • Tones can be expanded by purchase of add-ons (Metal Shop, Bass Expansion, Collector Classics, FX Junkie)

With POD XT you can:

  • Practice at home with headphones or computer speakers
  • Play rehearsals, gigs plugging XT to an amp, PA or house mixer
  • Record guitar & bass at home
  • Perform easy cable-free re-amping of recorded dry tracks
  • Use additional Line 6 foot controller for switching between presets and controlling wah/volume with an expression pedal

Feature wise this device is still impressive. It is also possible to purchase POD Farm plug-in for it for more convenient re-amping, but even without it there are plenty free guitar plug-ins that you can use.

Check out an article on free guitar plug-ins

Sound quality 9.2/10

POD XT sounds pretty decent even years after it was developed. Guitar tones are useful and there's plenty to choose from. It's not as natural sounding as POD 2.0, but it offers more effects and a longer signal chain. It also performs very well as an audio interface.

Tones produced by XT are less of an ear candy than those in POD Farm 2, but they're decent and the device itself gives you a greater feel & responsiveness than POD Studio interfaces. Playing through it feels more dynamic, rapid and only a little bit more digital.

Processing time & round trip latency

POD XT needs 2.65ms to process guitar signal and it makes it a really great tool for recording and reamping as it allows sending dry input to your DAW, and it beats every single audio interface there is. Driver latency is in this case out of any concern.

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Line 6 POD XT driver settings

Ease of use 9/10

XT is quite easy to operate, especially on a computer. GearBox/Line 6 Edit are great apps for tweaking tones, saving and managing presets. Presets can be saved on a computer and also to XT.

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Line 6 GearBox application controlling POD XT

Price 8/10

POD XT are no longer made, but they go for around $150 used and it's a great price. It did cost a lot more when they produced it.

Advantages

pic Features
pic Hardware cable-free re-amping
pic Sound quality
pic Possibility to expand tones, purchase add-ons, update firmware

Drawbacks

picMetal, bass amps and additional effects have to be bought as well as the plug-in functionality

Line 6 POD XT on wwww.line6.com

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