Line 6 POD HD Desktop Review / Giveaway

Line 6 POD HD Desktop Modeler

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Here’s the review – Contest has ended!
Line 6 POD HD Desktop Modeler
Line 6 POD HD Desktop Modeler

The Review:

The Line 6 POD HD bean, I found, to be a remarkable slab of modern technology. Toying around with it was surprisingly more educational than I’d expected after having played around with the POD HD300. The quality of the sound is every bit as good as the floor PODs, though there is the flexibility for more customization with the bean.

Thankfully most of the controls are easy enough to figure out by pushing buttons, but some of the more detailed setting controls might get you to scratch your head if you don’t know what you’re looking at so thankfully they’ve generously included an instruction manual which makes for a good read on a cold night, bundled up by the fireplace. While I wouldn’t consider the manual a particularly interesting read it does what it’s supposed to do plenty well enough.

I don’t know what the demand for XLR inputs looks like, but I remember being bummed that the HD300 didn’t have one, so I was modestly elated to see that the bean units have one, but that’s probably a negligible concern.

I think my favorite aspect about this POD is that you have more versatility with how you set up your pedal chain. The LCD display shows your pedal chain on its primary screen and it’s plenty easy enough to understand. What really sells me on it is that you can add multiple of one type of effect to your chain… if that makes sense. For example. The X3 line, with its dual channels offered you a max of two delays at once while the HD300 and HD400 pedals gave you only one delay at a time. This follows suit with the HD500 in that you can load up your pedal chain with a whole bunch of delays if you see fit which can offer itself to some great ideas in the right hands.

The looper that’s built into it is plenty of fun to play around with and coupled with the 1/2 speed and reverse buttons can lend itself to some fun concoctions. There isn’t anything particularly revolutionary about it. If you’ve worked on other loopers before you’ve got a good idea of what to expect and it competes very well. However I found myself kind of wishing there was a metronome or a four-count click before it started recording. Pushing record with your hand and making it back to the neck in time can be cumbersome.

You can plug in a floor board via FBV jack which, if I’ve read the manual correctly, you can control the looper with your feet. I wasn’t able to put that to test, sorry to say. More dated lines of floor boards are also incompatible, so if you’ve got the Line 6 Floor Board or FBV2 then you’ll have to make more of an upgrade.

I was also a bit surprised at the lacking L6 jack which would give all sorts of interactive joy when plugged into other Line 6 products. Perhaps it was omitted to maintain the $400 price tag which is a fair asking price for what this product does. It’s solid, sturdy, sounds great, and it’s plenty of fun to play around on.

It’s quite evident that Line 6 doesn’t sit around and rerelease the same product over and over. Not without making seamless improvements anyway, so my overall opinion is very favorable and I’m curious to see what they’ll do to top this next time around. I still like the idea of an HD X3 line.

[rating:5] – Bang for Buck – 5
[rating:5] – Build – 5
[rating:4] – Ease of Use – 4
[rating:5] – Features – 5
[rating:5] – Quality – 5

[rating: overall] – 4.8

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Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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10 years ago
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10 years ago

Hey Brad, it’s already shipped to the winner: https://www.guitar-muse.com/line-6-pod-hd-desktop-review-giveaway-2688

Brad Gray
Brad Gray
10 years ago

so who won?? is this rigged??

Damian
10 years ago

and who is the winner ?

scott thompson
scott thompson
10 years ago

Would love the bean. Need to be able to jam quietly after recent living arrangement changes. Love the site!

Brad
Brad
10 years ago

This would SOOOOOOOOO help me out right now,plz o plz 🙂

Andreas Schaum
Andreas Schaum
10 years ago

Yes, could replace my old PodXT. Good luck to everybody…and a little more to me 😉

james
james
10 years ago

i’m a big fan of line 6 products have been using their gear for years would love the chance to win the new podhd and add it 2 my collection.

Ramon Chacón
10 years ago

Check out my website guys & gals!
I love Line 6!!!
Metal! \m/

Russ conklin
Russ conklin
10 years ago

Would love to win this!! Fingers crossed.

Jon-Guitar
Jon-Guitar
10 years ago

OMG! ITZ GOT A LOOPING MACHINE!!!! :O”

Robert Davis
10 years ago

Hoping for an “adjunct” to my Pod XT and Pocket Pod.

Renato
10 years ago

i hope win this ^^

Damian
10 years ago

Hi, I’d like this one to my guitar gear 🙂

Jeffrey A. Cotton
Jeffrey A. Cotton
10 years ago

Am I Entered !!!

Brad Gray
Brad Gray
10 years ago

i must win this, i have no money and i’ve been wanting one for years!

Sean Salthouse
Sean Salthouse
10 years ago

what a unit… killer

Dr.Dep
Dr.Dep
10 years ago

Good luck everyone!! I hope I win, I’d love to upgrade to this!

Danny T. Turner
Danny T. Turner
10 years ago

I would like to add this to my line6 arsenal. I’m praying I win. thanks for the chance,.

Danny T. Turner
Danny T. Turner
10 years ago

I have purchased alot of line6 stuff through the years. I love their technology.

Tommy Hart
Tommy Hart
10 years ago

Wish me luck, make the the proud owner.

Tommy Hart
Tommy Hart
10 years ago

I love Line 6 stuff. I would like to win this as well. Thanks, Tommy

Joseph Kim
10 years ago

This is cool site!! Thanks!!

Rob
Rob
10 years ago

I’m dying for this anyways!!! I hope I win!!!!!

George
George
10 years ago

This is one bad-ass bean!!

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