Line 6 Pocket POD
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Line 6 Pocket POD

Pocket POD, Portable Guitar Amp Simulator from Line 6 in the POD Bean series.

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Audiofanzine FR 30/12/2010

Line 6 Pocket POD : la opinión de Audiofanzine FR (content in English)

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Originally written by benbao on Audiofanzine French.

I won't describe the effects provided: you'll find them on the Line6 website.
In short, it's a pocket amp simulator.
Works with batteries. The battery life is not very long: with rechargeable batteries, I can play nearly three hours.
Connections: guitar input, phones out, amp out, line input to play along with a recorded song, PSU connector.
Sold with a small manual but no PSU. It's a pity!


UTILIZATION

You can do your settings either directly on the unit or via a PC.
Directly on the unit it's a bit difficult because some parameters require key combinations. Browsing within the presets is not very practical: in some cases, you'll press a key by mistake when you want to select another preset.

For PC editing you'll have to download the software. Storing presets is not very intuitive: you can lose your settings by mistake pretty easily.

I use it with headphones when I play guitar at home or when I'm on the road (I don't have to carry my guitar amp with me). It's ok for these applications.


SOUND QUALITY

Considering the price, the sound is rather good. However, I found some weak points, like noise with high-gain simulations.
Another con: the simulations don't fully reproduce the sound character of the guitar you play.

Altogether, the sound is ok for me.


OVERALL OPINION

I've been using it for three years as a practice tool. Don't expect to be able to use it as your main amp.
Once you made your settings (with the software), it's ok as an additional amp, especially considering the price.

I bought it to play/practice without making too much noise since my big amp is not ideal to play at home. I wouldn't buy it again if I had more money. I would choose a quality compact combo or a good sound card, but it would be more expensive.