Line 6 POD HD500X Review

Line6 releases POD HD500X, a limitless multi-effects processor to unleash all of your creativity with 100+ effects and more amp/cab models. POD HD500x is born when Line6 kept their ears open to customer feedback about the things guitar players enjoyed, and the things they thought could be better on POD HD500, one of the best-selling multi-effects floorboard. POD HD500x is the ultimate tone palette, whether you want to re-create classics or go somewhere new. And thanks to HD technology, POD HD500X provides the depth, character and touch nuance to inspire your creativity in the studio or on stage. New features on the POD HD500X include an expanded offering of HD amp models, more processing power, the ability to add more effects to signal chains and higher contrast display screen for better visibility on stage and in sunlight.  After spending some time with the POD HD500x, we found it to be far more superior in terms of tonality and control than previous models of Line 6 multi-effects processors and amplifier modelling. The POD HD500X provides an unparalleled collection of HD amps, more than 100 studio and stomp effects, dual simultaneous signal paths, seamless Variax and DT-series amplifier integration, and much, much more, making it the ideal centerpiece for a guitarist seeking maximum processing flexibility and the highest-quality guitar tones.


  • Extensive collection of award-winning HD amps for authentic tone and feel
  • 100+ studio and stomp effects—use up to eight simultaneously
  • Selectable speaker cabinets and mics
  • Unparalleled flexibility to craft your tones:
    • Dual signal paths
    • Multiple routing options
    • Dynamic DSP with more power for amps and effects
    • Stereo FX loop can be inserted anywhere in the signal chain
  • Professional-grade footswitches with bright LED rings for at-a-glance operation
  • Comprehensive I/O includes USB 2.0, MIDI, S/PDIF, balanced XLR outputs, integrated mic preamp and more
  • Variable input impedance
  • L6 LINK connection for integration and control of DT-series amplifiers and StageSource series loudspeakers
  • VDI connection for integration and control of James Tyler Variax guitars
  • 512 user-writable preset locations
  • Eight set list banks
  • Assignable expression pedal controls amp and effect parameters
  • Integrated 48-second looper with dedicated footswitch
  • Built-in chromatic tuner Tap tempo
  • Professional-grade construction with bent metal chassis, chrome roll bar and die-cast expression pedal
  • Downloadable POD HD500X software editor/patch librarian

line6_hd500xIt’s interesting to look at the improvements that have been made since the POD HD500. One thing that we’ll notice immediately is that the foot switches have been redesigned substantially from the previous design. The new foot switches have the look and feel of a professional effects pedal. We can really feel the click from underneath your foot when selecting different amplifier models or engaging different effects within the chain. Another impressive touch is the addition of LED lights surrounding the foot switches to highlight the engagement of a particular amp or effect. Another impressive feature is the improved LCD screen. The old screen was a bit dim and lacking in a functional contrast. This sometimes made it difficult to be viewed  under direct sunlight or even in a club when the stage lights hit it too hard. The new screen helps to eliminate those contrast issues and brings in a better visual experience. Last but not the least is the inclusion of additional DSP power within the POD HD500X. This means the users have more freedom to add more effects within a signal chain as well as the ability to mix and match the amplifiers, cabinets, and microphone simulations in a variety of combinations. So compared to its predecessor, POD HD500X has even more effects to the signal chain which can be used in virtually endless combinations.

One Response to Line 6 POD HD500X Review

  1. eric says:

    I think that the DSP power enhancement is THE feature that makes the difference with HD500. Otherwise…

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