I have been following the development of amp modelling effects from the start. Many of which I have previously owned . I have found though that I get quite dissatisfied with them quite quickly not long after a struggle with them to get authentic sounding tones. All sounded quite digital, sterile and false
After a while I gave up on the hope of them ever sounding right. For me the frustration culminated when Line 6 claimed that the Pod HD was the business and a step up the modelling ladder from the earlier versions of Pod
This claim was quickly exposed as false and it actually proved to be a step backwards with inferior amp models and a poor choice of amps in both variety and functionality. It was this that exposed Line 6 as manufacturer willing to hype up their latest product with misleading claims. So why would I trust them with their claims regarding Helix? Many people have but are they giving an honest account of Helix’,s performance and capabilities? Customers don’t like to admit that they have been duped. Ghd Helix is a relatively big investment and it has been noted that the release of every new product had an incremental price based upon the manufacturer ‘s claims about how the new product stacks up against previous products. For these new units we have seen a massive price jump. Customers are now making bigger investments so is it any wonder that we are not seeing too many negative reviews because bond likes go admit that they may have been duped so they may well convince themselves that they actually got a good return for their investment. How reading between the lines reveals some dissent going on. Manh have said that they had to purchase 3rd party IRs to make Helix truly playable which suggests that the Cabinet IRs that are supplied by Line 6 are inferior. Chipping away at their armour then it appears that Helix may not be true to it’s claims of accurate representation of amps and effects. I personally would be disappointed to have to make additional purchases to make a product as expensive as Helix sound adequate. I know I am picking a fight here with Helix users who will and must defend their investment but many have broken ranks and expressed some level of dissatisfaction. So is Helix any better than offerings from cheaper sources such as Nux mg. I am personally blown away with the Mg. Having tried many from the usual suspects I can compare and say that the Nux Mg is so far streets ahead of this group although I cannot make claims in relation to Helix because I have no first hand experience of it!