Looking to build a relatively lightweight rig so I can actually pick it up and move it around myself. Ideally keeping each component at under 20lbs but I can probably pickup 30lbs but that would be seriously pushing it.
My plan is to pickup an HD500. I really like the idea of having everything super streamlined, cheap and in one place. It also weighs on 16lbs so that is PERFECT. I tried one out the other day really fast through headphones, sounded OK, still Pod-like but miles better than my XT.
My main question is how much better (maybe a better word is different) would the HD sound through a power amp/cab than it did through the headphones? Would it sound more like an amp and usable compared to a really digital sounding box of shit?
In terms of powering it and whatnot. What do you guys feel would be better? A power amp + cab or just some powered monitors? The advantage for me in buying the powered monitors would be that I could use them for my computer when mixing and for the pod (Possible?) and kinda kill two birds with one stone but then they tend to be a bit heavy for me.
In terms of solid state power I'd need in a powered monitor or power amp + cab I have no clue what would be reasonable for jamming with a hard hitting drummer.
I've been looking at the Carvin power amps if I do go down that route and their weight is really attractive (all under 15lbs). A tube power amp is completely out of the question because I don't want to have to deal with tubes and the weight that tends to come with em.
No clue what I would use as a cab for that, but I'm guessing I'd get raped on the weight so maybe an unpowered monitor/cab would be better.
If any ultra-lightweight powered monitors that would be good for running an HD500 through I'm definitely up for that!
Also...how close does the recto model in the pod get to the real deal? I really love my recto's low growl it has to it and pretty much nails the death metal tone I've been looking for even unboosted.
In my experience, even the best sounding headphones don't hold up to a "Real" cab. How lightweight is lightweight?
HD500 + powered FRFR cab (atomic, hd1221) would be pretty portable. The recto model on the HD500 is great. I didn't spend much time trying to get it to sound just like my Roadster, I mostly focused on dialing in a sound that I liked, and I got quite a few of them with it. So I can't really say "how much like a Recto" it sounds - only that imo, it sounds pretty damn good.
The HD is the best sub-$1000 modeler out there right now if you ask me.