I thought I had made a decision about getting a modeler to take to Afghanistan, but now I'm not sure.
The iRig HD and the SonicPort seem very similar regarding audio quality, so it really seems to come down to software.
Who has experience with both Line 6's and IK Media's software?
It seems like the software with the SonicPort offers more included amps, effects, etc., but a lot of folks here are not big fans if Line 6's software. Also, IK Media's software seems to have "more than enough" options. I'd be happier with fewer, better sims.
Can the SonicPort work with a Mac laptop? I've seen it with only 30-pin and Lightening connectors.
How's the latency on either device? Is playing through it with headphones going to drive me up the wall due to the delay?
I eliminated the Apogee Jam 96k because it's $50 more than the iRig ($35 more than the SonicPort), and comes with very limited software. Would sticking with the Jam and the free versions of the software all into the "fewer, but better" realm?
EDIT: I'm almost certain to be taking a nylon-string travel guitar with me, if that matters.
The Sonicport cannot work with a Mac laptop; the iRig HD can. The software is irrelevant, since they both suck and you'll want to just get BIAS anyway. The latency is fine on both, provided that the iOS device is fairly recent.