I tried a preamp into impulses, (JMP1 and a TriAxis), and it definitely sounds ok. But it's not as cool as capturing the power amp, and I don't think it's really any better than using a VST. I'd save your money if it's just for recording.
The TSE version of this is pretty cool (X30), if you haven't tried it. I did a cover of Soilwork's Like The Average Stalker with it, and thought it had plenty of gain and tightness with a boost in front.
I know the Engls have tons of Gain but sometimes I read that they dont have the "Modern Metal" tone... and found it weird.
I saw two for sale between 200-300 euros and then hit me that how different can they be from nowadays Distortion Pedals, thats why I asked here And note if purchased that I would only be using it with IRs and no other Physical Power Amp.
I know that VST Cassidy, tks for the opinion and suggestion. All Gear I acquire is really to simply play in (exact sense of the word) at home, nothing serious just a way to help me pass time.
I dont need some of what I already have but its cool to have, the Engl was because it reminded me more on having real Gear instead of Virtual one.
I appreciate all the replies and even the Mesa suggestion. Every time I hear Petrucci demoing the Mesa I go crazy on the Tone