If I add a reverb or delay pedal in my Pod X3 or ampkit (or any other modeler) it sounds great. You know, like how delay is like comfort food.
But when I add reverb or delay in Reaper it sounds like I'm placing the guitars in a can and usually get a chorus-like effect as well... Am i using the wrong vsts or am I using the ones bundled with Reaper the wrong way?
If you've got a Pod, just install Pod Farm and use the delays through that VST. I wouldn't automatically expect a free DAW to come with effects plugins to hold their own against the paid stuff.