cheap power amps for Pod hd pro

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iamtheendoftheworld5
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I want to get a pod hd pro rackmount to run with my orange cab. Is there any suggestions to a good quality power amp to use with the pod under $800?

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BOO-GERA!!

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lol, seriously though for under 800, i'd just get a digi eleven rack to act as a poweramp underneath the pod pro. plus you get more effects. But if you want that tube thickness for under 800 i'd look into getting a used 6505 or 5150?

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under 800? carvin ts100 or if yoru lucky a mesa 2:50 or 2/90...the peavey 50/50 is decent too. I highly suggest tube power amp just cuz it will give the pod a bit more real feel to it. Im runing mine right now through my jsx power amp and it sounds great but i lvoe my jsx tone too so im def getting a ts100 for my pod lol

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i know a lot of people use other power amps that aren't specifically for guitar and have heard the QSC GX5 is also pretty good. Again I appreciate all you have to tell me. Nobody at my guitar center knows anything worth a shit about power amps or modelers.

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Just edit that to read "Nobody at Guitar Knows Shit." use a solid-state power amp with my POD and it works just fine, sounds good, plus no hassle with blown tubes, rebiasing, etc....a Crate Powerblock is an awesome little amp that runs in stereo at 150 watts.

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iamtheendoftheworld5 wrote:

I want to get a pod hd pro rackmount to run with my orange cab. Is there any suggestions to a good quality power amp to use with the pod under $800?

I feel like running a POD or AXE FX through a tube power amp and traditional cabinet kind of defeats the purpose of buying the POD or AXE FX in the first place. These units are designed to have a tube tone from the amp emulation and a real cab sound from the cabinet emulation.

The best thing you can do with a POD or AXE FX is run it into a Mackie HD1221 or something comparable. Otherwise you should pretty much stick to tube heads and cabs.

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I disagree....especially with the POD. Line 6 has always fallen a little short with cab/mic sims and no matter how awesome your FRFR system is, it still doesn't sound like an actual guitar amp behind you. if you take out the cab/mic stuff then you have a "real" guitar rig with proper speakers and power and all the preamps you could need. FRFR does have advantages, especially if you're after a super processed "recording channel" live tone or you're using a lot of ambient and synthy sounds, as well as being very easy to accomadate your sound to different rooms. Another advantage to the FRFR rig is that you are officially a full sound system on your own.