This.... exactly! I setup my HD500 to mimic my amp and pedal board for live use! We don't use in-ears, but as long as I have my own monitor mix and a nice wedge I'm good to go just as I would be with my pedal board and amp. FWIW... before the HD500 I used an X3, before that I used a Sans Amp... I've been going direct (as well as using traditional amps) since the early 90's... I'm very comfortable with any style of setup.