I know this is kinda long but please read? Okay, this is a topic I never envisioned starting 24 hours ago, but hear me out on this. I came across a guy on FB selling a Marshall AVT 275. So I contacted him and he had already sold it. But he said he had some "other stuff" to trade, so I bit. What he had was a Crate GT1200H head, a Marshall 8412 cab (Made in Britain) and a Line 6 POD XT Live. Well, never was a great fan of Crate's SS stuff and I remembered once having a POD XT bean and not liking it much, but I was definitely interested in the Marshall cab. So I asked what he wanted and he said a guitar of some kind. All I had was my PRS SE Standard and a Jackson JS22. The PRS is never leaving my possession, so I offered him the JS22. Anyway, long story short, I ended up trading the JS22 with a gig bag and some old pickups out of a Squier Standard Strat I used to have for the Crate, Marshall and Line 6. My plan was to install a speaker out on my Katana 100 and use it with the cab and then sell the rest of it. Well, when I got it all home, I decided to hook it all up and started playing with the POD XT into the FX return on the Crate. Sounded HORRIBLE. All fizz and no body or depth. I couldn't figure out what was wrong. I didn't remember it being THAT bad. So I did a factory reset and whatever setting was screwy was all good. Of course, Line 6 is infamous for awful presets so I started fiddling around with making patches from scratch. After spending about an hour with it, I was able to put together a few patches, one with the Twin Reverb model, one with the jumpered Plexi model and one with the AC30TB model and they sounded GREAT! The sounds are responsive to picking dynamics and the guitar's volume and I was able to get one of the best blues sounds I've gotten from a modeler, and I've tried about all of them under $500 at one point or another. I do NOT remember my POD XT bean from 16 years ago sounding anything like this! The best part was even cranking the volume on it, the sound never did get shrill or thin. It got BALLSY. So here I am and I'm like WTF? I thought maybe it's all about the cab, so I rigged up a cable from my Katana 100 and it just didn't match the POD XT at all. So here I am now, absolutely stunned by idea that I'm actually considering selling the Katana now and keeping the Line 6/Crate/Marshall setup. That's why I'm on here to see if I've simply gone insane or are there others out there, quietly still loving their POD XT Live? Is the XT Live really that much of a different animal that the XT bean? I honestly don't know if I'm losing my marbles or what but I'm starting to love this thing and I've always HATED every Line 6 product I've tried except for my buddy's Helix.