I've had a Nova before and liked it, it actually kicked my DD-5 off the board which I never thought would happen. But I've never played a DL-8. I l'm definitely on a budget and need a second delay, and the fact that it loops is a major plus. I was looking for a delay with tap tempo to run into my DL-4 (delay junkie and had to sell all my analog delays to support my family between jobs) but if I go the Hardwire route I can run the DL-4 first and use the DL-8 for looping and extra delay. I've just never had any experience with Digitech and honestly have avoided them because I had never really heard good things about them until the Hardwire series came along. Thanks for the info guys and gals. Also open to other suggestions in that price range, just needs to have tap or external tap input and looping is a plus.