Well, That is what I used to think. So I got an LDR2 a couple of weeks ago. It was the best money spent in a very long time. Retaining dynamics as well as tone preservation is very important to me and this pedal handles that task incredibly well. The tone does cut just ever so slightly when in the most extreme of useable volume settings, but it is a non-issue. I have yet to fiddle with the trim pots on the bottom, I may not ever need to. I plug into the Full Frequency jack and my Strat/Reinhardt JTM 45/Hotplate/Blues setup is utterly gorgeous sounding! I do not play standard rock type music for the most part, but when I need it, that "tone" is there! I cannot WAIT to pick up my Sexamp tomorrow!! I have a feeling that this combo is going to sound stellar with that amp as well!!!! I can never go back to a passive volume pedal again, I am ruined........ M.E.