Power amp (be it tube or SS) and guitar cab is going to be night and day, and for most purposes, far better. It’s my preference if I’m just playing “live” without the need to run FR content through the same speaker. But at that point you’re not really evaluating a modeling rig anymore. Half of it is a conventional guitar amp.Yup this is my first modeler. (Picked the best rollercoaster ever for my first ride lol)
I prefer the models to captures, and I use external York IR’s vs stock cabs. (Not a fan of the cabs, except a couple 212s) I must be a weirdo. Lol
I don’t think the captures are “bad” it’s just by the time I find one I reasonably like, then I have to hope that there are other captures at the various gain profiles that I also like so I can have a preset that covers the clean, rhythm, lead spectrum. Inevitably its just easier to use a model where I can dial them in to taste. (Not that there aren’t issues with models, they vary considerably in quality imo)
I am though pretty interested in using captures via a tube power amp. (Models too tbh) Think that might be the last piece of the puzzle to unlock.