Like many others, I find myself in a living situation where I am unable to realistically mic a guitar speaker. So, I need a speakerless recording situation. I use clean tones, blues tones (tubes just beginning to break up) through 80's style, big-hair rock. There are many posts here already covering this topic, but what is the current take on this issue? I am lucky in that one of my amps (Aiken Invader MkI) has an XLR direct out with speaker simulation built in. According to the documentation, it is supposed to model the frequency response of an SM57 and a Celestion Greenback speaker. It sounds pretty good, but I am wondering if I might be missing out on something better or more versatile. It seems that there are two options, which are either hardware speaker sims or software speaker sims. With hardware, it appears that the Palmer PDI-03 is the one to use. So I suppose I could take a cord from the speaker out on my Invader and run it into the Palmer, which provides a load and speaker sim, and be good to go. My question is...would it really provide me with anything substantially better than what I am getting using the Invader's built-in XLR out with speaker emulation? I know I could just buy a unity and try it out, but I am curious to hear some opinions first, since the Palmer is not inexpensive. The software option would require running a cord from the speaker line out into my DAW and then using something like Guitar Rig or Revalver or other software speaker simulator. There are many threads on this topic floating around here, but I am curious what the current status is for speaker sims. What do some of you think is the best sounding solution? Thanks for your thoughts.