I have had my POD HD500 for just about nine months now, and have spent the entire time experimenting and tweaking and re-tweaking my tones and I still cannot get the sound I am looking for with any of my tones. Whether it's my Blackface sparkling cleans to my Treadplate super leads or anything in between, there is just always something missing. I've tried doing just pre-amps, no cab sims, doing the full rig top to bottom, changing the mic's, adding pedals and all that jazz, but my tones only ever reach about 75-80% satisfaction for myself. I've also run a decent gambit on ways to amp it, using everything from headphones, computer speakers, my cheap SS practice amp, FRFR speakers and most recently a full-on tube amp (which is the best so far), but nothing is satisfying my tonal desires. The worst part is, I jump online and hear all these amazing clips of people getting these stellar tones to the point where I have to do a double take to make sure I actually do in fact have a POD HD500, because I can't believe the incredible sounds I'm hearing out there, but not in my own room. I'm heavily considering selling it, because I feel like I'm running out of options and not getting close to a solution, but the options available and convenience of having 16 amps, 100+ effects etc. in one unit is too much to just give up on. I could really use some suggestions/help from other HD500 owners out there...I don't want to call it quits yet, because I know this is a great piece of gear, but I just can't seem to find that magic tone, no matter what I do.