This is going to be interesting, looks like Line 6 is starting off first, but this definately does not mean they will have the "greatest yet.
I second this opinion. I love the Boss stuff... the newest ME is pretty nice... next gen who knows!If they want they can. (Boss)
I voted other because your list is all large corporate manufacturers who will never choose the lower profit margin that Fractal has chosen and thus will always fall short on processing, coding, and components.
So I predict Fractal will remain above the competition for some time to come. The big boys haven't dumped their units for any of the recent "innovations", and I don't see that happening with anything that'll be coming out from the list you have because their stuff is inevitably going to be cheaper, and there's no way to do Fractal on the cheap -- Cliff already is doing it lower/cheaper than any corporation wants to.
I think Fractal represents a positive trend in the American business credo: "Make a profit, not a killing, and America will be better off."
Is that really there mindset?
Cliff has stated that they're working on a 'less feature - lower cost' spin off of the Axe
I bet that announcement gives all the big names in the business some serious headaches.
***I'm hearing a lot about this newest GSP1101 firmware update and sounds like they are including third party IR support.... but is this some guy in his garage working on this or what? Is this even supported by Digitech anymore? What about the RP1000? That's a great unit for the price, are they willing to kick it up a notch and really contend with POD HD and 11 Rack? Right now with the little information we have available I still vote Line 6 will be most popular, unless Avid, Digitech, Boss or someone else floors us at Winter NAMM.
Geez, that is disappointing and it makes me wonder where Digitech's head is really at with it's modeling gear?