I'm thinking there may have been something wrong with it, but I'm going to have to go with the HRD I owned for about a month recently. The clean was OK, but not as good as I expected. I couldn't get it to sound good with a dirt box to save my life. I tried a tubescreamer clone, a RAT, and even a Friedman BE-OD. Every one of them sounded distant for lack of a better word. Almost like holding a telephone about a foot from your ear. Very strange considering their reputation for being a great pedal platform.