Line 6 HX Stomp VS Eventide H9 (comparison)
Our pick: Line 6 HX Stomp
Though Eventide packs several of their most dynamic pedals and effects processors into the H9, we still can't find a way to part with the Line 6 HX Stomp, especially after the $100 price cut. The H9 is good, but in typical Eventide fashion they charge you more, and just give you a little bit less to work with than the competition. We'll stick with the HX Stomp here and feel good about it.
What's the difference (differences) between the Line 6 HX Stomp and the Eventide H9? As it turns out, these are two fairly distinct multi-effects pedals. The primary difference is that the HX Stomp is designed to be a full rig modeling unit, including cabs and amp models, while the H9 is focused primarily on effects and doesn't provide any kind of rig or amp modeling system.
The H9 is also setup with a different interface, controlled primarily by a single knob where the controls on the HX Stomp are more traditional and comprehensive.
Overall, the HX Stomp just houses a lot more sounds and is more functional than the H9.
To top it all off, the H9 is actually $100 more expensive than the HX Stomp.
This means the HX Stomp - with more functionality and even more effects - is easily the higher value of the two boxes.
If you're down to these two, go with the HX Stomp.
Line 6 HX Stomp VS Eventide H9 Simple Comparison
With this comparison tool you can see pricing and basic specs for the Line 6 HX Stomp and the Eventide H9. If you want a more detailed comparison chart, see below. Also consider buying gear via our orange Sweetwater buttons. Those help support our work but at no extra cost to you.
Line 6 HX Stomp
Watch the Comparison
There are a lot of demos online for both these pedals. We've chosen a couple that do a particularly good job of showcasing the tones and sounds that these two pedals are capable of. Generally, the HX Stomp is more versatile and - in our opinion - sounds better than the H9.
Detailed Specs Sheet: Where do they differ?
The biggest difference between the HX Stomp and the H9 is that the H9 isn't really an amp modeler. Instead, it's focused entirely on effects processing, whereas the Stomp is design for effects and amp modeling, even including cab and mic models.
But even if you just compare the effects banks, the Stomp has the H9 beat with a much wider range of sounds and a lot more algorithms to work with.
It makes you wonder where Eventide thinks we would be getting an extra $100 worth out of the H9. As far as we can tell, it's simply an inflated price tag compared to the HX Stomp.
Multi-effects and amp modeling
126 user presets
Number of effects
52 total algorithms
150 Helix, 77 Legacy
Reverb, delay, modulation, pitch shift, distortion, and more
80+ amps, 40+ cabinets
2 x 1/4" (L/mono, R), 2 x 1/4" (L/R, aux in)
2 x 1/4" (L/mono, R)
2 x 1/4" (L/mono, R), 1 x 1/4" (stereo send)
2 x 1/4" (L/mono, R)
Summary and Conclusion: Which one?
We don't want to take away from what Eventide has done with the H9. It's a solid multi-effects pedal with a ton of versatility. But compared to the HX Stomp, it's simply more expensive and less functional, especially when you consider it's not an amp modeler.
Historically, Line 6 has been one of the best names when it comes to digital amp modeling and effects processing.
And we're content to stick with them in this comparison.
Because while Eventide makes a valiant effort in the H9, it's not enough to unseat the HX Stomp.