Line 6 HX Stomp VS HX Effects (Comparison)
Our pick: The Line 6 HX Stomp
Looking at what these two pedals offer, it's weird that the HX Effects unit is not cheaper then the HX Stomp. The Line 6 HX Effects is essentially only focused on effects and leaves out things like amp modeling, cabs, and impulse responses. Instead, it offers you more footswitches, functioning more like a traditional multi-effects pedal. Still, we'll stick with the HX Stomp since it seems to give you more for the same amount of money.
What are the differences between the Line 6 HX Stomp and HX Effects?
As it turns out, a fair amount, but we'll do our best to simplify this comparison and give you the meta narrative of each pedal.
In short, the HX Stomp is a full, digital guitar rig processor with effects, amps, cabs, and even mic models. The HX Effects, on the other hand, is focused solely on providing effects with more footswitches and greater control, without amp models, cabs, or IRs.
Since they're both the same price and have roughly the same number of effects, we'd probably still recommend the HX Stomp over the HX Effects.
Ultimately both are great processors, but we'd like to see at least a modest price reduction in the HX Effects.
Line 6 HX Stomp VS HX Effects
In this section we have a simple comparison table that lets you look at pricing and a stripped down, basic list of specs. Use the compare buttons to see that information. A more detailed chart and audio demos are listed below. Note that the price of these two units is exactly the same, unless things have changed since this page was written.
Line 6 HX Effects
Line 6 HX Stomp
Watch the Comparison
You can see that the amount of effects in each pedal is roughly the same, so it's not as if the HX Effects is more specialized with effects than the HX Stomp.
The reason the HX Effects costs the same as the HX Stomp is because the HX Effects adds a lot more footswitches, which allow you more opportunities to bank and recall sounds, but also drives up the price of the pedal. So you've likely cut costs by eliminating amp models and certain sound banks, but you've recouped that cost by adding more footswitches.
So some good questions to ponder when you're deciding between these two, would be the following:
- How important is amp and cab modeling?
- Am I only interested in effects processing?
- Do I need/want the additional footswitches and control?
How you answer these questions will have a lot to say about which pedal is better suited for you.
Multi-effects and amp modeling
126 user presets
128 (32 banks x 4 presets)
Number of effects
200+, Up to 9 simultaneous FX
150 Helix, 77 Legacy
Overdrive, Distortion, Fuzz, Tremolo, Flanger, Chorus, Vibrato, Rotary, Phaser, Delay, Reverb, Modulator, Filter/Wah, Harmonizer
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" TRS (stereo return)
2 x 1/4" (L/mono,R), 1 x 1/4" (stereo send)
2 x 1/4" (L/Mono, R), 2 x 1/4" TRS (stereo send)
Summary and Conclusion: Which one?
We would argue that the HX Stomp is the better value and is going to have more appeal to a wider range of people. However, if you really don't want the amp modeling features and you prefer to have more footswitches for more control, the HX Effects would steal the crown back.
Yes, we'd like to see the HX Effects about $50 to $100 cheaper, but those footswitches cost money.
So we'll say both are solid pedals, where one or the other might be a more ideal fit for you depending on what you're looking for.
If you have questions about our comparison, leave them in the comments section.
We'll see you there.