Headrush MX5 VS Line 6 POD Go (Comparison)
Our Verdict and Opinion
In every category we like the POD GO better than the Zoom G6. Not only does the POD GO give you more effects and amp models to work with, but it just sounds better and more refined than the Zoom. We see yet again that Line 6 is extremely difficult to beat when it comes to digital multi-effects processors.
We've noticed that a lot of players who like the Zoom G series prefer the older models to the G6, despite the edition of the touchscreen. So we think that's worth keeping in mind when comparing the G6 to the Line 6 POD GO, in that even among the Zoom fans, it's not the most popular option.
Between the Zoom G6 and the Line 6 POD GO, there's really no question in our minds that the POD GO is the better option. While the POD GO's interface doesn't quite match up with the touchscreen on the G6, the POD GO's effects and algorithms sound a lot better.
The G6 effects and tones - particularly the distortions - come off as a bit cheap.
On a more concrete note, the POD GO just has more effects and amp models than the Zoom. It gives you more presets, more types of effects, more amp models, and is a far more comprehensive pedal overall.
We also think the casing on the POD GO feels a lot stronger and sturdier.
Given that the two are similarly priced (though the G6 is cheaper than the POD GO), we'd much rather have the POD GO, even without the convenience of a touchscreen.
Zoom G6 VS Line 6 POD GO: Simple Comparison Table
Use this table to look at pricing and see a basic comparison of these two multi-effects pedals.
Line 6 POD GO
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Catch just summaries and bullet points in this condensed video version of our article and comparison:
Video Demo Comparison
In some cases it can be hard to tell a major difference in sound quality between multi-effects pedals, especially because there's some level of subjectivity involved. But we think the POD GO is clearly the better sounding of these two pedals. If you disagree, let us hear it in the comments section below.
Specs Sheet (detailed)
The most remarkable differences on the spec sheets have already been touched on. You get more presets and amp models in the POD GO, and a lot more effects, given the POD GO draws on algorithms from both their Legacy and Helix processors. We should also note that the G6 does not support a MIDI connection.
Multi-effects and amp modeling
Multi-effects and amp modeling
256 (2 setlists with 32 banks x 4 presets
Number of effects
275+ effects (Helix & Legacy combined), Up to 10 simultaneous FX (6 fixed, 4 flexible)
Mandarin Rocker Drive, Ratatouille Distortion, Fuzz, Tremolo, Chorus, Vibrato, Rotary, Retro Reel Delay, Reverb, Modulator, Wah
Dynamics, Filter, Drive, Amp, Cabinet, Modulation, SFX, Delay, Reverb, Pedal, Impulse Response
80+ Guitar/Bass Amps, 39 Cabinets, 16 Mic Models
Six custom amp models, 70 Cab IR
1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/4" (FX return/aux stereo)
1 x 1/4" (instrument), 1 x 1/8" (aux in)
2 x 1/4" (L/mono, R), 1 x 1/4" (amp out), 1 x 1/4" (FX send stereo)
2 x 1/4" (R, L/mono/phones)
Better value option?
The G6 saves you $100, but we'd argue that it's worth the upgrade and a better-value buy if you opt for the POD GO. Line 6 is just extremely difficult to beat when it comes to multi-effects processing and amp modeling. They helped pioneer the entire concept back when they started with the Line 6 Spider amps and now products like the POD GO and Helix processors are the culmination of years spent mastering their digital craft.
With the POD GO you'll get more tones to work with and better sound quality, so we'd encourage folks to put up the extra $100 and get the better processor.
And while we have nothing against Zoom, they're simply lagging behind in multiple categories given this particular comparison.
If you have questions or disagree with our conclusion, feel free to chime in via the comments section below.
We'll see you there.