So this thread is to expand @Holger Strunk 's topic on the HX Rack upgrade possibility. I just wanted to discuss some of the options out there. I've been using the Helix and now the HX stomp for a few years now, but there are other options. Holger mentioned that it really doesn't matter what you use as long as you dial in "your tone". I think this is true and a lot of it just boils down to personal preference and the interface. I know that we can't all crank tube amps because of our living situations so I wanted to list some other options that I'm super-interested/infatuated with right now. They are listed below in my order of interest. ;) Suhr Reacitve IR - This is an impulse response hoster and load box. You plug your tube amp in, crank it, and it pulls the signal down to a headphone/audio level signal while doing cab simulation with IRs. Basically, makes your tube amp usable and quiet down to a headphone level. https://www.suhr.com/electronics/tone-tools/reactive-load-ir/ Strymon Iridium - 3 amp models and an IR speaker cab hoster. Basically replaces your amp consolidates it down to one space on your pedalboard. I love this because it really limits your tonal options and forces you to just pick something and go with it. Simple. https://www.strymon.net/product/iridium/?gclid=CjwKCAiA-f78BRBbEiwATKRRBG3G7dmT2may7EVNFF9qP3_Z5fsyz7-jGq6Vy2Nh2B9Jw0Jhnz7akxoCJesQAvD_BwE Two-Notes - Same idea as the Suhr Reactive IR with more options. https://www.two-notes.com/torpedo-captorx Kemper - I've always wanted a Kemper but they are so darn expensive. They are different from modeling devices like the Helix as they "profile" specific amps and rigs. https://www.kemper-amps.com/stage Fractal Audio - Pretty much a different flavor of a Helix.
At the end of the day, what I have is already more than enough but it's fun to dream and keep up with new options. So, what am I missing here? What do you think and what are you using?