"Incredible, for a compact pedal"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
Only two things I wish were different about this pedal:
1. battery life sucks. You just need to plan on powering it with your pedalboard (or adapter) don't even try it with batteries. Although if it's just for a 45min. live set or something, you may be able to get away with a good battery. If it was a tradeoff between high quality sound and battery life though, I'm really glad they went completely toward the side of great sound with crappy battery life, rather than the other way around. And it could be that the other stereo reverb pedals out there are just as bad with battery life, I don't know.
2. Jacks ONLY support TS (regular unbalanced guitar cable.) It would be cool if they had those auto-switching jacks that work with both TRS and TS cables depending on what you plug in. The sound quality of the pedal is good enough to be used in place of a rack unit on a full mix, it's just a bummer to have to run your whole mix through unbalanced cables as it introduces more noise and lowers the output level. But I know it's a pedal for guitarists...
Ease of Use:
Extremely straightforward - 4 knobs that do what you expect them to and provide good control and flexibility.
Ruggedly built, I don't see any weaknesses or expect to have any problems, and my stuff does inevitably get banged around a little bit from a lot of touring. I've had the pedal for almost a year now and other than a little dust it is still holding up like brand new.
Rating it at 8 since I've had no experience with them before, but I assume they are fine. And more importantly, I don't expect to ever need to call support with this product. Simple as heck to use, ruggedly built, not much to break on it very easily anyway.
It sounds five times as good as any other pedal out there. I don't know if that means it's a good deal or that the other pedals should be 1/5th the price, but in any case I don't feel ripped off at all.
The Wow Factor:
Actually does look pretty nice on stage with the blue status light. But who really cares.
I tested this against just about every other compact reverb pedal out there (T.C. Electronic, Boss, a few others). This one was hands down the best which really surprised me. Despite the supposed "Lexicon" affiliation I didn't have high expectations for it comparing with my $400 lexicon rack unit (which sounds amazing.) Well this pedal sounds darn close, and I mean darn close if not identical to the rack unit. I seriously doubt anyone will come up with a better reverb PEDAL than this in the next couple decades.
I was really expecting to not like the pedal, based on past stuff from digitech, but it blew the Boss unit and the T.C. unit out of the water, no comparison - no matter how I tweaked the others they didn't sound even close to as good as the digitech. The other pedals sound like what you would expect from a "guitar pedal"...kind of cheap, gritty, icky, over-the-top sounding and not very musical or warm. If you try to tweak them they seem to go straight from muddy to harsh. The digitech sounds like what you would expect from a legit studio rack unit designed for making music rather than being designed for making rock guitar kids go "wow, cool, I can't hear much normally but I can hear that THAT did something to the sound!"
Looks like the lexicon name on the pedal is more than just a name. The hall setting sounds great and the "liveliness" control gives a ton of control over the sound, from warm and subtle to more alive in the highs. Best bet is to try all the pedals in person with YOUR instrument, but if you have to make a decision without the benefit of that experience, I strongly and unhesitatingly recommend this pedal over all the others out there. It's great not just for electric stuff but acoustic and nylon string too, and even full mixes (really!) Like I said it rivals the $400 lexicon rack unit. I will probably keep the rack unit just in case, but right now I am leaving the rack at home and just running my whole mix through this when I play live and it works great.
Hope this review helps someone like me who is wrestling with what to get. Thanks to Digitech for doing something right for a change.