well image is still not a concern for me since I'm playing at home and doing some recording stuff
However extensibility is always welcome...
And because of neighbours I like to keep it quiet sometimes.. I suppose the Axe-Fx sounds better through headphones than the Engl preamp. The preamp has a line out with speaker simulator but honestly I dunno how it sounds.. probably not so good.
Ok now let's suppose for a second that I want to practice a bit at home in low volume but with good tone! Both units can be connected to a normal speaker system using line-out. I'm assuming for a moment that in this scenario the Axe will sound better due to power amp modelling that the Engl probably doesn't have.
So assuming if would go for the Engl and I want some good low volume sound, is there any low wattage power amp that I can use it with ?
I'm thinking for a second that I could get a Blackstar HT-5 and hook the Engl into it using the Fx-loop... how it will sound I have no idea. I heard it takes pedals well so it shouldn't complain about the Engl.
Or I could get a simple 1x12 cab and a Rocktron velocity 100 as a solid state power amp... also wonder if this will be too much already for home use... they're still a bit expensive though
and since I already have a POD, I also wonder what happens if I connect the ENGL to it and ditch the amp simulation but keep the cabinet sims on... dunno if it will sound any good. It's kinda hard to try alll these scenarios specially when hardly anybody I know nearby has either the Engl or the Axe