Like I said guys, it's very subjective.
And it is my opinion.
If you like the sound, then cool.
As I stated in my post, it is what it is.
But if you compare it to a real tube preamp or similar, it sounds extremely thin.
I agree with using a maximizer etc to enhance the sound.
I would use it if I was just going somewhere to jam, or goof around. But for a real gig, or good professional recording, it falls a little short.
I have seen a few people actually use tham at shows, and some direct through the PA. But they just tend to get a very thin brittle sound (Comparatively).
I'm not knocking it at all. I own 2 of them. But I would never use them in certain situations like recording a CD or live gigs.
You should check out the Johnson J Station. It's alot fuller sounding in the application you are talking about. But once again, a J Station is a J Station.
They are both great for shoving in your bag, and having a quick decent sound without having to lug a ton of stuff.