Originally Posted by Benno
Do you mean a tube simulator Power amp? Or Runing the pod through a tube head. i dont know much about these, but am keen about getting a pod pro with a power amp and runing it like a half stack.
I meant a real tube power amp. That is, one with power tubes - these will be EL6s or similar - bigger than the little 12ax7 preamp tubes you see a lot of.
My thinking is, there are 2 options (which you've already caught on to):
1) rely on the POD for the total sound and use a clean power amp to only amplify, not color, the sound. In this case, you should actually be able to use a full range speaker like a PA speaker, since hypothetically your sound is just as you want it from the line out of your POD. But usually people use normal guitar speakers so other guitarists don't giggle. If you go this route, you could also use a full range combo amp for convenience, like an amp made for keyboards or acoustic guitars. If you go the stack route, just get some good, clean, cheap power. Go talk to some PA guys & see what they like. I use Crown & QSC, but there are lots of good amps out there.
2) Use the POD for most of the sound, but also color it some more with a tube amp. As mentioned at the beginning, look for REAL power tubes if you do this - avoid the ADA single rack space amps that use a preamp tube with a solid state amp. IMO, of course.