I just played the Axe Fx AX8 yesterday... HOLY COW. That is friggin' nice. I only played it through some inexpensive computer speakers and just fooled around with some of the factory presets. The response to the guitars volume pot was amazing. I naturally gravitated towards the same amp sims... AC30, Engl Savage, Mesa Marks, Fender DLX, and JCM800. The one that really floored me was the Trainwreck sim. wow I don't get all the Friedman amp sim hoopla. Sounded like my old amp, which I didn't bond with.