I also have the POD. It\'s a lovely tool. And don\'t get stuck only using it for guitar...my wife has processed her flute getting really intersting sounds. I\'ve recorded my frame drum thru the POD\'s using the delay and got wonderful results. It has a built-in preamp setting, too.
Can\'t go wrong with the POD but I honestly don\'t know what else is out there in that $300 price range.
Let me know what you decide on...just curious.
Also, Aardvark printed a comparison of their Direct pro 24/96 and the Omni I/O on their website. Check that out.
I\'m thinking of buying the V-amp. It\'s cheaper than POD and I\'ve heard that it is even better. Anyone else who are interested go here: www.v-amp.com . I don\'t have enough money to buy nothing else. Perhaps later
I use the POD Pro myself, but I bought a V-Amp for my friend, and I\'m *quite* impressed with the sounds. I couldn\'t get a perfect lead solo sound out of the POD, but I can with the V-Amp. I\'m gonna buy one for myself in a few days.