The only complaint I have EVER had about my 400+ was about it's direct out. I always felt it was rather worthless. Where I got this notion? I've recorded a lot. I've gone direct to the board, to the board through the 400+'s direct out, through a SansAmp RBI, mic'd cabs of all sorts, etc. Through all this, I was disappointed to discover that of all these options, the direct out on the 400+ was always the worst. Very thin and compressed sounding. Mic'd cabs can be hit or miss, and, really wanting to root for Mesa, I was also disappointed to admit that the SansAmp RBI was always the best sounding direct solution. Don't get me wrong. for playing through my cabs, on stage or at practice or whatever, the 400+ reigns supreme, as it should. BUT my less than desirable experiences with using the DI on the back for recording left me very closed to the idea of using it in a live situation. SO... I've always insisted on mic'ing the cab live or nothing at all (I hate going straight into the board with a direct box or other; pre gain and eq signal always sucks.) I wondered if anyone else has had similar or contradictory experiences with their 400+'s direct signal. I hate feeling limited life and I hate feeling like my amp isn't all it should be or could be.