I play at home mostly, I have a few guys I play with on occasion, I do "some" recording. I dont have any experience with these, I can get the original pretty cheap and could use the spdif output to record with, on the other hand the xt is more expensive, is it worth the extra cash? I can get the original Pro version cheaper than the xt bean. I would like the Pro version of either one, I just dont know that the price difference is worth it. I want something I can get "several" sounds out of, not just a one tone preamp. Also thinking about the Sansamp PSA-1 as another option..