Yeah, I ran a heavy testing period with a lot of options (many power amps as well) and @Justincase was very helpful with info on the Celestions (a cool guy to boot) and I just couldn’t get what I needed when comparing side by side with a cab.
It might be the microphone in the IR, it just didn’t get me there.
I will say I use 2 CLRs, Event Opal Monitors, even Line 6 Powercabs, and like them all for what they do, which is a loud perfect representation of a miked up cab. They’re just not the same as the Fryette LXII power into a standard guitar cab.(It’s worth mentioning that’s a real tube section into a real guitar cab so it sounds… real.)
It’s not that it’s doing any magic it’s just that it’s the real thing we try and emulate. I used to use real amps until I couldn’t tell the difference. Many of you must relate to that.
I should also mention that I used to run three different heads on top of each corresponding set of speakers running the AxeFX into the return of each. This allowed me to use the outputs of the AxeFX to choose 1)Fender amp with 2x12 fender cab, 2)Marshall amp with 4x12 Marshall cab, 3)Boogie amp (Simul-class) with a V-30 4x12 cab.
In other words I’m a bit bat-shit crazy
I still use both stereo outputs of the AxeFX outputs 3 and 4 out to two stereo Fryette LXII amps so I can do real world blends using the output level and balance controls on the output blocks. There are 8 cabs in the room so a good amount of choices.
This is the same way you would blend IR’s, but in the real world it’s a treat!
I hope my crazy perspective helps.