I appositely love the AX8! I've had the AXE FX II since it was released and was completely satisfied with it. I do have to say after now having the AX8 I'm even happier with that though! I play away from home a lot so I'm sure that is a big factor but so far I haven't had any CPU limitations or anything like that. I have absolutely loved the way the AX8 pedal board is set up. Coming from the MFC101 it was like a breath of fresh air and so much easier and intuitive to use. So much so that I've decided to sell my AX II and just stick with the AX8 (let me know if you are interested ). Basically wanted to put this out there for anyone thinking about making that change. I mulled it over for a while then decided to just go for it and see. I'm so glad I did!