So, I picked up a B-stock Axe II XL+ about a month ago. I recently moved into a house after living in apartments the last fifteen years. I knew I would finally be able to set up a "studio" so I pulled the trigger before I left and set it up as soon as I moved in (before setting up my bed actually). Knowing that I will never gig with it as I'm just a bedroom player, I went with the studio monitor option and picked up some Yamaha HS8's, as they seemed to be a good price and got good reviews for the most part. Now, I'm one month in and all I can say is... this is it. This is the single greatest piece of gear I've ever purchased. So many times I've picked up amps that I liked but never loved. Granted, I always had to play at lower volumes in the apartments I lived in, but they still never left me in awe. The Axe does. Every time I plug in, I learn something new about it. I took a week or so to study the thing and get to know my way around Axe Edit. I downloaded a few cab packs, but I have honestly had more fun just dialing in tones on my own. I will say though, I love the stuff ML Sound Lab puts out. I have used quite a few of their cabs in the patches I've been making. The Friedman HBE seems to be my go to so far for high gain. There's something just right about it. It really seems to play nicely with the Alpha/Omega Duncan's I have in my guitar. The Yamaha's are really good too. I know there are better options, and I did a ton of research before both on this forum and other sites, but I'm really happy I went with these. I can't imagine what higher quality monitors would sound like if these have impressed me. Well, that's it. Mostly just wanted to give a simple "review" and say thanks to Fractal Audio for creating such an incredible piece of gear.