I'm very encouraged by the Tonelab EX but I would still like to see Vox move in a new direction with the Tonelab line. I've always felt since the initial success of the SE they've never actually upgraded or improved the layout or operation of the Tonelabs'. The LE was the first down-sized model and that layout seemed ok, but feature-wise they were very similar to the SE. The ST and EX models have expanded the features in a minimal layout design. Why can't Vox build a model that is more like the SE or LE and caters to those customers who need an expanded layout with ease of operation.
No one can deny that they would prefer the option to use all the stomp box effects and the amp models AT THE SAME TIME (referring to the how the EX disables 11 stomp box models if you want to use the amp modeling) ! Or a better LED display for naming the 200 program patches and easier editing of parameters. To me that is due to a design that is too condensed and compact. I'd really like to see a true upgrade that expands the features without taking away from the ability to easily customize, experiment and create. I always loved the original Tonelab's because of the deep editing features like the VR gain and advanced effects controls- but they've taken all that away.
It's obvious the EX is for the user who wants to plug in and jam without the fuss of programming, tweaking or too many options ( it's more like a Tone-JAM then a Tone-LAB). Compared to the sound clips I've heard of Line 6 Pod HD's, the Tonelab still has a much more realistic tube sustain and tone (which is the most important feature of all). If Vox could design a Tonelab that has deeper editing features and a design for easier use they would blow away all the competition, hands down.