Cliff posted this a couple of days ago with the comment, "I will not be answering any questions at this time. I’ll let you all speculate wildly and occasionally I’ll come in here for a chuckle." He later followed up with this info:"I’ll just say a few things: It is not an Axe-Fx. It won’t be able to do two amps or two cabs. It won’t have things like the Vocoder and other esoteric blocks. It’s a stripped down floor version at an aggressive price. It will have G3 modeling and user IR slots. It has two dual-core DSPs, one for amp modeling the other for effects. These DSPs are slower than the ones in the Axe-Fx so it won’t be able to do two instance of amps. There will be block compatibility between the Axe-Fx and the AX-8 meaning you can copy blocks from your Axe-Fx presets into the AX-8. It has USB, XLR outs for FOH, 1/4 outputs for local monitoring and an FX loop. Four expression pedal inputs. AC powered, no wall-wart." Well........ - High quality amp/cab/effects models in a floor-based unit? check - Fx-loop, XLR outs, and no wall wart? check - USB? (hopefully that means interface and PC-based preset editing) check (maybe) - Advanced routing and "scenes"? check This literally has everything I've been looking for in a digital unit ever since I started buying digital gear around 10 years ago. I wonder what "aggressive price" means coming from Fractal. If it means anything close to $1K USD, they already have my money and don't even know it yet. They never made indication that the FX8 was going to be aggressively priced and it is $1349. Maybe it'll come in around $1200? I'm thinking (and hoping) this is going to take the totally vacant ~$1000 spot in the middle of the market.