Does the Peavey qualify as a real amp? The tone is coming from digital modeling world, right?
Well I suppose yes and no!! It is a real amp as in it's got a speaker and it's got air.
It's a modeller in it tries to change characteristics of the amp to sound like another amp. Now to me I agree with you, they don't sound convincing.. Also these costing £450 / $700 they aren't far off an Engl, Orange, 5150, Bugera, Laney IRONHEART etc.
But it proves this, an amp is more than the air it pushes.
I own vypyr tube 120, the usb out can make the gguitar sound sterile, mic'ing it would have been better, it's digital amp modeling with a 12ax7 pre and 4 6l6 power
Thats what axe fx or kemper users are doing now, except my amp has ohm selections and not as many outs
Aslo torpedo live would sound great with it as it's a load box and cab/mic sim
Vypyr still beats 11r as far as "does it sound real"
Beats the pod as it doesn't have that hi frequency digital sizzle
but looses for now updates, cab sims, and no real I/O
but I bought this tube amp used from guitar center for $150 and I got a really nice audio interface with amp sim, not bad imo