Another one I think is incredible is the Lexicon PCM.. but it's probably too pricey to qualify as "not breaking the bank".
If Breverb and the forthcoming PlugIn you mentioned, Tony, are as good as they are supposed to be the PCM96 is not interesting for me!
I like the old sound. Today I still mix with my PCM81 and 91 and I love them. I heard the 96, which I really like (Hardware), but it is not so hot that I would exchange it against any of the two I own!!!
To me D-verb pretty much does suck, and I know how to use it. I think Altiverb sounds too static. My friend owns Lexicon PCM and it sounds really rich and lush and blows almost anything ITB away. I've demoed Breverb and it's pretty decent, not exciting enough for me to buy. I think CSR is okay, a bit synthetic but it's usable in small doses. Nebula has some good sounds if you can handle using it. I haven't yet tried EmPTy 250 but am curious about it. I'll probably check out Reverberate, but mostly I'm waiting to hear how the "Mystery Plug In" that Tony's talking about sounds. Good affordable ITB Reverb has been a hard one to come by IMO. Cheers!
500 usd for a one trick pony plug?? I would rather sink 600 for altiverb. I am happy with my WAves IR-1, TL Space and Dverb
Huh? $500 for all of the reverb algorithms in the 480 is 1 trick? To me that is a bag of useful tricks, while convolution (ir-1, altiverb) is a ton of 2 dimensional scans of what reverb should sound like.