I have owned at least half of the delay pedals out there period. Boss=DSD,DD3,DD6,DM3,RV3. LINE 6=EP, DL4, DOD= FX90,RX96, FX45(Probably the weirdest concept pedal i have ever owned), Hohner "echo Plus" Tape Echo, and honestly more than worth mentioning, at least one from every major company out there. So, i now play casually, and intend on keeping my setup small and clean. I had a DD-3 which was wonderful, but i happened to find this pedal one day while out for next to nothing, so i figured i would try it out, and if i didn't care for it just turn it around and make a few bucks. I have to say i was pretty pleasantly surprised. This pedal actually sounds perfect. I say perfect because i just don't care about stupid things anymore like "true bypass", or "colored tone". If you have a 5 grand guitar, and a 5 grand rig, than do not buy a 140 dollar guitar pedal. I currently own just a lefty G&L legacy, and a small Peavey Classic 20. I had owned a DD-6 during my gig days, and honestly thought it was horrid. Even by lower standards, it just sounded weird and fake. It was not a good pedal, i was thinking that would be a possibility here, but man was i wrong. First off they got rid of the "warp" feature which was maybe the worst delay feature of any pedal i have owned, it was just bad. This pedal, the dd-7 has a much more perfect digital delay to my ears. When i think of digital delay i think of a delay that adds space to an instrument. You want it to widen your chords, and possibly add an almost reverb-like atmosphere to your leads. This pedal does that perfectly. To me, the lows are cut just right and the highs sit perfect in the delay path. One thing that really stood out was playing a distorted power chord with the DD-7 Vs. the DD-3, the DD-7 left more of a drone effect while the DD-3 had more low end, so it wasn't quite as atmospheric. The modes of the DD-7 are basic and to the point. The first 3 are your standard digital delay modes. next is the hold or "sound-on-sound" mode, this is great for practicing or writing by yourself (similar to the Boss Loop Station). next is the modulate, it's my least liked setting, but it is there if you are that set on having chorus in your delay line (the chorus is bad, but what can you expect, the pedal already has alot going on), next is the Analog, i looove this! The DM-2 emulation is great, not dead on, but excellent considering it just an add on. What i really like about this is that the self-oscillating actually sounds and does behave completely different than the digital delay does. It isn't perfect, but perfection is almost impossible considering i do not even know what a analog delay with as large of a delay time as the DD-7 would sound like, but if you keep the time settings short, it does feel very natural (analog that is). Next is the reverse, simple and works great. The tap tempo is ok, but it is not a big concern for me. So here is my advice; if your looking at all these features, and expecting top notch from all of them, than stop, and go buy a DM-2 for your analog delay, a TC ND-1 or Boss DD-3or Hardwire Delay for your digital, a Memory man for your modulated delay, a loop station for your hold function, and you will have spent about 12k to 13k. Now, once you take that into consideration it isn't so bad. In comparison to the Line 6 stuff, it sounds much better. In comparison to analog delays, well one thing is a digital delay can always emulate an analog, but you can do vice-versa. As far as TC-ND-1 or the repeater, well they are both great, but neither sounds very analog at all in their emulation, and neither will self oscillate=(be a fun noise maker)at any setting. If timing is crucial to you, then go with the TC Nova Delay, it has an LED time read-out, which is pretty hard to beat in it's price range. And the Hardwire DL-8 Delay; well i hate digitech, alot of musicians will tell you the same, they made horrible pedals for years except the bad monkey and a few others, but the Hardwire delay seems to be at least just as good as the Boss DD-7 and the Hardwire is "true bypass" if your looking for that. Overall i would say this is the best pedal out there right now for it's price, other than the Hardwire Delay, which only really varies by subtle tastes. Either the DD-7 or the Hardwire delay are a good choice, it just depends at that point on your taste for looks and setup. Keep in mind this is for the casual or budgeted musician. If your budget is higher, always go higher, and you will, so don't bother on the cheaper pedals, you'll only be wasting your money and time.