Not a crazy thread at all. One thing that the oversize boutique market has done is raise the bar and the jargon only to realize that when push comes to shove...much "above" the Boss effects is largely fine tuning and adjustment that may or may not be heard in an actual performance environment.
There is a good solution to nearly everything for under $100. Above this, you just have to decide if the exponential rise in cost is worth the miniscule improvement in sound.
I've used a bajillion OD's over the years but on a loud stage, the Boss OS2 really works great for me ( got to be mostly on the OD side of the pedal though). It has lots of mids but still has more than enough gain.