All the amps under $500 sound horrible. They're ok for practice amps I suppose. If you want some "ok" tone while playing in your room or apartment, what other options you have except going the digital modeling route? Using software like Bias FX on headphones sound "ok" for practicing but it gets tiring after a while and it sounds like crap on studio monitors as it is no cabinet. You have the lunchbox amps usually 20/5/1 such as Peavey 6505, ENGL Ironball and others. The peavey is the only that is affordable at $600, but I never liked the tone you get from the 6505. I play hard rock, mostly a fan of Steve Vai, Satriani, Gilbert and other shredders, I like some metal here and there, but the tone you get from 6505 is like muddy, fuzzy, is hard to explain I heard it in person and videos I like the tone of Mesa Boogie Mark 5, but those amp are expensive as hell and have no 1 watt version or even 5 watt. Even these big amps attenuated to 1 watt may be too loud for bedroom or not Anything around the $500 sounds like crap and you don't have many options. I can spend $500 and it won't give me the tone I'm looking for. You have amp modelers but those sound even worse.