I've tried several small 5 watt amps. The only one that sounded 'right' was the Laney Lionheart L5. It isn't boxy or dark, has a nice sparkle and takes pedals really well. I own the L5s and it has become my goto. I have a Helix LT that is amazing but it hasn't been used much since I got the L5s. The Laney has many cool features, but the sound is the real star of the show.