My take is that it's all a matter of expectations. For players that gig, it appears the goal is typically to try and recreate the gig tone at a much lower decibel level. In cases like mine, where I don't gig and only play for my enjoyment inside a small office at home, I keep the volume level very low (just above normal conversation level) in order to be fair to my wife and child. I'm quite content with my setup to accomplish this. I find it straightforward and intuitive for a basic guitar player. My setup is, at the moment: 1. Guitar into a EHX Green Russian reissue BMP into a Zoom G3xn that emulates (very well to my ear at low volume) various pedal I use infrequently 2. a Vox pathfinder 10 (with the 150 Hz low frequency cut removed), using the speaker out 3. into the 8 inch speaker cabanet from a non functional Fender G-Dec Junior. My reasoning is that I make up for the weakness of the Pathfinder's speaker with the sealed 8 inch cabinet, and still get some punch. The Zoom costs what a decent room reverb pedal and a decent analog delay would cost. The emulations and presets permit me to load up good approximations of tones for songs I like to play and practice playing. I don't even use the amp models as the Vox takes the pedals well. The looper in the Zoom is a bonus for practicing over progressions. Just my 2 cents.