So, I started wondering about the tonal differences (i.e. frequencies) between 50 watt and 100 watt amps from the "single vs dual rec" discussion on here. As I understand it, a 100 watt amp will have more low end and high end, and sound a little more "scooped" than a 50 watt amp. And, apparently, this has mostly to do with the transformer, caps, etc, since taking 2 tubes out of a 100 watt amp doesn't make it sound like it's 50 watt brother. I also understand that there is more headroom, and less chance for the power tubes to saturate at a given volume in a 100 watt amp. But, I also know that when, in metal, and down tuning, we want to tighten up the sound, we reduce the lows, and increase the mids. Much in the way a TS type boost operates. So, my question is: wouldn't the natural lack of low end in a 50 watt amp also serve that purpose? Assuming that the amp is being played at relatively low volume levels, and power tube saturation is not occurring, a 50 watt amp would have less low end that needs to be cut, or EQ'd out. I've read Doug West (of Mesa/Boogie) say, "In the world of EL34 tone, 50-watt heads have always been a secret treasure. They’re tighter, crisper, and the highs seem to respond quicker. It’s got a lot to do with the 50-watt transformer being smaller—it lets those high-end harmonics fly through faster." And, on top of that, there are a number of new amps aimed squarely at metal and down tuning that are only 50 watts: The Victory Kraken, the Maxwatt/Hiwatt, and the new Fortin Meshuggah. So am I crazy to think that if I want to play super down tuned, tight riffed metal that would not get lost in a mix, a 50 watt amp would be good? Loads of people say that the 100 watt ones are tighter, but that only seems to be the case if the power tubes get distorted, and you end up with sag. At low volume and recording levels, it would seem that the 50 watt would be better than the 100. And, since I have yet to find a frequency spectrum of a 100w vs 50w amp, I would assume that you could EQ whatever differences there are between the two. I assume that's what these new 50w amps have done in terms of their voicing.