So I've had this real first world problem that I can't come to a conclusion on and figured maybe I could get some good input from multiple viewpoints here. I'll start with explaining what I'm doing here. I'm looking for a good amp for home recording, having a good DI out is basically mandatory as is the ability to get unique but good tones that will compliment all the way down to E on 8's. Initially I was considering holding out for the invective MH, but after thinking on it more heavily I realized I don't think it'd fit my goal and preferences, that being more or less a meater tone more akin to a Mark V. The issue being I don't really want to spend Mark V money, not until I move next year and can justify having one. I should mention that currently I run a Hughes and Kettner Tubemeister 18 and I'm very happy with it in terms of live tone, but the speaker emulation on the DI out is.. not quite up to snuff with what I want in terms of a DI out, creating this kind of issue. It's not bad but it's not exactly great. So with the invective MH kind of ruled out I went looking again and I've landed on two amps that I feel would fit my needs, but the distances are so night and day that I'm really having a hard time actually coming to a decision on. The two amps in question that I've landed between are the Laney Ironheart Studio and Boss Katana Head. I was originally just going to get the Ironheart Studio but our other guitarist has a katana 2x12 that has seriously piqued my interest in terms of using them for actual gigs and more importantly recording. I don't think I'd be THIS indecisive if I also didn't see the price; 350 dollars is really hard to say no to. The Laney on the other hand, I've read many good things about but I cannot for the life of me find one to try out locally. It seems like it's really good for extended range tunings, but I've only seen a handful of videos of people actually using it for 7s, and I think a single video of it being used for an 8, which has me unsure whether I'll really enjoy it or if I'll end up returning it in a week for some reason. Though I think my biggest concern with the Katana is how dynamic it can be tonally, I did own one for a very short minute but I never really tweaked it enough to give it justice as it was just a temporary bedroom amp until I got my H&K. I'm a little worried about it being a one trick pony on the high gain channels, but maybe I'm an idiot that's too concerned with being a unicorn or something rather than actually getting a good tone hence why I'm posting lol EDIT: I didn't even mention the style of music. On my own I'm more of a Nevermore and Whitechapel kind of guy, but the band I play for is more of an alternative metal act with two good influence examples being later Deftones and Chevelle. EDIT#2: Also if I could get some really good recordings that show exactly how diverse the Katana is so I can actually pick with my ears and not my eyes, that might lean me towards the more soft-on-my-wallet choice! So the TLDR; suck it up and take the 700 dollar hit and get a Laney Ironheart Studio and trust the few examples I've heard on youtube for non extended range guitars, or get a Boss Katana Head, know what I'm getting and that it CAN do what I want and pay literally half, but pass up the chance to get the Ironheart Studio and possibly a very unique tone.