Maybe I'm getting old but personally I don't understand stuffing plugs into your ears and then cranking a 100W amp to the point where the mice in your attic explode. Why not just skip the ear plugs, use a somewhat smaller amp and get decent tone without making your neighbors hate you? Isn't 105 dB loud enough? As you said yourself, you are using the ear plugs to make the sound 'considerably quieter'. I have amps of various sizes, including a couple of 50 Watt amps. I can make them all sound good at home-friendly volume (90-100 dB), some easier than others. I have to admit though, the one thing that surprised me is that of the various power ratings available to me (1, 5, 20, 50 W), it is one of my 50 Watt amps that has the best low volume tone. The 20 Watt amp also sounds great but likes to be turned up a little louder than the 50W. IMO the 1 Watt amps are not as convincing but do sound a lot better when their output is run through my Power Station's power amp. I don't own any 100 Watt amps since I figured I didn't need one to play at home.