I guess it all depends on what your listening to, how loud and what the size of your room will be. In my case, I own many different amplifiers and depending on these factors, I will place the best sounding amp that will fit that bill. In my bedroom, I'm using a small amp that I've made a few years ago connected to small Klipsch bookshelf speakers. This set up sounds really good and I have no intention to changing anything. I do own a Naim Nap250, and even thou it sounds great, the small DIY amp sounds better in that situation. I'm using an all tube sett-up in my main listening room, as I find the magic of tubes is hard to beat. But if I had to downsize in order to move into a small place, that set up would have to go. Giving your ears a break would probably mean turning down the volume as well. In that case, may I suggest an amp that sounds good at low volume. That is why I'm using the small DIY amp in my bedroom. It's the one that sounds the best at low volume. Hope this will help.