Just wanted to say I love tube amps (I own one which is perfect for bedroom even though it's a 50 watter) - but now I had this epiphany that maybe the bedroom can tolerate studio equipment better.
Maybe it is worth considering a modeler among other options - "bedroom amps".
I hear you man.
I suggested an ideal way to choose an amp.
If you can't try out amps for yourself, of course you can consult friends and listen to demos - but that's not optimal since demos can't simulate live 12" speakers + everyone of us forum members hears differently.
Buying an amp...
You're 100% right, but they're both a superb pedal platform (not to mention the Fender is affordable). Add a wampler plexi-drive or a Carl Martin Plexitone or a Bogner blue etc' and ...voila :) Magic!
Edit: The drive channel on the HRD is not bad at all - but it's a matter of taste.
I'd recommend you the Victory V40 (which suits your style) - perfect for home use and studio recordings.
I'd recommend trying a Fender hot rod deluxe (combo) at a music store.
The Mesa Boogie Lone Star is an awesome choice too - try it.
Regarding the budget, I would firstly think...
I own a 2 channel JVM (215c) and I feel like the sky is the limit - this amp is super versatile.
Sounds awesome at home/studio levels too. Tried it with an extension cab (2*12) and the outcome was overwhelming.
Stick to the rig you like the most and experience with it for a period - that's my...
Let's say you like playing:
I) Ozzy Osbourne, EVH, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Pantera.
II) Led Zeppelin, Rainbow, Hendrix, Pink Floyd (70s).
III) Jazz and Blues.
You play mainly at home, you already have a cab, your budget is cool (about ~900 quid) and you can choose only one amp (preferably 30-50...