I'm having an argument with my friend and I want to see, Does the amount of watts on an amp make a difference in the quality you get from the amp? I'm looking at a 30 watt amp and a 100 watt amp of the SAME SERIES. Would there be any difference in quality if they're in the same series?
You would get more headroom in a higher wattage amp (you could stay cleaner at higher volumes).

If you are thinking of the MG series, though, just ... move on.
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Watts have absolutely nothing to do with quality.
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Watts have absolutely nothing to do with quality.

That. Having said that, though, bigger wattage means bigger transformers, which (I believe, not 100% sure here - please correct me) can lead to better bass response. However, the difference (if there is any) is minimal and it's not a reason to buy the bigger amp. Also, it indirectly affects tone because bigger wattage amps usually are either heads which can be matched with a high quality cab, or combos with larger or more speakers, which can make it sound better.
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Some tube amps with higher wattages in a series may use different varieties of power tubes, which would lead to a different but not necessarily 'better' sound.

For instance, the Budda Superdrive series goes from 18w up to 80w, with the 18w using 2 EL84s, the 30 using 4 EL84s, the 45 using two KT66es and the 80 using two 6L6es.
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depends on the series, sometimes the higher-wattage amps have more features etc., but in general:

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and also what fama and raijouta said.
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More headroom, but not bvetter quality, example, a blackstar ht-5 (5 watts) sounds way better than a marshall mg100fx(100watts).
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