Quality usually trumps wattage. The Burson with 250mW of Class A easily handled everything I played through it. Some gear I have heard with way more power lacked the ease the Burson had, so all in all getting to wrapped up around Watts is less important than quality of the Watts, and that, is of course REALLY relative, which was the point of my post.
Sometimes my amp choice is driven by my mood.
Thanks for clarifying, Dan - sometimes things just sail right over my head....Have you ever happened upon either the Audio GD 11.32 or 15.32? Those do have tons of power, but also seem to have good implementation of their respective DACs (based on what I've read on various threads).