I purchased this amp to get me through while some repairs were being done on another. I read several opinions on the amp, good bass, rich midrange... a bit forward, smooth, detailed top end. So I was expecting decent. All of those things are true, but I was still surprised. I've had Adcom 5500 in my system for a short period as well as a B&K Reference 4420. This thing was clearly better than both. Smoother than the 5500 and more detailed than the 4420. Great soundstage and imaging. If you need an inexpensive amp and are looking at a Rotel, Adcom, Acurus, B&K etc. This amp will surprise you. It doubles down Rated at 140 watts to 8 and 280 watts to 4 ohms. Look at the massive Piltron transformer in this amp. The price includes shipping and all pay pal fees, No Surprises. I think most would rate it a 7 on appearance, I am calling it a 6 to be safe, but the amp looks good and won't embarrass anyone.