I wanted a very good sounding, small system, that would sound great at low, or high volumes, but wouldn't thump my wife and son too much in our smallish space. I have a couple options for loud, shake the walls kind of listening. I am using this with a Mac and iTunes and a pair of MatinLogan Motion 4 speakers. No subwoofer, no bass boost turned on. Neither the amp nor the speakers need extra bass for my purpose. But, I love reggae and rock, and more, so bass is important to me. The bass is perfectly clear, and detailed, in perfect proportion to the crystal clear mids and highs. I was going to get a larger, more expensive amp, but went for this one for the size and price, and hope that it would sound excellent. It does sound fabulous. It seems to run a bit hot, to me, but it could just be me, my last amp was dropped a long ways by my cat, it works still, but runs hot, and I might just be paranoid now. But, it doesn't seem to affect the performance at all, and hopefully it won't affect the life span. The remote I would give 2 stars, but that is too insignificant to lower the overall stars. Hopefully the remote will last at least several years before dying. But, I am super pleased with this purchase.