Think flat. At first, I wasn't all that impressed with this thing (famous last words). Just a little silver box with some inputs and outputs. Listening through some Sennheiser 201's, my BASS sounded semi-thin to me, and it wanted to distort when I dug in. Simple enough answer, dork. I've got a Sadowsky preamp running into it, which I've found has really opened up me up to the sensitivity OF that little preamp. Little increments go such a long way, especially through the Cafe Walter (not so much my SWR combo) and the versatility of a 2 band setup, albeit with the VTC roll-off, which I find I need to dull the maple of my fingerboard, has really impressed me. $175.00 shipped to my door brand new, with adaptor. I've since spent another ... $5 to buy a male-male input to connect my iPod, and I gotta say ... it's a killer, I could probably blow my 'phones with the level cranked on the iPod. I, as some of you may have observed, am a journalist and work night hours as a copy editor. I'm home at about 1-2 ish every night, and up until closer to 4:30, so after dinner, I've got an hour or two that usually gets wasted on this board. This little amp is tearing me away from the keyboard, thankfully, in conjunction with some learning-curving from pre-work weekly lessons I recently began. Maybe this is unique to me and my experience, but I've found it to be a positive investment for me so far. I mean, the whole shebang right here in a quality little box. Color me pimped. I have yet to open it up, but will soon.