This kit is everything I expected, a perfect kit for small spaces and works fine standalone with headphones.. The true hi-hat pedal is a must have for realistic feel. The three-zone cymbals work very well including the choke cymbal. I am using the Iron Cobra kick pedal with the Roland electronic drum beater head and it works great. It is easy to customize everything to your liking such as pad sensitivity. The built in kits are adequate for practice but for recording I recommend triggering a good drum plug-in. I am running MIDI OUT into Logic and triggering Superior Drummer which works and sounds fantastic. I would definitely recommend this kit for its ease of use, great feel and bang for the buck!! I am not "blown away" by the built in kits thus the 4.5 rating.