I was missing the old days of having a big stereo sound as opposed to tinny computer speakers, ear buds, or cruddy sounding bluetooth speakers. I was considering going the expensive component stereo route before seeing and hearing this little gem. All I can say is that the Stanmore has incredible sound and plenty of volume to spare. The cool thing is that it sounds better the louder it gets! Yes, the bluetooth connection can be sketchy, but I don't mind plugging directly into the unit just to get that great sound, in my mind that's a small price to pay. The issue might have something to do with the fact that the antenna is encased in a sturdy wooden frame, but again, only a minor issue for me compared to the sound.