I received the speaker-unit a while back from a credit card offer - purchase X amount and well send you ___, so I really didn't give it much thought when it came. I've been using it now for about four years sense and I couldn't imagine my office without it. The speakers have excellent sound for being so compact. The high is awesome... the base lacking a little considering. I typically set it really low with non-verbal soundtracks, i.e. Braveheart or Conan, and it's a nice, overall background sound that helps to drown-out outside noises. One huge down-side is that it only works with Ipods and older Iphones. You can purchase an adapter so you can plug in non Apple MP3 players but then you have to deal with plugging in a wire in the back of the speakers, which can be a huge pain if you have the speaker in a hard-to-access area. There is no off/on switch on the speakers or on the remote but the remote is small and easy to use.