It is laid-back in a way, which is a strength at times. It is forgiving at the same time holds accuracy. But it’s good for extended listening for these reasons. It just doesn’t have a wow factor at first, but then shows that it politely does more than you first thought it could. I agree with the lower volume way of using it, as some people have to crank up music for bass, but if you have bass at a lower volume then you don’t turn it up as loud.