I bought it from Amazon UK in Jan. 2014. As of today, April 28th, 2016, it has survived several competitors in mu house, last two being Cabasse Stream 1 and Devialet Silver Phantom. I bought it for TV, because it had HDMI ARC. Then somehow the usage pattern changed dramatically. It is now used for music via BT apt-x and only occasionally for some TV (last time in February). I like the sound, which is surprisingly mellow. That SRS function, much criticised by the original AV forums review, is pretty likeable – it adds spice to that richness and yeah, more stage-space. Now, how did it push out the competitors? First practicality, then price. Cabasse case was exemplary to this: it is beautifully designed, small, plays everything and is only 3 times more expensive. BUT and it's a big one – that fabric cover (almost 80% of the surface) is soou prone to getting dirty, that one should not place it in kitchen, winter garden, outside, most everywhere; and only touch it with gloves. Whereas my Maxell could not care less about gloves etc. Actually it spends summers upside down, attached to the table from below in my summer kitchen. I have a hard time imagining a product better suited to what I demand of it.
"I ain't no collaborator" (audiophyle) and certain aspects of sound reproductions will evade me forever, but for casual listening and TV as well at current sales prices below GBP 100 this soundboard is a sure hit.