UNBOXING (HERE) FIRST IMPRESSIONS (SOUND): https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...nic-studios-oblivion-review.8925/#post-289155 MEASUREMENTS: https://www.superbestaudiofriends.o...nic-studios-oblivion-review.8925/#post-289290 I don't usually do unboxing photos or gear porn shot, but I think this one deserves it - given that it's coming from thousands of miles away, I think Asgard or something like that. The USPS as usual waited 5 seconds before deciding no one was at home. I sent my wife to pick it up at the post office, and she said the box was big - not heavy, but big. LOL, I didn't expect this big! Good thing she had the Jeep with her, otherwise it would have been a wasted trip. BTW, the post office took half an hour to find it. Good thing they didn't lose it. I guess they expect the box to be so big either and were looking for a smaller box. Turned out it was double boxed. This is a good thing for international shipping. Hopefully nothing came loose during shipping. It's not uncommon for screws to come loose or solder joints to drop with international shipping. If you've ever seen cargo handlers outside of planes throwing boxes, even ones as large as this on the conveyor belt, only for the box to fall off the ramp and into the tarmac, then you will understand. Here is the amp taken out of the box. The amp is suspended by its left and right side with large foam blocks. The chassis metal is certainly thick strong enough to not deform. The darn thing almost feels like a solid block. This feels like it would be an amp appropriate for the commanding officer's cabin on an armored battleship in WWII. (I didn't quite get that sense in prior photos I've seen of this amp, so I figured I would say something about it). I ordered the optional speaker taps (this amp doesn't have much power, but it will do 4-ohms - might do well with my speakers). Note the nice spiked feet. This is looking like a better and better deal given how expensive stuff costs up there - assuming the sonics pan out (and I have no reason to suspect that they will not given hints to the amps topology). Hopefully UltraSonic Studios will hold off from drastic price increases a la Feliks if and the brand gets more recognition. There is a large fan underneath the amp which is suspended to the bottom plate with rubber mounts like PC fans. I'm not totally sure if this is necessary, but it was probably put there out of an overabundance of caution. The current meters are not necessary, but nevertheless are a nice touch. Take a look at how thick the front plate is! As I said, this thing belongs on a battleship. Here a shot of the front panel. Utmost simplicity. Power switch and LED. Output selector and a large weighty volume knob. I'll do an inspection all around, maybe drop the bottom plate to make sure everything stayed intact during shipping. And then attach the tubes and fire it up. Stay tuned for impressions.