Pros I could not believe that somsthing this beautiful and small could sound this good.Quality and workmanship.deep bass and crystal clear sound and it cranks. highly recommend them.
Cons I didn't get them earlier than I did.
Pros Insane down-facing sub kicks like no other, satellite speakers can reproduce any tone with percision, and are wicked loud at 1/3 of my mac's possible output.
Cons With my Mac Mini I needed an equalizer to help even out all the output. Any PC could do the same natively, so it's not really a problem with the product as much as my computer's output. Otherwise, two thumbs up.
Summary Beautifully designed by Harman/Kardon, built to last, and built to kick like a mule. Whether you're playing heavy bass dubstep like myself, or classical symphony, these speakers are for you. They can fill up a huge room with sound, and make you rattle out of your chair if you crank it high enough. They pick up any and every frequency you can throw at them, and never break down. Fully shielded wiring to completely prevent interference, they're a must buy at a steal of $170. It may sound like a lot of money, but well worth rolling the dice on these ones. Haven't found anything to dissatisfy me yet. Keep on rockin H/K, would buy again in a heartbeat.
Pros Great sound
Cons USB only
No power button or convenient access to volume control
Summary I bought mine back in 2002 to go with a PowerPC. Many computers (both Mac & PC) and three moves later, I currently have them hooked up to a Digital Storm gaming PC with Windows 7 Ultimate (64-bit) and they still look and sound great.
My husband bought the latest Soundsticks for HIS computer, and they sound just as wonderful, and have been updated with black accents and a white light, as well as volume control and 3.5 jack. I highly recommend Harman Kardon Soundsticks past or present.
Oh, and while I rarely use it, the PowerPC still works great, too!
Pros Digitally connected; Cool looking; better than the usual
Cons Strange bass
Summary These are way better than the usual PC speakers. But the bass tones are gradually driving me crazy -- there are odd and out-of-tune resonances happening. A classical-music bass drum, for example, will completely put my teeth on edge when played through this sound system.
You can't get much bass from a 6-inch speaker, of course, but it's not just that. Perhaps the odd speaker enclosure is creating the odd sound effects on the low notes.
(If you're listening to pop or rock it probably don't matter.)
Pros Great fidelity, digital quality, uses USB and leaves the headphone port free
Cons No volume Adjustment or Line out
Summary First off, I'd actually only rate these speakers a 9/10 but there were a few comments on their quality which were very biased and frankly, incorrect.
That out of the way, I've had these speakers for the last 2 years and to say that I am very impressed would be an understatement. I work in a digital audio lab for an independent film company in Toronto, Canada. Although I personally own a full 7.1 Dolby Digital set at home, I'd never consider using anything but the Soundsticks for digital audio-proofing. I love the USB interface and how it prevents even the slightest bit of signal loss, and actually find leaving the stereo mini-jack free a blessing (I use it if I need to test headphone dynamics in real time).
Having said that, these speakers perform abysmally on a PC based machine, for reasons unknown to me.
Great low, mid and high range tones
(now) Great price