"For $54.99? NO!!! but for $39.99... a DEFINITE YES!!!"3.0 starson by zakumon
Pros: 1) Great replacement for the cheap, stock speakers on most computer setups
2) Satellites are beautiful, and the volume/power knob is smooth
3) For the price that I paid for them, quite the STEAL ($39.99 before taxes at a popular office supply chain)
Cons: 1) For those looking for an audiophile satisfying sound these are NOT the speakers for you
2) Sub FAR overpowers the satellites
3) For the ORIGINAL price, I would not have even thought of buying this set
Summary: I bought these speakers to replace my old set of Altec Lansing AVS-3000 2.1 Multimedia Speakers the other day mostly for the price I found them at while searching online. Believe me, if that old speaker system didn't take a crap on me, I would have loved to have them still, but time goes on, and electronics tend to fall apart with age (it got to the point where I had to keep a rubber band on the volume knob for both satellites to work properly). After giving it some thought, even after seeing all the negative reviews for this particular set of speakers, I decided to bite the bullet, and I am very glad I did. Sure, it doesn't really hit the notes on anything very well, but, for the price, I got a lot more than I bargained for.
The highs and mid-range need some work on the clarity department (I tried my best on the digital EQ on Winamp to sharpen it a bit, but, eh, even at my best settings for it, it's still a little lackluster), but that's expected for it's price. When it comes to the Lows, well, that's when this system's just overwhelming (to retain some kind of audio balance between the satellites and the subwoofer, I'm actually running the sub on an eighth turn of the knob, so it's definitely got QUITE the way to go on maxing it's power out for those who just LOVE that Bass... something I'm not that much of a fan of actually).
This system is just adequate for audiophiles (emphasis on the word "adequate"). I wouldn't recommend listening to Rock, Soft Rock, R&B or Country on it, unless you're willing to deal with its lackluster performance on the Highs and Mids, but for genres like Trance, House, Rap, and other more urban types of sound this system's great (since Bass is more of the focus on those genres, unlike the previous bunch)
Would I recommend it for movie watching? yeah, if you're not looking to be impressed by it's quality of sound, and looking just to be entertained, other than that, I'd just recommend one to save up a bit for one of those THX-certified speaker sets (originally I was saving for the Z-2300, but stuff kind of just hit the fan... if you know what I mean).
Now one may ask, how about for gaming? Sure! Again, if you're not looking to be impressed, but just need sound.
Overall, the system's pretty average, but I'm willing to deal with it for the price I paid for them. I know this review sounds harsh and all, but it's just the honest truth. Don't buy these speakers if you're looking to be IMPRESSED by it's "360-degree sound," but do buy it if you just need something that would satisfy your need for an everyday dose of entertainment in your life, and just don't see the point in forking over more than $50 for computer speakers. As I said before these speakers are QUITE THE BARGAIN for a little over $40 at my local office supply chain store, so, yes, I'd recommend them to anyone.