"Wow, now that's clarity"5.0 starson by bob68111
Pros: The sound quality is absolutely amazing: clear, clear, clear, at any volume. I had bought an Altec-Lansing 2.1 system (VS4121BLK) for $100, which was great loud but terribly muffled otherwise. So I returned it and bought the AV40 for $150.
Cons: They eat up a lot of desk space. It's annoying that the on/off switch is only on the back, though at least the speakers don't seem to have any noticeable hum when left on.
Summary: These sound just as good as (if not better than) the much-more-expensive Bose speakers in my living room and car. Very impressive.