"Good for one major purpose"5.0 starson by Kn0w-01
Pros: Weak bass response/
Good for A/Bing mixes.
Good frequency response in mid/upper range.
Cons: Not good for general purpose speakers.
Summary: I don't think people got the point of these speakers. They are reference monitor speakers. When your doing professional audio mixing, you need to do what is called A/Bing speakers (as in A/B: Speakers A and Speakers B). This is where you go between different sets of speakers to get your mix to sound the same on all/most of them. For this purpose, you want a set of speakers with weak bass response so you can hear what your music would sound like on a common low quality stereo. I bought a pair of M-Audio AV40s for this purpose and was disappointed because the speakers had such a full frequency response. If your looking for some good general purpose speakers, check those out. They rock and the extra connectivity is invaluable for hooking up a computer, audio interface, and iPod. If you want a compact set of speakers to A/B with, the AV20 are cheap, small, and will accomplish what you want them to do. Its either this or computer speakers. I haven't tried the AV30s, but they are worth hearing in person to see if the bass is weak enough. The AV40's do take up a lot of space on my desk but they are good to put things on sometimes.