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1. Bose SoundDock System for iPod
Too low to display list($249.99)
2. Harman Kardon Soundsticks 2
$104.44 list($149.99)
3. Altec Lansing inMotion Portable
$142.44 $139.99 list($199.99)
4. Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 2-Piece Surround
$99.99
5. Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC
$67.30 $55.00 list($129.99)
6. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite
$115.89 list($149.99)
7. DLO iBoom Boombox for iPod
$204.24 list($279.99)
8. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System
$115.89 $110.26 list($199.95)
9. Acoustic Research AW-871 Wireless
$99.00
10. BOSE Companion 2 Speakers
$94.89 $89.67 list($129.99)
11. Altec Lansing XT1 Laptop Speaker
$36.94 list($49.99)
12. Logitech x-230 2.1 2-Piece Dual
$104.49 list($264.00)
13. Linksys Wireless-B Music System
Too low to display $252.98 list($299.99)
14. Advent AV570 70-Watt 2-Way Powered
$37.98 $27.00 list($59.95)
15. JBL Duet PC Speakers (2-Speaker,
$142.49 $138.47 list($199.99)
16. Altec Lansing MX5021 90-Watt Powered
$48.44 $42.62 list()
17. Creative Labs I-Trigue 2200 2.0
$14.88 $14.80 list($39.99)
18. Philips MMS223/17 PC Multimedia
$19.82 list($29.99)
19. Altec Lansing VS2120 2-Piece System
$67.39 $54.00 list($89.99)
20. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite

1. Bose SoundDock System for iPod or iPod mini - White
by Bose
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B0006VX1G8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Bose
Sales Rank: 205
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

The Bose SoundDock digital music system was specifically designed to expand and enhance your enjoyment of the music stored on your iPod or iPod mini. Just slip it into the docking cradle for the Bose sound your favorite songs deserve. The iPod charges as it plays, so you enjoy music without interruption. Its sleek, slender design fits almost any rooms d├ęcor. And the included remote lets you control the SoundDock system from across the room. Bose performance meets your iPod. Enjoy the songs on your iPod or iPod mini like never before. The SoundDock system is designed to play your favorite tracks with crisp clarityallowing you to discover subtleties in your music that used to simmer beneath the surface. A host of proprietary technologies adds vitality and realism to your tracks. With Bose proprietary acoustic design, you enjoy a full, rich sound thats greater than youd expect from a system this small. Easy to use. Easy on the eyes. Easy to love. The SoundDock system is easy to operate. Just plug it in, pop in your iPod and play. Your iPod works as long as it has a dock connector on the bottom. There are no extra wires or adapters. The included remote allows you to control your music at the push of a button. And a stylish, sophisticated look means it can be the center of attention or blend in wherever you place it. The SoundDock system and your iPod share a commitment to simplicity, quality and above all, music. Now just introduce them and watch this pair become best friends. ... Read more

Features

  • Renowned Bose sound from your iPod or iPod mini
  • Docking cradle charges the iPod as it plays, with no cables or adapters
  • Credit card-sized remote controls volume and basic iPod functions
  • The iPod is not included with this system.

Reviews (18)

4-0 out of 5 stars Good but overpriced
First I would like to say that I am not an expert on speakers. I am just someone who loves listening to all kinds of music.

The SoundDock from Bose actually delivers pretty good sound for its size. I like listening to music at high (but not extremelly high) volumes, and it performs quite well. Once in a while I do hear some distortion. But anyway, it handles bedrooms and small rooms easily. For larger spaces it lacks the punch delivered by larger speakers and subwoofers.

If size is not crucial for you, you are probably better off with cheaper but larger speakers.

I am satisfied with my purchase. If it costed a little less (200-249) I would have given it 5 stars.

4-0 out of 5 stars Expensive but good sound
Many of the Ipod based system do not deliver on the sounds. The sound on this system is very good and much better then the other systems. That being said the other ipod systems are geared to be mobil. This system requires that you plug it in and does not have a battery option. I knew this before purchasing the unit so I have no complaints on the unit.This system is super easy to to install and get going.

The only reason that do not get this unit 5 stars is because of the remote control. The remote works fine, but only has forwards/backwards plus stop/play with volume control. It would be nice to be able to select multiple playlist without having to get up and change it on the ipod.

5-0 out of 5 stars WOW GREAT MACHINE
It took me a couple of weeks to decide if I wanted to buy this. With all of the different reveiws of it. Well let me tell you I am so happy that I did. IT SOUNDS GREAT. It fills the whole apt. The sound is strong and clear.This is the best you can buy for external speakers for you ipos. It sounds just like a stereo. I am so totaly happy with it

1-0 out of 5 stars Overpriced GARBAGE!
My mother gave me one of these for my birthday and as much as I love her, I was really disappointed.See, I am not an audiophile but I have had a fair bit of experience with good audio because I used to work in a small audio store, and in the audio industry is full of little dittys about Bose: "BOSE=Buy Other Sound Equipment" or "Bose blows" or "No highs, no lows, it must be Bose."I am not saying you have to go out and buy a $5,000 system to get good sound, but only that you can get far better sound for half the price that Bose will gouge you for...they are NOTORIOUSLY bad, the only thing they have going for them is massive and relentless advertising campaigns, and cute compact little designs.

So I plug in this Sound-Crock thing, and jump out of my skin...never in my life have I heard MP3 sound so bad!!!This is exactly what a lot of doomsayers were warning about when MP3 first came out, that its musical quality would be horrible.It was simply unlistenable!

Well, I plan on eBaying this thing as soon as a few months pass and my Mom forgets that she gave it to me.Maybe I'll just tell her that my dog ate it or something...but then I'd have to kill my dog, and I don't want to do that.So maybe an irate girlfriend smashed it to pieces, yeah Mom will like to hear about that drama, she loves soap operas as I suspect that most Bose-buyers probably do which explains their buying disasters.

Anyway right now I have my iPod plugged into my Aiwa AWP-ZX7 boombox and for just two hundred dollars it blows this THREE hundred dollar Bose hunka-junk clear out of the water!I highly recommend you do the same, a boombox is also far more versatile, can play normal CDs, radio and cassette, plus way better sound quality.

Oh, I forgot...it's not as cutesy as this little Bose.GAG!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible sound!
I ordered the Soundock online and received it within 5 days.It is unbelievably easy to set-up - just plug in the adapter for your size iPod, plug in and enjoy!The sound from the notebook sized speaker is amazing!The remote doesn't have a ton of functions available, but I find it's not really needed.Overall, I would definitely purchase again and am considering a second unit to keep at the office.Excellent sound quality! ... Read more


2. Harman Kardon Soundsticks 2
by JBL
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
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Asin: B0001DBEM4
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 358
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Harman Kardon's SoundSticks II three-piece speaker system produces high-quality stereo sound for Music, MP3's, movies and gaming experiences.

SoundSticks II encourages consumers to step out of the ordinary speaker world and offers sound in an original and unique package. The system, described as curvy, sleek and sexy, provides consumers with sound that is loud and clear.

SoundSticks II employs a new computer-optimized multi-band parametric equalization and Harman’s unique capacitance touch control buttons on the right satellite allow for direct access to volume control

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Features

  • Capacitance touch control buttons provide direct access to volume control
  • 20 Watts RMS subwoofer power output
  • 3-piece plug and play multimedia speaker system
  • Stunning, original design with great sound
  • Features computer-optimized multi-band parametric equalization

Reviews (30)

3-0 out of 5 stars Nice Style, Could Sound Better
The Soundsticks look nice and complement my new Mac Mini well.But they don't look quite as nice as the well-lit picture.The beads in the satellites aren't sky-blue like in the picture either.Mine are more of a dark-purple, which aren't as attractive.

Sound-wise, the satellites sound good.The subwoofer however, is a little lacking.For music where the melody is carried by the bass, these speakers won't do a good job at reproducing the sound.Instead of low musical notes, you'll hear little poofs of bass.Since much of the sound from a subwoofer is produced by the enclosure, and they sound similar to another speaker set I had with a plastic subwoofer enclosure, I think it's a matter of physics that thin plastic enclosures cannot reproduce good bass.

If you like the style, these are good.However, for a similar price I would recommend the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 which have a more traditional look, but sound much, much better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Impressed
Looks as advertised - actually cooler in person I think.Sound quality is very high, much better than expected.Only complaint, could be louder, but certainly loud enough for anyone working at the computer which is the whole point.

***** for bang for the buck.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound - a few more details would have made it 5 stars
I went through a ton of reviews from several sites and finally settled on these speakers.I am immensely satisfied with the product - the sound is great, the look is great, but a couple things kept it from getting 5 stars and they have been mentioned in other reviews here.Why they opted not to add an on off switch is puzzling ( you have to pull the plug to turn the set off );there is a nice blue light to add some character to the subwoofer in low light setting, they could have added that feature to the soundsticks themselves, but again opted not to.All in all a great set of speakers for a decent price whether you are plugging them into your computer or mp3 player for some room filling sound. ... Read more


3. Altec Lansing inMotion Portable Audio System for iPod
by Altec Lansing
list price: $149.99
our price: $104.44
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Asin: B00017IX10
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 267
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Portable Speakers, For iPods and MP3 Players, , ... Read more

Features

  • Lightweight and compact; includes AC power adapter and charges your iPod while docked
  • Efficient, class-D amplifier offers up to 24 hours of continuous playback with 4 AA batteries (not included)
  • Dual 1-inch neodymium micro drivers per speaker deliver big sound in a small format
  • MaxxBass technology creates a sense of rich, deep bass without the need for a subwoofer

Reviews (81)

5-0 out of 5 stars The little speakers that could!
I LOVE these speakers! You won't believe the big speaker sound that comes out of these little guys! Enough to fill up a bedroom (or hotel room) easily. They also charge your ipod whether they're playing or not. They fold down to a miniscule size - easily packed in your carry on. I actually use mine in the ER where I work 3-4 days a week for 12 -13 hour stretches and they work great, then fold up and fit in my backpack. If you're looking for travel speakers or just want to put these on a desk at home or work (and don't want to spend more on your speakers than you did on your ipod) these are for you.

3-0 out of 5 stars Is it the SPEAKERS of the "iPOD"?
I felt the same way most of the reviewers felt... Great for travel...nice, neat ,compact, easy.... however not the best sound quality especially at higher volumes... but decent for the price.HOWEVER.... I recently connected my 256MB MPIO MP3 player to the speakers... adjusted the equalizer and the sound quality is actually VERY CRISP and clear at higher volumes.This makes me question the "infamous iPOD"... which doesnt have options for controlling the sound quality in each category....

3-0 out of 5 stars They're okay... not great
The sound quality isn't as crisp as I've heard, but they are reasonably loud enough to fill a hotel room.However, the louder you play the more distorted the sound.I was expecting a great product in a small package.The package is great, compact, easy to pack in your suitcase.... but the sound is just okay.Keep your expectations reasonable and you'll be okay.Mostly, these speakers are great for travel, but not for high quality sound.

5-0 out of 5 stars My Final selection after buying and testing 3 systems
I bought and tested the InMotion, JBL On Tour and I-station systems with my Ipod.

Overall the In-Motion system had the best sound - fullest range and brightest presence of the systems.JBL On Tour was a close second.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good speakers for your iPod!
Altec Lansing is known for providing good quality PC speakers for an affordable price. Now they have a hit on their hands in this portable speaker system for iPod. The speakers are small, easy to carry, nice looking and most importantly sound very good. The only concern I would have is that these would be useless if Apple changes the iPod connector in the next generation of iPod's. Other than that I would highly recommend these for your iPod.

However you can get another version of these speakers which will work with any mp3 players and costs less than half of this. It has exact same quality and size. ... Read more


4. Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 2-Piece Surround Sound PC and Gaming Speaker System
by Logitech
list price: $199.99
our price: $142.44
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Asin: B0002SQ0AE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1450
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Z-5300e 5.1 Speaker System ... Read more

Features

  • 280 watts system power (35.25 watts x 4, plus 39-watt center and 100-watt subwoofer)
  • 5.1 surround sound speaker system designed for PC or game console use
  • Includes 4 satellite speakers, center speaker, subwoofer, and color-coded audio cables
  • Wired SoundTouch remote controls volume and power
  • Matrix mode creates surround sound from stereo, 4-channel, and 5.1 sources

Reviews (26)

5-0 out of 5 stars My experience of upgrading to this system.
Well, my last review (question really) about how long the rear speaker wires were wasn't very helpful to most folks. (0 out of 10).Well, I've answered my own question by finally getting the set.For those who also want to know, the wires are about 16 feet I think, going by the ol' finger tip to finger tip test (I'm 6', and it spanned the distance twice and then another 4' or so.)

Anyway, here's what happened when I finally got the system.I was upgrading from a Logitech Z-640 5.1 set to the Z-5300e.The 640 set was decent, but had very little mid-range, if at all, and the 25w sub just didn't have the punch it needed to sound good for DVD playback and music.Oh, the reason I brought this up is because I had my sub sitting on a shelf about 6" above my monitor.It was fine.Didn't affect anything.And so I get the Z-5300e set, and for those who have it, know the sub is HUGE. (11.5"w x 12"h x 14.25"d <- and that's without the wires hooked up (add another 4" minimum with the wires).Anyway, I tried setting the sub back up on the shelf where my old one was.It pulled the color out of my monitor!Not all of it, but damn near all of it.Damn big magnet in that thing.I told the clerk at Radio Shack about it (more on this later) and she said hitting the monitor's "Degauss" function may have fixed the problem, but I didn't want to have to worry about it.So I decided to put the sub on the floor as Logitech suggests.By doing so, I required rear wire extensions, because I lost about 6' of length that I needed.So that's where the trip to Radio Shack comes in.Bought two 6' extensions for $6.

Anyway, so I get it hooked up and WOW!Major sound coming out of these relatively small satellite and center speakers.Of course the sub handles most of the low end.This system sounds better than what I've got for my main TV.

Many people complain about the over punchiness of the sub.I agree, it's a bit strong and overpowering if your only control over it is the provided remote control.However, if you have good soundcard software, as which comes with most Creative Labs high-end surround sound sound cars, there are several bass level adjustments in it that you can back off the bass level to a point where you can practically minimize the bass.For example, for the Audigy 2 card series, there's a bass cross-over control and by sliding the control to the right, you can take almost all bass out of the sound.I ususally set my slider at a quarter of the way across from the left (bass side) and it's adequate.And then if you have separate bass/trebble controls too, you can lower the bass there as well.

But if you like bass, this 100w baby can do some serious thumpin'.It has a dual-chambered construction where the cone is inside the box mounted on a center divider which allowed the bass to resonate better than if the cone was mounted on the outside.

Some people also say that there's no on-system cross-over from the sub to the satellites.Well, duh?The satellites are not woofers.They're basically mid-range speakers that can duplicate tweeters as well due to their dual drivers.

Break-down:
Pros:
Awesome sound for an affordable price.
Well-constructed speakers.
Enough wattage for your PC or console game system.

Cons:
Relatively short speaker wires.
Wired remote control.
Inadequate on-board control of bass level.

But with that last one, you can tailor it better if you have good software with your soundcard.

Also had I not had to put the sub on the floor, I wouldn't have had to buy cord extensions.

5-0 out of 5 stars For the price...
I just got this system a couple days ago.I'm extremely happy with my purchase.The clarity and quality of music is impeccable on this system.And now for this INCREDIBLE price of 114.99, these speakers are an unbelievable deal.Please, take my word for it, they are totally worth the purchase!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Best deal Speakers for the price
Speakers are excellent quality. The only problem is the cable length are not long enough to keep it far apart. Best ever deal I had got from Amazon $13.30 with free shipping(in march. It was a price mistake of the day(later changed to $133.99).

4-0 out of 5 stars Best bang for the buck
The only drawback is the cords on the rear speakers aren't long enough. Even running across the bare floor, they barely reached the back wall in a 10'x10' room. Since they have RCA plugs, it was a simple matter of buying some longer cables and a pair of adapters to daisy-chain them with. Once the cables were run through the ceiling, I pivoted the stands around to use the built-in wall mount holes. All the plugs are color coded, so you can't hook it up wrong and the entire job took less than 15 minutes. Plugged into a Sound Blaster Audigy 2 sound card, they produce high quality surround sound.

There are many 5.1 speakers systems designed for use with a computer sound card. None of the lower priced speaker systems have a large enough sub to produce enough bass. Although there are many higher priced speaker systems as well, I feel these represent the best value. They are only marginally more expensive than the cheapest 5.1 speaker systems, but far less than the systems advertised for high-end sound quality. I wasn't looking to replicate my home theater system, and these speakers are more than enough for my office.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best $100 I ever spent.
I bought these from Amazon.com last summer (the gray Z-5300 model) and I love these speakers more than anything. These are my favorite speakers!

I bought them last summer for $130 and I'm glad I made the purchase. The speakers sound great and the subwoofer is outstanding. I believe it's 100 watts alone, while the rest of the speakers are 180 watts in total. I wish the remote was wireless like the Z-680/Z-5500 but for $120 you can't expect that. It comes with an adapter that lets you use these speakers on your PlayStation/GameCube/Xbox, etc. It works well with 2.1 speakers as well if you don't want to use these. They sound great with THX movies such as Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. The rear speaker wire length is fairly short but it hasn't caused any problems for me yet. These speakers are very durable and I'm very grateful to Logitech for releasing an extremely affordable 5.1 system to the consumer. ... Read more


5. Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC Speaker System
by Klipsch
list price: $99.99
our price: $99.99
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Asin: B0006TIEZS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Klipsch
Sales Rank: 1624
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Tired of computer speakers that sound tinny and weak even when combined with a good sound card? Introducing the Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 system, which is designed to deliver deep bass performance from a compact two-speaker setup. The system features a pair of two-way magnetically shielded satellite speakers, each employing dual 2.5-inch fiber-composite cone drivers and a 1-inch metalized polymer tweeter with exclusive MicroTractrix horns. Combined, the drivers produce rich midrange tones, clear and efficient highs, and a satisfying bass punch for pure and total balance throughout the audio spectrum.

Listeners can control the main volume and bass level from a module on one of the satellite speakers, which also includes a headphone jack and auxiliary input jack for convenience. The system is versatile, too, connecting to more than just laptops and desktop computers, including such portable devices as Apple iPods, other MP3 players, mini-TVs, and portable CD and DVD players. Listeners can even feed a simultaneous laptop PC and MP3 signal to the speakers for mixed sound playback, making the system a great choice for both multimedia presentations and entertainment. The sleek satellites also feature floating grilles and undercone termination, which hides the voice coil leads for a cleaner look.

Whether you're setting up a kitchen system for your iPod or building a multimedia system for your office presentations, the ProMedia Ultra 2.0 delivers impressive, full-bodied sound.

What's in the Box
ProMedia Ultra 2.0 speakers, stereo mini-plug cable, 22-gauge speaker wire with RCA terminals, AC power supply, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Pair of compact multimedia speakers for PCs and portable audio devices
  • Dual 2.5-inch fiber-composite cone drivers and 1-inch metallic polymer tweeters
  • Delivers satisfying bass punch and rich midrange tones
  • Main volume and bass level controls; headphone jack and auxiliary input
  • 30 watts total RMS power (15 watts x 2); 1-year warranty

Reviews (12)

5-0 out of 5 stars Well-balanced sound, especially good for classical music
I use these speakers in a small office to listen to news and classical music. The most impressive thing about them is their overall balance and clarity. Male voices are clear and completely free of upper-bass boominess. Classical music is accurately reproduced. As I type this, I am listening to Schubert's Trout Quintet. The double bass is clearly audible without distortion or undue emphasis in the upper range. The piano and strings come through naturally with low distortion. Other classical music also sounds great. Even harpsichord music is cleanly reproduced, with sparkling high frequency overtones. I listened to many other speakers, some costing several times more before deciding on these. All of the others were annoying in one way or another: many had exaggerated bass and some had piercing highs. These Klipsch would be a good bargain, even at a much higher price, if you're looking for clean, natural sound.

4-0 out of 5 stars An affordable speaker designed for accurate sound
Let's face it, most computer speakers are the pits. Most of these sub/sat system comprise of a low quality satellite speaker coupled with a tiny subwoofer with an emphasis on making one note boomy sounds. So now we have a boomy loose sounding sub, with a huge gap in the midrange tones.

So along comes Klipsch with this Ultra 2.0 system. Finally a speaker designed for best accuracy, not volume. A nice change among a whole bunch of mediocre 2.1 and 5.1 entries. The speaker itself is tall and deep, but not too wide, most people won't find it overbearing on their desks. This speaker uses a horn loaded tweeter, and two metallic 2.5 bass/mid drivers. Suffice it to say that you won't be rocking the house with bass with these tiny drivers, but what does come out is pretty even and clean. Just enough that you can hear the bass instead of saying "where's the bass?", and the rest of the sound is quite flat. Klipsch themselves say the frequency response is plus or minus 5 decibels, which is a rare spec among computer speakers. I measured the frequency response and I found that the response started to roll off below 100 Hz, with a hump at 130Hz, but in all, the frequency response is considerably flatter than any of the other speakers you'll find in this price range. I'm satisfied with the bass for the most part keeping in mind the size of the speakers.

The sound is crisp and lively. You can hear all the details, and vocals are nicely voiced, even in tone with good presence. The bass is somewhat limited, but what's there is pretty tight sounding, and not overemphasized just to make a quick sale at the in-store demo. These little speakers are good enough that one can enjoy them even if you are used to much better sound from a home system.

Even though these speakers aren't cheap compared to many other offerings. I'll still give them four stars. Actually a rating of five isn't out of line, but I only give five stars when I know that *everybody* will like them. To get better, you could always buy some real home audio bookshelf speakers, and an amplifier, but then you've spent a lot more. If you don't want to go through that much trouble, these are really a good compromise between most of the junky satellite systems, and a full home setup.

4-0 out of 5 stars pretty good speakers
First let me say that my computer 2002 Sony Vaio laptop with a generic sound card in it so maybe I can't give these speakers a fair test. I was expecting a lot more from these speakers 'cause of all the great reviews I saw here, and all the talk about "rich bass sound" for me these speakers sound great at low to med volume , but even at med. the bass starts to distort, listening to classical and pop. So I guess that for $99.00 they are about as good as you can get for a 2.0 speaker sys..So until I dish out $125 bucks for an Audigy sound card to plug into the PCMCIA slot on my laptop maybe then I can get the better sound I am looking for.I other words if you have a newer computer with a good quality sound card in it you will no doubt get better sound than I did.-Scott

5-0 out of 5 stars great & booming sound from a 2.0 system
We all know the first pair of speakers we got for our computers.Probably paid $20 for two satellites and that's it (unless you're an audiophile -- if that's the case you're probably not reading this in the first place).

The sound was tinny and it didn't take much to blast out the cones.What did you expect from a $20 investment?

Well, these aren't your grandpa's cheapo speakers -- just look at the price.Given, you can probably get a decent 5.1 system (no THX, no Dolby) for $99, but you're probably looking for something a little more portable; maybe you've got a laptop, maybe you just hate those powered subwoofers.Well, let me tell you the sound from the ProMedia Ultra 2.0s is INCREDIBLE [for a 2.0 system].I think we all need to realize the limits of 2.0 systems, since they are all-in-one boxes (subs, midrange, tweeters), but Klipsch stays true to its history and has produced some of the best sounding 2.0 computer boxes I've ever heard.The lows are surprisingly low and the highs are crisp.My favorite thing is that you can turn the master volume on the computer up and still crank up the volume on the speakers -- these things will get VERY loud and can easily drown a bedroom with loud music!And it's not just loud, but it's high quality sound -- as long as you keep the audio source's volume lower than the speaker volume (a general rule), you'll be hard pressed to hear distortion.

The bass can be overwhelming -- sometimes you've got to fiddle around with it, especially if you've got the EQ going on with whatever audio player you use for your computer.I'm used to just jacking the bass all the way up on 2.0 systems, but in this regard the ProMedias really are comparable to a x.1 system in that the bass is true to a powered amplifier.Not as strong, but it reacts in the same way.

3-0 out of 5 stars Good - but don't kid your self
I read the reviews.I was looking for a really good 2 speaker setup.The family room computer is above my bedroom and the idea of a sub woofer on the floor did not seem like a good one.While I would say that these are good computer speakers, don't fool yourself into thinking that these will substitute for a good stereo.The quality of a $300 mointor size stereo speaker attached to an amp are light years ahead of these speakers.

Some commented on their size. I did not find them overly big placed on either side of our 17" LCD.I don't regret buying them, but I have to admit I was hoping for more based on some of extravegant praise this speaker has recieved.Yeah - I know, there "only" $99. ... Read more


6. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite Speakers (White)
by JBL
list price: $129.99
our price: $67.30
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Asin: B0001DQ5YG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 868
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

video-shielded * 9 watts x 2, plus 27-watt sub * frequency response 35-20,000 Hz * satellites: 3"W x 2-3/4"H x 3"D * subwoofer: 9"W x 8-7/8"H x 9"D * ... Read more

Features

  • Compatible with any Windows or Macintosh desktop or laptop personal computers equipped with audio output or a headphone jack
  • Also great to use with portable MP3 players, discmans and walkmans ? again, simply plug into the headphone jack
  • Right satellite features unique Capacitance Touch volume control buttons
  • Bass and treble are adjusted via controls on the subwoofer
  • Both satellites have downfiring green LEDs, for a cool desktop look in minimum lighting environments

Reviews (31)

5-0 out of 5 stars A Perfect Addition for Your Computer
Simply put these speakers sound and look great.While the subwoofer's size is about average the two speakers are very small and don't clutter up your desktop.Although you'll be surprised listening to these little speekers as they pack a powerful punch and sound great at any volume.Final note, if you own a Mac these speakers are exactely what its been waiting for, if you use a PC then they're still a great additon.

4-0 out of 5 stars Not perfect, but GREAT deal for the price
Well, you know that saying that you get what you pay for? Don't expect miracles with these speakers - they're under $100, which means that they will not sound as full as many other brands. As an audiophile, I admit that this bothers me somewhat, especially since the middle ranges are lacking, and the bass can easily be overwhelming.

But on that note, it is under $100, and for that price, these are a great deal. They sound quite decent, are easy to set up (you just plug it into your laptop/iPod. No drivers needed. Nothing fancy) and are aesthetically pleasing with my iBook and iPod.

I keep my iPod 40GB on its dock, and then I plug in the green speaker cord to the little jack on the back of the dock. When I want to listen from my laptop, I easily take that same green cord out of the dock jack, and stick it into my iBook headphone jack. Easy as pie, and since the cord is long, there is a lot of flexibility.

Looks wise, it matches very well with my Apple gear, plus the two small speakers have an other-wordly green light that emanates from the bottom. I hate to sound shallow and stupid, but stuff like that amuses me to no end!

FInal verdict: if you live in a small apartment or have a small room or a small bank account, these are the speakers for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars They may not be perfect, but for the price...
I just bought these speakers for my iMac.First off, they match perfectly to apple products.They look phenomenal with my computer and my iPod, and everyone that sees them thinks they are cool looking.

Now for the important part: sound.Right out of the box, I was disappointed with the sound.Wayyy too much treble, solid bass, but like many other reviewers have said, not a lot of middle range.However, after playing with the equalizer in iTunes, I got these to sound exactly how I like.Everyone has a different taste for sound, and personally by turning down the treble knob on the sub and instead playing with the treble on the equalizer, it created a more full sound.When they are plugged into my iPod, they are a little bass heavy, but when I'm listening to my iPod with these it's usually in a large group setting, where it doesnt really matter if they sound perfect.

Overall, if you are looking for a set of speakers for your computer for a good price, and know a little bit about how to fool with an equalizer in your main audio program, then definatley go for these.However, if you are focusing mainly on listening to an iPod with these, I'd recommend looking into different speakrs (JBL makes a cool speaker system with a dock that suits the iPod much better)

2-0 out of 5 stars Big sound but then............
My problem is that the "touch" sensitive volume controls on the little speakers gets stuck, either too loud or no sound at all.
Oh yeah, you can't do anything to FIX the problem. So, Get a good deal, and then not be able to use them. Ever ask yourself WHY the price deal??? Now you know why!

1-0 out of 5 stars beautiful, but acoustically flawed
my friends proudly showed me these speakers that they are able to plug right into their Ipod.the futuristic design is wonderful.trouble is, they sound terrible.my old $58 boom box has a far fuller sound then these.these kinda sound like my childhood AM transistor radio - tinny, no mid-range.if you want decent sounding speakers and not just pretty things, keep looking... ... Read more


7. DLO iBoom Boombox for iPod
by Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
list price: $149.99
our price: $115.89
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Asin: B0006ZACJ8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Digital Lifestyle Outfitters
Sales Rank: 2460
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Designed specifically for Apple iPods, iPod+hps and iPod minis, this DLO iBOOM boom box is the perfect way to add terrific sound to your player. Since the early days of hip-hop, old-school boom boxes have been a great way to share your music. The iBOOM follows that tradition with powerful, dynamic sound through 2 woofers and 2 tweeters at 20 watts per channel (frequency response is 80Hz to 10KHz for woofers, 3KHz to 20KHz for tweeters). Not only can you put any 30-pin iPod in the dock connector, it serves as a charger as well. The iBOOM also has a digital tuner FM radio with 2 memory presets, a backlit LCD display and an internal antenna. Includes a built-in handle for portability. The iBOOM is ideal for indoor and outdoor parties. Operates on AC power and batteries plus it has auxiliary input for use with portable CD players, laptops and more. Imported. 8Hx12-3/10Wx6L". ... Read more

Features

  • Boombox charges your iPod while under AC power
  • Fits all 3G and 4G iPod and iPod minis (iPod mini insert included)
  • Custom, integrated boom box for iPod players with 20-watts per channel sound output
  • Built-in FM radio with a toggle function for switching between iPod and radio
  • Powered by AC or six D batteries

Reviews (9)

2-0 out of 5 stars Should only cost $89 - poor design and quality
I bought the iBoom for $149 (Target) and the InMotion for $109 (Sams)and compared the two side by side.The Inmotion sounded better (crisp and clean with adequate bass) and the iBoom sounded hollow and slightly muffled.I also noticed a distinct static or hissing sound when the iBoom was played at lower volume and in between songs.None from the InMotion.Also, I noticed how cheap the iBoom's plastic housing and control knobs were.They resembled those of a child's toy. My intention was to purchase the iBoom to use on the deck and at the beach, but I was curious about the InMotion and I am impressed. I hope DLO gets their act together and improves these silly design issues. I would only pay $149 if :

better speakers (clarity)
detachable AC cord
Higher quality housing and knobs
include a remote control

I will be returning the iBoom tomorrow and keeping the InMotion.I don't think the InMotion is perfect.It's not designed to be carryed around like a boombox. My primary need is to use on the deck, hotel, and at the beach.

I can't believe Sony, Sharp, JVC or any of the others haven't designed some form of Ipod compatible boom box....come on guys you're missing $$$$$$.

Hope this is helpful.

2-0 out of 5 stars Radio good Sound Bad
Bought this because I wanted an easy way to connect my ipod to a boombox.The speakers are horrible.It only gets FM no AM. Plays everything at almost the same volume.Turn the music up and there is way too much distortion.Turn the music down and the speakers simply cut out.Returning it today

3-0 out of 5 stars Serves purpose--needs better battery/cord compartment design
The iBoom has acceptable sound--good enough for a hotel room or a camper. The volume can be fairly loud but it sounds poor when turned to the maximum volume.

Reception of FM stations in my area is quite good.

I agree with a prior reviewer about the battery/electrical cord compartment design. It's the biggest drawback of this unit. The electrical cord will not detach and it must be tucked tightly into the back of the battery compartment before you can insert the batteries. If you need to use the electrical cord, the batteries must be removed to access it.

1-0 out of 5 stars Do. Not. Buy. This. Ever. Never. Never.
I went to the electronics store with my mind set on the Altec Lansing InMotion. But oh, how I was lead astray by the "helpful" salespeople that brought me to this. I liked it because it had a radio; InMotion does not, and I do like the radio sometimes. It sounded pretty great in the big, huge store... So I ditched my plan and went for it.

I brought it home and I wanted to cry. It sounded horrible in my bedroom. It was FUZZY. On the box it says that there will be some noise/fuzz/a bit of static/whatever when the iPod is switching songs, but I found that this static happened even during the songs, and was especially noticable when the volume was turned down; the fuzz distracts from any musical enjoyment. I couldn't listen to my music down low; it only sounded halfway decent when it was turned up full-blast.

Bottom line: it is way over-priced for what it is. Maybe I would understand if it were 50 bucks. But it's not.

I didn't give it back to the store... I gave it to my kid brother. I guess he's not as picky about sound quality as I am, or you should be. Don't buy this. As for me, it's back to my FM transmitter and my old trusty stereo, for now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not well developed
I was very excited when I ordered the iboom for Christmas but disappointed when it arrived.

My main problem is the power cable and battery area. The power cable should be detachable and there shoud be a car adapter available. The power cable gets in the way when you decide to use batteries. This IS a BIG problem. The cable should either tuck away neetly or be removeable.

The iboom doesn't take advantage of the dock connector! When docked. the iPod shoud be controlled be the iBoom's controls but isn't. ... Read more


8. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System
by Altec Lansing
list price: $279.99
our price: $204.24
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Asin: B0001EMLXE
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
Sales Rank: 2106
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Amp up the power of your digital audio player or gaming console with this 3-piece music speaker system by Altec Lansing. Due to the InConcert technology, sound is directed straight ahead and to the sides, not up and down like other 3-piece speaker systems. Features two 12-1/2-watt ultra-slim, flat-profile satellites with a total of twelve 1" neodymium micro drivers, each pair powered by its own discrete amplifier; and 50-watt, 6-1/2" ported subwoofer set in a low-resonance wooden cabinet that delivers low frequency bass that rattles the room! Its wireless remote and a wired control pod controls bass, treble and master volume, and the auxiliary input jack allows you to connect to two different audio sources such as your PC and an MP3 jukebox at the same time. Includes two satellite speakers with bases; subwoofer; wired controller; wireless remote; 3.5mm audio cable; and user's manual. Made in USA. ... Read more

Features

  • 75 Watts RMS Total System Power
  • Wireless Remote and Control Pod
  • Power and Volume Bass, Treble and Standby
  • Headphone Jack
  • 105 db SPL

Reviews (14)

1-0 out of 5 stars Altec Has Done Better
I got these speakers some time ago and they sounded bad.I packed it away until I returned from a work assignment.I unplugged my old Altec's 3 way (621) and put this on hoping for better results.All I can say is that Altec has done much better.In fact, I LOVE my old Altec 3 way.So, I am placing the old ones back on and hope it doesn't blow out.The older Altec system is perfectly balanced between the boom and treble.These are just out right unbalanced.I look forward to Altec recreating the unbelieveable sound that comes out of the much cheaper 621 model (which unfortunately has been discontinued for I guess 2 years).

5-0 out of 5 stars I've found Nirvana with these speakers
This is the 3rd set of speakers I've had for my G4 Imac. The first set the Apple Pros that came wiith the Imac were fair, the second set the JBL Creatures were good but these are Great! The clarity, ease of setup and build quality are outstanding. You can also play them at high volume without any breakup.You won't be disappointed with these speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Speakers worth the splurge...
...You will love these speakers! As soon as I plugged them in, the sound brought a smile to my face. When you spend more money on your equipment, you expect to get better results. This system keeps that promise. The six speakers in each unit produce a clear crisp sound. The mid range is clear without the muddy sound I hear in less precise speakers. Musical instruments sound separate and distinct, voices have a good presence that is not drowned out by the background tracks.

This system is plugged into my Sony television. It improves the audio on cable and satellite programs but it really shines when we play DVD movies. The enhanced sound tracks come alive and we get more of a movie theater experience. The control head on this speaker system has an input jack so you can plug in an iPod or MP3 player and listen to the player without unplugging the television (or computer) - very handy and thoughtful of Altec.

Compared to the JBL Creature II speakers or the Harman/Kardon Soundsticks, this set from Altec Lansing is superior. The speakers play louder, the placement is not so critical and the sound is more pleasant to listen to over time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Terrific Sound, Terrific Value
As my previous speakers began to show some age, I spent some time at retail to see what is new and improved.As a Mac owner, a 5.1 setup is not particular advantageous (although they are impressive), so I focused my attention on 3 speaker systems (2 satellites and a sub) .I listened to a lot of brands and systems and generally came away unimpressed with two expections.The Altec Lansing FX6021 and a Klipsch setup.Both the Altec Lansing and the Klipsch were quite impressive.At the time, I gave a very slight edge to the Klipsch with cost being the primary factor.The Altec Lansing's were more expensive.

Then my girlfriend went online and found that the cost difference disappeared.Based on that, she purchased the Altec Lansing's as a gift for me.Now having spent a significiant amount of time with these speakers I can attest that these are fantastic speakers.The fact that they look so cool is just an added bonus!

The technology in the satellites is impressive.I have been absolutely amazed at the range they are capable of.As I listen to my music library I am presented with subtleties that I never new existed in a range of music genres from classical to country to rock to hip-hop.All genres sound fantastic.The much discussed bass response can be quirky at times, but I have found that spending a little time to adjust the settings for a particular genre or song results in improved response and more than adequate sound.I'm sure there are slightly better systems (Klipsch, for example) for bass response, but the Altec Lansing FX6021 is an outstanding system - an all-around winner.You will NOT be disappointed.

The price point is still relatively high for a 3 speaker system, especially at retail, but online the price becomes an incredible value.Go listen to these speakers, try them out and then come back and buy them here (Amazon).You will be impressed and your ears will love you for it!

5-0 out of 5 stars It's a fantastic set of speakers
I have a Apple Studio display and a 12'' Powerbook and have researched numerous speaker offerings.After having read all of the available reviews, I chose this model because it matched Apple's latest aethetics and was loved by so many.The setup was stupid-simple and the sound was surprisingly good!I listen to a relatively wide range of music (electronic to jazz) and these speakers are able to produce great fidelity and a booming bass if needed.Do not underestimate the ability to calibrate the bass and treble separately.It makes all the difference in the listening experience.For computer speakers in the $300.00 range, these are the speakers to get! ... Read more


9. Acoustic Research AW-871 Wireless Stereo Speakers
by Acoustic Research
list price: $199.95
our price: $115.89
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Asin: B00023NDLS
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Acoustic Research
Sales Rank: 3084
Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

  • Transmits audio signal through walls, floors, and ceilings up to 300'
  • 10 watts RMS power handling with 5 1/4" woofer and 1" dome tweeter
  • Use as rear channel speakers in 5.1 surround sound systems
  • Left/mono/right switch offers versatility and convenience
  • Uses AC power adapter or 8 C batteries per speaker ... Read more

    Features

    • Integrated power/volume/tuning control; left/mono/right switch
    • 20 watts total RMS power (10 watts x 2); powered by AC adapter or 8 C batteries per speaker
    • Pair of wireless stereo speakers with transmitter offers cable-free range of up to 300 feet
    • 900 MHz signal broadcasts through walls, ceilings, and more
    • Use as rear channel speakers in 5.1 surround sound systems

    Reviews (11)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Waste Of Money!
    I recently purchased a pair of these speakers and I am VERY disappointed with them.First of all, the range is supposed to be up to 350ft.I had the speakers placed approx. 100 feet from transmitter and every few minutes the sound would crackle, break up, then stop.After several minutes the speakers would turn off.I was told this is what happens when the transmitter loses contact with the speakers. Second of all, the sound quality is VERY poor. I believe a clock radio from 1984 would probably sound better. I plan on returning these speakers immediately for a refund.It is definitely worth the extra effort just to run speakers wires, spend half the money I paid for these, and have better sound.Acoustic Research should be embarrassed for even selling these!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Follow the instructions!!!!
    Reading all the negitive reviews for these wireless speakers makes me think i got the only pair that works fine!!! Or, maybe the instructions are not being followed. First of all, it does not take a hour to hook them up!, Secondly, I was not getting sound either, till I read the manual, and now they work fine. I use mine mostly outside at distances rangeing from 20' to 75' with no loss of signal.I am satisfied with mine, for what they are, and for what they suppose to do.

    1-0 out of 5 stars I had the same problem my speakers would turn on.
    I had these speakers for about a year when they when out.I went to Best Buy and bought another pair.Here is what I found out. The speakers are fine. No problem with them.It was the power adapter that went out on the speakers. Within three hours, the power adapter went out again on of my speakers. I changed adapter with the other speaker that was working and it quit working. Within another hour, the second power adapter was gone. I took the pair that I bought from Best Buy back and now I'm trying to figure out what I can do with the other pair of speakers. There should be laws against impostor, because that what these speakers are all about. Don't buy these speakers.

    1-0 out of 5 stars AW-871A good idea that lacks execution
    I have to rate these speakers a poor performers based on the amount of noise they generate.I've had them for over three months and have used different combinations of distance and line of sight.I've tried all three channels and still cannot find a channel/positioning that allows me to listen to the music without a constant annoying hiss and occasional pops.I am in an urban area so it is possible there is a signal interfering but that is no excuse for a product that is not usable under ordinary circumstances.I really wanted them to work but they just have not come through.

    1-0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY THIS
    This product arrived non-fuctional out of the box.I had to pay for shipping to get it replaced.The new ones worked for two weeks, and then stopped working again. They once again, if I bother, are going to charge for replacement. ... Read more


  • 10. BOSE Companion 2 Speakers
    by Bose
    list price: $99.00
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    Asin: B00062QY5W
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Bose
    Sales Rank: 3117
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Odds are, your computer is a primary source of entertainment. So why rely on standard computer speakers with so much rich content at your fingertips? Step up to Companion 2 speakers and unleash your computers true potential with powerful, full-range sound for CDs, DVDs, MP3s, streaming videos, games and more. Companion 2 speakers deliver both the subtleties in your music and the rousing resonance of movie and game sound effects. Think of them as giving new voice to your computer. And with Bose TrueSpace stereo signal processing, that voice really has some reach. Experience a spacious, dramatic soundstage that seems to extend beyond the desktop speakerswhether youve set them next to your monitor or placed them farther apart. Youll also appreciate the clear, robust response for those challenging low musical notes and sound effects. Companion 2 speakers bring more than new flair to your desktop. Theyre also designed for convenience, with both the volume control and headphone jack close at hand. All so controlling your listening experience is as simple as youd like it to be. Dual inputs enable the speakers to be used with your computer as well as a second audio source, such as a portable MP3 or CD player. And Companion 2 speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with your monitor. Now, its time to play. ... Read more

    Features

    • TrueSpace stereo processing add a sense of spaciousness to music, movies and computer game soundtracks
    • Dual inputs allow speakers to be connected to a secondary media source, like a CD or MP3 player
    • Volume control, headphone jack and second source input all conveniently located on one speaker, for easy access
    • Magnetically-shielded speakers prevent interference and damage to magnetic media
    • Magnetically shielded; 1-year warranty

    Reviews (13)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Somewhat Disappointed
    The speakers are nice, no question about it; the sound is good for the size; the range is what you might expect from speakers this size (perhaps even better than expected). However, I am still a little disappointed when you come down to the overall feeling I get from the purchase.

    To start with, I bought these for my wife to use with her iPod. There are no incompatibility problems and they work fine. I do find the lack of a way to turn them off, short of unplugging them a bit of a shortcoming. The range of response seems a little limited to me (changing the EQ setting on the iPod produces a definite change in the sound, but I would expect a little more richness in the changes). The size is a bit more than I expected from Bose, a company that excels at putting good sound in small packages. Lastly, I feel that the speakers were over priced for what I got (unless there is some inherent benefit in the Bose label that I don't know of).

    Bottom line, I have a better set of speakers, in the Creative Labs I-Trigue 2200 2.0 Speakers, on my computer (at least to my ears), for less than half the cost. So think hard and shop around before you jump on the Bose name, or better yet, if you can, try them out first.
    P-)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bose Companion 2 Computer Speakers
    After reading several reviews, I'm amazed on what the expectations are. First off, these are desktop computer speakers. These are not speakers you put in the yard or in some auditorium. The Bose name speaks for itself. The quality and sound are superb. Quoting the Owner's guide, "Bose designed these speakers to sit on your desk, where their angled shape directs sound toward the listener."

    The bass it adequet for the purpose as a desktop speaker. These speakers can provide excellent sound to an entire room and can handle all types of music from metal to classical. I'm not a gamer, but I have no doubt these speakers will outperform your current speakers. Why have the best sound card on cheap speakers anyway? Know what your intentions are before you buy. If you're looking to rock the house, upgrade to more powerful speakers.

    Hope this helps.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Too MUCH Bass!
    I've always wondered why Bose is so obsessed with the amount of Bass they can squeeze out of small speakers. It's a neat technological feat that they can do it, but it doesn't give a very balanced sound. The Wave radio sounds that way, and these Companion 2's also have TOO MUCH Bass!(and no tone control) Not everyone who listens to music is a Teenager wanting excessive Bass Boost...

    5-0 out of 5 stars what more can you want
    sleek smaller than expected and amazing crisp sound. the base aint thunderous but these little itty bitty speakers go louder than a 250 dollar pair of sony speakers and have much crisper sound. i like just plugging it into the wall and plugging my ipod right in to it. which is why i bought it. excellent excellent speakers and great for those of you with an mp3 player who want to share your music with the world.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Good sound when they do not buzz
    For the price I paid them I am very disappointed. The sound was good and pure in the Bose tradition but sometimes in the midrange the left speaker was unpleasantly vibrating with a buzzing noise. You can get better than this with half the price. Sadly. I returned them and got a pair of "trivial" creative and feel more satisfied. I hope my review will be of help. ... Read more


    11. Altec Lansing XT1 Laptop Speaker System
    by Altec Lansing Technologies
    list price: $129.99
    our price: $94.89
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    Asin: B0006GBD5O
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Altec Lansing Technologies
    Sales Rank: 1953
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Altec XT1 2-Piece Portable Speaker System Built-in laptop speakers are pretty underwhelming and that’s just a fact of life. Sure, they’re good for a beep here and ping there, but if you’ve ever tried to share your favorite song, watch a movie, or make a multimedia presentation using your laptop speakers, you know exactly what we mean. Introducing the Altec Lansing XT1 system. In addition to its thin, innovative design with removable stands, the XT1 delivers superb sound and surprisingly deep bass thanks to four full-range neodymium micro drivers and bass enhancement technology. And just like your laptop, the XT1 knows how to travel light. Because it’s USB-powered, there’s no need for a power supply and no batteries to forget. Plug it into your USB port, press play, and you’ll be listening to the best portable sound you’ve ever heard from a laptop. Pack it up in its deluxe carrying case, and you’re ready for your next trip. ... Read more

    Features

    • 1.5 watts total RMS power (0.75 watts x 2); speakers include removable stands
    • Portable laptop speaker system with deluxe carrying case
    • 2 full-range neodymium micro drivers per speaker with bass enhancement
    • Powered through USB connection--no adapter or batteries required
    • Built-in power and volume controls; auxiliary input jack

    Reviews (3)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Say NO! to stock laptop speakers!
    The Altec Lansing XT1 speakers are absolutely great!They have a small footprint yet fill a room with sound.They are nicely crafted and come in a well-designed padded case that fits perfectly into my laptop's carrying case.USB powered is the way to go, no external power supply needed!Sets up in a flash!

    If you enjoy watching DVD's on your laptop, or listening to music, but hate the tiny sound from the stock built-in speakers this is the perfect set-up for you!

    Shop around for the best deal on these as the prices vary significantly.I picked mine up for about $79.00 to give you an idea.I am not affiliated with the site, but www.pricegrabber.com is a wonderful tool for comparison shopping.I use it for just about everything.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Astounding quality
    I purchased a set of these speakers from the Amazon Marketplace.Despite some problems with the shipping, I am blown away by the quality of the sound from such a tiny set of speakers from MP3 files on my PC.If you enjoy music, these speakers can definitely increase the utility of your PC for a small investment.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the mobile laptop user
    I travel a lot, and need music. This means that I feel the need to take a mobile sound system with me. So I was very interested when the Altec Lansing XT1 speakers came on the market, and got them days after they first appeared.

    My setup consists of a 15" Apple Powerbook running Mac OS X and iTunes, into which I have imported a large fraction of my CD collection, and the XT1 speakers.

    Here are some comments on the XT1 speakers.

    1) They plug directly into the USB port of the computer, and draw their power from it. So there's no need for ugly wall-warts and international plug adapters.

    2) They come with a very compact carry case, roughly half the top surface area and twice the thickness of my computer. Very light for travel.

    3) The sound is superb, given the physical size. Of course, they don't put out a huge amount of power or bass volume, but for that you'd need speakers ten times the size. What they do put out compares very favorably with other speakers of similar size.

    4) Setup is easy. Just plug them into the USB port. That's all. I haven't tried them on a PC, so I don't know whether the situation is the same there.

    5) The distortion is very low until you turn up the volume to the point where they overload, and then you hear some clipping.

    6) Amazon doesn't seem to sell these speakers, even though they have them listed, but go to your nearest Best Buys, where they're on the shelf for about a hundred and thirty dollars.

    7) You can also plug other sound sources into the XT1, but you'll need them plugged into your computer anyway because that's the only source from which it is able to take power.

    8) I had a curious incident, where the speakers seemed to be panning most of the way to the left, and the stereo pan control disappeared from the audio system preferences. It turned out thatthis was caused by the speakers somehow going into mono mode; the solution was to get out the Audio Midi Setup tool from Applications/Utilities, and switch from mono to stereo. I think this is the fault of Mac OS X, not of the speakers. ... Read more


    12. Logitech x-230 2.1 2-Piece Dual Drive Speakers with Ported Subwoofer
    by Logitech
    list price: $49.99
    our price: $36.94
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    Asin: B0002SQ0A4
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Logitech
    Sales Rank: 941
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Crank up the audio on your PC with this Logitech speaker system and enjoy clean, crisp, consistent sound from your games, music, and more. The high-tech subwoofer adjusts itself to deliver distortion-free bass, and the 2 wall-mountable satellites use patented technology to eliminate the uneven sound response created by conventional dual-driver designs. Features a headphone jack for private listening; master volume and subwoofer level controls; satellite speaker stands rotate for easy wall-mounting; 32 watts total power (6 watts x 2 + 20 watts); two 2-inch drivers per satellite; and 5.25 ported driver in subwoofer. PC and Mac system compatibility. Imported. Satellites: 2-1/2Wx8Hx3D". Subwoofer: 6Wx9Hx9-1/4D". ... Read more

    Features

    • 32 watts total power (6 watts x 2, plus 20-watt subwoofer)
    • 2.1-channel speaker system with ported subwoofer designed for PC connection
    • Delivers clean, consistent sound for music, games, and more
    • FDD2 satellite technology produces uniform sound field
    • Dynamic, real-time bass equalization maximizes bass response and minimizes distortion

    Reviews (23)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great job Logitech!
    I figured if I was going to take a chance on a set of computer speakers that I had never listened to, then I might as well not spend alot of money.

    I was surprised and delighted to find that the X-230 not only met my minimal expectations, it far exceeded them!

    At first, I was concerned about all the people that said that this system is too bassy. I will concur that the bass can be a bit over the top and should definitely be tuned down. But, wouldn't you rather have too much bass then none at all?

    After having played several movies on my computer's DVD drive with the X-230, I can easily say this system delivers a generous helping of sound and the quality of the sound is more than I would have expected from a 2.1 system.

    All I can say is... way to go Logitech!

    5-0 out of 5 stars $36...are you kidding me???
    Have no doubts...order this product.

    I wanted to improve the sound coming from my computer - at a cut-rate price.I ordered this set based on the recommendations of customers and I'm absolutely thrilled.These speakers turned my office into a studio - and the price, what a thrill!

    I have a Bose Wave Radio w/ CD player in my living room...and the music in my office - played from my compuer - is BETTER than the Bose.

    Don't fret about "too much base" that you read in other reviews.I have the woofer at about 3/10 - and I don't generally like much base.This is NOT an issue.

    Buy it, enjoy it...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable value
    Computer speakers have made leaps and bounds in the past ten years. The cost / benefit ratio, just like with other forms of technology, has really plummeted to levels so inexpensive that you no longer have to be cynical if something costs next to nothing.

    I picked up the Logitech's mainly to listen to my mp3's before burning them and listening on my 'real' stereo. Frankly, burning cd's is a pain in the rear, and I have been using my laptop and mp3 device almost exclusively as a home unit now that I have the X-230.

    I said on one other site that complaining about budget speakers is a little like whining that you're dollar cheeseburger isn't as fresh and succulent as it appears on the menu. And while there are many praises to sing about these speakers, at the end of the day they aren't a Bose system. Period.

    But MAN do they deliver a lot of bang for the buck. The highs are incredibly crisp and the bass is more than adequate, particularly if you are an apartment dweller like myself. These units were not designed to scorch your next block party, but they will fill an average apartment with acceptable sound even at a much higher price point.

    Regarding the unit being "too bassy," the solution is simple (and touched on by another reviewer here). What I do is turn the bass knob all of the way up - yes, up, and then tweak the EQ in my media player to the lowest bass setting. This affords only the deepest bass signals to come from the sub, and eliminates most of the tubby sounds associated with cheaper systems. I firmly believe that many of the individual frequency complaints can easily be addressed by some creative EQ-ing. After getting my settings right, I can still notice a difference between these speakers and my Bose shelf unit, but not so much that I would run out and buy the Boses had I not already owned them. Only severe audiophiles will be unhappy here.

    If I do have a complaint, it's that the cords are not long enough, and that there is no option of extending them. Speaker placement is almost as important to your sound as the speakers themselves. Well-placed, even a crappy system can yeild some great sound. Poorly placed, and even a $900 JBL floor system will sound anemic.

    They look GREAT! And the rectangular shape of the sub allows it to be placed in areas where a traditional 'box' sub won't go (such as under the couch, where I use my laptop most often). The overall feel of the unit is very solid, with none of the 'cheapness' one might expect from budget sets. The knobs are very solid and the overall design is very elegant.

    Basically, you can't go wrong with these. $30!!! I spent 30 bucks just drinking beer yesterday. They won't fill your home with world class audio, but for the everyday user these are far, far above average, regardless of price point. I was very, very pleased when I first hooked them up and schooled them with some Groove Armada. Just remember to USE YOUR EQ!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Like most other junk out there, too much bass
    Too much bass, even though this kit contains a setting for the sub, it appears the only settings are, "too much" all the way to "way too much".

    If you actually like to listen to music, keep moving, these aren't the speakers for you.

    The two small speakers actually do a not bad job of putting out music, shame about the sub and the subsonics emphasis.

    5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best speakers in its class
    PROS: Strong bass, looks modern, overall good sound, volume relatively loud, cheap
    CONS: Bass might be too 'boomy' for me, mid-range a bit weaker

    Logitech X-230 is a great buy for people looking for 2-piece speakers with subwoofer. I didn't have great expectations for it but was genuine quite surprised with the sound quality, especially with the price that it was going for. This pair of speakers is pretty versatile - I've used for music, movies and games. Previously I've used Altec Lansing's ACS 45.1 and this Logitech does a pretty good job matching Altec Lansing.

    Closer listening would reveal that the mid-range for this speakers is a little weaker than I would have wished. If it were stronger, I would have no hesitation giving this pair of speakers full marks. Still, it's hardly noticeable especially playing loud music and pop. Bass on the other hand could really get out of hand especially when you're sitting right in front of the speakers - good for people who likes heavy bass - but for me, it's too much - I've turned down the bass volume all the way down and it's perfect! There's sound distortion when I switch on software equaliser (found on Windows Media Player for example) - I suspect it's more of my computer's soundcard (it's an old one). So it's hard for me to compensate for midrange, though some higher bitrate MP3s did not have the distortion problem when equaliser was tweaked.

    Volume control, power button and headphone jack is conveniently placed on the front panel of the right speaker. The cloth mesh which covers the two drivers on each speakers is a little flimsy, and seems to trap dust a little too easily. Speaker stand is versatile - either stand on the table or wall mountable.

    In conclusion, this pair of speakers is highly recommended for people looking for budget speakers but with good sound. It may even match some of the more expensive speakers by Altec Lansing and Creative. ... Read more


    13. Linksys Wireless-B Music System WMLS11B
    by Linksys
    list price: $264.00
    our price: $104.49
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    Asin: B0002229JQ
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Linksys
    Sales Rank: 8972
    Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Linksys (WMLS11B) MUSIC SYSTEM 802.11B 11MBPS ... Read more

    Features

    • Includes high-quality detachable powered "bookshelf" speakers
    • Connects your stereo system to a Wireless-B (802.11b) network
    • Supports 5.1 channel audio through optical audio connection
    • Select songs, lists, and services on the built-in display with the easy-to-use remote control

    Reviews (59)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome!Problems mentioned below must be fixed.
    I purchased this product even though I had read several reviews where people were having problems here on Amazon.My thoughts were "if these problems haven't been fixed, I'll take it back." I'm happy to say that I've experienced NONE of the problems that some of the users below have experienced. As one of the other reviewers below said "many of the problems are fixed with the 1.0.9 Firmware."I've not had any problems reported below such as 1) Can't play more than 10 songs on a playlist 2) skipping songs3) Low wireless signal strength (the unit picks up in the back of my house where my laptop's wireless card won't!!!)

    I've had NO skipping and I've now got over 50 CD's on my media server with varying numbers of songs on them and have NO problems selecting them from the panel interface.I basically, powered the unit on and it discovered my wireless network and I was playing Internet radio stations within 10 minutes of having it out of the box.Upgrade to the 1.0.9 before you do ANYTHING else.

    Now, I am using mine in a slightly different way that I've read about others using theirs.My whole point in buying this was to use either Musicmatch's On-Demand or Rhapsody's unlimited streaming downloads for $9.99 a month.I don't have massive colletions of downloaded mp3's that I want to play.I simply want to use one of these services to store playlists and access those albums from across the house.Here is WHERE I HAD PROBLEMS BUT OVERCAME THEM.I started with Musicmatch 8.2 that came on the Linksys CD and is supposedly the only server that is compatible with the linksys unit.The Linksys immediately say the server I had the 8.2 software on and was able to access the Playlists I had created (again, not Playlists of songs that I had actually downloaded but Playlists that I could stream to my system).Unfortunately, this FLAT didn't work.I could see the songs on my Linksys but they just wouldn't play.I think its the format that MusicMatch streams them from their site in.On a whim, I decided to download Rhapsody and try their equivalent.Nothing in the Linksys manual implied that you could do anything with Rhapsody other than access their radio stations. However, when I got it installed (either 2.1 or 3.0 works) I noticed that it was acting as a UPnP server.Looking at my Linksys, I saw that it now saw another Media Player on the network.I created a few Playlists on Rhapsody and hit the button on the Linksys.....THEY PLAYED.Rhapsody works with this box but I COULD NOT make Musicmatch's On-Demand work.I bet it works great pushing songs you've purchased.Oh, one other trick, when you add songs to your Rhapsody Playlist, you need to stop and start your Rhapsody software and power cycle the Linksys for it to see those updates.It takes mere seconds.

    As for the unit itself the speakers are only slightly better than what you would expect from an "under the counter kitchen radio".In my small bathroom and even in the kitchen, they put out a decent amount of sound but won't ROCK.Get your expectations right and you won't be dissapointed.The unit itself is pretty light and "plasticy" but still looks sharp in my opinion.I hooked it up to my stero speakers and it ROCKED.For under $100, this is an AWESOME unit that really works.I'm looking to buy another one.Its cool to have a box that can play Internet radio stations alone...no to mention I can access Rhapsody and have unlimited albums for $8.33 a month paid quarterly.Wow!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Cool look just doesnt work!
    Music Match is very slow in loading and hangs by every startup.
    The player doesnt stream music well at all no matter what bitrate or firmware version.
    Once you go into a sub menu you must go all the way the the first menu to get out.
    Volume on the included speakers is horrible.
    I just bought the entire Rockford Fosgate Package AWESOME!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Buy this if you like to be tortured
    I bought the WMLS11B for my teenage daughter for christmas for her to play her music collection on our computer from her room.This seemed like a really cool idea and I was looking forward to tinkering with it.After following the setup directions I could not get the box to recognize any of the WMAs or MP3s on my music servers (Music Matchbox) or to play internet radio, even though I could quite easily access the WMLS11B remotely via the web-based admin tools.I endured endless torture trying to reach and communicate with the Linksys "technical support" personnel but I won't provide the gruesome details.I'll only mention a few highlights:
    1) I spent over 7 hours with Linksys support (most of that was spent on hold, waiting to talk to somebody)
    2) Linksys apparently outsources their technical support to India and uses a voice over IP line for the phone connection. It was very difficult to understand them, both because of their accent and because of the poor phone connection
    3) The sum total of the technical knowledge of these people seemed to be limited to what is printed on the 2-page instructions that ship with the unit
    4) During five different calls, and two internet 'chat' session, I was told that I was being transferred to 'level II' support but either I was put on hold and the line ultimately went dead, or in 3 instances I was told that Level II support would call back but they never did (after waiting over a week)
    5) By some fluke I was finally able to talk to a person in Level II support and she ran through my situation and concluded quickly that my unit was defective and arranged an RMA to ship me a replacement
    6) The replacement arrived with the wrong cables, had a funny rattle inside, but also did not work.
    Luckily I was able to return my unit to Amazon for a refund (they extended the period for returns for the christmas season).So my lesson from this is 1) Never buy anything from Linksys, 2) Always buy stuff from Amazon.
    P.S. As if this experience wasn't enough, I decided not to give up and ordered the Netgear music system. I was able to set that box up in about 15 minutes and it works like a charm.My daughter is finally happy!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than other reviews would lead you to believe...
    My biggest gripe with this box is that I lose the media server after I turn it off.The only way to get it back is to make an innocuous change to network settings and let the unit reboot.(For the records, I ditched the MusicMatch software in favor of TwonkyVision, but I had the same problem with both.)

    The integrated Internet Radio is a big plus, though, and it is well-organized by genre and country, with a good selection of stations, better than Shoutcast.

    I like the fact that this unit has detachable speakers, so I can fit it into my entertainment center for piping through the stereo or can put it on my nightstand.Would be better if the power and audio interfaces to these speakers did not involve so many wires.I'd also like to be able to power this with batteries.

    I have found that this unit is finnicky with the formats it will play (e.g., no rights-managed WMA files).If you already have an extensive digital music collection, this could be a problem.I'm just starting to rip my CD's, so it's not such an issue.

    The speakers are a bit underpowered and do have a tendency to buzz at times, but the sound is decent.Hey, for 100 bucks, I wasn't expecting a Wave Radio!

    3-0 out of 5 stars Love it
    I would have given it a four if it was easier to hook up.Once it is hooked up it works great.I think for the price it is a great gadget. I bought two.
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    14. Advent AV570 70-Watt 2-Way Powered Multimedia Speaker System (Pair)
    by Advent
    list price: $299.99
    our price: Too low to display
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B00005LACB
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Advent
    Sales Rank: 25740
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    Fill the room with rich, full-bodied audio from your MP3 player, portable CD player, or laptop by connecting to this pair of powered two-way multimedia speakers. Each speaker features a built-in 35-watt amplifier, along with 5-inch polypropylene woofers and 1-inch fluid-filled polycarbonate tweeters. The speakers are also magnetically shielded, so they won't interfere with video broadcasts on the TV or PC. Users will appreciate the individual bass and treble controls, which ensure listening flexibility, while the auto on/off power operation lets you leave the speakers untended without consequence. In addition, the speakers mount in a variety of configurations, such as on a bookshelf, atop a desk, or on a wall.

    The speakers work on either AC power or DC battery operation, so listeners can take them along to a BBQ tailgater or picnic. Safety is ensured through the aluminum alloy cabinets designed to dissipate heat from the amplifiers. Each speaker measures 6.5 by 10.5 by 7.6 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 9.92 pounds.

    What 's in the Box
    Two AD570 speakers, speaker cable, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • Each speaker measures 6.5 x 10.5 x 7.6 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 9.92 pounds
    • Pair of powered multimedia speakers with 35-watt built-in amplifiers
    • 5-inch polypropylene woofers and 1-inch fluid-filled polycarbonate tweeters
    • 40 to 25,000 Hz frequency response; AC power or DC battery operation
    • Individual bass and treble controls and auto on/off power operation

    Reviews (4)

    4-0 out of 5 stars blows Bose out of the water!
    Very competent sound for the size and low power output (35wpc on paper but probably closer to 20-25w in reality).Each speaker weighs in at about 10 lbs which would normally be a very respectable weight until you figure in that they have built=in amps.The independent bass and treble controls are a great feature.

    I'd compare listening to these to be like listening to a high quality boombox, except that with the ability to place the speakers a lot farther apart you'll enjoy better stereo separation and also less distortion at high volumes.

    However for two hundred fifty dollars you could also pick up a cheap Sherwood receiver and a cheap pair of small speakers like the Polk R15 which would still sound better, just look at the jr dot com website.

    The main plus of these Advents though is that they are compact and portable (AC/DC operation)...otherwise for home PC listening I'd still recommend the Logitech Z-2300 2.1 system with subwoofer for just above a hundred bucks.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Unique and High Quality Active Speaker
    I believe that the Advent AV570 is the same as the Acoustic Research 570 Powered Partners that were made from 1984 until Advent gobbled up AR.I have one of the older 570s.What a great product!AR570s were invented well before every house had a computer sound system."Bookshelf speaker" wasn't a widely recognized concept either.The AR570 was invented as a compact and tough package to monitor or reinforce sound in recording studios.It has exceptionally clear and linear acoustic performance.The thick cast aluminum housing is both rugged and dissipates heat from the internal amplifier quite well.

    That this design hasn't been copied by every speaker manufacturer is a mystery to me.The AV570 is a unique combination of ultra clean sound quality, high output for size, and rugged construction.Buy 'em for your bookshelf, home theater, computer, or ANY application that calls for accurate and powerful sound reproduction in a compact package.I use mine as an acoustic guitar amplifier.I use an adaptor to go from my guitar's 1/4" mono jack to the AV570's RCA input.It sounds better than guitar amps that are twice as expensive and 10 times as large.

    Highly recommended (IF the Advent AV570 is the same product as my Acoustic Research 570s)!

    5-0 out of 5 stars AV-570's are Great Speakers !
    I had a pair of these for a couple of years that were recently stolen. These puppies kick ... . I used them with a portable Sony CD/FM player on big exhibit set-ups in So. Cal. These speakers would fill a whole hall in the Anahiem convention center with wonderfully clear music. They are awesome and everyone who heard them would comment and want some. The only draw back I found is the wieght. They are small but they are heavy. The volume, tone and base controls are a must.I bought some Bose roommates to replace them but they do not compare. I just ordered another pair of 570's and I can't wait to hook them up to the 40 gig Nomad Jukebox 3 that I have since picked up. You won't belive the sound that cranks out of these babies.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best Sound Bar None
    I have had these speakers since 1988.They are the best sounding speakers on the market.More expensive than your normal computer speakers but well worth it.These are designed for people that really appreciate quality sound and with todays computers having better and better sound capabilities.These go hand in hand.

    I have tried a few other brands to see if I could get better sound and have yet to find a better sounding system.You can use these speakers with a portable MP3 player, CD player or a walkman and power an apartment or a room with these puppies.Add an additional subwoofer and have a audio system that sounds great.

    Many people come into my computer room and can't believe that my computer is putting out sound like that.( I run a Mac Computer )

    Take your favorite CD's to the store and listen to these speakers.Sit back and enjoy.Advent has a great product on thier hands. ... Read more


    15. JBL Duet PC Speakers (2-Speaker, Silver)
    by JBL
    list price: $59.95
    our price: $37.98
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C3GWV
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JBL
    Sales Rank: 2015
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    When hot looks and great sound are the order of the day, JBL's 2-piece Duet PC speakers offer smooth, accurate, and full-bodied sound without the need for a separate stand-alone subwoofer. That's not to say the 6 watts per channel pair will slam like a higher-power satellite-sub system would--but JBL's patent-pending Phoenix TSR (Tangential Strain Relief) drivers deliver more bass and lower distortion than similar-sized conventional PC speakers, thanks to the their controlled linear excursion. The emphasis, then, is on quality, rather than merely quantity, of sound. Further, Duet's proprietary SlipStream port enhances the speakers' bass performance for an impressively wide frequency response of 60 to 20,000 Hz.

    Incredibly easy to set up and use, the Duet system offers clean, crisp listening at an affordable price. Neodymium magnets heighten the speakers' power and sensitivity, and the speakers operate on AC power through a supplied AC/DC adapter.

    What's in the Box
    Two speakers, connecting cables, an AC power adapter, a user's manual, and warranty information. ... Read more

    Features

    • Proprietary port design enhances bass performance
    • Operates on AC power through supplied AC/DC adapter
    • Delivers smooth, accurate sound for any computer or portable music player
    • Uses patent-pending Tangential Strain Relief (TSR) technology for more bass and lower distortion than conventional PC speakers
    • Neodymium magnet heightens power and sensitivity

    Reviews (12)

    4-0 out of 5 stars Nice sound - needsa better knob
    These speakers were easy to set up and sound great.One complaint is the slippery little knob for the on/off and volume control.It looks more like a nipple than a knob. As usual, the designer was more concerned with style than with functionality.My other complaint is that Amazon dropped the price $5 right after I ordered them.

    3-0 out of 5 stars No Headphone Jack!!!!
    The sound is very good for speakers at this price range..but no headphone jacks...pretty pointless sinceI bought the speakers so the whole family wouldn't have to listen to hip hop!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great speakers for the price!
    Excellent speakers!I was going on a trip and wanted to get some speakers to use with my iPod.My first notion was to use some old computer speakers.However, I decided to invest the forty odd dollars and give these a try.I was more than pleasantly surpised.The bass response is simply incredible for speakers this small.Really, you would have to listen to them to believe how much bass these speakers have!Clarity, imagery and instrument definition are all remarkable.Even with an iPod they put out more than enough sound to fill a large hotel room.The only small gripe I have is that they are a slightly odd shape which made them a little hard to pack in a carry on.Still they might have had to be built this way to give the amazing lower end that the speakers possess.I've had them for about six weeks and waited until I used them several times before writing this review.I own some JBL home speakers and in may ways these little dynamos are every bit as good.I would highly recommend this product.For around $40 you can't go wrong.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Huge disappointments
    Terrific example of style over substance. Waited for weeks for a version to match the rest of the system's color & got a pair when they were issued. Read reviews about "technology overcoming small size" -- baloney. No bass response to speak of; Duets perform far less well than my 5-year-old beige (SO 20th-Century!) Altec-Lansings for the same purchase price.

    Bottom line: Speakers look great, sound cheesy.

    3-0 out of 5 stars good but with a few important reservations
    1. There's no treble or bass controls, just volume
    2. There's no headphone jack
    3. You REALLY need to use your computers software graphic equalizer to get the best sound out of these speakers.

    If you use an equalizer with a little effort you will get great, clear sound from them.

    That's a lot of reasons why these speakers may not be best for everyone. The price is a bit high for speakers that have no controls on them.
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    16. Altec Lansing MX5021 90-Watt Powered RMS 3-Piece Speaker Set
    by Altec Lansing
    list price: $199.99
    our price: $142.49
    (price subject to change: see help)
    Asin: B0000C2KB7
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
    Sales Rank: 18086
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Get full, accurate, THX-certified sound, whether it be a sophisticated cello suite or intense PC game action, thanks to this 3-pice music speaker system by Altec Lansing. Features two 20-watt satellite speakers, each with two midrange drivers that produce extremely responsive sound and a horn-loaded tweeter that offers extra-wide dispersion of those crystal-clear highs; a 50-watt subwoofer; auxiliary input jack so you can connect to two different audio sources such as a CD player and an MP3 jukebox simultaneously; and a control pod for fingertip management of bass, treble, and master volume. Includes a wireless remote control; headphone jack for private listening; easy-to-connect color-coded cables; and console gaming Y adapter. Made in USA. ... Read more

    Features

    • Headphone jack
    • 3-piece speaker system for PCs, gaming consoles, portable DVD players, and more
    • THX-certified cinema-quality sound
    • 1 subwoofer (50 watts) and 2 satellites (20 watts each)
    • Control pod for adjusting volume, bass, and treble on your desktop

    Reviews (17)

    2-0 out of 5 stars Great Design & Power, But Highs Can Be Peircing and Shrilly
    I had bought the Altec ATP3 a couple years ago, and since having such a pleasant experience with Altec Lansing hitherto I thought it would prove wise to go out and buy the MX5021.

    The build and design is utterly astounding for the price; the satellites complete with high gloss finish, sexy curves, and silver cones rimmed with black. The subwoofer however does not have the piano-quality gloss to it, but I could hardly care as I hardly ever look beneath my desk anyhow. But nonetheless the subwoofer is by no means unattractive.

    The subwoofer complements the overall power of the system perfectly. It yields to the challenge of almost all classic rock tracks, though I am not sure about other genres--but I am sure it performs just as eloquently.

    However, I do have one glaring gripe about this otherwise flawless speaker set. The high's can become utterly piercing at times--even lowering the midrange spectrum with an equalizer does not help the matter but merely makes it only bearable, though overtly uncomfortable. I find this strikingly odd as the set is THX certified and it should by all means not have blatant offshoot like this. However, I have noted a couple online review sites had taken noticed of this but only passed it off as a marginal, "fixable" annoyance. Perhaps, giving the benefit of the doubt, that I am placing the speakers to close to my listening vantage (about 2/3 of a metre at least) or the room I have them set in is too small. Though I have tried distancing myself as far as I could from the speakers, the highs were still noticeably shrilly to my ears. Nonetheless, Multimedia speakers SHOULD be designed in a way that they are suitable to be placed relatively close to the listener. I am very disappointed about this aspect of the speakers that otherwise mars a perfect audio system.

    Future buyers beware, have a good listen to the system at retail store before buying--you may just be wasting your time.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful System Marred By One Flaw
    It's too bad I had to take this computer speaker set back to the store I bought it from.I was in love with every aspect of it's design.But the Altec Lansing MX 5021 had a problem I just couldn't ignore.

    First let me explain that I went through a great deal of effort researching the perfect speakers for my computer.This seemed like the best set in my price range.The speaker wattage amount was far above average.The subwoofer had enough power output to satisfy me.The smooth, black finish on the surface of the components looked professional.Even the little blue lights on the control device were pretty.Everything about this system was excellent.

    Except there was a significant amount of hissing coming from the satellite speakers.Hissing is the sound you hear from any speaker that is on but no audio is coming out at the time.You usually have to put your ear right up to the speaker to hear it.But with this set, it's loud enough to hear from 3 feet away.That is totally unacceptable to me.Speakers should be dead silent if no audio is being played.Otherwise it becomes a major distraction, at least for me.

    I'm an audiophile with sensitive hearing, so I'm guessing that's why nearly every other reviewer here doesn't mention the hissing problem.After I took the set back I listened to another Altec Lansing set that was on display.It had the same abnormally loud hissing!Draw your own conclusion from that.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all, but COME ON people, stop exaggerating!
    These "sound like $1000 hi-fi speakers?"They're "as good as hi-fi speakers with separate components?"My cereal almost ended up all over my monitor when I read that one.Either that reviewer has never gone anywhere NEAR a thousand dollar speaker set or they're new hires in the Altec Lansing PR department and are pushing really hard for that corner cubicle office!

    My officemate has these at work, and while I do enjoy them (since he always plays music during work hours, luckily we have similar tastes) to call them anything more than "very good computer speakers" would really be insulting to true hi-fi speakers that do cost several times more.

    I like the fact that these do have two drivers on the satellites unlike my one-driver Logitech Z-2200 satellites---the extra driver does afford a bit more finesse and clarity, though of course these cost twice as much as what I paid for my Logitechs.Are they really TWICE as good?Hmmm, I don't know about that...

    The downside to these is that they can't match my Logitechs' power, they have about half the RMS.So at moderate levels they do sound crisper but as soon as you crank them you will start to hear clipping and distortion at above 60% volume.The subwoofer on the Altec Lansing is also muddier and slower than the one on my Logitech, on bass-heavy jazz tracks I can hear the low end lagging behind a bit there.

    I also like the more refined, conservative styling of these speakers as opposed to the funky, space-age look of the Logitechs.Still, for all the extra cash I'd expect at least equal power and a better subwoofer than the Z-2200.For that reason I'm giving this one a 3, if it were about fifty bucks less I'd give it a 4 easily.

    Either way both this and the Logitech 2.1 system are far smarter and better-performing choices than those hideously overpriced Bose speakers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Computer speakers...Are you kidding me?
    I love these speakers!I spent years listening to speakers for my main system, until I found what I wanted.These speakers are nearly as good as speakers that cost more than $1000 and are hooked up to a very good amp and preamp.Quite simply, I have never heard a better computer speaker.You can't afford not to get these if you are in the market for computer speakers and the Amazon price is the best I have found, most places sell this system for $199.I loved them right out of the box, I'm used to having to "burn in" speakers for days, and I love them even more today.I think what sets these speakers apart from the rest is the mid range.These speakers not only have one but it is very clean.A few other people have said they find distortion at high volume, that may be true but personally, I can't turn them more than half way up before they're blowing me back from the computer, so I have never encountered distortion.I primarily use WMP and I find adjusting the graphic equalizer thru the program is much better than trying to make adjustments with the speakers' bass and treble control.Buy these speakers and you'll never regret spending the money.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best speakers hands down...
    I'm a very discerning listener, so I wanted something to hook up to my Bose Wave System, I researched the options available on the market. Since I plug my computer into the Bose unit as well, I wanted a set of speakers that can handle multimedia (music and movies) well.

    The first time I hooked up the Altec Lansing MX5021, I was absolutely blown away by the sound. The sound is terrific - nice, clean, high fidelity and faithful reproduction. Plus at this price, it's difficult to beat. I estimate that a set of similar sounding hifi speakers will cost a few thousand dollars... They're THAT good.

    The speakers come with 3 drivers and they're powerful too... I got a small room so I listen to the music at 1/5 of the maximum level and it's still enough to fill the room with very rich and powerful sound. Amazing engineering... You can't go wrong with Altec Lansing.

    I also like how this product came with many extras not available with other brands - remote, controller, plus a wiping cloth for the speakers... a nice touch.

    I've heard and compared this unit to those by Creative, Logitech and also the Harmon Kardon Soundsticks II. But performance wise, this is a clear winner if you want uncolored sound at an unbeatable price. Highly recommended. ... Read more


    17. Creative Labs I-Trigue 2200 2.0 Speakers
    by Creative Labs

    our price: $48.44
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    Asin: B00067KRTG
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Creative Labs
    Sales Rank: 16502
    Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Premium Stereo Speakers With Neotitanium Microdrivers For Superior Sound

    Creative I-Trigue 2200s are the two-piece speakers that combine convenience, modern design and audio technology. Built using dual titanium micro-drivers for results that outstrip conventional aluminium elements, plus integrated bass ports for depth, these perfectly acoustically balanced speakers have an elegant, modern look with a silver and black finish that complements any desk or table top. They are ideal for users who want convenient uncompromised stereo speakers that look elegant anywhere around the home and deliver excellent results with MP3 music. The I-Trigue 2200s incorporate line-in, headphone and stereo-stereo connectivity together with volume and tone controls, enabling them to be used with portable audio players as well as alongside LCD screens and notebook PCs.

    • High Precision NeoTitanium Microdrivers delivers superior sound quality
    • Audio Control Panel on speaker for power, volume and tone control
    • Headphone Jack for private enjoyment of music, movies, or games
    • Built in BassXPort Technology enhances low bass frequency
    • Subwoofer line-out allows you to upgrade to 2.1 speakers for more bass
    Perfect speakers for PC/MAC, Notebook, CD/MP3 player, or portable DVD player ... Read more

    Features

    • Connect to a powered subwoofer with ease for extra bass
    • Tone control for your desired listening pleasure
    • Headphone jack for private listening
    • Built-in rear bass port for enhanced performance
    • Convenient power on/off and volume level control

    Reviews (2)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Technology Appreciated
    I've missed my music since I've been working on the computer a lot more. Music is definitely a stress reliever for me, with these speakers I have my music back. My attitude is now composed again because the sound is enjoyable and my pocketbook didn't get burned.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Slap Yourself, There's Only 2 Speakers
    I already have a home theater system so all I needed was better computer speakers.Ever since I got my Ipod, I've been listening to more music.I previously had the Boston Acoustics 2.1 635 system, which sounded full due to the small sub, but the amp died after 2 years (I think all the wires, connections wore out).I also had a Klipsch 2.1, Logitech, and Altec Lansing.Unless you've had them all, I don't think anyone would be unhappy with any of these brands.Why would I want just 2 speakers? I was tired of so many wires behind my computer- it's a headache to clean and move things around.

    Alright, I've spent some time researching speakers and can safely say that there are very few GOOD 2 speaker systems out there.If you find them, they are usually of the low quality, single cone driver variety.I originally was looking to wire up those old Apple Pro speakers somehow, but am tired and too busy these days to tinker with my own builds.Again, there are VERY FEW 2 speaker systems out there for desktops.

    This is the highest quality and best finished speaker system I found.It is a little pricey, but it looks great, knobs are high quality, and most importantly it sounds fantastic.The metal drivers give you that high end metallic sizzle for hard rock and are surprisingly good for vocals.Norah Jones sounds a little compressed, but there is still warmth there.Green Day vocals come through detailed and the guitars/drums are clear without breaking up.The speakers had more "bass" without breaking up than another set from another maker I bought to compare it with.No, there is no rumble for games with boom, but you can put on headphones for that- no speakers outdo good headphones (your neighbors will hate you anyways).These are very quick responding speakers.Some may find them a little bright, perky, but they are more 'head's up' than harsh.There is a tone adjustment that really works, but I am a pseudo purist- I get annoyed if I leave it off center too long.

    Titanium tweeters, with rubber gaskets- how can someone complain?The units look high tech and the sound is detailed/high clarity.Get a new monitor and side these next to it and presto you love your computer again. ... Read more


    18. Philips MMS223/17 PC Multimedia Speakers with LCD Clock and FM Radio
    by Philips
    list price: $39.99
    our price: $14.88
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    Asin: B0006TOGLY
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Philips
    Sales Rank: 675
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Amazon.com Product Description

    These Philips PC multimedia speakers offer a unique twist on traditional computer speakers by including an LCD clock and FM radio, letting them function independently of a computer for standalone use. Listeners can thus choose to connect the speakers to their PC jukebox or a distinct portable audio player, or they can use the system as a clock radio for the nightstand. The 6-watt bass reflex system (3 watts x 2) employs a 3-inch full range driver in each speaker to deliver a frequency response of 120 Hz to 20 kHz and surprisingly robust bass for its class. Listeners can even listen privately to the radio thanks to the 3.5 mm headphone jack. The system also includes easy-to-use power and volume controls located on top of one speaker.

    What's in the Box
    Two speakers with clock and FM radio, 1.3-meter audio cable, user's manual. ... Read more

    Features

    • 2-year warranty
    • Active 6-watt (3 watts x 2) RMS PC multimedia speaker system
    • Integrated built-in LCD clock and FM radio for standalone use
    • Bass reflex system delivers class-leading bass performance
    • Includes 3.5 mm headphone jack and distinct power and volume controls

    Reviews (6)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Just your average pair of cheap PC speakers
    These speakers are fine for low fidelity purposes such as playing PC games or watching DVD's.They do not have sufficient fidelity for much beyond that.MP3s and CD's will sound light years better on any set of $10 headphones so do not expect to replace your stereo.

    Regarding the extra features: the built in system clock is is too small with no backlighting to be clearly visible from more than 12 inches away.The FM radio is useless as there is no separate antenna wire.$15 for these speakers are on the high-end of what they are worth.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Average Sound and Some Good Extras
    Juet letting everyone who is considering to buy it, don't be fooled by the picture!The speakers appear to be blue on the picture, but they are actually dark-silverish-black in reality.

    These speakers are good if your PC doesn't have any or if you don't care much about sound, since it does make up with the FM radio feature and a nifty LCD clock on the other speaker.However, if you are looking for the next-generation, great sounding speakers, you might want to look elsewhere.Don't get me wrong, it does sound good, but not GREAT.Another lacking feature is the taht it doesn't have the AM stations, only FM.The fact that you can use these without the PC sounds good, but these days, you might rarely need it.

    Bottom Line:Need speakers?This is a good bargain.Looking for those something-special speakers?You might look somewhere else.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Speakers for the Price
    I was looking for a set of speakers that had good sound quality.The radio and clock were not deciding factors.I found the speakers to be acceptable and based upon the low price, believe I got a great deal. Would recommend.

    2-0 out of 5 stars A blend of features without much consideration
    I was looking for replacement speakers two weeks ago when I saw this product. It seemed attractive to me - cool shape, list of features, low price, and two 5-star reviews. "Why not" I said to myself. So I bought it.

    I was excited when I got the package, and was immediately disappointed when I turned on the radio: the reception was terrible - even my tiny radio bought 10 years ago has better reception. The tuning is mechanical, which drifts away into noise within 30 seconds, makes me wondering if I'm working for SETI, and listening to noise is my duty. Philips, how much more will it cost you to add a digital tuning button to the box? 10 bucks? Fine, put it on and I'm willing to pay for that.

    The fun part was when I turned on my computer while trying to find ET with my poor ears. All of a sudden I thought I find it! And ET was also using Windows! Almost gave me a heart attack, but luckily I found it's just my own computer playing behind the noise. Philips, how much more will it cost you to mute computer input when the radio is on? 10 bucks? Fine, add it on and I'm willing to pay for that.

    Frankly speaking, I like the speakers, but not really like the radio, and I don't want to let the LCD clock tell me what time it is - without backlight that little dude is not gonna tell me anything unless I stare really hard into his face.

    Can't wait for the warranty to expire, so that I can open it up - Adding a digital tuning might take some time, but switch off computer input when radio is on, and add a LED backlight for the LCD clock won't take me more than an hour, even though it is soooooooo hard for Philips engineers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Much better than I thought
    Though it's only a 6-Watt speakers set, it's much more powerful and better sound than some other computer speakers of similar price, and most of them don't have a headphone connection like this one.The design is elegant and should match the office desktop or notebook very well.I should have picked up another set when it had a lower price. ... Read more


    19. Altec Lansing VS2120 2-Piece System
    by Altec Lansing
    list price: $29.99
    our price: $19.82
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    Asin: B0001FZCPM
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: Altec Lansing
    Sales Rank: 8686
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Your new PC rocks. Unfortunately, the tinny-sounding speakers that came with it are pretty uninspiring. It’s time for a powered audio upgrade. Time to let your PC, CD, DVD and MP3 player blast your favorite music in full-stereo sound. For great sound at a great price, check out the Altec Lansing VS2120 system.

    The versatile speakers look great next to your new flat panel monitor and fire the sound directly toward you for a more vivid listening experience. Get the great sound you deserve with this affordable and compact powered audio system.

    • High-Quality Stereo Specially engineered drivers housed in a ported enclosure deliver a full spectrum of pure, distinct sound.
    • Built-in Controls... Include power on/off, volume, and tone.
    • Distinctive Styling Looks great next to your flat panel monitor or anywhere in your home.
    • Headphone Jack... For private listening.
    • Easy Set-up You're up and running in seconds.
    • Shielded Satellites... For use near video monitors.
    ... Read more

    Features

    • Headphone jack for private listening
    • High-quality stereo specially engineered drivers housed in a ported enclosure deliver a full spectrum of pure, distinct sound
    • Distinctive styling looks great next to your flat panel monitor or anywhere in your home
    • Easy setup--you're up and running in seconds
    • Built-in controls include power on/off, volume, and tone

    Reviews (10)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
    I read the customer reviews, I bought the speakers and I'm very satisfied. (I love these reviews from actual users of products, so much more helpful than reviews by people paid to hype a product). I'd say more, but others have said it already and said it well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very Good Value
    I bought these speakers for my LINUX box. All I wanted was some good cheap speakers. These are very good speakers for the price. The best thing I like about these speakers is that they don't have the BIG transformer as others do, they just have the normal 110V plug. The sound is good for the price range of these speakers, they will never beat my surrond sound speakers, but I didn't buy them for that. The only minus I have about them is that they are black and my LINUX case is off white.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Just what I wanted!!
    These are great speakers! I was looking for a set of cheaper costing but higher quality speakers, and these are it! I live in a town home, and can't have speakers with a lot of bass. So I wanted to find a set that would give great sound, have acceptable bass, but not carry much farther than my computer room. You can't hear the bass very well as you get father from them, but if you're just at your computer they are great! And this coming from an avid Techno fan!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great speakers for bedroom
    I was looking for a pair of speakers to hook up to my iPod for the bedroom; I didn't want anything that took up extra space (ie. subwoofer) or had an extra power brick (these don't, power is built into one of the speakers).

    While these might not be as adequate for loud listening environments, they do more than enough to fill a 12' x 15' bedroom with acceptably clear highs and not too muddy lows (I'm using them hooked up through the line output of the iPod dock).

    Great deal for the price!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great value, go great with my Mac Mini!
    I am the queen of cheap speakers. I always tend to get the cheesiest, sleaziest speakers. I decided that my new Mac Mini deserved something a *little* better, but I'm still cheap.

    These speakers are not, I'm sure, high-end, but they are a far cry from the cheapie speakers I usually have. The sound quality is wonderful -- I'm hearing subtle low tones that the cheap speakers didn't pick up, and everthing's smooth and clear. They're easy to set up and very attractive. They are bigger than my Mac Mini (but hey--what isn't?) but don't take up too much space.

    Very nice indeed, for the price! ... Read more


    20. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite Speakers (Gray)
    by JBL
    list price: $89.99
    our price: $67.39
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    Asin: B0001DQ5Y6
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JBL
    Sales Rank: 10366
    Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    The JBL Creature II 3-piece speaker system includes two desktop speakers and a subwoofer. Both speakers and the subwoofer are magnetically shielded to provide the greatest protection against image distortion on a computer monitor.The JBL Creature comes with unique "capacitance touch" volume control buttons on the right satellite. Both satellites also have down firing LEDs for a cool desktop look in minimum lighting environments. ... Read more

    Features

    • Also great to use with portable MP3 players, discmans and walkmans ? again, simply plug into the headphone jack
    • Right satellite features unique Capacitance Touch volume control buttons
    • Bass and treble are adjusted via controls on the subwoofer
    • Both satellites have downfiring green LEDs, for a cool desktop look in minimum lighting environments
    • Compatible with any Windows or Macintosh desktop or laptop personal computers equipped with audio output or a headphone jack

    Reviews (9)

    1-0 out of 5 stars Piece of Junk - My original $5 Speakers sound 1000% better
    Expensive piece of conversation.
    Bass? What Bass? That's more like muffled sound.
    Higher frequencies? Terrible "beeper" speaker quality that hurts your ears.
    Mid-range? This speaker kills any voice, even bad voices - it hurts your ears. No Mid-ranges, but only high-pitched voice sound... I am putting it back into the box and give it to a teenager who might have a use for his/her x-box, etc.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Cute looking Crap
    I REALLY wanted to like these speakers.They looked futuristic like many of the other items in my office.I am going from a 6-year old pair of Altec Lansing speakers with sub to something a little newer.These were attrocious.The bass made the plastic sub rattle and wasweak compared to what I am used to.I am sending these back and buying something from Altec Lansing.These might be ok for someone that has nothing.

    2-0 out of 5 stars I probably expected too much
    Two words sum up these speakers for me: instant disappointment.I suppose I shouldn't have expected so much.I guess I'm just too cheap to pony up two bills for computer speakers.So, let me evaluate them based on price and value, rather than sound quality alone (for that is awfully subjective).

    They still suck.At any price point, these speakers are a disappointment.The treble is too shril and tinny sounding (like an early 80's telecaster); the midrange is non-existent; the bass is underwhelming and flabby.Not only that, the gray plastic really looks cheap.(A little more silvery or metallic like the new Apple LCD monitors would be better.)

    This is too bad because designwise - they're pretty cool.They don't take up too much deskspace, they're kinda futuristic, and the touch volume works well.It appears these speakers are being sold on JBL's reputation alone.Too bad.

    As a guitar player I admit I may have particular tastes in sound (eg: I like speakers with alnico magnets better than ceramic) - but there are certain aspects to sound that do speak to quality rather than just taste. There is no way that these speakers can be called worthwhile - at any price.Feel free to disagree, but be forewarned.I'm not trying to slam the product.I wish I didn't have to return them (but I am). I'm just trying to help.I'd like to think after twenty years of guitar playing that I know a thing or two about sound.

    To sum up, the sound just isn't THERE.Ah well, the tone quest goes on.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good sound, good setup, simple/basic controls
    The two main speakers are basically the same ones that came with my iMac (G4 model), and they sound very good.I picked up this set for my living room, and simply attached my iPod's dock to the bass unit, where all the cables converge.That's my stereo now.The gray models' color is slightly cool and is glossy but not metallic in finish.It doesn't quite match any of my other electronics, but it's not an awful mismatch either.The dials, controls and the covers for the speaker memberanes are almost all chrome-silver covered plastic.The bell shapes grow on you.Small integral pedestals in the molds hold them about 1/4" off whatever surface they're on, so vibrations are minimised fairly well for most settings.The two main speakers are quite small, and can tuck away fairly easily, though their bell shapes don't make them the best bookends.The subwoofer is smaller than some, but not too small that it affects their output.

    The speakers pick up plenty of detail from the music for most listeners, though if you're really trained, I'm sure they're not nearly as good as more professional gear.In my experience, the bass unit is maybe a tiny bit too aggressive at its normal level, but that depends on your music too.More recent music is being mastered to emphasize bass, and it can drown out midtones and treble.The level you can pump up the treble, bass and volume is almost ridiculous, so be careful if you have pranksters in the house who like to fiddle with the controls. :-)

    The volume is controlled by touch-sensitive buttons on the right speaker.There are no moving parts; it's like the iPod's scroll wheel in that sense.They're sensitive to touch and you can just hold your finger on the "+" or "-" buttons to keep changing the volume, no annoying tapping needed. The volume shifts are noticeable with each click, but are not too different that you'll have that problem where the voume seems either too quiet or too loud with nothing in between.The controls for the treble and bass are located on the subwoofer.This seemed inconvenient at first since you usually put that piece out of the way, but I never touch the two settings once I put them where I liked them.Others who want to fiddle more might find this to be a problem, though they might also find that two simple equalizers isn't good enough either.I find the default mid-range setting to be right for both.Basically, I trust whoever is mastering the tracks in the studio to get the equalizers right for me (even if it means a lot of bass).The dials "fall" into place at the mid-range easily although there aren't any visual indicators of their current setting.You have to "feel" your way around the dial.Again, if someone wants to interrupt your pacemaker with high bass, this thing makes it easy. ;-)

    The AC adaptor brick is kind of big.All the cables and their plugs on the bass unit are distinguished by color and shape -- square peg, square hole fit kinda thing.The cables are 4'-6' long, I can't remember exactly.Long enough so that my subwoofer is on the floor and the two speakers are about 30" higher and about 6' apart with the cables still slack.

    Considering that some computers get the equivalent speakers already, and that even without the subwoofer, they get good bass, this won't always be a good choice, especially at this price.But for my purposes, or for those who got cheapo speakers with their computer, these fit the bill nicely.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great Speakers, but Not Best of Price Range
    After buying an iPod earlier this year and trying these speakers out at the Apple Store, I felt compelled to buy them on eBay. Style-wise they are a perfect match for the iPod. Sound-wise, the set of Altec Lansing speakers I planned to replace with the Creatures are a bit better. I did not realize this until putting both sets back to back, but the bass is significantly more powerful on Altec Lansing 2100s. As you may have read in reviews of the Altec Lansing speakers, they lack a bit when it comes to mid-range sounds. Because of this, if you're going for the over-all sound, you may be better off with the Creatures. If you're out for power, the Altec Lansing set is where you'll get closest to a regular stereo.Unless you're totally set on the Creatures, try out Altec Lansing 2100s and see what you think. They are considerably cheaper as well. Don't believe what you hear about Creature II speakers being the best of the price range. There are some great computer speakers on the market these days. You really need to compare them back to back and with different music to really appreciate the differences. ... Read more


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