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1. Bose SoundDock System for iPod
$265.04 list($399.99)
2. Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 5-Piece
Too low to display list($249.99)
3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks 2
$104.44 list($149.99)
4. Altec Lansing inMotion Portable
$80.74 list($129.99)
5. Logic3 I-Station Dock and Speaker
$142.44 $139.99 list($199.99)
6. Logitech Z-5300e 5.1 2-Piece Surround
$68.39 list($99.99)
7. JBL OnTour Speakers
$99.99
8. Klipsch ProMedia Ultra 2.0 PC
$67.30 $55.00 list($129.99)
9. JBL Creature II Self-Powered Satellite
$119.69 $104.59 list($149.99)
10. Logitech Z-2300 2.1 THX-Certified
$56.99 $49.99 list($79.99)
11. Logitech X-530 5.1 5-PieceSystem
$204.24 list($279.99)
12. Altec Lansing FX6021 3-Piece System
$199.88 list($299.99)
13. Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 Digital
$76.82 list($149.99)
14. Creative Labs I-trigue L3500 2.1
$379.99 list($499.99)
15. Spherex 51000 Xbox 6-Piece 5.1
$64.54 $63.99 list($99.99)
16. Creative Labs TravelSound i300
$249.00
17. BOSE Companion 3 Multimedia Speaker
$115.89 $110.26 list($199.95)
18. Acoustic Research AW-871 Wireless
$99.00
19. BOSE Companion 2 Speakers
$67.87 list($99.99)
20. JBL Creature II Powered 3-Piece

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. Logitech Z-5500 Digital 5.1 5-Piece Speaker System with Subwoofer
by Logitech
list price: $399.99
our price: $265.04
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Asin: B0002WPSBC
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 500
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Z-5500 Digital 5.1 Speaker System ... Read more

Features

  • 505 watts total system power (62 watts x 4, plus 69-watt center speaker and 188-watt subwoofer)
  • 5.1 speaker system with 4 satellite speakers, center speaker, subwoofer, and Digital SoundTouch control center
  • Connects to PCs, DVD players, CD players, portable MP3 players, and game consoles
  • Digital SoundTouch unit controls volume, surround sound effects, and more
  • Supports Dolby Digital, DTS, DTS 96/24, and Dolby Pro Logic

Reviews (57)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Speakers On The Market Today for the price
Right now these things are shaking my desk so violently that I can barely type. The scary thing is, the volume is only at 50%. You could cause some serious damage with these things. The sonic quality is excellent at all levels. The detail is so great that I can now hear all of the imperfections in my mp3's.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best computer speakers
I've had these speakers for half a year. At first, I was hesitant spending $300 on computer speakers. I haven't regretted it since. These speakers are worth the money. The sound effects are amazing whether you're watching movies or playing games. You won't believe the size (and weight) of the subwoofer. At 1000-Watt peak performance even your next street neighbor will complain about the noise. The volume can be increased/decreased consistently without jumps. Setting volume to whisper-quiet while someone is sleeping in the next room works pretty nicely.

A few accessories you should consider buying (assuming you already have good quality sound card which supports digital out):
1. Digital Coaxial or Fiber Optics cable for digital quality sound.
2. Advanced surge protector which filters power noise. Otherwise you're likely to hear constant background noise from the subwoofer and loud clicking when light switch is flipped.

5-0 out of 5 stars Incredible Audio
I consider myself a big audiophile and nothing is more important than jamming to some high-end tunes while working at my PC on 3d or Flash designs. It was time to trade up the Cambridge Soundworks system I was using for this one and my experience was nothing but great. The package shipped a week early and was so heavy I needed to drag it into the elevator to get it to my apartment. Installation was a breeze and my first taste of DTS from the Gladiator DVD was breath-taking. You cannot beat this price for a set of computer system speakers that will do Dolby Digital and DTS. The only downfall is the fact these speaker manufactures haven't fully integrated Creative Labs Digital DIN plug which means it requires multiple wiring for digital decoding then for analogue to play games via EAX. The sub woofer is bass pounding and it is gigantic. There is no better set of speakers for the price anywhere and shipping was so fast I couldn't believe it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Awsome (after the Sub Woofer loosens-up)
Have had this system for a week now and it performs very well.While it is plug-and-play out of the box (a very LARGE box - 27 Kg) the number of possible settings makes you just want to fiddle with things.When combined with a high-end sound card like Creative's Audigy 4 Pro, you need to decide which system provides the effects - the card or the Z-5500.If you don't, the sound will get very bad, very fast and tweaking gets extremely difficult.

The reviews of "shaking things off of shelves and walls" are a little far fetched (or indicative of pervasive poor building construction).The system is capable of extreme volumes and retains clarity - even sounds better - at higher volumes.However, the earth shaking must be highly dependent on the room acoustics as I have yet to rattle anything off the wall or shelves (and YES, I have cranked it to the max until my vision became blurred).

The tuned-port sub woofer sounds muddy at lower volumes unless I tweak the settings and it is getting better as it breaks in.Again, I chalk most of this up to my room acoustics albeit tuned-ports are notoriously "muddy" when compared to acoustic suspension speakers at lower volumes.The sub is incredible at medium to higher volumes - especially with movies in Dolby DTS.

The satellites are very good on their own - they lack any bass capability but the mid-range and treble are crisp and clear at all volume levels.

Overall - no regrets. I would recommend this system for someone looking for an alternative to an AV/amplifier home theater sound system or a very high-end PC sound system.

You should have some advanced knowledge of how to configure the sound settings of both your computer (or other sources) and these speakers to be completely amazed by their capability - if you don't know what a TOSLINK cable is for, you need to study a bit before you need these.

5-0 out of 5 stars More than I expected!
Being an owner of the Z-560's (4.1) I had been wanting to upgrade to the Z-680's for the center channel capability and the option of going digital. I have beeen watching the Z-5500 reviews and prices since this products introduction.

The only drawback was that I saw some reviews that indicated that the speaker connectors were using the RCA type connectors. That was the only thing that had been a bone of contention for me. My splicing and mechanical skills are good so I could deal with it.
Well, I went ahead and took the plunge and found them on Amazon for a better price than other places I had been considering. I recieved the package in 24 hours with standard UPS ground! Mostly because the wherehouse was only 40 minutes from my location. It came as an unmarked box, but the real retail box was inside. (good idea)
Once I got it to my home, I began the transition and noticed the speakers had the better pushlock type connector as opposed to the RCA jack type I had seen in the reviews! :happynod: I immediately stopped and went to my local electronics store and got some monster cable!

Another thing I noticed is the direct analog cables are a little short for my liking. It is a little prohibitive with my placement preference. I'd like to see a few feet added to the cable. Of couse making my own is not a big deal.

Setup was a breeze, it looks much more refined than the 680/560's and I believe the sound is better over the 680's but I have only been in someone elses house and listening to it on their own setup and configuration so, while you might see reviews saying the 680's are better, don't forget that everyones setup/soundsource/tone levels & room acoustics are different. But from the 560's the one noticible difference is the bass...obviously. Shakes your britches! I haven't had a chance to play anything at high levels yet but I really am happy with my purchase.

So if you were concerned about the speaker connectors, don't worry, it looks as if Logitech listened.

I think you'll love them. ... Read more


3. Harman Kardon Soundsticks 2
by JBL
list price: $249.99
our price: Too low to display
(price subject to change: see help)
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

... Read more

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


4. 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


5. Logic3 I-Station Dock and Speaker Station for iPod
by Logic3
list price: $129.99
our price: $80.74
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Asin: B00068E56G
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logic3
Sales Rank: 354
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

compatible with 20GB and 40GB iPods iPod photos and iPod minis * compatible with portable devices and computers with minijack output * two 1-3/16" aluminum cone speakers with neodymium magnets and 2-1/2" woofer * 3 watts x 2, plus 6 watt for woofer * charges iPod while docked * ... Read more

Features

  • Synchronizes with PC or Mac via USB or FireWire cables
  • Compact docking station for use with iPod or iPod Mini
  • Combines subwoofer, dynamic tweeter speakers, and 3D surround sound processor
  • Recharges iPod battery while music plays
  • Powered by AC adapter (included) or 4 AA batteries

Reviews (42)

1-0 out of 5 stars should have listened to the bad reviews
This thing worked for a total of 50 minutes. I bought it for work, and when I recieved it, I took it out of the box and made sure it worked, and it did. I took it to work 2 days later and it turned out to be a piece of junk. No sound came out unless I played around with the middle speaker and had it sit just right; then, after about 45 minutes, the sound was lost alltogether and I couldn't get it back. I'm going to a retail store tomorrow to get a different one that I can take back right away (if I have to) instead of waiting 2-6 weeks to send mine in and get fixed.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not worth buying
For portable speakers for an iPod, this is an alright buy.However, after i had caried it to 2 or 3 places, and i made sure it was packed tightly so nothing would mess up, i found out that the AC adapter stopped functioning.This was bad because now I am left with speakers that can only play with batteries.Another problem with this speaker system is that its "3D surround sound processor" is not very good.No matter how close I am to the speakers, I do not change the 3D setting because it sounds the same, if not worse, as the normal setting.There isn't much point to buying specific speakers for an iPod anymore because Apple has come out with an iTrip costing $20-$25.This small device plugs into the iPod and boardcasts the iPod's music onto a radio nearby very easily.All the listener needs is a radio, and this will cost far less than the speakers.So i recomend not purchasing this, and just purchasing an iTrip if you want to hear your iPod on portable speakers.

3-0 out of 5 stars Okay gadget if you want some thing portable
I would recommend this item stictly if you are looking for some thing portable. I was not too impressed with the sound quality, in fact it did not sound much better than my dell computer speakers. When turned to high volumes, the sound is distorted- although it sounds alright when you are sitting right by the speakers. Let's put it this way, i had MUCH better sound when i plugged my ipod into my 20-year old boom-box.
This would be a nice product to have for traveling, but i wouldn't recommend it for a home/room stereo system.
I'm returning mine today.
hope this helps.

5-0 out of 5 stars Quite a bargain!
I recently purchased an I-Station and I love it.The I-Station is very easy use, and can do more than play iPods.If you have an MP3 player you can hook it up to the speakers using the included mini-jack.This is a way to play music from an iPod Shuffle.The fold up design is very cool, but the AC adapter is quite long.If you plan on bringing an I-Station to vacation, don't pack it in a carry on.This device is great.I would choose it over the inMotion speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound from a little box
I am now on my second I-Station.The first unit did not work when disconnected from AC power.Amazon was awsome (as usual) in replacing the unit ASAP.The replacement has worked flawlessly.

This little unit really delivers a lot of bang for your buck.We use it as a doc at home (the regular doc is at work), so we can charge the iPod and transfer tunes with it.When we have dinner on the patio, we just un-plug the unit and run it on 4 AA batteries (not incuded).When I have poker night with the boys, the I-Station goes with me.It is so small, it fits in my coat pocket and yet it delivers awsome sound.This unit is perfect for camping.It sits on the picnic table while I cook.The sound is great, but not too loud (which you don't want when you are camping).The sound quality is very good, but it does not hand bass to well, which is understandable given the size of the "woofer".

Don't get me wrong - this will not replace a boom box or a stereo system.It will, however, serve your needs in an office, camper, patio, etc. ... Read more


6. 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


7. JBL OnTour Speakers
by JBL
list price: $99.99
our price: $68.39
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Asin: B0002SAE56
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: JBL
Sales Rank: 403
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

compatible with iPod, iPod mini, and other portables equipped with a minijack output * two 1" Odyssey Neodymium drivers * stereo-minijack-to-stereo-minijack cable * cloth carrying bag * A/C power cord * provides 24 hours of playback from 4 "AAA" alkaline batteries (not included) * frequency response: 100-20,000 Hz * ... Read more

Features

  • A universal AC adapter allows for easy worldwide use. An audio input cable is also included.
  • On Tour also remembers your last volume setting even after the system shuts down.
  • Easy-to-use Touch-controls Touch Volume Control Just a touch increases or decrease the volume.
  • The sliding cover protects your sound system and serves as a stand when open.
  • he surface gripping rubber feet provide a stable platform on most surfaces.

Reviews (17)

4-0 out of 5 stars Sounds good, decent price, nice package.
I purchased this product for our travels and have been very happy them. The do a good job filling a hotel room. Given the size of the unit I think they sound quite good. If you're an audiophile or need volume, you might find them a little bright. The bass is not strong, but it's adequate. I debated heavily over whether or not I would prefer speakers with a dock for my iPod. However, in the end, I decided it wasn't crucial. In actual use, I actually found it nice that I could pick up my iPod without having to move the speakers. They are very solid feeling although the 'click' that holds them open could be firmer (-1 star). Battery life seems to be good.

5-0 out of 5 stars Sound Per Pound
These portable speakers are impressive, and provide more sound per the one-pound weight then anything I have heard. The real test was hooking up to the IPod and getting not only excellent volume and clarity, including substantial bass, but the easily discernible reponse to each of the many IPod equalizer settings. With the battery saving power adapter included, the on-panel volume control, and the slick functional design, I would say that this is currently the best choice for traveling speakers at under $100.

4-0 out of 5 stars Clear sound - good value for the money
I am an audio enthusiast and have pretty high expectations for speakers - I started out with a Sony portable system, and compared to the JBLs, the Sony sounds like I am listening to music through a tunnel.Definitely worth the money, especially since the price of these speakers have gone down quite a bit!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Sound Great Lookswhat else do you need
I use the On tour with my Cretive zen miro when out of the house. I was simply stunned by the clarity and depth these speakers offered.

Reliability & Build

The speakers are exceptionally goodlooking and sturdy. The build quality is very good as can be expected of JBL. They are a bit on the heavy side and are not meant to carry around in the pocket. You need to toss them in a backpack, I carry it aorund in my briefcase.

Sound

They sound like 2.1 surround speakers because of their high frquency response and depth. Deep and clear, no noise distortion at high volumes. It is meant to fill up small and medium size rooms. They ARE NOT MEANT for large rooms or outdoors and sound kinda hollow over the distance.

Battery
On high- med volume on the 4 AAA batteries they run for around 18 hrs not 24.

Overall if you like to have better sound in your ca without putting in too much for speakers and fitting, or you find yourself in situations for some music on the go, they are good for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars JBL On Tour rocks...
Well I don't agree with B.R. When I first got my OT I plugged in some old batteries, hooked up my MP3 player and got going. I plan to use the unit while camping, since it is so small to pack, and I wanted to test it the way I plan to use it.The sound was great, and plently loud for how I camp.I'm not planning on throwing a wild party, so I was pleased with it's sound and power while running off 4 'AAA' batteries (not even fresh batteries).

So, satisfied at this point I unpacked the ac adapter and plugged the unit in to the wall.I opened iTunes on my laptop, and hooked the OT up to it.The sound was great!I placed the unit on a nice wood end-table, and it gets a great bass reverberation off it that makes it's 100Hz low end frequency plenty for my needs.The 20,000Hz high end frequency sounds great as well, very crisp and clean highs that don't distort even with the unit, the laptop and iTunes itself all cranked to about 95% of max volume.What's more, the iTunes equalizer sounds great with different moods/songs.I couldn't get the unit to distort with volume, although crappy mp3 sampling rates can make for poor listening.This unit can be very loud in a medium size room; my living room is about 12 ' x 20', and I'm sure my downstairs neighbors can probably hear it when it's cranked.Of course I'm not talking about full speaker size loud, but you know what I mean.

I highly recommend this unit.I'm looking forward to bringing this unit camping this year.Note that it is not light however!This is a solid unit, and I'm sure that's what contributes to the great sound.The weight is listed as 1.1 pounds (0.5kg), so if you are a backpacker you may need to consider this, but fwiw I would consider this a required item anyway :)

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8. 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


9. 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


10. Logitech Z-2300 2.1 THX-Certified 200-Watt Speaker System
by Logitech
list price: $149.99
our price: $119.69
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Asin: B0002SQ2P2
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1590
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

If you love music, you'll love the Logitech Z-2300, a 2.1 speaker system that combines everything you need in a sound system: THX&reg;-certified performance and quality, beautiful looks, and more than enough power to fill your room with great sound.

  • 200 watts of RMS power (400 watts of peak power) deliver thunderous audio for music, movies, and games
  • 8-inch long-throw subwoofer driver with flared bass port pounds out powerful, distortion-free bass
  • Polished aluminum phase plug at the center of the driver outperforms conventional 2-way designs
  • Included adapter lets you connect the speakers directly to your DVD player, CD player, or video game console
Full-featured SoundTouch™ wired remote control

Exercise complete control over your listening experience with controls for both master volume and subwoofer, plus a headphone jack and power/standby button.

What is THX certification?

THX certification is the ultimate mark of quality for speaker systems. It means speakers have been tested and approved by THX based upon a set of rigorous technical specifications. Few computer speaker systems meet these rigid standards.

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Features

  • 200 watts total system power (40 watts x 2, plus 120-watt subwoofer)
  • THX-certified 2.1-channel speaker system with ported subwoofer
  • Delivers superior audio with distortion-free bass for movies, music, and games
  • Wired remote control offers master volume and subwoofer volume, plus headphone jack and standby button
  • Includes adapter for direct connection to DVD player, CD player, or video game console

Reviews (51)

4-0 out of 5 stars good computer speakers for the price
There is a lack of mid and slight tinniness which becomes more apparent with certain types of music.This will be irritating to some people.As the rest of the sound is actually quite good this fault is furthur highlighted.The other problem is loss of detail and quality at lower volumes but not enough to call the speakers bad by any means.
The bass is very good.When you turn down the subwoofer though, you lose yet more richness in the mids.A way to compensate is to play around with the equaliser on your computer and/or soundcard.
The wow factor begins at higher volumes.These speakers can really pump it out.If you mainly want loud volume speakers that work and aren't too expensive then you've found them.If it's just low volumes you're going to be basking in then the subwoofer isn't worth the space and the lack of warmth at lower volumes might be an issue.If like me you go to both lower and higher volumes than give them a listen to before buying.
The bottom line is that they will not replace an expensive sound system.If you're looking for the best speakers ever than be prepared to add another zero to what you're spending.If you want a good enough, powerful sound for about $110 than these will do you.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good 2.1 Speakers; Real Loud
Excellent speakers at an excellent price. I tried them with music on my computer and with a DVD player, sounds great with both. Mids are slightly lacking, but no big deal. The remote is great, 10x better than using computer controls.

Also, I only turn up the volume halfway, because that's about as loud as I would ever want to listen to music. I turned them up 3/4 once, with the bass all the way up, with my fingers in my ears. I could feel my rib cage vibrate like at concerts! I think it even squeezed out some of that new speaker smell from the bass, because there was a bit of that smell after I had them going at that volume for about a minute, and they didn't seem to be damaged.

Sometimes I think the bass on this thing gets so low I can feel it more than hear it, which is great. Sort of like the devices Steven Spielberg used in Jurassic Park to make the ground shake, simulating the impact of a T-Rex footstep.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
The speaker set is much more than I had hoped.Love it!!The sound is crystal clear and the small size of the desktop speakers take up less room than the cheap ones that come with a new computer.The woofer is compact and easy to place next to the desk.You would never know the sound was coming out of my laptop it is so beautiful.I'm ordering my second set for a relative.Buy, buy, buy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent bass sound with very good mid range and highs
I received the Logitech Z-2300 on a Friday afternoon. The shipment came from Dell in a brown box, and inside was the beast. It was not much inside except what I desired. I installed it as soon as I got opened the box.

After installation, which was a breeze, I turned up the sound with some dance music with deep bass. The bedroom started to shake shook from the vibration of the subwoofer. I adjusted the sub to get the sound I wanted and it was crystal clear from that point. I found the speakers to have excellent deep bass, decent mid range, and great highs. The sound is actually pretty balanced to me, but then again I am not an expert. I just know what I like.

Way to go Logitech.

5-0 out of 5 stars incredible speakers for more than a reasonable price
i've had these speakers for about a week now and i can't get over how awesome they are. that other reviewer mentioned "lifeless" sound at lower volumes. what the heck is that all about? i haven't noticed anything of the sort. besides, these speakers are meant to be played LOUD! (why not use headphones instead, if you like it soft?) the woofie is massive, heavier than a friggin' steamroller, and its 120 watts are more than enough to reduce your crib to rubble just like that. off topic, pics make these speakers seem smaller than they are. okay, the satellites are, relatively speaking, "small", but the sound these babies emit is incredible. however, the subwoofer is pretty huge, so make sure you check out the dimensions to see if it'll fit wherever you want to put it. the overall sound is chrystal clear, no matter the volume, and the bass is so thumpin' it'll make the ladies reach climax in no time. so, if you wanna cuddle to norah friggin jones at low volume with a bottle of wine, 50-dollar speakers will do, so don't complain about these speakers cuz you don't have a clue what you're talking about. these cats are designed to ROCK! ... Read more


11. Logitech X-530 5.1 5-PieceSystem with Subwoofer Speaker
by Logitech
list price: $79.99
our price: $56.99
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Asin: B0002WPSCG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Logitech
Sales Rank: 1485
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Plug the Logitech Speaker System into your PC, music player, DVD player, or even your PlayStation or Xbox game console and immerse yourself in clean, crisp, consistent surround sound from your games and movies. The high-tech subwoofer adjusts itself dynamically to deliver distortion-free bass, and the 5 wall-mountable satellites use a patented technology to eliminate the uneven sound response created by conventional dual-driver designs. The dedicated center channel makes dialogue clear and intelligible. Features 70 watts total power (4x7.4 watts + 15.5 + 25); headphone jack for private listening; two 2-inch drivers per satellite; and a 5.25-inch ported driver in subwoofer. PC and Mac compatible. Imported. Satellites: 2-1/2Wx8Hx3D". Subwoofer: 6Wx9Hx9-1/4D". ... Read more

Features

  • 70 watts total system power (7.4 watts x 4, plus 15.5-watt center speaker and 25-watt subwoofer)
  • 5.1-channel speaker system for PCs, audio receivers, DVD players, or game consoles
  • FDD2 satellite technology produces uniform sound field for rich results
  • Dedicated center channel enhances dialogue
  • Master volume and subwoofer level controls for convenient access

Reviews (20)

5-0 out of 5 stars Buy these speakers NOW!!!
Supersaver shipping took only four days!!! The sound is amazing, and the sub thumps like a madman!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars GREAT! But...
THESE SPEAKERS R AWSOME!!!! i bought them for $80 from my mall. i thought they were gonna be good but... THEY WERE GREAT! the only problem is that i needed 2 buy a new sound card because mine only supports 2/5 speakers. the head phones wen put in do not work as u would expect. the nob for adjusting volume duznt change the volume for the headphones. but... in the back of the subwoofer there is a nob that can let u turn down the bass boost to be lower or higher. THEY R GREAT!

5-0 out of 5 stars BETTER THAN EXPECTED!
Thesetup is easy and is sounds great. The sound is not the crispiest, but the subwoofer delivers true bass and not just pounding noise. They can be mounted on the wall. They look just great as advertised online and on the box. To get a better surround sound, turn the frontspeakers down a little and turn the rear speakers to max. I am a very happy customer.

4-0 out of 5 stars Great price but....
Speakers sound fantastic, up to a certain volume level, at which point they begin to show deficiencies in bass and mid-range response. They do a pretty good job filling a small room, but if you like your music loud, you'll find yourself maxing out all volume level controls, wishing you could go one notch higher. I have yet to watch a movie in 5.1 surround (remember, you'll need a sound card that supports a 5 speaker set-up), but I'm sure they'll handle quite well.

Certainly a good value, but if you are truly looking to upgrade to "the next level" like I was, you may consider spending a bit more money.

2-0 out of 5 stars Sound is HORRIBLE!!
I bought a set of these from Amazon to replace a 4.1 Altec Lansing set I've had for a while.I set these speakers up, hooked them up correctly to my SB Digital Live 5.1 sound card, and verified all speakers worked.When I began playing MP3 songs, I was certainly shocked at how muddled the sound was.

Negatives:
-Speakers cannot be adjusted.The sound was muddled unless the speakers were pointed directly at me while I was sitting at the desk; and there is no way to adjust them up and down, while the speakers have an "upper angling" to them
-Mid tones were not present.The bass was fine, the treble was okay, but the mid levels were non-existent, resulting in hollow sound.
-Subwoofer is HUGE, I mean for a thing that big, there should be a lot more bass coming out of it.

Positives:
-Speaker set looks nice
-Not TOO bad for the price, all considering.

I have had a Labtec 2 speaker set that sounded better than these.After a couple days of fiddling around with them, I returned them to Amazon and set back up my Altec Lansings.

All in all, I gave it 2 stars because while the sound is horrible, you get what you pay for.For those interested in extreme gaming, I would recommend the Klipsh 5.1 pro media.The extra cost is worth it.

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12. 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


13. Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 Digital Speaker System
by Klipsch
list price: $299.99
our price: $199.88
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Asin: B00008UA3C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Klipsch
Sales Rank: 14094
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

The Klipsch ProMedia GMX D-5.1 computer speaker system is designed primarily for use with game consoles such as Microsoft Xbox, Nintendo Gamecube, and Sony PlayStation 2, but it can also be used to deliver excellent, home theater sound from your PC or stereo system. It features 5.1-channel surround sound with Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding, and it includes five small, identical satellites and a 100-watt, 6.5" fiber-composite cone subwoofer.

Each satellite speaker comes with a self-supporting, ball-joint pedestal that allows a 45-degree range of motion for optimal sound directing. All five satellite speakers easily connect to the subwoofer via the included 4m and 6m RCA connection cables.

The control module features a standard analog stereo audio input and two digital audio inputs--one coaxial and one Toslink optical. It also includes separate main, center, surround, and subwoofer volume controls; mute and on/off power buttons; and input, surround mode and Dolby Digital dynamic compression LED indicators. The controller can also connect to the subwoofer via the included DIN connection cable.

The GMX D-5.1 system delivers 108-decibel output through its 0.75-inch metalized polymer tweeter and 3-inch metalized fiber-composite midbass woofer. The tweeter is coupled to an exclusive Klipsch MicroTractrix Horn, which increases sensitivity while minimizing room interactions that blur the sonic detail and imaging of conventional speakers. Other features include a ported enclosure for reduced distortion even with boosted bass output and magnetic shielding to protect your TV or monitor from interference. ... Read more

Features

  • Delivers home-theater sound from your game console
  • 5.1 surround sound supports Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and five-channel stereo
  • Satellite speakers feature 0.75-inch metalized polymer tweeter and 3-inch metalized fiber-composite midbass woofer
  • 100-watt, 6.5" fiber-composite cone subwoofer
  • Satellites have self-supporting ball-joint pedestals with 45-degree range of motion

Reviews (19)

5-0 out of 5 stars Sleek Speakers, Crystal Clear!
These speakers look way better than the competing logitech 5.1 systems.Although Logitech may claim higher power and wattage rating, the differences are minor.These speakers are powerful, clear and the bass is exceptional!Asthetics and specifications combined sold it for me!

5-0 out of 5 stars Well worth it!
These speakers are awsome. I just got them, and am very glad I chose this set. Its a steal! Only $146 for this 5.1 system. They sound very crisp and clear. I would highly reccomend these to anyone wanting a sweet in-room surround sound system.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Best "Small Home Theatre System"
My mom recently purchased these speakers for very cheap (149 USD).I just love the sound it gives out.Movies, games and my music collection sound incredible through these wonderful speakers.They have design and versatility in mind.When I have friends over (17+) they ask me, "What in the world are these?Are these some fancy speakers... and they're 5.1 SURROUND SOUND??"I answer, "why, yes!" and smile.The first time I heard them was like if I were in heaven, I was listening to music tracks that came included in this sound-card adapter (M-Audio Sonica) I needed for my PowerBook in order to truly get the surround sound experience; I couldn't believe my ears.A couple of tears litellaly came down my eyes when I heard how wonderful my Promedia GMX D-5.1 sounded.I highly recommend them.Make great gifts!

2-0 out of 5 stars Reasonable sound, but not really computer speakers
When I got these speakers, I was under the impression that, with theses speakers, I would finally get the 5.1 sound my sound card could produce. Unfortunately, it turns out that there are only a coulple of soundcards out there that can output dolby digital, and mine wasn't one of them. So it comes down to this: While these speakers sound great, they will NOT work with almost any soundcard (even if they have toslink outputs, most soundcards only output 2 channels through toslink). If you are looking for computer speakers, these are a really bad choice. On the other hand, it will probably be great with game consoles.

While connectivity is a serious problem, sound is pretty good. The sub is a little weak, and total power is not all that high. Also, there is a steady hiss (this might have been because of a bad connection or a problem with my setup... i don't know) which is irritating when there is no sound. Sound reproduction is very good though.

Overall, if you own a game console, want to spend the money, and don't mind the lack of power, then this may be what you want. Otherwise, try something else, especially if you want computer speakers.

1-0 out of 5 stars Garbage Speakers
I don't personally have these but when purchasing my speakers, I listened to many different models before deciding on the Logitech Z-680s.

I saw the price tag on these and thought they must be good. So I turned them on, and what do I hear? sound no better than from a $20 boombox. Not the slightest hint of bass, and forget clarity. All you get is muffled sound. And it wan't just a broke set from being on display (though it sounded like one) since I listened to them at four different stores.

These speakers I would have to say are even worse than that Bose 2.1 system they are trying to get $200 for.

If you really want to buy a speaker system, buy anything from Logitech, best being the Z-680s. They have amazing bass output and are very clear and crisp sounding. Plus they are only $250-$300 where you buy it.

And look at the review by someone else, if an Aiwa sub is better sounding than this, its not saying too much for klipsch.

Like I said, don't buy them, buy the z680s and save money and get a much better system. ... Read more


14. Creative Labs I-trigue L3500 2.1 Computer Speakers (3-Speaker)
by Creative Labs
list price: $149.99
our price: $76.82
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Asin: B0000ADY4L
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1645
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Creative Labs (51MF0255AA000) I-Trigue L3500 2.1 Speaker ... Read more

Features

  • 85 Watts system power (9 Watts RMS per speaker / 30 Watts RMS Subwoofer)
  • Two high performance titanium micro drivers delivery performance far superior to conventional aluminum speaker drivers
  • Unique addition of a 2-inch mid-range Lateral Firing Transducer ( LFT ) dramatically widens the listening soundstage, enhancing lower mid-range notes
  • Bi-Amplification -One dedicated amplifier for LFT and one dedicated to the titanium mmicro drivers for precise audio reproduction
  • Full featured Audio Control Pod -Versatile wired remote with Volume, On / Off, and Bass controls also includes line-in, headphone jack, and proprietary M-Port for connecting compatible MuVo MP3 players

Reviews (16)

4-0 out of 5 stars impressive quality
Creative Labs has done well with the I-trigue L3500. I set mine up yesterday for use with my Dell Inspiron 9200, and was blown away by the clarity and power of sound that this unique speaker suite delivers. It was easy to assemble, and the compact design allows the 2 desktop speakers to fit virtually anywhere. Listen with style!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Speakers, Great Price
This is a great set of speakers!!They work better for listening to music rather than 3D gaming, but that is to be expected.The sound is great, its clear and full.No humming from these speakers is definately a plus.They arrived in 5 days, beating Amazon's estimate by over a week!!Very happy customer!!These definately pack a punch!! Good value!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great Value - Good Sound
Actually I got a much better deal on these speakers at CircuitCity - they had them on sale right before Christmas for $99.00, plus with a mail in rebate of $40.00 if purchased by 12/24 - bringing my total out of pocket cost for these speakers to $49.00.Quite a steal.Setup was clear and quick.I really find the external wired volume control/headphone jack/USB port to be very handy.I wish the speaker cables were a little longer, but for most applications they should be fine.Overall, very nice speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the BEST 2.1 speakers system in the market!
I originally owned logitech z640 speakers and was unsatisfied with them due to their lack of midrange and overpowering bass. The music sounded crappy and I hated having to deal with all the wire in a 5.1 setup. After a few days of research, i decided to go out and buy the creative l3500. I was not dissapointed! These are fantastic set of speakers with awesome design and excellent sound. The midrange and treble are extremely clear. While the bass is not as tight as that of hte z640, it's still excellent notheless. I recommend you to visit a local retail store and test them out. I garantee you will fall in love with these.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great sound, Great Value
It's an unconventional design, but it sounds great. They're on my desk pumping out great music 12 hrs a day.I use them professionally as a first reference when it comes to audio testing.Ideal footprint.Smooth, clean, sibilence free, sub is clean without the mushy boom boom of others in this class.Easy on the eyes, great finish. I saw a curious review about break-in, can't comment on that - maybe break-in is short because after about a week I was smiling and knew these guys had hit the sweet spot.

I don't write reviews very often. These are in a class by themselves. If you are a sophisticated listener with a need for a smooth system for your PC, you won't be disappointed.
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15. Spherex 51000 Xbox 6-Piece 5.1 Surround Sound System
by Spherex
list price: $499.99
our price: $379.99
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Asin: B0006PY3DY
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Spherex
Sales Rank: 21309
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Developed in conjunction with the Game Audio Network Guild (GANG)--which sets the "reference standard" for video game audio--the Spherex Xbox 5.1 surround sound system delivers a sophisticated 360-degree home theater experience whether you're playing Halo 2, watching Lord of the Rings, or listening to the latest U2 release. The system features five independent audio inputs (three digital, one analog, and one USB 1.1 port), so it connects easily to your game console, DVD player, CD player, portable audio device, or computer. Sound is distributed through the five satellite speakers, each with a 3-1/2-inch woofer and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeter, and the dual-vented subwoofer with its 8-inch matrix cone woofer. The system's audio enhancements include Omnipolar technology, which rations sound (30 percent direct to 70 percent reflected) in a 360-degree dispersion pattern, so listeners can position their satellite speakers in a variety of configurations, along with MaxxBass augmentation, which extends the lower end of the frequency response to deliver deeper, more natural bass tones from both the subwoofer and the satellites themselves.

The system comes with a powerful 300-watt DDX amplifier (50 watts x 3, 25 watts x 2, and 100-watt subwoofer), which eliminates signal distortion by maintaining a digital signal flow to each speaker. And thanks to the Aureus digital signal processor, listeners can enjoy rich surround sound regardless of the format, with decoding for Dolby Digital, DTS, and Pro Logic II. Additional features include an expansion slot for future compatibility and an infrared remote control with an IR receiver. The system also carries an impressive 10-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
Five satellite speakers, subwoofer, 6-channel amplifier, remote control, IR receiver, digital fiber-optic cable, three 10-foot speaker cables, two 23-foot speaker cables, quick setup guide, user's manual. ... Read more

Features

  • Includes 5 satellite speakers with 3-1/2-inch woofers and 3/4-inch metal dome tweeters
  • 100-watt 8-inch matrix cone subwoofer with MaxxBass augmentation
  • Dolby Digital, DTS, and Dolby Pro Logic II decoding; 3 digital audio inputs, 1 analog input, and USB 1.1 port
  • 300-watt digital DDX amplifier; 10-year limited warranty
  • 5.1-channel surround sound system designed specifically to enhance video game audio

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Best Quality For The Dollar
At first I was a little hesistant about the quality of the overall sound performance.When I fist turned on the 5.1 surround sound I did not hear the crisp highs, and punchy lows as promised.I then searched the output audio controls from the divices connected, IE: XBOX OPTICAL OUT, Digital out from DVD, Analog from computer/TV.I made sure each output from the afore mentioned devices was set to it's own individual "HIGH PERFORMANCE OUTPUT", and was enabled for the appropiate output, IE: DTS, Dolby Surround 5.1,7.1, Analog, Optical, Coaxial, .... Upon doing so the whole system JUMPED to life. Also make sure to set the Treble/Bass settings as well as the speaker volume for each speaker.I could not find the GUI interface controls in the downloads @ spherix.com. I only got a Texas Instruments download controller for firmware updates, and the option to download a patch for the headphone out port.NO GUI.Bottom Line..... This thing rocks just like a "Bose Lifestyle System".The only difference is it sounds better, and costs a third less.Definately Buy.Past 30 on the Dial when tuned in and the whole neighborhood is in the sweet spot.No substitute for 5.1 Dolby in game experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Times
I would just like to thank "freekyouup" for that awesome review.I couldn't have made my decision without having read that review first.Especially the part that said, "spherex is cool."That pretty much sealed the deal for me.And now I know, and knowing is half the battle.

5-0 out of 5 stars Probably the best 5.1 sound system under $500
For the money this is a great system. It's easy to set up, you don't have to have a degree in sound design to balance your speakers and you can't beat the price. It took me longer to get it out of the box than it took me to get this puppy up and running. It will take some time finding a way to hide the wires. This is my first 5.1 surround system and after a lot of research(6 months) and hearing other systems this one beats others in its price range hands down.

On the positive side, the satellite speakers are heavy and have great output. The subwoofer is great in producing low end.You couldn't ask for more simpler hookup instructions. The omni polar design does make it a lot easier in finding the "sweet spot" no matter where you put them and they give you 2 optical audio inputs and one coaxial input as well as analogue inputs. They supply you with all the cables including a 1/8" jack to stereo RCA jacks so you could plug your Ipod, Nomad or whatever MP3 player you have. There is also a USB port for any future system upgrades via the web and an expansion slot for any future devices so this won't be an obsolete item in 6 month. Finally someone was using the old brain box. There is also a 10year-limited warranty.

There are a couple negatives. You are a slave to the IR box and the remote because this is the only way you are able to adjust any settings. I would have preferred a set of knobs on the subwoofer/amp to do some fine tweaking. And you may want to invest in a set of 20 ft audio cables (phono plug to phono plug) and a coupler for the rear speakers. Even though they give you a judicious amount of cable I found it still wasn't long enough to do what I wanted to do which was run the cables under the floor via the basement and come up the other side so you didn't see any cables hanging off of doorways and the walls. The optical cable that comes with the system was too short. I nearly broke it when I was hooking it up from my Xbox to the system. Also be careful handling the satellite speakers, those covers come off very easily so pick it up from the bottom.

To summarize, if you are looking for a reasonable priced, decent quality 5.1-surround sound system that a monkey could set up this is the product for you. Now if you will excuse me I have to get back to Doom 3.

Ciao

5-0 out of 5 stars Trust me...there is nothing else
I've done my research and I've purchased this set for myself.There really is nothing that compares to the Spherex system within the same price range.Some might be discouraged by the Xbox logo that is on every component of this system.Some might think that's cool.Others might get the notion that it might be cheapy and/or low budget.Trust me on this...it is far from cheap.When I unpackaged my spherex system, I was amazed by the quality of each component.There are enough audio inputs to support a small Home theatre system.Two optical-in, one digital coax, a port for L-R analog, a headphone jack, and of course, inputs for all 5 speakers.The Sub is powered, not a cheesy passive sub.This will work with any game system, and other devices that support a 5.1 setup.Currently, I have my TV/vcr(analog), Xbox (optical), DVD player(digital coax), and still have room for another optical device if I choose.

My only negative on this system is the IR-reciever.It is very nice, but IF that component dies, you have no control over your audio system.The only way to control the system is through the remote which depends soley on the IR reciever being operational.Never fear...Spherex has a 10 year warranty on this thing.In 10 years, I'm sure I'll be ready for a new setup anyway...but at least my system is protected in the event that something fails.Problem is, if that IR-receiver goes...and you ship that part for replacement, you'll be unable to use your system for a while.Spherex would have been good to had some on-board controls as a backup option...but oh well.Just a minor deal in my opinion.

The sound quality is amazing.I kept reading about how amazed everyone was with the sound.Spherex uses a sound distribution method unlike most speakers you'll find.It emits sound to better reflect off of surfaces and your environment, so that you're in a "sweet spot" nomatter where you are in the room.The sound is more realistic than some of the high priced speakers that I've heard.No need for any high priced recievers and separate components.Everything is built into the sub making setup a snap.Heck, my grandma could set this thing up.If you can make your VCR stop blinking 12:00AM, then you can set this up with no problem.

Just do your research.I've read reveiws in various third-party sources (game magazines, home theater mags, audio mags, etc.) and every source rates this system very high (usually 9+ out of 10, 90+ percent, etc.) Don't be fooled by the "dorky" xbox license...this thing is so versatile, that once you hear your games, movies and music on this thing, you could care less if these things were pink with hello kitty faces painted on.

For those looking to spend under $1000 for a nice surround sound package, you won't find anything better than this.Believe me, I've looked.

5-0 out of 5 stars video game surround sound rules
video games are so much better when you hear them in surround sound. you can hear the bad guys behind you! this is the way games were meant to be played. this system has everything you need in the box to get surround sound. spherex is cool. ... Read more


16. Creative Labs TravelSound i300 for iPod and MP3 Players
by Creative Labs
list price: $99.99
our price: $64.54
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Asin: B0000A1EE8
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Creative Labs
Sales Rank: 1156
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Let your music look as good as it sounds with the uber-cool Creative TravelSound i-300. Titanium drivers, digital amplifier and up to 35 hours of continuous playback (on 4 AAA batteries) makes this the ideal road-warrior for music-listening anywhere. This product is perfect with all your portable devices, or simply to match your uber-cool lifestyle. ... Read more

Features

  • Impressive audio quality from high precision Titanium drivers
  • Digital amplifier allows up to 35 hours continuous playback on 4-AAA batteries
  • Line-in jack allows versatile connection to portable devices
  • Lightweight 10 oz speaker with foldable stand for maximum portability

Reviews (5)

5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome speakers!!!!!!!
I am currently deployed, and these speakers have turned out to be heaven sent.They are small, so carrying them around is no problem.The volume is so nice, that while at work, I can turn up the sound and our whole tent can listen to music.Being so mobile, they come in handy because they will plug into anything.I think once my friends saw my speakers, they all want to buy one now so they can use them while they work.I recommend these speakers to anyone on the go.They are very light weight, small enough to fit in the front pocket of your backpack, and the sound quality is great for both the size and price.It also comes with a cute little bag that protects it, which works great with all this sand.

4-0 out of 5 stars Nice for the price!!!
The Creative TravelSound is the perfect companion for your laptop or in my case, an iPod.It requires 4-AAA batteries that are not included and will give you about 10 hours of use...that is from my experience.The sound from these speakers is wonderful.The bass and treble is a perfect blend and it includes a button which allows you to activate a type of surround/3D sound.All in all, these speakers are very nice for the price.

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Small
These speakers are the perfect companion for a laptop computer. They are small, portable ( I don't even bother with the power cable, I run them on cheap batteries.) and have great sound.

I'm on the road constantly so portability is number one for me. I use them with my laptop to watch DVDs. The only limitation is volume,if you crank it up they will distort. But for watching DVDs in a hotel room they are perfect.

Well done Creative Labs.

5-0 out of 5 stars Better Than You Might Think
I purchased this from Amazon after several hours of "whim" buying study. It seemed these had the best chance of being better than some of the cheapie portables i was familiar with.Much to my delight i was NOT disappointed. Granted with speakers this size you cant expect sub-like bass but actually theres more than i expected. Sound quality was very clear and the "wide" stereo feature is nice. High volume levels will cause distortion but you'll get a good amount of volume before you get distortion. If you buy these thinkin you'll get home stereo sound, forget it. If you buy these wanting a great set of "listen in the hotel room" travel speakers these work great!

5-0 out of 5 stars A must have for sound on the go!
I purchased this item from my local store and I'm very satisfied with its quality.
Of course, the sound quality cannot compete with HiFi systems, but for such a small speaker, the sound quality is really good. The frequency response is 150-20k, according to creative. So it is a little dry in the low freq range, as expected. Aside from that, the sound quality is very good. And it's not completely bassless as you might think.
You can get the volume high enough for room of about 20 square meters with decent sound quality. But if you adjust the volume too high it'll become noisy.
In a word, its sound quality is not top-notch. But for such a small speaker, it's much better than you'd expect. For a rough reference, its sound quality is about the same as what you can get for a pair of conventional speakers at the price range of around US$25.
The best feature of this gadget may be its digitalized amplifier. Unlike conventional linear amplifer which will waste a lot of power, travelsound uses a digital amplifier. So the battery life is longer. Creative claims a set of four AAA alkline battery can last more than 30 hours, I didn't count the hours but I think the claim is quite reasonable.

In a word, if you want music on the go, this is the one for you. ... Read more


17. BOSE Companion 3 Multimedia Speaker System - Graphite/ Silver
by Bose

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Asin: B0006B5RAG
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Bose
Sales Rank: 15767
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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Product Description

Companion 3 speakers represent a premium choice for all your computer audio sources. From MP3s, CDs and Internet radio to DVDs, streaming video and games. Hear full, rich sound from tiny satellite speakers designed to complementand conveniently attach toflat panel monitors. Its a unique combination of elegance and convenience, whether you place them on your desk or opt for a speaker-free desktop. A compact Acoustimass module adds impressive, resonant lows for intense movie and gaming effects. Bose proprietary TrueSpace signal processing adds enhanced spaciousness for lifelike sound that most conventional computer speakers simply cannot match. Companion 3 speakers also feature an easy-to-use, multi-function control pod, no bigger than a computer mouse. Speaker volume control, headphone jack and an auxiliary input for an additional audio source are all within reach. Available in Graphite with Silver trim, Companion 3 speakers let you hear music, movies and sound effects on your computer the way they were meant to be heard. ... Read more

Features

  • Proprietary TrueSpace stereo signal processing circuitry adds spaciousness
  • All speaker functions controlled from a control pad about the size of a computer mouse
  • Converts portable audio devices into high performance mini-systems, with one simple connection
  • Dual inputs
  • Tethered control pad and headphone jack module

Reviews (14)

4-0 out of 5 stars A musician's delight
One of the main reasons I can't give this five stars is the price. It simply isn't justifiable, even with all of BOSE's hi-tech tricks. That said, since I got this as a present, I've found it to be a blessing for my rather obtuse music collection on my comp.

From what I've read in a lot of other reviews, and based on my own experiences with the set, it seems like it's not for everyone. However, if, like me, you listen mostly to Jazz, Classic Rock, and classical music, I promise you that these speakers will tickle your inner ear.

When I first got them I compared them to some other computer speakers lying around to see what they were really about. No real competition there. Then for kicks, I put them up against my father's home stereo system. The funny thing about these little buggers is that the amount of power they give off is stunning.

Listening to Dvorak's New World, we heard oboe and bassoon parts we never knew were there before. Aretha Franklin bent and shaped the notes and rhythms in such a convincing manner that we wanted to go out to a club and see some live jazz that night. And, of course, the Rolling Stones still sounded just as fun on "Satisfaction" and ACDC still rocked their guitars as if you were listening to the recording session itself.

Maybe they don't handle music made in the last few decades (excluding jazz), but if that's not what you're looking for, than these are perfect.

On a side note, as one other reviewer mentioned, dont point the satellites directly at your face; you'll hear the wonders of the BOSE delayed sound technology much better if you point them a little away from you (the folks at BOSE actually did a pretty good job with this stuff)

PROS:
- Incredibly compact, well designed sub and satellites
- Very handy volume/mute disk that responds to your touch
- Realistic, "live" reproduction of music
- With great soundcard, these are amazing for DVD's and even games
- Need to DJ a party in your dorm or apt? Look no further
- Little attachments for LCD monitors

CONS:
- Price
- Not superbly suited for all types of music

5-0 out of 5 stars 1 of the best
i can't belive some people said these were bad or even okay. Bose is the best of the best audio.(At least thats wat i think) anyway these speakers are outstanding. When i got my first ipod, i knew i needed some speakers for these. So i looked at all sorts, until i saw this one. I think this is better then the bose soundock, because these speakers can play any mp3, cd player, or etc. If i had bought the Bose soundock, den i couldn't use my cd player, or any other device i have to put it on it. It only supports the ipod or ipod mini. The best part about these speakers is that it can be used as Computer speakers, and dats so cool. The sound is good. The price tag of $250.00 may be a lil too much for some people, but i think this is worth it. These speakers can do so much, i mean if u wanted to, u can use them as t.v speakers. These are far by the best speakers i have and u won't be dissapointed with this. I saved my money up for this, and all the hard work, was worth to get these speakers.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pricey, but worth their weight in Gold
I cannot say enough about these speakers! The clarity of these tiny Bose speakers is amazing. Just pop in your favorite CD and you're off to heaven. Jazz and classical sound drop-dead gorgeous with this setup. Even MP3s sound crisp, clear and bright!

5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding speaker system
I've tried many speaker systems, including the five-speaker systems that result in cables and cords everywhere, and this unit blows all of them away. Crisp highs, solid lows and pleasant midrange make the Companion 3 a best buy in my book. They sound so great they replaced a Denon stereo/Polk bookshelf speaker system in my family room, the Bose is that good. Simple tap-to-mute makes taking telephone calls simple, and the rotating black rubber dial allows accurate sound adjustments using only a finger.

3-0 out of 5 stars Like most Bose, just ok
These are some really nice looking speakers. My boyfriend bought them after I chided him for taking my old computer speakers. In a rush, he headed to Best Buy to buy a replacement set. He meant to buy the Companion 2, but realized his mistake when I was opening the box. Best Buy didn't want to take them back so here I am, listening to them and using them.

What you get are two small desktop speakers and a powered sub. The bass can be adjusted on the sub with a small dial. It can go from barely audible bass to way too much bass. Positioning of the speakers is very very important, and I've found that with some adjustments, they are passable. If you have purchased these speakers, do not direct the desktop speakers toward your face - you'll find they sound much better when directed away from you.

I personally would never spend so much on computer speakers, and if I did, they would be surround sound. These speakers are fine for watching a movie that doesn't have surround sound. For music, particularly .mp3's, they are terrible.

When you rip your CD's into compressed audio, you tend to brighten the highs (unless you are experienced in this sort of thing). The last thing you need for music with high midrange is these speakers. Go to a store that has displays of different speakers and LISTEN before you buy. ... Read more


18. 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


  • 19. 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


    20. JBL Creature II Powered 3-Piece Multimedia Speaker System (Black)
    by JBL
    list price: $99.99
    our price: $67.87
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    Asin: B0006U6GH0
    Catlog: CE
    Manufacturer: JBL
    Sales Rank: 3069
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    Product Description

    Set Your Sights On Better Sound

    The JBL Creature 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.

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    Features

    • 50 Hz to 20 kHz frequency response; built-in volume controls and treble and bass knobs
    • 40 watts total RMS power (8 watts x 2, plus 24-watt subwoofer)
    • 3-piece multimedia speaker system with 2 powered satellite speakers and subwoofer
    • Ideal for connecting to computers, boomboxes, digital music players, and portable audio devices
    • Includes Odyssey Plus satellite drivers and 4-inch Magnum subwoofer transducer

    Reviews (8)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent mid price range
    These speakers are surprisingly good quality for the price.I was very satisfied with the above average sound and the price is very reasonable.The lows sound good with average mids and highs.Overall I'm very satisfied, although I don't like the touch volume control.It doesn't want to respond very well all the time.But when it works, it does well.I would recommend this product to anyone who want's good sound at an affordable price.very good for college dorm rooms.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Small Stylish Package, Big Decent Sound
    I saw these speakers on the show floor at MacWorld and wanted them right away. I liked the design esthetic, plus I could actually hear them which is a bit of a miracle at a trade show.

    They're definitely not audiophile quality, but for anyone who cares about bang for the buck AND look and feel these speakers will serve quite well. They give a nice rich sound for both music and game play plus they look really cool.

    The only thing I'd change would be to make the downward firing LEDs brighter.

    4-0 out of 5 stars great for ipod
    i have a 20GB ipod and these work great.the sound that comes out of these tiny speakers sounds so huge.they are great for ipods just plug them in and your good to go.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Best speakers in the world
    Since the first day I saw these speakers I fell in love with them.

    Awesome performance in a small pack. Excellent sound quailty. Real crisp sound for both gaming and real music.

    This is really good for dorms as the woofer can take a small place and the satellite go anywhere you want.

    good and sleek give a good look to your room and dorm rooms and also your friends envy you and stare at your speakers. a few of my friends bought after experiencing it too.

    To top it all my father bought one too.

    This is the best buy for speakers one can get in such a cheap amount.

    Buy it now or regret forever when you see this at some one else's house

    2-0 out of 5 stars Cool looking, cruddy sounding...
    These are certainly, um, UNIQUE-looking.

    Unfortunately their actual performance leaves a lot to be desired, especially if you listen to any real music not just gaming sounds.

    I'd strongly recommend the more conventional looking designs by Logitech like the excellent z-2300 instead.What's the old saw, "beauty is as beauty does?"

    At the very least, buy it from someplace with an easy return policy because you may well need it!

    I supposed I'd buy as a gift...for my 8 year old nephew perhaps. ... Read more


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