Summary: Have had these for a few months. I'm not an audiophile, but have been quite satisfied with them. One thing to keep in mind is that the headphone jack is the larger, 1/4" size, as opposed to the 3.5mm jack that mp3 players/iPods use. Fortunately, I have a couple of the 3.5mm -> 1/4" adapters lying around to use with it.
Pros: Easy Setup, Good Power Output, Great Sound Quality, Multiple inputs
Summary: I always thought that our old Altec Lansing system we have in our main office was producing decent sound. Actually it IS fairly decent when compared with so many of the 'made for PC' speaker systems we've listened to that are on the market today. That system has lasted for approximately a DECADE without so much as a hiccup. It consists of a subwoofer and two satellites. Yes the sound is decent but then we got a set of these MS40's.
Very good for HTPC but not recommended for home studios
Ricardo Takao Oikawa "Sashimi-SJC", Amazon
3 July 2010
Summary: If you need a inexpensive home theater PC speakers MS40 are fun. Their mids and highs are sweet e the mid-bass line is satisfatory. Those ones who intend to listen to MP3 and watch movies on PCs will enjoy MS40. On other hand, if you need a reference monitor for recordings, forget it! No way! MS40 is quite uneven, lacks resolution and clarity on mid band and its treble has absolutely no resolution.
Summary: So I finally talked the wife into letting me get a new plasma TV. I get it home and all set up and find one thing I overlooked, the audio out from the TV is digital only. No analog out, making my analog only receiver obsolete. Considering I had just spent a good chunk of change on the TV I wasn't really looking at spending another good chunk on a new receiver. So I decided to look at a all in one type of solution, which brought me to these studio monitors.
Summary: I bought these monitors and have them returned due to the right speaker rattling with low frequencies at 60% of volume default bass and treble levels. I was hoping this would be a great product. I was only disappointed after receiving my second pair; they had the same rattling sound on the very same speaker. I can't find speakers with the same features at this price.
Summary: I realize these are supposed to be studio monitors, but that isn't what I use them for, and I am pretty sure a studio monitor would cost much more. I use them as multi-use speakers in my small living room. They have many connections, including toslink, and they have two independent channels with separate volume control. So I have my HDTV hooked up through the TOSlink optical port in one channel, and my ipod hooked up for music or podcasts through the second channel.