Summary: Have you ever gone to a pool party with a crappy bottom-end 80's era /REALISTIC/ console system from Radio Shack? And listened to it while you were underwater? If you have, you may understand what I'm talking about. But it would have sounded better than this one. The last time I heard a computer sound system this crappy was when I received a Dell computer with a free speaker system (you know -- the standard off-white rectangular speakers we sold at Egghead Software in...
Summary: These speakers barely work. Every time I try to watch a movie, I have to turn the sound all the way up and even then I can barely hear anything. I should have returned this producy when I had the chance.
Summary: I don't know where people are getting the idea that these are as good as $200 speakers. Maybe they've never heard good speakers. These tinny Chinese speakers completely lack a mid range. It's like listening to your laptop speakers + a subwoofer. You do get a lot of volume for $50 though, and what range they do make is pretty clear, and I wouldn't expect $50 speakers to be much better than this so it's not a bad deal per-se.
Summary: I read all of the positive reviews, such as from Maximum PC, and I was excited to try out these speakers. After plugging in the speakers and comparing them to a similarly priced speakerset, I have to say I'm disappointed in these. Many different songs and movies were tested and the overall impression is that these speakers sound flatter than others in a similar price range. Perhaps it's the size of the speakers, but they are definitely flat.