Pros: I bought the Cinema 300 series around Thanksgiving for my gaming pc and decided to get another set for my htpc, however they were discontinued! So I ended getting this set instead, seeing how the prices were comparable while it was on sale.
Summary: These are so powerful and clear. Some of the best speakers I've ever had. They support 100W per channel, but even around 20W per channel, these things roar. Each channel is just as clear as the opposite one, and works well playing back a 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track.
Summary: good bass punch for such a small speaker they handle some good power and start to bounce a bit under high power you may need a Velcro to keep em in place I have a pair of large advent and these did pretty close but a sub woofer is a must for a surround system for the $40 if your looking to make a kids room rattle humm w/o breaking the bank these will do
Pros: I'm "throwing in" with comment on this product, although I didn't get it at the Egg. Egg offers comparable speaker systems at markdowns competitive with other brands. Egg has chosen to keep Cinema 500 at closer to MSRP.
Cons: You'll either like the aesthetic design of these speakers, or you won't. Some complain about "flimsy" wire connection clips, but I don't see it as a problem. You'll want to secure your speaker wire to baseboards etc. anyway, so you shouldn't worry about accidentally pulling the wire out of its sockets.
Pros: Very balanced sound output and speakers output a crisp and clear sound. Subwoofer has plenty of power and does not rattle the walls. Bass goes pretty deep and downfiring woofer is a great addition.
Cons: None that can think of except for price!! But definetly worth the extra bucks.