Summary: I really wanted to like these. I purchased a pair to use as speakers for my computer with occasional home studio use. I did the research online, and bought a pair based on the seemingly unanimous opinions that these were great little speakers. I set these up per the recommendations (8-12" from the wall, away from corners, etc) and with great anticipation, began playing some of my lossless recordings.
Pros: Nice build quality, upper midrange is detailed and sweet
Cons: Lower midrange and low bass are muddy and sound awful.
Summary: These speakers did not satisfy me for the price I paid at all. I am an aspiring musician so I did plan on using these as real monitors, not just your every day listening speakers. Trying out both ways, they failed miserably in my book. Returned and upgraded my memory and got security software instead.
Summary: If your looking at these speakers for gaming look else where. The volume has very little give it's either too low or too loud. The Best Buy person actually warned me about the give problem as well as the bass. If the bass is on the high side and doesn't seem to be balanced with the rest of the noises. I ended up getting the Logitech Z623 ( which is 2.1 system ) they look more sleek and i'm happy that I returned the monitor speakers and got the logitechs.
Pros: They sound good loud
Cons: Bulky , Bass can't be controlled , volume give is very limited.