Great buy for the second hand price, but I wouldnt pay full retail price!
3 September 2012
Summary: I bought these because I wanted something more than your standard desktop computer speakers, and I also wanted something that would be more neutral sounding as to give a honest representation of what I was listening to. They do provide that and are plenty loud enough for my area of 10'x10'. I do wish I could pump up the volume a bit higher without losing clarity for those times I wish to really jam out, but they suffice all the same.
Summary: I'm not an audiophile or anything, but these are a huge improvement over my last speakers, which were just the standard generic things that come with your computer. With the AV40's, I hear much more clarity of sound, and the spatial effects (i.e. - a sound seems to be coming directly from the screen, or from a specific spot off to you right and above you) are great. My only complaint is that these things take up a lot of desk space.
Excerpt: I purchased these speakers after reading a couple of reviews, and I have to say that as an owner of quite a few pieces of high quality audio components by Adcom, ADS, Polk Audio, Yamaha, Onkyo etc, these speakers sound at least 4 times larger than their size. If you are looking for a small speaker system to use with your computer, LCD TV, MP3 player, or anything with a headphone jack that needs help with audio quality these speakers will fit the bill very nicely.