Summary: When plugging in direct with iPod sound is flat and same with direct plug in for mic. I run my dj system to the speakers and they sound good. The bass sounds good but you need to put it on boost and switch the EQ almost every song. Played " Ghostbusters" last night ( by request ) and at 3/4 power and volume at 5 the speakers peaked! I used to have JBL EON's and the sound was better they didn't have the bass but they didn't peak for lame 80's songs either.