Summary: At close range, the speakers sound very clean and the timbre changes little with listening angle. As distance increases, the sound level of the tweeter drops much faster than the woofer's. The sound is very muddy past about 8 feet. They're excellent on an office desk or in a small room. They can be used as surround sound speakers as long as they're within a few feet of the listeners. Don't put them in a large room, even as fill speakers.
Summary: On paper, these speakers appear adequate for casual use and on top of it, they're fairly attractive and have good craftmanship for the price. However, in a critical evaluation their weaknesses are revealed. In comparison to my usual Optimus LX-5's, the Sony speaker lacks the range and depth that I'm used to. Given their size, of course there isn't much low end bass to speak of. The woofer is actually very nice and provides relaxed, yet clear, mid-ranges.