Summary: I ordered these for their unique look. The consumer product review also rated them best for the price (which was very reasonable), but I never could get a satisfactory volume out of them, the volume control is cumbersome and eventually (after less than 9 months), they just stopped working.
Expected a little more. Sound stage is not wide enough. Also weird hiss apparent in most Altec products including this one
8 December 2010
Summary: Being new to Audio at the time I got these as a gift, I did not have extremely picky ears(though I do play music). Right from the start, I was never really fully satisfied. It may be that these need burn in but there was always a depth missing in the sound and its sound is not as opened as I wished...
Summary: I thought these speakers looked cool, but really wondered whether they would be able to produce enough base. They do not. I have a 5 year old Altec Lansing 2.1 speaker set that cost about $30 and it blows this set away in overall sound.
Summary: They look pretty cool, but personally, I like my speakers up, and out of the way as much as possible. There are just too many wires in my setup, to add more junk to, and thse take up a considerable amount of precious desk space.
Summary: I was a bit skeptical about these speakers right from the start because of their lack of a sub-woofer. But because they are made by Altec Lansing, whose products I've had pretty good luck with in the past, I reserved a bit of hope that the sound would be better than just decent.
Summary: These are undoubtedly great looking speakers... compact size and the design is nice on the desk, although they are a bit deeper in the back than I anticipated they would be. I did have to move things around to get them installed, but they are nice compliment to the overall look of the desk.
Summary: ADDED 11/30/11: My father-in-law loves these! Gotta admit they sound great in his "office". As I'm not a gamer, I have directly connected this set to my Mac mini which serves as my HT PC (connected to an Onkyo 805).