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 it to be. The sound stage of these are not very wide and I don't think it would submerge you into the music.
Appearance is the selling point here. Adequate sound but too many wires.
16 March 2009
Summary: The speakers are wired together with an approximately six foot cord. One speaker has a power button on the back; volume control buttons are on the top of the same speaker canister. This speaker also has an input that allows you to connect to your PC or MP3 player with a 3.5 mini jack for INPUT or AUX. Finally, there is a jack to connect this speaker with the power adapter.
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. At $70-ish you should keep looking for a 2.1 set that will give you the base you deserve. Also, the cylinder shape of these speakers is very attractive, but like other reviewers have stated, they take up too much space.
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. I tested these out mainly with an iPod, hooked up directly to the speakers. The range is "Average" at best, and I don't think much better than the old Harman/Kardon's that came with my original computer.
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. Well, it turns out that my hopes were a little too high...just like the tone of the sound coming out of these speakers. The design of these speakers is pretty cool.
Summary: The speaker is stylish and looks good. It is larger than most of PC-connected speakers, specifically, it's deeper. It has two autio input ports, one to connect to the PC, the other one can be connected to MP3 player or other devices. But only one 3.5mm audio cord is encolsed with the package. The power cord is kind of short (about 3 feet only). So, I have to add extention cord for power connection. Sound is deeper from these speaker.
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. All the controls and jacks are on the right speaker, which is handy, but I do not like the fact that the left speaker is hardwired to the right one.
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). I'm trying out our iTunes collection which is eclectic and reflects our diverse music likes. The speakers are placed on top of my Polk RTi-12 mains, and are playing in a 18x14x8 room.