Summary: I use these speakers at work because they have good directional sound. I sit next to a co-worker who is 6 feet away from me and she can never hear my music when i have it at a medium listening level.. Downside: Their construction is large and bulky for a desk. The black barrel looks like an oil filter off a Mack truck. At least that's what my coworkers say..
Summary: Pretty good for a 2.0 speakers, I say. It's the biggest 2.0 speakers with the highest wattages I've used so far. 7.5 watts for each, I believed. It has a very good bass, comparable to Bose Companion II. However, the treble were not as impressive, but managable. I bought this when the price was dropped to about 30 dollars, 2 weeks ago, then when I came back to this page for the review, it dropped even lower.
Very good sound quality, but occupies a lot of space
18 July 2009
Summary: These speakers offer very good sound quality. While I have definitely listened to speakers with boomier bass, I feel that it has just enough bass. It more than makes up for less bass with superior high end and mid range quality. The only way to match this sound quality and get more bass is to spend more money. I have tested this system with both my iPhone and my MacBook Pro and it is definitely an upgrade over the built in speakers in both these devices.
Summary: I am so impressed with the power and sound from these little speakers. No subwoofer, but you'd swear there was one in the room. I got these as a replacement for my iMac speakers after my Bose Companion III system bit the dust. I had one of those Gone with the Wind moments... you know, "As God is my witness, I will never spend $300 for speakers that die in 2 years ever again!
Summary: THE QUICK TAKE: If you like the design, and need a 2.0 desktop speaker system, these are a good option at current (2011) prices. FULL REVIEW: Altec Lansing has been making self-powered speaker systems (the amplifier is built in) for as long as anyone, and they are very good at it. The speakers work well for their intended use, with effective and efficient amplifiers and drivers, and are built with solid quality.