Summary: This is not a particularly great sounding set of speakers, but, hey, you don't get great sound for $49 (guess I caught them on sale). The intended use was to supplement the built-in speakers on my TV. One of the satellites developed an annoying rattle after being in use for a short while, so I discontinued using them, but am still using the subwoofer. The subwoofer adds a lot - a LOT - to the movie viewing experience.
Summary: For over a decade I have had a Monsoon speaker/subwoofer system attached to my computer(s). Recently one of the channels has gotten flaky. I saw this Altec-Lansing system on Amazon for a remarkable price. The reviewers seemed to love them, and the speakers were smaller, which would save some space on my desk, so I went for it. Unfortunately, not all ears are created equal, and I really hate the sound of these speakers.