Summary: I purchased a set of these speakers after carefull consideration for my girlfriend. The controller for the volume both remote and hard wired lasted all of one day before failing. I promptly contacted Altec Lansing and they promised to send me replacement parts. After waiting for over two weeks I called them, only to find out they had not bothered to ship the part out. The agent told me he would try to ship it out overnight, which didn't happen.
Summary: It might be due to the size of the room and the limited spaces I have to place the subwoofer, but no matter where I put it the bass was very much overpowering. When I finally was able to position it so that the booming/vibrations weren't too distracting, just the volume of the low notes themselves was far too loud (even with the bass turned all the way down). If being used for certain movies or gaming purposes, the bass might be desirable.
Summary: I bought these speakers after repeated rave reviews from a musician friend of mine. When I plugged them in they did sound amazing. However, I immediately noticed a strong chemical smell coming from them. At first, I dismissed it as normal "new product smell," but it did not go away. As I used them, I found that if I sat at my computer listening to music for an extened period of time it got so bad I would feel a burning sensation in my throat.
Summary: I got these speakers some time ago and they sounded bad. I packed it away until I returned from a work assignment. I unplugged my old Altec's 3 way (621) and put this on hoping for better results. All I can say is that Altec has done much better. In fact, I LOVE my old Altec 3 way. So, I am placing the old ones back on and hope it doesn't blow out. The older Altec system is perfectly balanced between the boom and treble. These are just out right unbalanced.
Summary: Sound is too "boomy", it is not sound quality item. If you need it LOUD and dirty, it is Ok, if you need it PRECISE it is not it exactly. For $200 you can get pro studio monitors. The bass response may be cleaner, but the satellites sonically quite good. I listen to the symphonic, classical music mostly and it reproduces it with quality. I would like to see more even and flat friquency respronce.