Summary: This speaker system would get 4-5 stars for sound quality, but it has horrible problems with RF interference. There are two very common cases where you will encounter this problem... 1) Locate a wireless router within 3 feet of the volume control speaker. 2) Have or use a cell phone within 3 feet of the volume control speaker. In both cases, the result will be a non-stop loud clicking sound similar to a Geiger counter or handheld taser.
Summary: I've had these speakers for about a year. The sound from them is actually fairly good, but if you will have them anywhere near a computer with wireless networking, I would strongly suggest you stay away from them. Any time there's any network activity on my wireless card, the speakers crackle horrendously.
Summary: Like others, after a few months I noticed a bothersome hum from the right speaker. Now the subwoofer isn't working. It's under warranty but shipping it to Altec will probably cost over half what I paid for it. Don't take a chance with this unit!
Summary: I bought this system to replace the Altec Lansing 221 Amplified system I had for years with no issues. Like other reviewers, I got a static-ky noise as soon as I plugged the speakers in, something I thought odd as this never happened with my old system (also around $50.) The static decreases somewhat when I move it. However, I listen to a lot of classical music and the noise is still audible no matter how far I move the speakers away.
Summary: I purchased these at Target after, just like one of the other reviewers, being impressed about how great they sounded--better than the Bose. I was excited to get them home and try them out. The quality was great. Everything was there. I was excited at getting such a great deal...until I got my first cell phone call. If you are answering your cell phone anywhere near these speakers, be prepared for an inordinate amount of interference.