Summary: I'd like to think I've got a pretty good ear for speaker sound reproduction. These little guys aren't too bad considering their diminutive cost and size - easily sounding cleaner and producing more thump than what my 17-inch MacBook Pro speakers could ever hope for. However, comparing the ARCTIC speakers to my recently acquired JBL Flip Bluetooth portable speaker (which happens to be smaller, albeit $80 more expensive) the sound quality difference becomes quite apparent.
Summary: I should have read the reviews or description better because I originally thought this was a full USB device but then found out it's still got an analog jack. It still worked for the application, fortunately I wasn't ordering it to get sound in an application doesn't have an analog jack.
Decent for the price except for very annoying buzzing sound
Horror movie buff, Amazon
24 December 2012
Summary: I knew I was getting cheap speakers, but I didn't expect them to constantly make a very audible buzzing/static sound as these do. I have to unplug the usb cable to get rid of the buzzing sound, which defeats the purpose of buying the speakers in the first place. I see that some others have had the same issue, but I didn't know about this problem until after buying the speakers and plugging them in.
Summary: UPDATE-2-3-2013 (originally 5 stars): Yes, I took off a couple of stars. I finally got a chance to play these speakers at a volume that is suitable to me, thanks to a Superbowl Party at someone else's house that emptied mine. I'm sorry to report that, even at less than half-volume, these speakers develop a substantial level of distortion in the bass--and that's on songs that aren't overwhelmingly bass-heavy.
Summary: The speakers sounds great, they're loud and look very nice. Only thing is there's this buzzing, static noise that's quite annoying. I think I got one with a faulty aux cable that causes the noise but other than that it's a great little pair of speakers
Summary: i was really looking forward to these speakers as they received really good reviews. unfortunately i started hearing buzzing and crackling coming from the speakers when plugged into my desktop. seems they dont play well with certain desktops. perhaps something with shielding or interference. when plugged into my iphone they sounded fine. too bad.
Summary: I purchased these speakers with the understanding that they were portable speakers I could charge using the USB port then take somewhere like camping. It's partly my fault that I misread the information, but I though I was getting portable speakers. They are not portable speakers. They are desktop speakers. While I am pleased with the sound, I am having to return them as they were not what I was looking for and the description is deceiving.
Summary: The good: The speakers are small but put out quite a bit of sound which I like because my desk is kind of small and I don't like clutter on it anyway, so I can keep these right underneath either side of my monitor. The bad: The bass is noticeably missing which was expected for a cheap pair of speakers, however I am still surprised at the range of sound the speakers deliver.