Summary: Adequate audio quality but the lack of audio/power controls, and insufficient magnetic shielding to prevent awful audio interference from iPhone makes these speakers a poor choice for the money.
Pros: Decent sound but nothing to write home about.
Cons: Lack of audio & power controls; absolutely audio interference when an iPhone is placed nearby
Summary: First of all I do not like Bose products. This was my first purchase and I only bought these because I was in Bogota and there was NOTHING else available. These were what I expected. No tweeter means there were no highs to speak of. I also found the bass to be quite boomy which is what I expect the general uninformed public would like. There was noticeable noise when no music was playing as well as a pronounced hum.
Pros: Readily available
Cons: no highs, boomy bass, noisy electronics with hum
Summary: I was really let down by these speakers. Although I am more than somewhat sound/tech savvy, I didn't really subject these speakers to anything that demanding. A simple iTunes play list was all. And my first reaction was, "Wow, great bass." but what I slowly learned was that it was over compensating for lack of everything else. These speakers could barely handle the high ends put through it with a reduced preamp level through the iTunes equalizer.
Summary: I have and have used a lot of speakers, including those for computers. I have just tried out these Bose speakers. They are very disappointing for the price. I believe that the Altec or Creative types for around 30 bucks just as good. These are highly overrated. I like, Bose, too. I have two different pairs of their headphones and love them.