Summary: I had the chance to compare these directly to a pair of Creative Gigaworks T20's and T40's. The Bose are more compact and not as prone to falling over a the T20's, but at least to my ears they did not sound as good as either speaker from Creative.
Summary: These work for me pretty decently but only after some tweaking. On their own they had a nasty hiss in the high frequencies. I went into my computer and manually adjusted the loudness of each frequency range, eliminating the highest entirely, and now they sound good.
Summary: These are nice speakers with a sleek, black finish and I like they fact that there is no bright LED power indicator on the front so they are fairly invisible. Having said that I had these sitting in the little cubbies of my ancient computer hutch and there was was too much bass since they already have a lot of bass to begin with at all volumes and then with the rear-firing bass ports that made them way too bassy in the enclosed space.
Summary: These speaker have the BOSE sound minus the sub-woofer. I wish they were a little smaller. The only problem I have with the speakers is, there is no off/on switch. Over all these are good speakers, no great speakers.
Summary: I purchased this Series 1 set over the newer Series 2 because I like the styling better along with the fact that I could get a pair that's all black with no silver accents. The frequency range seemed wide with excellent clarity and balance which made it pretty obvious when there was a difference in the quality of the audio source. The problem with this system was the continuous low-level hiss that wasn't variable with the volume control.
Summary: I have had more expensive and less expensive speakers. These are over priced for what they put out. They are fuzzy and they don't produce crisp clean sound. Plus they have to be plugged into a headphone jack on my MAC and that doesn't always work well. Seems it sets off the MUTE function and I have to reboot and play around with them before they will work again. I would not buy another Bose product. Just over priced and over-hyped for the function and sound.
Summary: I think this is the first time I have ever heard a blown Bose speaker. Within two months of setting up these speakers, the base slightly blew out and now anytime the volume is past the 2/3 mark you can here a slight rattle from the base. It's not horrible, but highly unexpected given my previous experiences with Bose products. The sound quality however is that of Bose, rich, delicious, smooth sound.