Summary: I always find small computer speakers lacking somewhere. These are no different. I heard them in a store and they sounded better than the other ones I heard, but once I got them home they seemed to Lack the bass I heard in the store
Summary: So I saw these at the Apple store, and wanted to give them a go at home where I could actually listen to them over some dude Face-timing his mom on the computer next to me. I get home, do some research on Amazon. Glowing reviews...Mazerati....cool product demos. I start to get really excited, then I read more. People talk about life changing sound. I'm stoked. I order.
Summary: First the good: The speakers have excellent, clear sound. They are superb for skype, with much better clarity than my old logitechs. The bad: They only come with a 3' cable to connect the two speakers. Getting an extension cable (6') required contacting the company directly, and cost in the $25 range. The really bad: They stopped working last month, only 4 months after purchase. I changed cables, checked everything, etc.
Summary: Great highs and mids which are very clear and spatially full. It is definitely, and quite disappointingly, lacking in low frequencies, even for classical and jazz.. The system would benefit greatly with a sub or the ability to add sub, or a more substantial woofer. I expect more for a pricey set of speakers, especially if they are Bowers and Wilkins. I returned them. Crutchfield handled the return with ease.
Speaker Now or Forever Hold Your Piece, Crutchfield
3 May 2012
Summary: The speakers are beautiful and sound great in the high and mid ranges BUT they have very limited bass which is very unsatisfying. Paired with a decent subwoofer it would be ideal but the option is not available with my computer. Switched to the Bose 5 Surround Sound with subwoofer and it is multiples better - the small Bose speakers are 80% the quality of the B&W but the Bose subwoofer makes it 150% of the listening experience. There is no comparison overall.
Summary: Okay, I know these speakers get a lot of love here. If you've been reading the other reviews and are trying to decide whether they're worth their considerable cost, let me offer another perspective. As you've probably already gathered, these speakers are specifically designed for desktop listening at a reasonable volume. For this purpose, they have a reputation for providing detailed highs and good, if not earth shaking, bass.
I. Travel "Improving the American economy, on..., Amazon
17 January 2011
Summary: I'm a mid-level audiophile, and I tested as many powered 2.0 speakers that I could find to replace my broken Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified Computer Speaker System (Black) (by the way, excellent sound on the Klipsch but the quality isn't so great). I loved the full sound that the Klipsch provided, but didn't want to have a subwoofer to put under my desk anymore.
Summary: I REALLY wanted the BW to be fantastic, and to significantly outperform my current traveling speakers, the Bose MusicMonitor. They do outperform the Bose Musicmonitor, but not significantly. (Yes, this is a subjective term. But I would say the Harmon Kardon Go+Play significantly outperforms the Bose.) I've never seen a pair of computer speakers get such high reviews and raves from so many professional reviewers. Many positively gush. (Do a search on Google.