Summary: These are replacing some older Creative Inspire 5.1 speakers. The big problem with these new ones are the rear satellite speakers. I've tweaked and rebalanced but nothing of any significance can be heard. The speaker wire is a smaller gauge than the old set, so that may be contributing to the diminished performance. To compound the problem the two front left and right speakers are so much larger than the others that they overwhelm the other three.
Summary: By John The sound is fine and if you don't already have a pair of Creative 5.1 speakers, you can't go wrong with these but I was a little disappointed. I purchased Creative 5.1 speakers about 8 years ago and there's no real noticeable difference in the sound or technology AND the wires have gotten shorter. You'll be sitting VERY close to the subwoofer if you want these all in the right spot on your desk.