Summary: I believe they were perfect, although I did not take them out of the box. Once I read the directions, I realized that the speakers I already had were simply plugged into the wrong place (I'm not a computer person, obviously), so I did not need the new ones.
Summary: I use these at work. So far, they've performed flawlessly (I've had them for more than three years). I can't really comment on their fidelity, since I don't play much music through them, but they are reliable.