Looks = great; Price = cheap; Sound = you can do better
J. Pemberton, Amazon
12 January 2008
Summary: For about $40 you can get decent sounding speakers, but these don't have sound you can find in comparably priced speakers. I think you can do better than these... You would expect something with a subwoofer to be able to really kick out sound. These don't. If you're more picky about the looks, AND if you intend to use these for your personal use when you sit 3 feet away, and if you're not trying to fill a room with sound, then you won't be disappointed with these.
Summary: At first I thought this was a good product but when I turned it up a LITTLE, the bass distorted. The treble was fine, though. So, if you want bass that doesn't distort, this is not the product for you.
Summary: I purchased a Mac in February 2005 and immediately decided that the internal speakers were not good enough. I purchased a Creatures II-white and loved the look. That snow-white color matched the Mac perfectly. The sound, though, was not very good. After 34 months, the subwoofer and the right speaker stopped working. I doubled the RAM, installed OS X-Leopard and additional software and now I am looking for a better speaker system.
Summary: I've always been a fan of JBL speakers, but this Creature thing is a huge disappointment. In short, the speaker system only provides highs and lows. There is no midrange sound to speak of. I had to close my eyes and fiddle with the treble and bass controls for a good 5 mins before I could justify not returning it (too much trouble). To be honest, I get better sound out of my Altec Lansing portable speaker set than I do out of the JBL Creature. Big disappointment.
Summary: I suspect form won out over function with these speakers in the design process. They sound well except for the mid-range, which drives me nuts since I am a bit of an audiophile. It is almost inevitable given how small the satellites are. The second I took them out of the box, I went "Oh....forget the mid-range." The satellite drivers are an inch and a half (I measured), which pretty much explains that.
Summary: I was looking for a resonably priced 2.1 speaker system. But the sound quality has to be at least better than the speakers that come free with most computers. This setup does not cut it at all, a bigger midrange speaker would have cured this issue. Sorry JBL. Not sure why there are so many positive reviews out there, the little speakers have no midrange at all. They are going back in the box.
Summary: In short: They sound okay, but not that great. The only huge problem I had with these [at first] is that they aren't very loud. I don't listen to music terribly loud anyway, so it's not like I'm looking for really intense power. They sound clean, but as everyone else said, midrange is seriously lacking. And when you turn them up, the bass goes up in a really not proportionate way.
Summary: I ordered these and returned them. They sounded to me no better than the typical tinny computer speakers. Also, the touch sensitive volume controls are annoying, since you can't tell what the current volume setting actually is (and the speakers presumably forget the setting when power is lost). Old-fashioned volume knobs are much more functional!