Summary: Speakers are really cool looking. Fit perfectly on my desk and match my Mac stuff. The wire between both speakers is quite short, so I had to buy an extension from Radio Shack. Two gripes I have: 1.) If your computer is in sleep mode it emits a buzzing sound, regardless if your volume is muted. You just have to unplug it if it bothers you. 2.) The speakers definitely do not handle bass very well. May actually purchase a separate bass speaker, but not sure if its needed.
Summary: I've had these for a considerable amount of time on a mac pro. The idea of everything running through a single firewire cable was what was appealing for me, as well as the looks. Unfortunately this system is flawed- if the music is too loud it shorts out the firewire bus and the speakers go crazy. The firewire cable is too short for a tower. It also is pretty poor quality audio for the price, better than built in speakers but not much.
Summary: As soon as I received these speakers they went directly into the kitchen. Now those recipes that were in video format could be heard over the hustle and bustle. These speakers are great, and sound terrific. The only knock (if it is one) is that they sort of *pop when unplugging them from the Firewire port. When these babies are plugged into our Macbook, if we wanted to, the whole house could clearly hear what's being played.
Summary: These are nice little speakers. They sound great and fit out of the way.....when they aren't having problems. I bought these for my MAC OS X 10.6.5 and after hooking them up to the firewire 400/800 adapter and then raising the volume slider past 3/4 high the sound was interrupted and was replaced with distorted feedback. After some research at the Lacie support page i changed the frequency on the Audio MIDI setup utility from 32khz to 44 khz. No change in response.
Conclusion: I bought these speakers based on reviews I read on other sites. Unfortunately after 13 months (1-year warranty has expired) all I get are continuous popping noises, whether powered by firewire or an optional power adapter.
Summary: well, we got some bad intel. the firewire seems an advantage, but it doesn't fit the macbook without an adapter. we ordered the adapter, wrong type. another search, another trip to best buy, no luck. still don't have them hooked to the macbook after a month. ready to return them.
Summary: OK so, people are right about the hiss. These guys hiss noticeably. Why do they his? It's completely digital. Theres no reason for them to hiss, I find that odd. Also, they don't have that much bass. I know, they're only bus powered but still, firewire has a lot more juice than USB so I was expecting a little more umph. They sound quality is nice besides that though. However like someone else said, they are very loud.
Summary: These speakers are not worth your money. I had three problems with these speakers. 1. Connecting these speakers via Firewire made the fans on my black MacBook run continuously at a high velocity. Very annoying and loud as well. 2. There are no volume controls on these speakers which wouldn't be a problem if they weren't so loud. However, I could only turn them up to 3 or 4 on my mac (out of 16). Anything higher would be way too loud.