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: Boy, these are sweet. Literally plug and play with my imac. love the retro panton styling and there's no software, no install. just plug the master speaker in to the firewire, plug the other into the master speaker, select them in preferences, and bam. like the simplicity, the look, and the sound in my office is great. i had the Harman Kardon SoundSticks before this..
Summary: After doing a lot of comparison shopping for a set of speakers for a laptop, I decided to buy the LaCie Firewire speakers. There were way more positives than negatives and I was not disappointed. When making the decision, I was confronted with 3-4 basic options: 1 - Standard audio output, powered by an external power supply (with or without a subwoofer). I specifically looked at the Bose Companion series speakers without a sub-woofer due to space constraints.
This are very well designed, really nice to look at!
Mark Twain, Amazon
17 April 2014
Summary: There's something very cool about these, I got the FireWire version just to be different, but I suspect there aren't many of those types of devices any more, these are old, but is the design? They're cool, end of. I did contact the manufacturer (a Mr. Poulton) and asked him if he'd kindly make an AirPlay version or, even better, a truly wireless version..
Summary: I searched Amazon for Mac speakers and bought these because of the Firewire connector. I can't say anything about the sound quality because nowhere did it warn that an adapter would be required for the 2010 iMac which has a different type of Firewire connector. I since discovered that the iMac uses a Firewire 800 port - the LaCie connector is a Firewire 400.
*-*-*-*-*-*Gorgeous set of white speakers*-*-*-*-*-*
Mr. Philip Harkins "If in doubt, Smile! :-)", Amazon
27 August 2009
Summary: Gorgeous set of white speakers with a brilliant sound and fantastic design. The finish is gloss white, with deep black centres, this version from Lacie is powered and connected solely by Firewire, conveniently using a mostly underused socket. Also availiable in a USB powered design, these are compatable with both PC and Mac, rather nicely matching the finish of the latter. In conclusion, a nice pair of mid price, high design future classics.
Summary: In my experience with LaCie over the past 10 years, with external hard drives and monitors, product support and quality are virtually non existent. I bought these speakers under the illusion that nothing could possibly go wrong - how wrong I was. The quality of the speakers is good, the sound is good, but there is one horrendous fault - the loud interference from both speakers when you wake your computer up. I believe this on only happens on an Apple Macintosh computer.
Summary: I purchased these for my Apple Mac Leopard desk top. They sit well either side of the screen and the connection for iPod is useful. However, the claim of 90-20K cycles is fanciful. Whilst the sound is crisp, particularly in the high register, the bass is almost non existent. They certainly do not come up to the 5.1 speakers I have for my Windows set up that cost less.
Summary: I have tried out the LaCie speakers in a G5 iMac, a Duo Intel 2.8MHz iMac and two Windows XP PCs. In all computers the sound quality was excellent. Piano music was well defined and the bass impressive bearing in mind the relative low cost and the size of the units. Great all the way from Pink Floyd to Sibelius. Pity about the first reviewer's experience. Must have speakers damaged in transit or a grotty PC.
Summary: I do not understand where the good reviews of these speakers are coming from. I will walk you through my experience: Plugged them in with some trouble. Cables are extremely short, so you have to put your PC cabinet right next to them or go out and buy an extension cord. My cabinet is just under the table, but the supplied firewire cable couldn't even make it to the table top. After installing the driver they started playing. No problem. Except the sound was horrible.