Being well into music, I gave these an audition in PC World along with various other PC speaker set-ups, taking my ipod into the store and spending around 30 minutes unplugging leads etc. much to the annoyance of staff and other customers ;-) It's the only way to do it - you've got to audition with your own ears with your own music. By and large I listen to House music, Broken Beats/Nu-Jazz and some rock and indie thrown in. I was pretty pleased with the sound in the store - the clincher being that they were half price - so bought two sets...one for my bedroom, the others for my PC. I excitedly opened the box and the unit looks pretty neat and 'clean-lined'. All a bit plasticky but hey, what do you expect? Some speakers cost thousands... Set it all up - even getting the positioning right for decent imaging. Connected up ipod and stood in exactly the right places.... ah, not so good. I think my problem is I'm judging them against my old Trust 2.1 speaker/sub set-up which also cost around £40 and sound absolutely fantastic (my car audio system is some £2K's worth so I am pretty fussy). A big problem with this Edifier M1380 is the sub just can't go anywhere near low enough to begin to represent how certain songs were intended, but the BIGGEST problem is just that, overall, the sound is very 'thinned out' and not warm or enriching enough. Ironically, they do sound pretty good with rock music but it was only when I started to go through the soulful House stuff they were shown up. If you like your bass, don't bother with these. The treble is fairly gentile and faithful but the mids are lacking. To summarise - 'MEH!'. I wish the volume control on my Trusts wasn't worn out! I'm going to plump for the latest well-reviewed Trust 2.1 £50 set instead. If you've got a bit more money, go for the Harman Kardon Soundsticks because I've got them elsewhere in the house and for £100 they're fantastic. Good luck.