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Mostly good speakers
on 23 July 2014
I have two pairs of these, one I bought much earlier than the second pair for my own computer and the other for a newer shared computer. The first pair were and still are fine. No hum, no buzz, no problems whatsoever. The second pair at first had a problem with the volume - could barely hear anything - but after a while that settled down. However, what this second pair does that is annoying (but not critical), is the blue light that comes on when the speakers are turned on sometimes goes out and the only way to get it back is to turn it off and on again.
You do need a fairly good sound card, I think, as I can definely notice the difference between the pair of these speakers which I use on a pc with a reasonable card and the others which I use on a pc with integrated audio.
The socket for the headphones is nice, and the bass and treble controls are reasonable. The amount of bass isn't bad, considering the size of these speakers, though in the past I've had a separate woofer and that has been much better. The volume doesn't go up as high as I'd like, but it is certainly better than other pc-speakers I've had in the past.
What I really don't like is that there is a cavity in these speakers in the top of each - for the bass, I believe - and it collects dust like nobody's business! This is one thing that I suspect will unnecessarily shorten the life of these speakers.
For a while I used these without the mesh over the fronts of the speakers as I thought it made them a bit louder (though that might have been my imagination, I don't know) but now I use them with the mesh covers on because I find the yellow of them very distracting and because it keeps them cleaner, and it's quite easy to just detach the the mesh panels and give them a quick dust. Could probably wash them too, but I haven't tried that.
I'd have given these five stars if it hadn't been for the light going off on the new pair, because I think that is a fault - but I really didn't feel inclined to return them just for that.
I'm not sure I'd buy these again if something better were available at a reasonable price - but for the price of them (or the price that they were, at least) they are good. If you have ones that don't work - send them back for a replacement and try another pair.