Here's a CNet review.[cnet.com] If nothing else, the video is worth watching to get a feeling for the size of the speakers, they're quite tall for desktop speakers. (And probably better sounding as a result, at least given the reviews.)
Still not a bad deal for good speakers.... but these things better blow your socks off at $80.
From what I gather after reading reviews all night (The timing on this couldn't be better, giving Mom speakers for her birthday.) you don't get to the "blow your socks" off point until MAYBE $150 with the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1's, and they apparently have some issues with the connector to the sub woofer breaking. For half the price, well, these are close enough.
Oh, and you're right about the price, I was wrong about the Camel, I had my chart set to the most recent year.
Still an excellent price, given that we can't time travel and all
I don't doubt Mom will be thrilled, including with the bass. I'm upgrading her from a set of almost 13 year old Dell speakers that came with her first computer back in '99.
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Seems like you can generally get a really nice 2.1 system around this price point. Except for a small subset of people who really can't use a sub for space or other reasons, I have to imagine that would be the way to go if you want speakers and have $80 to burn.
As an aside, I think it's pretty amazing that people still reference the Klipsch Promedia speakers as the gold standard over 10 years later. I think that's a good reason to up the budget and buy those instead. What's another $100 if you get much better sound and they'll probably last well over 10 years. I'm still using a 5.1 Gigaworks set that I bought about 12 years ago and it's still going strong. Spend decent money on your computer peripherals (keyboard, mouse, monitor, speakers etc..) and you can keep them through many many system upgrades.
I had a Klipsch Promedia 2.1 set in late 2007. I liked it, but it didn't last more than a year or two. It had one of those "common problems" that was posted all over the web at the time. I think it was a volume knob issue.
Sure, there are loads of 2.1 systems at this price point everyday, where the subwoofer gets most of the attention. But such a system would likely be weak in other frequencies, not to mention the ability of the toy subwoofer.
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