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I recently helped my dad to move office, and in the course of the move I rescued a set of these speakers when they were bound for the skip, surplus to requirements. These speakers are great in terms of quality and their look. They are each around 15cm tall and about 8cm wide. On the front of one of the speakers are the controls - a push on-off button and two turn knobs, one for tone and one for volume. The volume range is considerable but in my opinion, the tone knob doesn't have a greatly noticeable effect. The knobs can be quite tricky to turn, even with my small fingers. The speakers are completely black, and they are quite slim (front to back) which is an improvement on previous older PC speakers I've owned.
I don't have an ipod dock at home, but since owning these speakers I have been using my laptop to play my itunes through, and with them attached there is more than enough sound quality for me to really enjoy my music in my living room or kitchen. I was genuinely surprised by how good they were.
The speakers work via USB connection to the laptop and you also need to connect a jack, but there is no other power required. They are compatible with my Acer laptop, and worked as soon as plugged in, so I would imagine that they will work ok with any brand computer.
The one downside of the speakers is that they are quite lightweight - and because they are also fairly slim in design I do knock them over fairly regularly. That said, they are well built and haven't damaged, but it just makes them come across as quite flimsy, which they certainly aren't when it comes to their actual real purpose - the sound.
For me, considering their physical size, these offer amazing sound quality for listening to music on my laptop. I can't use them on full volume as it would be simply too loud! Admittedly, someone seriously into their music quality would probably find them falling a bit short - I can appreciate that the quality is not perfect, but its certainly not tinny and there is no distortion. I'd put it on a par with my old CD player which was a high-end purchase when I bought it (10 years+ ago!) and I'd used in my kitchen for years - I guess it's a case of "depends what you're used to". I don't think these speakers are a "current" model but they are available on Amazon for £12 which is amazing value in my experience.