At 160W, these speakers are very powerful and can only just about be classified as PC speakers. If you decide to have these on full power and sit close to your PC, you are in for a shock. No that I think of it, it does give me a good idea for a prank though.
The clarity of the sound from these speakers is fantastic, I really cannot fault it. I never claim to be much of a sound person, the majority of the time, most speaks sound the same to me and I cannot differentiate between the output of different speakers. However, with these speakers, intensity apart, I really can tell a difference. I prefer to use these speakers when watching movies for precisely this reason. I get to hear every gun shot, every tire squeal and every explosion with immense detail (Yes, I do watch some quite violent films).
Setup of the speakers is as standard as any other speakers. Simple take them out of the box and connect a couple of cables into the computer and wall and you are done. It couldn't really get much simpler. The cables are fairly long and therefore enables you the flexibility to not have them restricted to being close to your system - they can weave in and out of everything on your desk without you having to worry about the speakers not reaching to the place you actually wanted them.
My biggest disappointment with these speakers is that I see them as pretty ugly (Sorry about the oxymoron). They are pretty dated in terms of styling and colouring and they generally look pretty out of place on my desk. I have since replaced the speakers with some more modern ones and when looking I was astounded at how basic the design actually was. just a quick glance through the Argos book showed me some fantastic designs on even their most basic ranges which made my speakers look awful in terms of aesthetics. However, I am not really one to bother too much about styling and I prefer them to be functional, which they definitely are!
First of all, these speakers are very loud, and also cope well under pressure. I first got them for free at work because they were having an upgrade, and so the got rid of the old ones.
they emit a small static crack when you switch them on, and also a click when they are switched off. Both are extremely loud, although they are not full volume clicks.
The sound is best for mid frequency music, so things like vocal and hall is perfect but songs with lots off bass and classical strings like trance music is great as well.
BBC radio four is a mainly speech channel, and when you listen to it through these you can hear the presenter perfectly, and little mouth clicks and lip smacks can be heard very clearly.
There is a very small background static sound when they are at full volume and there is nothing being played, but it is very quiet and has a little crackle now and then. If I could describe it to be like something, I would say it is like a silent record being played. It's that little sound you can hear.
Setting them up is super easy, just plug in and go. There is no software, and you don't need any installation, or driver changes.
You can also optimise your sound because these are compatible with most equaliser softwares that can be found on the web. They will go very low when on bass to the point of rumbling, but I would not recommend it.
These are not the best built speakers and over time do become worn and the speakers sound less sharp, but still sound fantastic. All this for such a low price is really something. Recommended speakers.