I've heard mixed things about them. Mostly saying they aren't worth the $200 price tag.
Personally I'd have to vouch for a $100 stereo system. That's the setup I've had. It's not nearly as compact, but the sound quality is excellent and it's not too expensive compared to many setups. All you need to do is get a stereo system with auxilary jacks on the back (two little plugs, one red and one white, like on a TV) and a cord to connect the aux jacks to your computer's headphone jack. You can easily tell if a stereo system has aux jacks on the back if there's an "Aux" function on the front (it'll be in line with the CD, Tape, and Tuner functions).
I am very happy with mine too - they look great with any Mac setup, and the sound is perfectly fine. You wouldn't consider them of course if you planned on shaking the walls with your music - but they're great for a computer speaker system.
Not that you can't use them as a home stereo though - we use the iMac for music in our living room about 90% of the time, and we're happy with them. I'd recommend them to anyone.
I have the soundsticks with the i sub : the sound is good, however they are expansive, but all look have a prize. So it's up to you.
I am worried about onething anyway, when i shut down the subwoofer, it awake my G4. The problem is that i can't sleep with these blue light.
The Soundsticks with iSub also have a universal power supply, meaning that you can bring them with you to 220 Volt countries (like the UK). They are also very lightweight. I've seriously considered buying a set for my 6 month travels this year (I have a fairly stable "base camp"). If the Klipsch 2.1 setup has universal power supply, then I'd buy those, as they are reported to really kick a$$.
A warning about Klipsch.. They do tend to sound impressive, but they aren't actually very accurate speakers. They are designed to sound impressive at first listening, with emphasized bass and treble, but aren't the most realistic sounding speakers, and can actually get tiring with extended listening. No 'audiophile' would ever recommend Klipsch speakers.
I would actually recommend Monsoon MM700s as more accurate sounding speakers, but which also have strong bass. The thing about monsoons is that you have to sit in front of them to get the full effect, though if you want to fill a room with sound you don't want computer speakers anyway.
The soundsticks have exceptional clarity, which many of the speaker manufactures can't say about their own products (even klipch) they are a little lacking in the bass. However, anyone living in an appartment will see this as a benefit. Enough bass to let you hear it but not enought to disturb the neigbors.
What I'm waiting to see is a firewire dolby dts receiver to either allow me to hook into an already existing surround sound system or build one right on my desk. Already got the 12" JBL digital sub and Samson dms80 amp with a pair of M40's. Another dms80 and I'm set for Full active surround with bass that will stop your heart. I just need a way to get the digital audio out of the box. (tried the creative soundblaster, what a joke)
I have senheisser HD590's and id pretty much say that they offer the best combination of sound and comfort for headphones as long as you dont mind paying the premium
For speakers, ive got Boston Accoustics Media Theaters, and they are really nice in the fact that they handle bass and low-mid tones VERY well, something that is rare even in the higher end computer speaker
[quote]Originally posted by Imergingenious:
<strong>I have senheisser HD590's and id pretty much say that they offer the best combination of sound and comfort for headphones as long as you dont mind paying the premium
I have the older HD 580 sensation : and i have to say it's a damn good headphone too. Unfortunately they are getting older : 9 years and detoriate slighty. I use it too in my HiFi using the special headphone amplificator : the creek OBH11 : the sounds appear much better in this case compared to the average 10 $ amplification section for Headphone of most CD player.