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I was surprised
on December 26, 2014
(Update: 6/4/2015) I've now had these over 6 months which is longer than I've kept any set of computer speakers before buying replacements. I'm happy to say I'm not buying replacements. These speakers added another positive recently. I bought a new PC that has a sound software on it. After fiddling with the software it has brought out much more balance and fullness in these speakers. This will probably be my last update on these since they've been very dependable, I use them everyday for at least 3 hours, most of the time it's for 6 hours. And they sound very good on all types of music. I can't see anything that could change my review at this point.
(Update: 1/25/2015) Last week while working late at night, the auto-shutoff feature kicked in while music was playing. It was starting to do what others have said, "turning off, turning on, turning off, turning on". While this seems like something that people wouldn't look over this problem was easily fixed. The shutoff feature takes its cue to shutoff when the volume coming to the speaker isn't high enough. So the volume you have the actual speaker volume turned to has very little to do with the shutoff feature kicking in. What had happened with mine, I had dusted them off and during this process, had accidentally turned the volume dial up some. When I sat down to listen to music it was too loud. I turned the master volume in my laptop down and that caused the shutoff. What I am doing and would recommend is to barely turn the speaker dial volume up. Use the master volume (over near the time/date on your bottom taskbar) to up the volume to at least 40. With it on 40, the dial can nearly be turned completely off without the shutoff feature kicking in. Just needed a little thinking there to realize it's the volume being sent into the speaker that controls this feature, not the volume the speaker is putting out. Other than that speakers are still working perfectly for my needs which are explained in the review.
I haven't had much success with finding a set of laptop speakers that I like. I have tried each of these:
Bose Companion II
Bose Companion III
Klipsch Groove P20
Creative Gigaworks T20
Logitech 323 2.1
And wasn't satisfied with any of them. Good news is: If you live with me you end up getting a set of speakers every time I buy a new set. My complaints with the above speakers range from, too tall (Gigaworks T20), takes up too much space for average sound (Logitech 323), feel like I'm paying more than I should for the sound reproduced (Both Bose), way too much bass (Klipsch Groove).
So, I saw these speakers in that electronics store that claims to have the "best buy". Listened to them in the store and thought they sounded very good. I rarely buy something like speakers without coming to Amazon reviews first. That night I read through the reviews talking about this power-saving feature. I didn't really understand the complaint since I constantly play music on my laptop. That store mentioned earlier really did have the best buy on these speakers, under thirty-five dollars. So I took a chance on the speakers.
I have to say I'm not experiencing any problems with the power-saving feature, but I do have music playing constantly when using my laptop. I even tested it out by turning the music off. Sure enough, about 3 minutes later, the speakers went to sleep. I started the music again, maybe 3 seconds passed and they came back on. Outside of me triggering the power-saving feature, these speakers have yet to stop playing or turn off. I will continue to update that part as time passes since I've only had the speakers for 2 weeks. In those 2 weeks, I've listened to them 5-7 hours a day everyday without a problem.
Sound quality isn't going to blow you away with these, but I think depending on the type of music you listen to and if you have equalizer software, you'll find these speakers are fairly well balanced. There's not a lot of bass, but I only use the speakers for me to hear music while sitting directly in front of the speakers and laptop, maybe 2-3 foot away. I can give you a few comparisons on how loud they are at lower levels. I reach the same sound level at these settings:
PC volume 40, volume dial 25% as I do with the Bose Companions, the Klipsch at those settings have more bass, but the highs and vocals are not as clear as these or the Bose. The Logitech is similar to the Klipsch at those settings. The Gigaworks to my ears, sound a little fuller than the Bose or these JBL's at those settings, but I kept knocking the Gigaworks over due to my tight computer space and their unusual height/width ratio that caused them to tip over with the slightest touch.
I will say I think these JBL are the nicest set of all of those for space and design. These speakers aren't in the way at all and have opened up quite a bit of space on my computer stand. The twisting volume top of the right speaker is unique and works well. One complaint on the design, the LED light on the front is a glowing whitish/blue color, it's annoying. I put a piece of black electrical tape over it.
I would compare them similarly to the Bose Companions and the Creative Gigaworks T20, but again, height issue with the Gigaworks pushed the JBL's ahead for me. Price difference pushes them ahead of the Bose for me. I don't consider myself an audiophile, but I do listen to mostly progressive rock and metal, both of which are technical genres. Rush, Tool, Iron Maiden, even Smashing Pumpkins and the occasional rap album sounds good on these at a lower level than I would guess the average person listens to their music. Turning these speakers up doesn't cause distortion, but I do a lot of work online at night. My wife sleeps maybe 10 ft away and can barely hear it if that tells you how low I listen to the speakers.
I still will say I don't think any of those I listed sound much better at the louder volumes. The Companions impressed me enough to end up with two sets, but I ended up letting our daughter have a set for her room and my wife to have a set for her work computer. These JBL's are plenty good enough replacements for those and while the Companions are not very big, they actually take up quite a bit more room than these do. If you're looking for a set of computer speakers to play music through at a low to moderate level and would like to save some space then I would recommend these very much. I wouldn't recommend them to people who are looking to use them just as computer speakers since I can see how that power-saving feature would be very annoying. Also if you still need more opinions on these speakers look at Crutchfield. I did and assumed the majority of their customers were buying the speakers to listen to music not to use as basic sound computer speakers. The reviews are much more favorable over there. Again, I will update if problems come up with the speakers turning off even with sound playing, but for the time being, especially if you can find them at a sale price (and don't need them very loud), I think these are the best 2.0 speakers (music) you can buy for your computer. Your desk will thank you too. Nice, sleek, small speakers that put out very good sound.