Hello, I just received this set of speakers in the mail, and thought I'd post a mini-review. The packaging is nice - I should take some pictures! It is very neatly packed - not as good as apple, but not as bad as dell either. The satellites look really really cool, and tilt up and down (something I didn't know). The volume buttons are also touch sensitive which is really neat. You can mute the satellites by pressing +/- at the same time (or just use the apple keyboard ...) The sub has a pretty small footprint, and looks really really cool with the blue light. Overall, the system matches the iMac perfectly, and this is the best-built speaker system I have ever used. Sound quality? Here are the speakers I have had experience with: Logitech Z2300 (2.1, high rating on CNET!) Logitech Z5300 (5.1 analog) Logitech Z5450 (5.1, dual rear wireless) Built in iMac speakers and now the soundsticks. Sound quality wise, the sound sticks blow all of those away! Even the z5450 (for music anyway). I realized I dont watch enough movies to warrant having a 5.1 setup (given that it takes up so much space/cable clutter). For music, which I listen to 99% of the time, these things sound incredible. They are well worth the price. I am not an audiophile, but subjectively, it sounds "richer" than any previous system I've used. Probably because at higher volumes, you can still hear everything clearly, and the midranges sound very clear, and not muffled like they kind of did with the other sets. They also have an incredible design ( I think I said that alread). The satellites are coated in some kind of plastic (but seem very very tough), and hte bases are metal, but coated in some weird material. The base gives them a nice weight to them. The sub looks so great, I would put it on my desk if I had room. I am also impressed by how good the base is that the sub outputs. Sorry if my terminology is all wrong - I'm really not into "audio" but am definitely into listening to music! The cons are that there is no remote attachment like the other sets have, and no headphone jack (that is easily accessible). It also seems that they sound best when directly pointed at you, but that might just be me. All I can say is that I am 100% satisfied with this set - they sound incredible and look great. I would recommend them to anyone. Their closest competitor is the Logitech Z2300 - I have a pair in another room of the house - and these sound noticeably better. I hope you enjoyed my mini-review! Soon I will post my complete setup (iMac and speakers) in the setup thread, so everyone can get a look at the speakers. Thanks for reading!