I just got a box in the mail with the JBL Creature II speakers. Wow. I can't believe they are so bad. Distorted, tinny. Vocals sound like someone is trapped inside a giant flimsy tin can and the listener is standing outside. My PowerBooks built in speakers are much, much better. And the iBook speakers are probably better too as far as I remember, although I can't compare the two right now. I just wanted a set of speakers that were a better than the built in powerbook speakers, and with more bass. Now I have more bass, and extremely bad sound. Ouch. Horrible. Are my speakers defective or are some people just too kind in their reviews? P.S. Listening to music on the built in speakers now. Cannot tolerate the creatures. It's that bad.