I love quality, but I need power. My SoundSticks just don't cut it anymore. Loud high-pitch = distortion. Subwoofer is not powerful enough and doesn't have enough range. Midrange sounds are simply O.K. I've looked around for reviews about good 2.1 speaker set ups, and with all my research I have concluded that these are the best 2.1, well-priced computer speakers available at the moment. An intersting thing to note is that the Altec-Lansing 621 came out quite a while ago. I sort of expect an update to the product within the next two months. I have no way to assure this though. I can't decide between 1) I'm wrong, and there are better speakers at the moment! 2) Wait for new version and compare it to older one 3) Buy now, best deal and quality/power ratio available at the moment! I really don't want anything other than a 2.1 system (2 satellites, 1 subwoofer) There are space issues and compatibility issues.. if I'm going to plug them into a stereo outlet, then I won't really be getting surround sound... it's pointless to have this feature if the 2.1 system already goes louder than anyone really can bear! I'm using a G4 733 Digital Audio, so I guess my soundcard is the default one (can't figure out for the hell of me what), but I havn't been using it because my SoundSticks have an external one So, if a soundcard change on my mac is necessary, I'd also be interested in getting opinions on what the best thing I could get my hands on and install myself would be. I would appreciate the opinion of someone experienced in this field who would be willing to point me in the right direction. Thanks. Ps: There is a good review on the 621 available here.