creature speakers are great. I got them real cheap through my discount. Bass is nice and no distortion with the exception of a couple of rave songs with lots a bass. One thing to keep in mind is that mine broke the second day i had them. I really dont care though, I work at an apple store and I know that some things just happen to break out of the box, doesnt mean that product now crappy, i just happened to get the unlucky one out of the group. I love the way they look and hwo the volume is touch sensitive. the speakers also glow blue underneath them. really goes well with my cold cathodes in my modded pc. looks nice next to my powermac as well.
I'm gonna hook the system up to my other stereos and see what's best - then maybe try to hear a demo of the creatures. They look like you're paying more for style than quality (the opposite of Bose, quality rather than looks). I might spend my £100 on the new Tri-port Bose headphones....
I took my iPod into the Bose store and asked if I could run the Tri-ports and Quiet Comfort 'phones through it. They said yes, then saw the iPod and were knocked out. They had a listen and said the immortal words - "this is way better than the crap we demo on, where can I buy one of these?"
For those interested, they demo on Philips CD/MP3 discman type things.
I would like to start out by saying that I recommend a stereo system, since it will almost always produce a higher quality sound than any computer speaker system you can buy. If you're going to go with computer speakers, check out the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 for a fairly reasonable price considering the quality of sound that comes through those speakers. Their 4.1 and 5.1 systems are in a class above any other computer speaker as well, but that comes at a price.
The SoundSticks don't provide near the sound quality you should get at the price they sell for. Looking at them next to a Mac in the store, they weren't even easy on the eyes. The JBL "creature" speakers are smaler, and don't look bad at all. The sound is nice in the high and low ranges, but lack depth in the mid-range.