Pros: 5.1, overall solid output not noticing any cracking sound when volume is turned way up, black colour, durable.
Cons: Confused as to why movie voice only output from centre speaker for some multi audio channel movies.
I have been using this Altec Lansing 5.1 system that I bought from FutureShop.ca for ~$60 CAD quite some years ago when I was still using my socket 478 Celeron D 340 "Blue Kryptonite Tower".
The onboard audio from Mach Speed mobo wasn't that good... so I didn't enjoy the speakers as much back then.
The outlook of the speakers is cool in black with open end wiring to the subwoofer resembling HiFi sound systems, but didn't seem to give you a high end professional feel because of the plastic exterior. Oh well they sound great to me anyways (even from the other end of the house...)
Also, I've accidentally knocked the centre speaker off the table and straight down to the floor or on the subwoofer for more than 5 times... and it still works without a problem!
The physical setup wasn't difficult, but I did find "STER/SURR" and "5.1 IN" buttons on the remote a little bit confusing. Like what's the purpose of having these button there when I basically setup how audio output should be in Windows already...???
Audio sounded different but odd when I press the "STER/SURR" button compared to when I press "5.1 IN" button.
I will still keep this as a backup if I decide to get a new sound system of the mainstream like 7.1 in future.
One other problem I have with audio is that for some movies with different types of multi channel audio, the voice of the dialogues seem to only come from the centre speaker... Is this normal or is this the way how movie voice dialogues of some movies should be?