Great Price and Mid-Range
I wanted to replace my 20+ year old speaker system with a smaller footprint. I'm not a huge fan of loud noises or large objects. I don't need my neighbours knowing everything I'm listening to and watching and I like to keep my furniture to a minimum. These seemed like a great replacement for the sale price. They're about half the power and output of my previous setup, but they produce a clearer sound at a lower volume. Out of the box, these don't sound great. After going over my receiver's manual and messing with the settings. I'm quite pleased with the output I'm getting. Hearing the voices at lower volumes is more important to me than boomy bass. I've set the independent volume for the subwoofer at 30% when wired without the subwoofer cable and found a happy balance without hurting my sensitive ears. Turn it higher if you like bigger bangs. With the subwoofer cable, the mid-range and voices are crisper and clearer.
These are paired with my Pioneer VSX-822-K. For crisp clear voices without a subwoofer cable, 35% volume is fine. I recommend setting the centre channel somewhere between 10-15 db, the front channels to around 3-5 db. Auto surround and the midnight setting adds even more clarity to the lower volumes. Rear speakers are more a matter of preference. I have mine at 3 db. The settings are pretty similar for the Subwoofer cable, but I have the subwoofer volume turned higher with this setup. You'll need to play with it a little to meet your own preferences.
Also, since I rent my place, 20 lb picture frame hooks hold the rear speakers nicely without damaging the walls or leaving unsightly holes.
After playing with these, they're capable of outputting impressive sound. Well worth the price if you can get them on sale. If you're more like me and have a difficult time hearing lower decibals, they're almost perfect. Though, to contradict most reviews about the impressive midrange, I feel they could be better than they are for their price unless you're using the subwoofer cable with a compatible receiver.
Also, it' squire clear these don't come with a receiver and speaker wires--as one genius pointed out. Please don't negatively review a product unless there's a legitamate reason to do so. Do your research before making a purchase.