I own a hifi system that sits in my home and a series of inexpensive 2.1 speaker systems that I get when I have to live elsewhere for extended periods of time. So first things first - a 2.1 computer speaker can never hold a candle to a really good system.. but among the 2.1's I have owned - (both my other models have been Philips), this Creative though not bad has a rather weak bass.. and when cranked up gets a bit boomy (the kind of sound that gives you a headache). It takes some effort to really hit the sweet spot..but even then I think Creative could do better.
Also..just FYI: the left channel was not working at first. I played it for a few hours and slowly it woke up and now it works fine.. So good but could do better!