Pros:Worth every penny. All nine hundred ninety-nine of them. Pretty good sound and range.
Cons:Volume range is not that great.
The Bottom Line: Great price, decent sound and they aren't hard to look at.
I recently upgraded my computer at work, motherboard and all. The new motherboard had on-board sound so I no longer needed the services of my trusty SoundBlaster Card. Unfortunately the on-board sound output power was virtually non-existent. I couldn't drive my wimpy Creative Labs desktop speakers. Not even a squeak. So I needed some new speakers because I find it hard to work without music playing the background.
Since I would be paying for these out of my pocket I wanted cheap speakers. I wasn't interested in rich orchestral sound so I basically picked up the cheapest pair of speakers on the shelf at the local MicroCenter Store. Those happened to be Cyber Acoustics CA-2012 Computer Speakers. Having spent $9.99 I wasn't expecting much. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of these speakers.
Look and Feel
These speakers probably will not be winning any design awards for looks, they are your basic off-white speakers with a cloth mesh covering the speaker grills. They are slim and don't occupy too much desktop space. The construction seems marginal so I wouldn't drop these on the floor. They have a headphone jack on the front of the left speaker. Also on the left speaker is the power button and the volume dial.
Bear in mind that I paid less than ten dollars for my Cyber Acoustics CA-2012 Computer Speakers so I had low expectations. At work I either listen to my LAUNCHcast radio station or my collection of MP3s so I don't need great sound. The Cyber Acoustics CA-2012 Computer Speakers perform just fine. They have enough range to convincingly pound out heavy metal and enough finesse to do justice to Enya. The only problem I have is that the volume range is limited. Turn the dial past half power and it's hard to notice that much of a difference in volume. But since this is at my desk I don't need the speakers to be all that loud.
Not much to setup here. You plug the AC adapter into the wall, plug the other end into the left speaker and then attach the 3.5 mm green plug into the sound card. Just like that you are up and running.
Overall, the Cyber Acoustics CA-2012 Computer Speakers are a good value. I rated them four stars (Above Average) because relatively speaking, these are above average speakers for their price range. They are not going to blow you away but they will do just fine for a simple set of desktop computer speakers.