I got these when I was at a Guitar Center in Virginia (Seven Corners to be precise) for their Labor Day Sale. I got the 3 year warranty on them as well, so I got the monitors plus the warranty for $80. The monitors themselves were $60 the weekend that I got them, which is a really really good deal. I haven't tested very many monitors so I can't compare them to other brands, but I can say that they reproduce the sound really well. I use them for everything- tv, music, etc. They give a great clean, crisp sound that's in my opinion really good for soft and/or acoustic stuff. They can also be pushed really hard and they don't clip or distort-I've had mine for over a year and I've never had a single problem with them. Plus they have bluetooth, so I can use my phone with it to play music wirelessly which I love. I mainly use them as an amp/PA for my guitar- I run it the guitar through Guitar Rig 5 Pro (amazing software, highly recommend) and then use an aux jack cable (or whatever the technical term is, I just know it's the one you plug headphones into) to connect the monitors to my laptop. It honestly sounds like an actual amp, plus I can control the volume without having to sacrifice tone. I find the monitors work really well with the software. All around, they're really good monitors. I haven't had any problems ever (no fried electronics, no blown out speakers) and I play them pretty loud. They handle everything really well, and they give a nice balanced mix. Good bright top end, punchy mids, and solid bass response. Plus I got them for only $60, which is an amazing deal especially since monitors can easily go for several hundred dollars. I love them. I highly recommend these.