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JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia Satellite and Subwoofer System by Review Summary ,  Jul 23, 2015

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JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia Satellite and Subwoofer System
Report Date: 08/01/2015
Based on 327 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 4.6%

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Individual Feature Rating
Design4.7   above average
Video4.7   above average
Price4.6   average
Quality4.6   above average
Setup4.6   average
Treble4.6   above average
Music4.5   above average
Sound4.5   average
Size4.4   above average
Loud4.2   average
Speaker4.2   above average
Button3.9   above average
Volume3.4   below average
Control3.3   below average
Power3.1   average
Level2.9   mediocre
Cable2.5   below average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"Good piece of audio technology though."
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"Extending the left satellite speaker cable may not be a problem because it uses an RCA audio cable and the speaker has no volume controls."
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"It doesn't affect audio quality at all, but it was a nice feature to let you know if your speakers were on."
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"JBL seems to have dropped the ball on audio and interface quality in exchange for (admittedly excellent) aesthetics."
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"Audio was pretty good."
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Button

Button:
"I would prefer if the power button was on the tweeter speakers instead of the sub because it's annoying bending over to turn off."
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"prosthe bass is okis not looking that bad (although not as good as the picture)consbass button reversedmids are nonexistent, only bass and highsexpensivenot as sleek as expectedthe tweets are very very small"
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"Easy choice.1 star got deducted because I kinda hate the volume button."
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"Great speakers, little light on the volume side, but super easy to set-up and use with touch sensitive buttons and great design."
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"The non push buttons are very impressive."
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"Cons: Power cord falls out easily and the touch-sensitive buttons on satellite do not respond nearly as well as the ones on previous versions did."
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"The knobs are solid, and the touch volume buttons are pretty neat."
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"The volume is controlled by 2 touch buttons on one of the satellite speakers and that's pretty cool too."
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Cable

Cable:
"The 1 8 inch cord to connect to the computer was pretty terrible and would cut out."
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"My input is in regards of JBL Creature III Self-Powered Multimedia Satellite and Sub-woofer System -- which I have just purchased for only $76.62.I have read negative reviews saying the cables are too short to mount the system on a desktop."
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"Because the cables aren't long enough, it can be a problem placing them where someone may want to."
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"The only complaint with this generation, is that the power cord doesn't seem to sit as tightly as it should, so if I kick it under the desk it can sometimes dislodge enough to cut out."
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"I bought these speakers and had connection problems and it seems that the cable from the computer to the speakers is bad, I changed it and problem solved."
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"I had this for 2 months and the power cable wire is missing up."
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"The 1 8 inch cord to connect to the computer was pretty terrible and would cut out."
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"Setup was easy enough, however the cables are short like some reviewers have said."
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"Extending the left satellite speaker cable may not be a problem because it uses an RCA audio cable and the speaker has no volume controls."
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"If JBL had provided longer cables, hooking up these speakers would have been no problem at all."
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Control

Control:
"My only criticism is that the volume control is a set of two touch-sensitive buttons on the right speaker."
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"The touch buttons may be better than knobs if you change volume very frequently, I have had problems with knob and slide volume controls in past, but not sure about that."
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"The volume control however is not as granular as I would have liked it to be, you may have to adjust your source volume if you need to vary it over a wide range."
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"My only initial complaint was that the innovative touch controls for the volume were slightly awkward to use."
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"I've read other's complaints about the volume controls on the speakers."
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"The touch buttons on the satellite were a novelty, and definitely didn't make it easier to control the system."
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"The sound is crisp and the touch volume control is a nice techie feature."
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"they put out good clean sound I have read other reviews on this that talked about the bass nob being backward I found the same thing but it is really no problem the volume control is hard to use is the only bad thing I have to say about this"
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"The controls work the same as they used to, and the sound is really good."
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"TOUCH VOLUME CONTROLS ARE A LITTLE TRICKY, BUT OVERALL A NICE LITTLE PACKAGE FOR THE PRICE."
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"The bass and treble controls are nice and the bass does pack quite the punch."
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Design

Design:
"When they are connected they sound fine--it is the constant loss of connection and troubleshooting that makes this a poorly designed product that I would not recommend."
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"Great speakers, little light on the volume side, but super easy to set-up and use with touch sensitive buttons and great design."
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"the speaker sounds decent, like any other good system out there, but the volume adjustment is bad design."
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"Ordered for my daughters dorm room, great sound for the space, and wild design make this perfect for her."
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"Good for the price ( less than $80) Great design and good quality sound for low to mid volume in a small room"
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"Incredible clear sound with great bass and tremble, awesome design, all part separately that would allow you to mount it on a very busy desktop location, LONG cables that allow you to put the sub-woofer on the floor with the speakers 8-9 feet higher, and the audio cord that goes into the computer over 17 feet long!"
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Level

Level:
"The speakers enter a power-save mode and mute when sound produced by my computer is below a level - unfortunately that level is not low at all."
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"Unfortunately, the speakers are frustrating to use when they mute when sound input level is below a threshold."
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"Older people would have problem while changing the sound level."
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"The grossly underpowered subwoofer sounds terrible at any level above 50%, and the main speakers started distorting really bad once I turned them up past normal listening volumes."
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"I got these and my neighbor complained about the noise level... so they certainly bump, they also have great qualityLooks.. kind of like an octopus... so I don't care too much for that, but the size is greatMy only wish is that they came with a remote."
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"Great sound quality (abiet at lower levels in a business office) to provide background music at work."
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"The sub distorts a little bit at max level, but that's not a problem for me, as I usually listen to music at a comfortable level, not blasting, and also they have plenty of power before that distortion."
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"If instead you are looking for a set to fill a room with crystal clear sound at the right levels, then look no further."
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"In other words it is best to use your soundcard to control the level of out put to get the best sound."
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Listening

Listening:
"And I know they're just computer speakers and sound nice when sitting in front of them but when turning them up a bit and listening to them from halfway in the bedroom they're not as clear as I thought they would be."
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"Pictures of You (Extended Dub Mix), The Cure - bass is just ruined, it sounds like i'm listening to a cheap car stereo system.7."
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"I'm listening to these while I'm writing this review and I have to say...These are a pretty impressive set of speakers (amazing really for the price)."
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"After four years of great listening, I felt compelled to buy the Creature IIIs when the balance knobs on the Creature II started to get shaky and sometimes lost connection."
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"Overall these provide a good 'computer' listening experience, but for anything more than personal listening, these are not the speakers for you."
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"I gotta say, they're not bad at all when watching action movies or just listening to som music, they're pretty good for their price, obviously you're not gonna get an awesome, over the top product for less than $100 bucks, but these will make your day, really.... Also, they look really cool next to the tv, so modern and chic...."
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"UPDATE --- 8-22-12 ---The concept of breaking speakers in was originally inconsequential to me, but now, after listening for 100+ hours (easily) for about a year, I JUST had to update this review ... After such break in, it sounds much, MUCH better now."
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Loud

Loud:
"Great sound for such a small unit, perfect to plug my i-pod into and plenty loud enough for my back yard, I was a little disappointed that they don't come in white anymore, but for the price they work perfectly outdoors even though they are not designed to be used outside."
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"I don't need tons of volume (though these little speakers do get quite loud) but I do need clarity and detail, otherwise I would be unhappy."
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"When the volume is high, the sound is clear and sounds good, but they don't get loud enough."
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"These are nowhere near as good loud."
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"The bottom line is that this is a perfect product for those who don't need music to play at an ear shattering volume, though it can be played pretty loud."
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"Great sound for such a small unit, perfect to plug my i-pod into and plenty loud enough for my back yard, I was a little disappointed that they don't come in white anymore, but for the price they work perfectly outdoors even though they are not designed to be used outside."
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"The sound is crisp, clear, and I am amazed at how loud they can actually get."
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Music

Music:
"As a music production pro, it's pretty hard to impress me--but the JBL Creature III absolutely does!"
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"I listen to a lot of different music and some music just sounds flat and the bass seems to be missing some of the lows."
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"While listening to music videos on YouTube, the sound was not that clear as i could hear distortions coming out of the speakers."
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"but they do accurately reproduce music very nicely."
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"The bottom line is that this is a perfect product for those who don't need music to play at an ear shattering volume, though it can be played pretty loud."
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"Not how I listen to music, but pretty cool nonetheless."
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"I highly recommend these to anyone and everyone who loves music AND style."
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"I am living in Republic of Korea ( or South Korea)I have bought this guy to use in my officeSometimes I listen to music in the resting timeJBL Creature is very good and excellent guy to price efficiency"
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Power

Power:
"Good for power but not good for quick sounds from the computer like alerts, notifications that do not give the speakers enough time to come out of sleep mode."
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"The only complaint with this generation, is that the power cord doesn't seem to sit as tightly as it should, so if I kick it under the desk it can sometimes dislodge enough to cut out."
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"This new version is a lower power version and the clarity quality of output is mediocre."
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"I had this for 2 months and the power cable wire is missing up."
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"All in all they are worth the $63 i spent, but i think if i could make my decision again i would try looking for something with a little more bass, even with having a great system already in my room something just seems wrong about a subwoofer speaker being only 3 with 15 watts of total power."
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"it looks great and the sound power is awesome."
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"The sound is exceptionally clear, and has a lot of power - so much so that I rarely, if ever, turn them up much more than about 50%.Recently I've been looking for a mid-range speaker system for my HD TV, and while I've tried some surround sound, some expensive 5.1 sets and none have yet beaten this 2.1 speaker system."
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"Cons: Power cord falls out easily and the touch-sensitive buttons on satellite do not respond nearly as well as the ones on previous versions did."
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"The power plug is a bit touchy on my set, but is reliable so long as i don't have to get behind my computer and fiddle around."
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"Then size and power - unbelievable!"
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Price

Price:
"Even the lightning deal price wasn't good enough to warrant keeping a speaker set that doesn't produce decent sound."
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"Not the best but they're worth the money."
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"This Creature III is much smaller, and flimsy, and the sound feels very cheap and not deep."
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"Great sound for such a small unit, perfect to plug my i-pod into and plenty loud enough for my back yard, I was a little disappointed that they don't come in white anymore, but for the price they work perfectly outdoors even though they are not designed to be used outside."
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"For the first time I was totally suprised to get a piece of junk from JBL, looks cheap and sound aweful, if they made it any cheaper, it would not have work..."
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"Pictures of You (Extended Dub Mix), The Cure - bass is just ruined, it sounds like i'm listening to a cheap car stereo system.7."
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"Great product for price and technology ranges."
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"All in all, the price is good for a good set of speakers, just set your expectations appropriately."
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"I'm listening to these while I'm writing this review and I have to say...These are a pretty impressive set of speakers (amazing really for the price)."
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"Really impressive for the price."
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"These are absolutely the best sounding computer speakers for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"Recently I noticed that their sound quality began to degrade somewhat, so I decided to replace them with Creature III speakers."
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"These are areas where JBL could improve, but that sound quality outweighs these downsides, but its good if you know them beforehand."
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"This new version is a lower power version and the clarity quality of output is mediocre."
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"but the sound quality is a little disappointing."
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"only problem is at and near the max volume the quality of the speakers and bass is lower and not as good but besides that its good."
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"Bass quality is excellent for something so small - and they have a slightly warm and appealing sound, Happy! "
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"These may look a little unusual, but they have personality and the sound quality is great."
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"We aren't experts where sound quality is concerned, just wanted easy, small, good looking speakers to get the job done, and these certainly do."
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"The sound quality is just as good though."
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"EXCELLENT quality sound, doesnt take up too much space, looks cool"
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Setup

Setup:
"Setup couldn't be easier."
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"Great speakers, little light on the volume side, but super easy to set-up and use with touch sensitive buttons and great design."
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"Setup was easy enough, however the cables are short like some reviewers have said."
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"Great sound in a compact setup."
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"Easy to setup."
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"Setup is easy."
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Size

Size:
"This is the second set of JBL self powered speakers I have had, my first pair lasted me about 4 years, and I used them outdoors on my patio to listen to music while I was in the pool, they had a harsh environment outside with the super hot summers we get here is Las Vegas and I honestly think the only reason they failed was due to the small speakers facing the sun for most of the day and the speaker fabric kind of dried up."
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"Now, I'm not sure if my touch registers because of the small increment size and inconsistent registration."
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"Very satisfied with the size and sound, but the RCA plugin port is faulty (sound gets muffled after 2nd year of use if the wire to plugin port is moved)"
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"When I received them I was a bit disappointed due the the weight and size."
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"A small thing to complain about, but I like it louder."
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"Great sound and nice size."
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"Bass quality is excellent for something so small - and they have a slightly warm and appealing sound, Happy! "
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"Sounds good in small room."
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"We aren't experts where sound quality is concerned, just wanted easy, small, good looking speakers to get the job done, and these certainly do."
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"Their small size allows you to move them around easily and because the tweeters are on long cords you can really get a decent surround-sound experience."
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Sound

Sound:
"It's not nearly as nice as it sounds."
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"Even the lightning deal price wasn't good enough to warrant keeping a speaker set that doesn't produce decent sound."
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"The speakers enter a power-save mode and mute when sound produced by my computer is below a level - unfortunately that level is not low at all."
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"Unfortunately, the speakers are frustrating to use when they mute when sound input level is below a threshold."
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"Good for power but not good for quick sounds from the computer like alerts, notifications that do not give the speakers enough time to come out of sleep mode."
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"Older people would have problem while changing the sound level."
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"These things are awesome the sound is excellent deep bass crisp highs and full mids they sound great."
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"Great sound system love it! "
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"great sound and trust me, I have tried a lot of desktop speakers! "
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"Sound is great, but for some reason it has an auto-shutoff feature or something that will cut the sound off unless you are playing something."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"this is very upsetting that they constructed these speakers so they would not hold out for a longer duration and umphier sound."
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"Even the lightning deal price wasn't good enough to warrant keeping a speaker set that doesn't produce decent sound."
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"Had these for about a year and a half before the left speaker went dead."
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"then sound started to cut out off and on I owned the silver JBL creature for years and honestly only need 1 speaker couldn't find just 1 speaker so I purchased the whole new system VERY disappointed."
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"So I would not recommend ordering these speakers."
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"That was annoying, but then the right speaker stopped working altogether, and when I called JBL support, they informed me that the speakers were discontinued for a while, and THEY HAD NO REPLACEMENTS to send me."
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"I was able to press on it to make the speaker work for a while, but even that stopped working over time."
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"I liked the original creature speakers much more, even if there was some fuzz sometimes when you had the computer off."
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"JBL's Creature II speakers (no longer available) were great and lasted me a pretty darn long time."
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"Good speakers"
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"Love it, sound so much better than the laptop speaker"
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Treble

Treble:
"My only complaint is that the knobs for treble and bass seem to be reversed, as in turning it to the side indicated as + will actually be -."
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"Some of the sound quality may be related to the quality of the device they're plugged in to, but since the bass and treble knobs actually work, you'll be good to go!"
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"They sound pretty darn good with the bass and treble about a quarter turn over the halfway detent."
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"These handsome little treble units work well next to my large Mac desktop."
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"These JBL speakers are great with excellent bass and adjustable knobs for the treble and bass plus there's an control on one of the speakers to raise or lower the volume."
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"Overall, I would say they are very good speakers if you adjust the bass and treble."
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Value

Value:
"These JBL speakers are a great value but even better they give you quality BIG sound for something so small."
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"I don't need to tell you how nice they look on my shelf as you can see for yourself how stylish they are, but just as stylish the greatest value in speakers."
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"A great value considering the sound and under 100 dollar price."
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"Right now I'm trying to decide between their Best Value 2.1 PC Speakers Harman Kardon Soundsticks III (which look great but are $117) and their Best PC Speakers under $100 Logitech Speaker System Z523 with Subwoofer (which are more mundane looking but go for $81).On Amazon the reviews for these 2 seem to indicate a step-up in sound for both versus the JBL Creature III's."
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"I got 'em for $68 on a Gold Box deal... Don't pay more than that, as the value per performance ease of use form factor would not be there anymore."
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Video

Video:
"While listening to music videos on YouTube, the sound was not that clear as i could hear distortions coming out of the speakers."
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"These speakers where worth the money, work perfect for home use and easy to installWe use it for video games, kids songs and I blast music while I do housework all from our desktop"
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"I gotta say, they're not bad at all when watching action movies or just listening to som music, they're pretty good for their price, obviously you're not gonna get an awesome, over the top product for less than $100 bucks, but these will make your day, really.... Also, they look really cool next to the tv, so modern and chic...."
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"Sounds is great for both music and watching TV shows, movies."
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"I bought this to my room to connect with PS3, now i can experience a smooth and perfect sound watching movies in my small room."
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"I am comparing these to my old Z-2300s (which are great for movies and delivered what I needed for ~100 at the time); for ~35 less, the JBL's lesser performance comparatively is negated by the aforementioned aspects."
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Volume

Volume:
"The mute behavior at low volumes is EXTREMLY frustrating and deemed this device worthless unless blasting sound out of them."
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"My only criticism is that the volume control is a set of two touch-sensitive buttons on the right speaker."
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"The touch buttons may be better than knobs if you change volume very frequently, I have had problems with knob and slide volume controls in past, but not sure about that."
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"The volume control however is not as granular as I would have liked it to be, you may have to adjust your source volume if you need to vary it over a wide range."
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"Great speakers, little light on the volume side, but super easy to set-up and use with touch sensitive buttons and great design."
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"I was satisfied this is my second time owning creatures I had the creatures 2 and they blew up but only cause I kept playing it at the max volume..... good for having a good time..."
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"When the volume is high, the sound is clear and sounds good, but they don't get loud enough."
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"The volume buttons are convenient but not really user-friendly, especially when different items on your computer or wherever are at different audio levels and you need constant volume adjustmentsThe appearance is great, but so is lipstick on a pig..."
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"the speaker sounds decent, like any other good system out there, but the volume adjustment is bad design."
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