I thought my creative servants Creative T10 were perfectly capable but thought that using the computer speakers so much that it might be worth upgrading. First, I was obviously looking for the "Computer Speakers" category here at Price Hunt. But I found this to be restrictive, since you can basically use whatever speakers you want, only if they have the right connection options.
The R1280DB has coaxial, optical, Bluetooth (DB model only) and 2 RCA. Not all computers have optical output or Bluetooth, but then you can use the supplied 3.5mm-2xRCA cable. Also included with an optical cable and an RCA cable. And remote control. In addition to Bluetooth, the remote is also an upgrade to the R1280T model. Has more buttons; On / Off, mute, volume up, switch source. Bluetooth should allow you to pause and change songs.
On the side of the active speaker there are controls for bass, treble, volume, and then press the volume button to change source, hold to turn on / off. The bass and treble have a snap in the middle so you know where it is, but it would have been appreciated if there was a little expression on the control itself so you could feel the position. The volume control has no stop, which gives endless steps, with the side effect that you get no indication of what level the volume is. Otherwise, you usually go for volume indication when you set it, but here you get the hip with your ears. When it comes to volume, you notice that there are some.
Sitting and listening to music I otherwise don't have much interest in, just because it sounds good. Stereo effects give a bigger, more enveloping impression and the overall sound has more detail, softness and depth. Have left the treble in the middle and maxed the bass. It is not an excessive base. Provides warmth, foundation and dynamics to most songs. When you hear a distinct, actual bass played in a song, it sounds more like an actual bass. Just one such thing is fun and appreciated. Then there are some songs where more bass does not fit so well and it mostly becomes brittle porridge, but then it is just to lower the bass. Enjoy this with audio controls. Must be careful not to fall into the audio filter trough. The ones where audio files think these speakers are mediocre to hi-fi. Which in relation to the price certainly is still pretty good.
Can't compare to the computer speakers I otherwise had as an alternative, but I bought these for 990: - which is about the price level I had in mind, and around what the Creative T40 and Bose Companion 2 cost. Just considering the size and effect I would be very surprised if these do not sound better. It is definitely a step up from T10 if you say so. Otherwise I had thoughts on Audioengine 2+ or Luna E25, but they cost at least twice as much, and then it feels very doubtful if it is worth it over speakers like these. I am not convinced that the two would sound much better, or better at all. maybe it sounds worse. Smaller speakers may sound better than larger ones, but it feels less guaranteed.
What is an inevitable minus with larger speakers is that they require more space. It's damn accurate that they fit on my desk. I measured that clearly before, but ... then you got the idea that maybe you should buy a new screen as well. Then it will be a problem if it is larger than 24 ". So it is a bit of a stupid problem I have created for myself.
But in terms of function and quality I am very satisfied with the price I paid.