Inland Pro Sound 1000 2-Piece Computer Speaker$12.88 @ your Friendly neighborhood Wally-Mart all day.
Cheap? You bet! I'm not really a techno-gotta have kind of person.
Utility is my first demand. Bells and whistles come way after, unless I'm looking for a ...bell or a whistle. These little guys have performed excellently and clearly and sometimes quite loudly for me now some two years and I don't expect them to stop anytime soon.
They have already outlived a "same time purchased" motherboard and soundcard.
They're simple, plain, unobtrusive, effective. One power button, one volume knob, and even a handy little earphone jack. It's plug and play, no additional software; I didn't even have to detect new hardware.
So far the only drawback for me is the volume knob, it protrudes from the speaker case approx. 3/16 of an inch. and is still a pretty tight turn.
I don't exactly have sausages for digits, but folks, that's "dainty"!
I watch a fair amount of movies, DVDs and net-cast programming on my p.c.
You know how effects, music and commercials are all louder than dialogue?
Yeah, a fellah can get pretty bruised up after a bit of getting "LOST" with "THE UNIT".
All in all though, I've got my $$'s worth and am still getting it. If you like to hear, but you don't care to pay for more than that, maybe you want to give these a shot.