Ok.. Are there better speaker systems out there? Yes.. Are there better speaker systems out there for $50? NOWHERE CLOSE! These are incredible for *cheap* speakers. I bought them as a *they'll do for now* solution for my desktop PC but with other reviews, i was optimistic. Lets put it this way, they are better than my theatre surround system which is worth 6x the price! I won't be upgrading from these any time soon. Yes there could be a headphone jack, the cables could be longer, or you could have control over bass etc, but you WILL NOT get better speakers at this price point.