Played three hours of U2 on it, and the sub worked mostly okay, but as soon as I threw on something with accurate, and distinct bass, it started breaking up and "farting" out the bass notes in painful fashion to hear. Doom III is completely uplayable due to horrifying bass distortion and the housing rattling.
I suspect I'm going to be stuck with the shipping to send this big box back, but thats what I'm going to do. Dont imagine I have any other options.
Many, many people have PM'ed me from a number of forums recommending I forget the 680's because of exactly this kind of reliability issues. The recommendations, across the board, are between the Gigaworks and the Klipsch Ultra's. Which would YOU recommend? I like Klipsch stuff, but they seem somewhat underpowered next to the 680's and the Giga's.
At Newegg, the Ultra's are $356.99 with shipping, and the Giga's are $339.00.
Interesting note though, at Securemart.com ( a very reputable vendor) I can get the Gigaworks for $313.17 shipped! Hopefully Newegg will match if I go with those instead of the Klipsch.
In the end, whether I go with the Klipsch or Giga's, I'm out significant money for the return shipping, have to pay an additional hundred dollars or more, for the replacement I choose, AND it will be another ten days, at least, without being able to do any gaming on my brand new pc. This sucks!