Cheap? No. But I'd take these over any other speakers short of Meyer X-10s. Self-powered (internally bi-amped, actually), so no esoteric speaker cables or racks of amps needed, and they've got enough bass to be used without a sub, although the complementary LSR6312SP fills out the system with even more solid low end. You'll hear detail in your music you didn't know existed. And Zeppelin II still sounds damn good.