For TV, this mean that every time you want to hear through this speaker, you have to walk over and turn it on. One more thing you have to remember as you put in the movie or what not. I am pretty sure for normal TV use, pretty soon you will just learn to live with the basic TV speakers instead of walking over for programming such as news.
For computer use, as mentioned before, if you rely on sound notification from IM/Skype or use computer alarm clocks, this will not work well.
I don't mind it much, but I still find myself forgetting to turn it on. Imagine you have been watching youtube, then decided to either watch some TV or do some work so as you take a break, you are looking over at youtube, espn or whatever that has embedded video and for just a split second, you are wondering, why am I not getting any sound? Is there no audio to this video and then you go, duh and reach over and turn it on.
I still really wish there is auto on, but as long as you know what you are getting into, on a desktop environment, it really isn't that big of an issue.
I would guess that these were originally designed as media player speakers (then why the toslink...) so that since a mp3 player is either continuing playing or end at a playlist, the auto off with no auto on is ok since to start playing music again, it requires you to walk over and hit play again on the audio player. Don't know...
Anyway, despite all that, to me, this is a very good deal and I am sure a real upgrade for most people.
theguruguys wrote:Im a bit confused. The auto-shutoff means they turn off if they are sitting unused after thirty minutes right? I don't see why that too bad.