Thanks for all the input.
I ended up getting the Cambridge Soundworks' FourPointSurround 1600 (FPS 1600)
It is good- for it's target market that is- and that's a cheap 4.1 solution for gaming and casual mp3 listening.
I was really disappointed about the bloated boomy bass, but the remedy for that is to block up the bass port. Things are half bearable now.
The other revelation is the near absent midrange. Male vocals sound thin, and female vocals lose their charm.
Now I really appreciate the importance of good midrange.
For music I'd rather sacrifice deep bass to have beatiful midrange and sweet treble.
So in conclusion these are a far cry from real [bookshelf] speakers. But then speakers cost at least twice more.