The Apple M6082's are a set of old school, Apple computer speakers. These speakers aren't really anything special as far as pure sound quality is concerned, but they're great for checking mixes on. It's always good to have a set of speakers in your system that are comparable to that of the average listener's, as these are perfect for that. Of course they aren't designed for mixing or any sort of pro audio purposes besides simple playback, but engineers have been using them to check mixes more and more it seems, as it seems to be catching on. As far as general characteristics go, it's got RCA connections in the front and a volume and pan control knob in the front. It also has an 1/8" size headphone jack in the front. There's nothing really that makes these stand out in terms of sonic quality, but they're the perfect little boom box sort of speakers just to listen to mixes on to get perspective on. These speakers or something like them wouldn't be needed for tracking, but during mixing they can come in extremely handy. You can usually find these for sale used, but the price has certainly been going up since more and more people are seeking them out and using them. While these are definitely the perfect sort of third set of speakers, there are many different types of speakers out there that can do the same job. For this reason I wouldn't recommend paying too much for these, as if needed you can always listen on your home stereo or boom box as an alternative. However, if you can get your hands on the Apple M6082 vintage computers speakers at a cheap price, it would definitely a nice thing to have these around any studio, professional or otherwise.