Is that the only thing you tested? What did you use to record with? Cold be your recording the issue not the speakers, the one situation you tried is not really a good test of things.I tried recording on a ppt with a voice over. When I played it back the sound was in the distance and you could not follow what was said. It was woefully inadequate. I don't expect the speakers to be exceptionally loud but for the price I would expect to hear through them. I wondered if all Omens were the same or if it is a fault with them all.