• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Base driven

    • Written by from Gibraltar

    Good sound and build quality. However, the sound is rather base driven.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    There is a secret...

    • Written by from Nunoa

    First of all, sorry for my english. Guys, this companion 20 is a very good speaker system. Solid build, beautiful speakers, a good sound. One big problem: the poor bass. Any solution?... YES!!. Download Boom from Mac App Store. Boom is an utility with an equalizer. You can use it on youtube, itunes, grooveshark, etc. It is a system wide equalizer. Just increase the bass and... OMG!, the sound now is great, with deep bass. ;)

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Very happy!

    • Written by from Melbourne

    It's always hard to get a good gauge of speakers when testing them in a noisy department store or Mac shop... you only get to really hear what speaker are like when you bring them home and listen to them in your environment.... that said I thought the 20's sounded ok in the store and as they are on special i took a gamble and bought a pair.
    My first impression was that of disappointment and I felt I may have made a big mistake... I waited until the kids had gone to bed cleared the space around my Macbook and pulled the speakers away from the back wall.... Ok now I get it... these little speakers really came to life and lost a lot of their murky sound. They are rear ported and when too close to a wall they get very 'boomy' and 'murky'.... slide them 20cm off the wall and they sound great. Not the last word in true hifi but for compact speaker system with the great volume control they do the job just fine.
    I'm now very happy I bought these speakers and would recommend them to someone looking for a quick sound upgrade without taking up too much space on your desktop and not forking out $550 for a pair of B&W MM1's...

    2 of 3 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Substantial upgrade for iMac speakers

    • Written by from London

    Bought these as a gift for a family member to replace her iMac's built in speakers. After reading about them online through sites like Trusted Reviews, decided that these would give a great bang for the buck at £200. I personally own the Bowers & Wilkins MM-1, and find them to be absolutely amazing, so was looking for something that can get most of the way to the MM-1 standard without spending so much money.

    At half the price of the MM-1, these Bose speakers are a real gem. They pack punchy bass (unfortunately even at low volumes. These speakers don't really do 'quiet'). At high volumes they can also sound a little shrill, due to the lack of independent signal processing like the MM-1s. However at mid- to mid-high volumes, these perform great for such a small pair of speakers.

    The styling of the speakers matches the aluminium Apple computers perfectly, with a solid metal speaker grille at the front which looks like it would stand up to the test of time. They easily fill a room (or even a house depending on how thin your walls are) with sound, and despite my niggles at the low and high ends of the volume spectrum, can heartily recommend these speakers to someone who wants an "affordable" upgrade to great sound (in comparison to some other offerings, in any case!)

    105 of 119 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    great speakers

    • Written by from Glebe

    These are great speakers. They retain their fidelity up to quite reasonable volumes. The only drawback is that they are obviously geared towards gaming and are quite bass heavy. SO not ideal for listening to music. The difference is very obvious when doing a back to back comparison with the sound dock.
    I've also been carrying them around in my bag for a month and have had no problems so are quite robust.

    4 of 4 people found this useful