The Companion 5 multimedia speaker system is engineered to deliver the excitement of surround sound content right at your computer. Just two small speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module deliver much of the audio performance you'd expect from a five-speaker surround sound system. A single USB connection is all it takes - no special software, hardware or sound card upgrade necessary.*
The TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry enables two elegant desktop speakers and a compact module to put you in the middle of the action. The soundstage seems to envelop you. And the experience is developed especially for computer listening, so you're right in the middle of the music, the game, the special effects.
Magnetic field is essentially confined inside the speakers and will not cause monitor interference or damage to magnetic media such as audio cassette tapes. With the Dual inputs you can enjoy two audio sources simultaneously - one to your computer, the other to a portable audio device.
The Companion 5 system features a handy, all-in-one control pod to keep speaker volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and an auxiliary input all within easy reach. Speakers are mounted on stands enabling superb performance and more usable desktop space.
- Proprietary TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry
- Digital 5.1 audio playback
- USB simplicity
- Preassembled speakers/stands
- Compact Acoustimass module
- Control pod
- Magnetically shielded speakers
- Patented integrated signal processing
- Compression circuitry
- Active equalization
- Dual inputs
What's in the Box?
- Acoustimass module
- Satellite speakers with stands
- Control pod
- Power cord, USB cable
- Connections : USB
- Weight : Two satellite speakers: 1.09 kg; Acoustimass module: 6.99 kg; System in carton: 12.3 kg
- UPC or EAN No. : 17817536929
- Note : Apple's One-Year Limited Warranty does not apply to products that are not Apple-branded, even if packaged or sold with Apple products. Non-Apple-branded products may have the benefit of a manufacturer's warranty provided by the product manufacturer — please see your product box and literature for details. Benefits under the manufacturer's warranty are in addition to rights provided by consumer law. For details, click here.
- *For optimum performance, we recommend Mac OS X 10.4.6 or later.; Apple is an authorized Bose dealer.; Visit the following url to learn more and for verification: http://www.bose.com/apple
Ratings & Reviews
Companion 3 vs Companion 5
Companion 5 adds depth to the sound which Companion 3 lacks off. It makes a huge difference to listening to music and movies.
- Written by Cheng woon N from Batu pahat
61 of 71 people found this useful
Excellent, BETTER THAN THE COMPANION 3!
After owning these for a short while i can say that these are the best version of the Companion series, and absolutely SUPERB soun d quality, i am now re-encoding to Apple Lossless to et the best out of these. HIGHLY recommended. …
- Written by Stephen L from Benfleet
62 of 73 people found this useful
I've owned these for a few years now and spent so much time listening to them that I didn't have time to write a review.
The de sktop speakers look great and have a good spread of sound. The bass unit is quite big, but I have mine tucked away under the desk and out of site.
If you go for something with a bit of va va voom about it, such as "War machine -ACDC" or "Whole lotta love - Led Zepplin" you get a real sense of the balance between the massive bass unit and the desktop speakers.
The sound is very impressive for the money.
The control "puck" is brilliant too, a simple touch on/off and a volume ring that allows you to really annoy the neighbours. It goes very LOUD if you want it to.
I'm glad I went the extra and got these over the 3. …
- Written by Neil W from London
52 of 60 people found this useful
This top of the range BOSE system is one of the best, if not the best, computer speaker systems on the market and is great value f or money. I really like the reliability that the wired connections provide and am a big fan of the simple USB computer connection. The speakers come with one of the easiest to follow instruction manuals I have seen in a long time and linking the bits together is extremely simple. The software linkage to my iMac was straightforward.
The sound the system produces is sublime. I love my music and my old favourites have been greatly refreshed with the Companion 5. The source of the music is irrelevant. It might be iTunes, Spotify, or online radio via my Radium App. Movie watching has been similarly enhanced. The system does wonders with the soundtracks. Again the source is irrelevant.
Apart from the minimalist good looks, and solid construction quality, I appreciate being able to adjust the Bass and adore the neat wired control hub. It is delightful to use, is very sensitive to the touch and lets you easily connect a set of headphones if you want private listening.
If you seek an excellent computer sound system, be sure to check out the Companion 5. …
- Written by George W from Glendaruel
Brilliant compact and well worth it - BUT...
Saw these originally when dragged to the Good Food Show (Bose had a stand - I think for all the men out there that got dragged alo ng ;-) ) and even in an open arena with all that was going on, you could still get a good sense of punchy audio from movies and sound tracks alike. My wife then bought me a set as a Christmas present and have never looked back. They are hooked up to an iMac and just work.
Point to remember - you need to go through the Audio Midi Setup program on the Mac to tell it about speaker config as the default is stereo.
Now for the BUT...
iTunes (tried v10 and v11) does NOT allow you to select any 5.1 audio track from any movies in your library so will only play back in STEREO.
VLC on the other hand will allow you to select 5.1 and play it correctly via the Bose so the hardware is there and working, just that iTunes wont make use of it.
The only way I have got iTunes to even acknowledge there is a 5.1 audio track is to get one of those optical jack adaptors for the headphone socket, but then when you play back - of course you hear nothing as iTunes is sending audio digitally to the optical port. If anyone knows otherwise or can find out direct from Apple (I've used the forums - seems to be common issue) - please shout out!
Thats the only reason for dropping a star and not a fault with the Bose but how Apple have implemented 5.1 with iTunes. …
- Written by Wayne H from Tamworth
Well worth the money!!! Worth at least another 100 quid! Sound quality is on another level
- Written by Thomas B from leicester
1 of 2 people found this useful
Questions & Answers
Answers from the community
- Asked by Karl B from Marton
they are wired, both speakers are connected to the base unit.
- Answered by Sam T
Would I be able to plug my iPhone 3Gs directly into this, or would the software be too new or something?
- Asked by Tommy K
You are connecting the iPhone via the 3.5mm jack, there are no software computability issues with he adphone peripherals. You are not connection via a docking station as such, where you may be prone to interference or similar issues. Plug and play. …
- Answered by Michael D from Wolfeboro
- Asked by Stephen B
As long as the Companion 5 is connected to a power-source, it's plug and play via the AUX input on t he hub. It is as difficult is plugging in your skull-candy headphones. :) …
- Answered by Michael D from Wolfeboro
300W max but it's the way it uses the 300W's that is impressive. Always perfectly balanced sound no matter what the volume. …
- Answered by Harry Lewis M