Questions & Answers for Bose® Companion® 5 Multimedia Speaker System
42 Questions from the Community
Compared to M1 B&W or Zeppelin B&W, what do you think ?
I have the Zeppelin and love its rather neutral balance.
- Asked by Johan H from Uccle
- Apr 4, 2010
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Can I buy more 2 speakers (Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker S. ) and use the 4 (and the subwoofer) simultaneously connected with one iphone only?
how to control volume on bose companion 5 with tv remote control
Is there any way I can control the volume on my bose system with my tv remote? cheers.
- Asked by Leanne T
- Oct 13, 2013
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yes, i am using it on 220 V but you need to check in for which country are you looking for. I bought it in India. There may be several versions available depending upon the country.
- Answered by Gaurav K
- Nov 15, 2013
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how much total watts on both speakers
- Asked by Giovanni N from Pearland
- Nov 24, 2009
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- Answered by Miguel T from Providence
- Jan 1, 2011
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can this sound system can be connected to your tv
bose companion5 multimedia speaker system
- Asked by Uveerajsingh J
- Apr 26, 2012
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I own this set of speakers. The only way you can connect the Bose Companion 5 (BC5) is via the 3.5mm mini jack. Most televisions do not have the capability of passing sound via their USB ports (if they even have one).
What I did is find an RCA to Mini Jack converter cable, this will allow you to plug into your audio out on your television and connect directly to your BC5. (Tricky part is that you still need to adjust the sound via the BCA dial and not the TV, unless your television doesn't do a pre out RCA)
If your television only has optical audio out (toslink), then the passthrough gets a bit more tricky. You will need the following:
1. A Toslink cable to connect from your TV to a converter (mentioned in #2)
2. A Toslink to Coax (RCA) converter. Easily purchased online or at an electronics store i.e. Radioshack.
3. Finally you will need an RCA to to Mini Jack converter cable.
For this you connect the Toslink (optical audio) cable from the TV to the Converter, and then using the RCA to Minijack connect the Converter to the BC5. Again the tricky part is that you still need to adjust the sound via the BCA dial and not the TV)
- Answered by Miguel S from Phoenix
- Jul 27, 2012
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How is the sound quality if connected with ipod?
- Asked by Sanjay H
- Oct 4, 2009
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The sound quality is excellent, providing all the Bose clarity you come to expect from their speakers. in terms of connecting to an iPod, there is an additional input for plugging in an iPod (see the image of the round controller) To connect your ipod, you will need a double ended 3.5mm jack cable (the same connection you see at the end of your headphones, although at both ends of the cable)
- Answered by Andre A
- Oct 8, 2009
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Can I change the speakers volume from the volume control in osx, or am I forced to use the physical dial on the speaker?
When I change the speakers volume from the hardware dial, does the volume changed indicator show up on my mac's screen?
- Asked by Blaine H from Abilene
- Dec 7, 2012
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Yes, these speakers are connected to a laptop through a USB port.
- Answered by Nigel S
- Feb 27, 2010
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are these speakers good for dubstep
I want to know before I buy them
- Asked by Leslie F from Slingerlands
- Oct 31, 2011
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YES, i love a bit of skrillex and these eat dubstep for breakfast.
- Answered by Rob P
- Feb 13, 2012
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can i use these speakers for the ipad 2 ?
- Asked by Junior L
- Aug 25, 2011
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of course. the control pod has an audio aux input for you to connect your iphone / ipad / whatever thing that requires a headphone / earpiece for the other end.
- Answered by Alexander K
- Sep 18, 2011
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NO, Not the USB connection but what you can do is if your using component cables or HDMI, is to buy an RCA to the 3.5mm headphone jack cable. Then connect the RCA cables to the Audio output of the components and plug the other end into the AUX port of the control pod. Change the sound output in your PS3 settings and they'll work fine.
- Answered by Nayab A from Hamilton
- Mar 3, 2010
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Not directly off the Bose speakers, no. There isn't a built-in CD player, HOWEVER, there is a 3.5mm input jack to connect a CD player to if you choose to do so.
- Answered by Jason S from Barrie
- Nov 15, 2011
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How are the speakers connected to each other? Cables? How long?
Trying to avoid tons of cabling.
- Asked by Ethan W from Valencia
- Oct 15, 2009
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They are not connected together by the same cord. Each has their own separate cable which connects separately to the acoustimass.
- Answered by Todd R from Waupun
- Jun 9, 2010
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No, there are only 2 speakers. The 5.1 is achieved by Bose's own proprietary technology, called TrueSpace Surround. It basically emulates a 5 speaker system, by only using 2 satellite speakers and one Acustimass (bass) module. I have to say, to enjoy the 5.1 sound you need to plug it in to your Mac by using the included USB cable, but it's well worth the hassle.
The system sounds awesome, although it is a little overpriced. In my case I just wanted something to add more bass and mid-range output to my iMac without having to buy a huge sound system and this little guy did the trick.
- Answered by Ivan S from Altamonte Springs
- Apr 13, 2011
- Flag as inappropriate Answer (It says 5.1 but the picture shows 2 speakers... Are there more speakers that aren't displayed in the picture?)
Is there a shorter stand option?
I bought these a few years ago and have used them with a few few MacBook Pros and now my Mac Pro. They sound great.
I removed the stands as I like them directly under my 27" Apple display. I am still looking for a better (shorter) stand, that will still angle them upward. Anyone have any ideas?
- Asked by Chris D from San Diego
- May 3, 2011
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Does the system have universal power that can be used in the UK and US?
- Asked by Patrick S from Oakland
- Mar 20, 2010
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Is it true that there is problems using Companion (3 or 5) with mac book pro and with Snow Leopard?
In the review part it's written that it doesn't work with Snow Leopard and that because of the UBS connection sometimes the speakers power has to be unplugged from the wall and reconnected. Does someone know anything about problems?Answer
As of today, the problem still exist. I just bought mines a few days ago and luckily, with a lot researches before purchasing, there is a solution to still use your companion 5 with your Macbook Pro with OS Leopard installed.
Because the Companion 5 has an audio jack & auxiliary cable, you will need an "auxiliary cable to auxiliary cable." One end to connect to the companion 5 auxiliary and the other end to your Macbook Pro's audio jack. You can purchase this cable from any electronic stores, got mines from Best Buy.
This will allow full function of the Companion 5 to your Mackbook/Macbook Pro. But I hope Apple will fix this USB issue because there are people out there who loves high quality audio.
Hope this helps.
- Answered by Seng Y from Charlotte
- Feb 3, 2011
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Can I operate the volume, pause, and mute keys etc. from my keyboard (F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12) to control these speakers?
- Asked by Jason S from Barrie
- Nov 13, 2011
- Flag as inappropriate (Can I operate the volume, pause, and mute keys etc. from my keyboard (F7, F8, F9, F10, F11, F12) to control these speakers?)