• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Pleasantly Surprised

    • Written by from Cambridge

    I'm a college student and I was looking for some desk speakers whose sound could completely fill up an entire large room. I listen to a wide range of music and wanted speakers that could satisfy this. I decided to try out the Bose Companion 20's and despite my skepticism, they perform beautifully. I really like my bass and so I was worried the companion 20's would be lacking in this respect. Turns out that they have plenty enough bass to make me happy. Sure it isn't heart throbbing like you would get from a system with a subwoofer but it certainly is well balanced with the rest of the ranges. The sound quality of the system is amazing. Now I can actually tell which music files are high and low quality. I should mention that I am using these speakers with a MacBook Pro and the setup looks gorgeous. Everything matches perfectly and looks really clean. I would definitely recommend this product!

    294 of 314 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth every penny

    • Written by from Welland

    I have an extensive digital music collection on my PC, so I wanted a quality upgrade to my old Sony's to listen to my music. At $260, these are certainly not cheap for PC speakers, but of course, you know the old adage, you get what you pay for. These little beauties produce sound at all ranges (even the lows) expertly, without the need for a separate sub-woofer. There is no distortion at higher volumes and no loss of fidelity at lower volumes.

    I like the separate 'pod' which controls volume (there are no volumes/power controls on the actual speakers) and with a quick tap, mutes the speakers. You can also connect headphones via the pod or a separate audio source like an iPod.

    I believe the Bose Companion 2 (which is their entry level PC speaker) run about $110. I say skip past those and go right to the Companion 20. You won't be disappointed.

    223 of 242 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very clear sound

    • Written by from Firestone

    I originally had logitech z-2300 speakers that broke so decided to venture and buy new speakers. I thought the logitech speakers sub woofer was way over active and kind of annoying. So I bought these, and I got to admit, they don't have a sub woofer but they pump out sounds EXTREMELY nice & clean. The base will surprise you and you will definitely hear it!! And it's not over active or late and sounds very very nice. The speakers handle loud volumes very clearly with no breakage of sound, at all.

    HOWEVER, these do not include a sub woofer so if you are looking for 15" woofer sounds, these speakers aren't it. But I will definitely keep as a replacement for my THX z-2300 speakers because of the right amount of bass, treble and very clear mid-tones.

    224 of 255 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect solution for a small room or apartment

    • Written by from Sydney

    Fantastic speakers! I have been looking for a solution to provide a speaker system for my apartment for some time. Having got excited about Airplay, I have been waiting for over a year for quality speaker manufacturers to come to the party. I have got tired of waiting! The Bose Companion 20s however provided me with a near perfect solution. These speakers sound great with fantastic clear high and mid ranges, but also excellent low frequency response. The sound is very clear and versatile for all music types. Rather than plugging mine into my Macbook Pro, I plugged them into the speaker out socket of my new Sony Bravia TV. The TV is hooked up to an Apple TV and Sony Playstation by HDMI cables. What this means is that not only can I play music wirelessly through the Apple TV from my laptop, but the speakers also work with all media content from the TV and Playstation. It also only means I can use the TV remote to control the volume from all source inputs. I highly recommend these speakers, especially for rooms where a 2.1 or 5.1 system and associated wires dominates the space. To top it off, they sound amazing!

    60 of 62 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Speakers

    • Written by from Toronto

    I have $10,000 tower speakers at home and also a profession pianist. I know what good sound is.

    These speakers are awesome. If it put them in a bedroom even small living room you will get better sound that most hd tvs. The sound is very loud and rich. Bass is great and hgh notes have great clarity.

    These speakers also look good. There silver finishing looks great with my MacBook Pro.

    Don't listen to these speakers in a really big apple store. They are not designed for thousands of square foot cubes like the one on broadway in new York. I love apple stores but they not really for selling speakers. Instead go to a Bose store. Some even have soundproof rooms for you to listen. So go to one and listen for yourself.

    Hope this helped!!!!

    65 of 77 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from goose creek

    These speakers are very much well worth the price! The sound is so enthralling, you feel like you're at a live concert sometimes. The sound is clear, and sharp.

    47 of 55 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Location, Location

    • Written by from Slidell

    I finally bought the Bose Companion 20's after about a year of listening to them in store displays. They sounded the best to me. When I plugged them into my MacBook Pro I was disappointed. They did not sound any better than the old $50 Logitech speakers I was replacing. They did not sound anything like they did in the store displays. I was going to return them but I happened to play them in a different location and everything changed for the better. Originally I had them about a foot from the wall. They failed to impress and sounded cheap and tinny. Moving them away from the wall uncorked them. Placing them about 4" on either side of my MacBook's 15" screen on a desk without a wall in front or behind it delivered great sound. If you close your eyes and roll around in the desk chair, you can find focused sweet spots where the sound seems to surround you as if you were in a room among the band members and individual instruments. I do not know how they make a sound appear to come from behind you or to your side when they are physically located in front of you, but they can do this if positioned correctly. If you like music with pounding bass you can feel, these are not for you. If you want an alternative to headphones, and clear sound with depth, these are a good choice.

    47 of 57 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound All Around

    • Written by from Kitty Hawk

    I'm a student and computer programmer who loves this set of speakers. I always have music playing from Progressive House and EDM to Classic Rock. I haven't found something that sounds bad on these speakers yet. They are well worth the money.

    38 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Owen Sound

    Do they sound great? DARN RIGHT THEY DO!
    Do they look great? DARN RIGHT THEY DO!

    No complaints with these babies. Classical, pop, electronic, rock, opera.....you name it I've tried all kinds of music and they all sound wonderful. I also love the innovative volume control pod. It feels great in your hand - AS IF APPLE DESIGNED IT. You can also directly attach headphones or an external device like an ipod to the volume control pod!

    35 of 39 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    glad I got them!

    • Written by from northridge

    I was considering to get Companion 2 at first because of the price. After I went to Bose store I tried compare the sound of Companion 2 and 20. All I can say is that Companion 20 rules!! It has good amount of bass, clear sound. I'm just so glad I got it and use it everyday now.

    31 of 36 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    One of the best 2.0 speaker to date

    • Written by from Batu Caves

    Hi,all..I bought this speaker to replace my 5 years old Acoustic Energy AegoM which used to be my favorite. AegoM is nice but it don't have enough trebles for my taste and not really suitable for iPod. I'm very impressed with the sound of Bose Companion 20 . It blends my music well enough even using an iPod and at low volume.High volume even better though. Other things, it does't need any equalization to sound best.Just set your music player eq off or flat and plug it to Bose C20 and relax, and it will treat your music nicely. But beware, the placement of this speaker is crucial.don't place it too close to the wall behind it, or else it will lose its tonal balance(boomy bass). place it 1-2 feet in front the wall and you will be rewarded. Control pod is a bonus.Worth to mention, i audition this speaker side by side with B&W MM1 and focal XS book at the store and pick C20 because it sounded much fuller, bass nicely present and have wider sound stage at lower price.

    23 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    How can you expect anything less from Bose?

    • Written by from Miami

    Granted I have only had the speakers for less than a week, but so far they are AMAZING!! I could tell a HUGE difference as soon as I turned on the speakers. The sound is still impressive, even if you are in a different room. I bought them to boost the sound of my iMac when listening to music or watching movies. These speakers def deliver in every regard. Great Product!

    22 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great to use, sounds good

    • Written by from Houston

    Without a subwoofer, I worried that these wouldn't pack sufficient bass. For listening to music, they're more than adequate. The bass is a bit muddy, but still good and can be cleaned up a bit with equalization as befits your location.

    There's too many cables, but once installed, these speakers look good and have an excellent heavy volume knob that's easy to use and feels good. Power is on and off with a single touch, and no RF interference.

    22 of 26 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Provo

    Man, for their size these are the bomb. They-re SO powerful. The sound is clear and good. Especially, bass

    23 of 28 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound quality - room filling clarity

    • Written by from King George

    Bose's latest desktop speakers are a great addition to my home office. I have a large digital music collection and enjoy listening while I work or game. These speakers sound great at any volume level. When my favorite Floyd tracks come up and I crank the volume, bass, et al sounds great. The convienance of rhe volume control, on/off, and it's auto off capability are added bonuses. You can't go wrong with these speakers ... A bargin at twice the price given the superb sound quality they are putting out.

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing speakers

    • Written by from Cupertino

    These adds a whole new dimension of sound to my music! The speakers far exceeded all my expectations - it produces such an amazing range of sound that it caused a friend to scan the floor for a subwoofer :)

    20 of 23 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds like a winner

    • Written by from Columbia

    If you buy external speakers, you probably care about quality as well as quantity. With portable music devices so prevalent, young-uns might find it odd to know that back in the day of vinyl, quality speakers were just as important as tuners, turntables, and jungle juice. OK, maybe not so much with the jungle juice.

    Back then, music piracy wasn't even heard of by the general public. You played the stuff you actually bought. So the quality was better than the average quality now. See, we just wouldn't tolerate lousy speakers. But we do now -- they are rampant.

    You might care about sound if you find yourself always walking over to the speakers in the Apple store, Best Buy, wherever. If you're like me, you'll buy some, think they're OK, until you hear something better. You were seduced by the small footprint and cool appearance. Aren't you tired of that?

    Just buy these Bose, okay? I've had other speakers, but because of the tremendous experience I've had with the portable Bose system (about $500 and worth every penny -- unbelievable LOUD sound outdoors at the pool, beach, parties -- just fantastic) I decided to go with these.

    Good decision. Worth the money. Bose knows how to do it right. And heed the guy with the $10K towers -- don't listen to these in a big box store. They're for a personal room, not a concert hall.

    Excuse me now while I listen to "Hey Nineteen," by Steely Dan. Ah, sounds excellent on my new Bose speakers. "Way back when, in '67 ..." When music sounded better, and we were all young ...

    25 of 35 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Northolt

    I bought the Bose Companion 20's four months ago for my MacBook Pro and I am a bit disappointed.The sound quality on high volume is not that good and not to mention the poor bass which sometimes irritates your ears even at low volume.I am not saying its a bad sound system,I just expected more for the money.My advice is to spend some time in the Bose store and try them few times in a quiet ambience with your own music,before to buy!
    Hope this helped!!!

    21 of 29 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best speakers ever

    • Written by from Crown Point

    These speakers are truly what they cost. Worth every penny in your pocket. If you don't buy these speakers, then your missing out on all the best quality sound. These speakers truly deliver the full rich sound that a speaker should have and that's why they are from the company who has the most respected name in sound..... BOSE

    19 of 25 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from chennai

    When i thought of buying iMac,i thought of buying computer speakers but there were lot around especially with B & W,B & O and BOSE.Finally when i bought the mac it came along with BOSE Companion 20.The sound was room filled with clear and rich bass.It gives me real Hi-Fi experience from this twin. I am IMPRESSED.

    14 of 15 people found this useful