• 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Good for Gaming but not music

    • Written by from Dorchester

    If all you are going to do is use these exclusively for gaming and have the money they will make you happy. However, if you want to listen to music you would be much better off selecting another product. On many of my recordings, (both CD and MP3) the vocals and guitar solos sound like they are in another room--way in back of the other instruments. It would appear that if the recording was mixed in certain manner you are not going hear an even mix. For the amount of money I spent on these I'm a little disappointed.

    4 of 11 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Miami

    If you like music and looking for detail and clarity you will not find it here. Don't waste your time and money.

    7 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Movies and Games But sound Terrible with music!

    • Written by from New York

    I've had these on my iMac for over 5 years and they are a durable product that does sound good with loud games and movies when audio accuracy doesn't play a part in listening enjoyment. However, when I'm playing music files in uncompressed files like Flac Aiff, or Wav format then these speakers show their true nature which is they are incapable of reproducing accurate tonal quality whatsoever. In fact they sound the same whether you listen to highly compressed mp3 or uncompressed music files and their bass is has an artificial sound quality. When playing music featuring an upright acoustic bass guitar it sounds like an electric bass guitar from a Casio keyboard. I find almost all Bose speakers terrible at accurate reproduction of musical notes. Only recommended if you listen to electronic hip-hop or mp3.

    21 of 25 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Really Disappointed

    • Written by from Weatherford

    I am really disappointed in this product. For Bose it really falls short. The highs are way to high and the bass really lacks a punch. I have an older system that blows this one out of the water; however, I cannot find a way to make the older system compatible with MAC products. I recently just switched to all MAC products and I really wanted the exceptional 5.1 sound that I am used to and this product failed. It is getting boxed back up and shipped back ASAP.

    9 of 14 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Best used for Gaming/Movies not Music

    • Written by from LENEXA

    Purcahsed the Bose Companion 5 system to go with my Late 2009 iMac. Easy setup with decent instructions for the novice. Sonic reproduction for games and moives (for simulated surround)is good. Although the astute listener won't be fooled into thinking that there are speakers behind him or her.

    When listening to music the system fails by adding coloration to a two-channel source. Vocals have too much reverb and sometimes sound hollow with an echo effect. Music listeninig in general is mediocre. Highs and mid-range tend to mell and sound shallow. Bass is booming and lacks punch and tightness. Would easily recommend this system to someome looking for a good gaming speaker setup or watching movies with 5.1 encoding on their computer.

    A better choice for music listening are the BX5D2's by M-Audio. They are somewhat bulky at 7 x 7.5 x 10 (W x D x H). However they do an excellent job when playing music and produce a studio quality flat response. They also perform quite well with games and moives but not as well as the Bose Companion 5's. However, they don't do anything poorly enough to make me look elsewhere. Did I mention they cost $100 less than the Bose Companion 5 system

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply... disappointing.

    • Written by from Ottawa

    I'm a big Bose fan; bought their earbuds and was blown away. After hearing the superb sound quality of the earbuds, I figured, for a 400 dollar Bose computer system, companion 5's, would be stellar. Not so. Plugged them in and I was instantly disappointed: their surround sound was mediocre, for guitars and drums, the sound was just not there the way I would have expected for the pricey set, and higher frequency sounds sounded unclear. The idea was to "upgrade" from my $70 logitech 5.1 X-540 (fabulous speakers by the way), but strangely the $400 Bose were no match for the relatively cheap Logitech system.

    Maybe for a hundred bucks, maybe even for $150. But for 400 bucks the performance is hands down terrible. I returned them the same day they arrived.

    28 of 44 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    subwoofer has it's own max volume

    • Written by from Chandler

    I had bought these from best buy thinking they would be killer and they were just alright. The bass wasn't boomy or deep at all and HAD ITS OWN LIMITED VOLUME REGARDLESS of the actual speaker volume.. I would turn up the speakers loud and the speakers would get very loud but the bass would be "capped" not compensating for how loud the 2 speakers were. I returned them and got the logtitech z-5500 speakers and they are awesome even though they lack tweeters. I would definitely go with Logitech or Klipsch speakers

    10 of 18 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Control Pod is a Pain!

    • Written by from Monaco

    The sound cannot be faulted but not much more that you would expect for the price. But having to permanently tap the control pod to turn on the sound is a pain. Yes its just a touch but if you use this system anywhere other than a desk top it is no fun.

    At the very least there should be a function to allow you to extend the stay on time in the settings.

    If you are planning to use this product anywhere other than your desk,,don't buy it.

    23 of 30 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Pretty is as pretty does

    • Written by from Cuba

    I've had the Companion 5 system for about a year, connected to a G5 iMac running both Tiger and, for the past month, Leopard.

    Often the sound from these speakers simply stops. The only way to get it back is to re-boot the computer.

    If you study the Apple Support Discussion Forums you'll see that I am not the only Companion 5 owner who has this problem. You'll also see that, to date, neither Bose nor Apple can offer an explanation or a solution.

    So, bottom line, the Bose Companion 5 system looks very nice and, when it works, sounds OK (not amazing). But it is NOT dependable. Unless/until Bose acknowledges and fixes the problem, my recommendation is to look elsewhere.

    89 of 110 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Not good for games

    • Written by from Albuquerque

    Purchased these speakers based on the Bose name and being able to connect them to my new 24" iMac with a USB connection. Sound on movies and music was acceptable but for games the sound is a little garbled and voices can not be understood. Expected more form Bose, these speakers have been returned.

    28 of 39 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    not the best........sound

    • Written by

    high price....you can get better sound with this price...
    I'm buy for $490...makes me dissapointed... Only good in playing movie, nothing else...
    price.........1 stars
    performance...4 stars
    sounds........3 stars

    33 of 65 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    As an audiophile I sample lots of speakers systems whether they are for home theatre, two channel listening, or computer speakers. In all catagories Bose speakers have been over priced for their performance. Ever since Bose came out with their 901 line, Bose has presented themselves as the Ferrari of home audio. But sadly the rest of their products just don't live up to the 901's quality, and these are no difference. If these speakers cost 200 dollars less they would be a good system, but for the price tag, well they just don't perform.

    -They do a pretty decent job reproducing high frequencies
    - For a computer sub it hits the lows nicely.
    -The touch pad is a neat feature that I would like ot see on other models

    -as i have stated many times its over priced
    -I have found that the mids are lacking definition.
    -The sub is lacking character, only giving out thumps.

    1037 of 1417 people found this useful