• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not what I hoped for

    • Written by from San Clemente

    When I first set this system up on my new MacPro, I was blown away; clear, clean strong, truly remarkable, especially for watching movies. Now, a week later, I've discovered a deficiency that really disappoints me. Bose instructions suggest that you should turn off your equalizer and let the music sound the way the musicians intended it. If you follow that advice, you're going to run into a lot of recordings that sound like the vocal track is being projected from a distant coal mine. You can compensate fairly well with the iTunes equalizer but the fact is that my old $120 sound system did a better job with at last 10% of what I play. Notable victims include David Bowie (try Modern Love), John Mellencamp, and Journey, but you'll notice the effect to some degree with an unfortunately broad spectrum of artists. Overall, the sound quality is still so good that I rate the product at 4 stars, but you would be well advised to test the system with a representative selection of your favorite music before you sink $400 into it.

    942 of 1208 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Skilled but flawed

    • Written by from Manchester

    These are fine speakers, I'm an avid audiophile and have now dedicated my hi-fi separates to dealing with vinyl since my itunes sound so good and have great detail and depth. However placement can be a problem as a lot of detail comes from the central drive unit which also offers the deep, deep bass. This means that unless you have desk and are willing to have the large black box on full view a lot of the mid-range is lost meaning that you get a slight echo feel to your play back with lyrics or spoken word material becoming lost amidst guitars, drums or ambient movie playback. Other than that they're are a class apart, build quality is sound and only lacking a wireless remote.

    82 of 122 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Excellent computer speakers

    • Written by

    Don't rely on some anti-Bose rant by an "audiophile" who doesn't own these.

    These are substantially constructed, look good on my desktop (sub is hidden), and have excellent sound quality for what they were intended. I wouldn't put them in the same class as a $100K pair of Rockports, but then again I'm not an audiophile either.

    When you consider the PC you are going to plug these into has a mass produced audio chip that would struggle to keep pace with a $200 home receiver, these USB speakers are a perfect match for computer based music, games, and movies. I wish they were about $100 less (hence 4 stars), but then again I wish my MACs were priced more in line with higher spec'd PC's.

    Yes, these are Bose. Yes, people hate the mass marketing Bose relies on. Yes, they sound great and were plug and play on all 5 of my Intel Leopard 10.5.7 MACs (2 new minis, new MBP, 8 core Pro, 24" iMac, and a lowly white macbook). Yes, they are a little expensive. Yes, I would buy them again.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    One Complaint but overall I am Satisfied

    • Written by from Watsonville

    I have been using the Bose Companion 5 for 3 weeks now, Overall the sound is great, It is what you would expect from any Bose Audio System, it seems to make up the bright end loss that I would get from most other computer speakers and I do not find much EQ is required to get the desired effect. My only complaint is that the system does not work well if you have the USB Audio connection connected to a USB Hub, While connected to a 4 port hub, the audio would randomly mute, no sound output despite my Macbook Pro recognizing the Bose system in the system preferences. The only way to correct the problem was to power down the Bose or the Computer. It took me a week to realize that after plugging the Bose directly into the Macbook Pro's USB port the problem went away. So at least with my experience, this system eats up 1 USB Port and does not allow you to use a USB Hub.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Not on the fence anymore

    • Written by

    Well I couldn't decide if the 5's were right for me. So, I went out and purchased the Companion 3's and gave them a whirl as well.

    Whilst the Companion 3's kick *ss and they are cheaper, side by side there is no comparison for MOST music. The 3's are solid speakers on their own, especially if you have a high end sound card since they really rely on what's "under the hood" of your computer.

    I've become less critical and opened my mind. I honestly believe that if I had a $200 sound card the 3's would be perfect for my needs. But I'm not spending that much money on a sound card. The Companion 5's are solid speakers and although not perfect they are a much simpiler solution than upgrading my computer sound card. Yes, they have a 'unique' spacious sound... even unnatural at times.

    I will say that at high volume, the Companion 5's sound fantastic... it's the normal listening level where I have issue with them. They are a very capable speaker system where noise complaints aren't an issue where your neighbours are concerned.

    Either way, I made an decision by comparing the two speaker sets side-by-side, and although the C3's are amazing speakers that don't create a strange 'spacious' (imitated 5.1 surround) sound, the 5's sound better at the end of the day, especially high volume music.

    I have to try to encourage you to try both if you can afford to fork out the cash all at once, because the 3's really are amazing speakers too... especially if you have invested in a good sound card for your computer. You won't need to look any further because the 5's don't rely on sound cards.

    Two thumbs up! Thanks, Bose!

    31 of 35 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bose® Companion® 5

    • Written by from Saugus

    I was always a Bose Hater and thought they where the most overated speakers out there. I found a set of these used locally for a great price and picked them up. I think they sound very good in fact I compared them to *3* other top rated 2.1 PC speaker systems and the Bose sounded better than the rest. I bet half the *hater* reviews are from people that don't even own them......

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked great in Snow Leopard, beware that there are Issues with OSX Lion

    • Written by from Vancouver

    Love these speakers, worked great with Snow Leopard. Sounds great, works great but any of the newer machines with OSX Lion installed will have issues with these speakers. Intermittent cut-outs. Controller seems to kill all sound. The only USB work around is to output through the headphone jack which means less control and and an extra wire hanging off your controller. I would wait for a fix from Apple.

    20 of 24 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Speakers...High Price!

    • Written by from Burbank

    These speakers sound amazing and connect via USB. These things have never been cranked up all the way but they truly are the best computer speaker system I have ever heard (even better than Klipsch). 4 stars for the price tag.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Easy to use with great sound

    • Written by from Wichita

    I was very impressed with the simplicity of the product. The volume control sticks well to a glass desktop and with the turn of the wrist or tap of the finger you can control the volume. The sound of the speakers are fantastic and I would recommend this product for anyone.

    17 of 21 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Perfect speakers (especially if they're on sale)

    • Written by from Stratford

    I'm no audiophile as many claim to be but music is a huge part of my life. Before buying these I has altec lansings and the Bose Companion 3s. The Companion 3s were wonderful but lacked the power and surround feeling of the 5s. Even a casual listener will notice the difference with these beautiful speakers. You are paying for style but its not limited to that. While listening to bands like Radiohead I've discovered whole new sections that I haven't heard with other speaker set ups. If you have the money and find these on sale then just buy them, if you don't want to drop $400 then the companion 3s are also well worth your time. If you're a ridiculous sound expert auiophile then you probably already know what you're going to buy.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Westfield

    I see several posts from "Audiophiles." They comment on the price and the Bose name. They also complain about static, muddy base and lacking mids. One thing they fail to mention is that these speakers are very accurate. So accurate that they bring out all of the detail in the music, snaps, crackles, pops and all. If defects in the music recording are there, these speakers will pick them up. Sorry audiophiles - that's how it works. I experience the same phenomenon with my $1,500 reference monitors. When placed correctly in the listening area and when proper adjustments are made to EQ settings (namely don't use them), these speakers shine immensely. Try listening to Mannheim Steamroller's Fanfare Abblasen on these gems and you see what properly mixed music sounds like!

    17 of 23 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    I love it.

    • Written by from Toronto

    I bought this two or more weeks ago and would gave it a 5 star, but it just happen to me today when I turn on my computer trying to play bleach anime there was no sound. I got it figured out by plugging my usb keyboard to the front of the tower that solves the problem. I guess when the keyboard usb is plug on the back it will interfere with bose usb cable, I'm pretty thats the problem. Anyways great speakers and would recommend this to anyone who owns a mac pro :D

    11 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Using MAC OS X Lion (NO ISSUES)

    • Written by from WHISTLER

    After reading reviews about using the companion 5 system with Lion, I was concerned about buying them. I guess apple must have sorted out any issues with recent updates. I have no issues (** follow instructions carefully **). These are worth the cash :) I bought the Companion 20 last fall 2011, and they were nice, but without the Acoustimass bass module, the Companion 20 just did not "cut the mustard".

    I am not a music or sound expert, but was a musician in the past, and like; acoustical, blues, alternative, classical, some jazz. the Companion 5 delivers the goods !

    iMac 27" 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 16GB DDR3, with additional 27" Apple Thunderbolt display

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good but...

    • Written by from Huntington

    The thing about these speakers is, they either sound really amazing, or not, depending on the song/movie playing. I picked up the C5 about 2 weeks ago from the Bose Factory Store refurbished (a "good deal" considering they still come w/ a 1 yr. limited warantee & are about $40 cheaper than new. Testing the speakers at first was great. I tested songs such as The National's So Far Around the Bend, BPA's Toe Jam, Peter Bjorn & John's Young Folks ...etc... and they sounded amazing!! I then went on to movies..... the system sounded Terrific!! Really surprised on how real the Simulated Surround actually sounds. I had these speakers hooked up at a desk, but decided since they sounded so good, I tried using them as a system for the living room/dining room area. The system seemed to lose base when getting farther away from it, and without that, the sound quality of the speakers sounded just ok. I'm not complaining though, b/c after all this IS a system meant for sitting down about arm's length from it, but for the price, I would have expected something just a little more ESPECIALLY because when I got to songs such as R.E.M.'s E-Bow the Letter, Van Morrison's Bright side of the Road, Ray Lamontagne's You are the Best Thing, Indigo Girls' Closer to Fine, IG's Galileo etc, and other songs by artists I listen to alot, it sounded like the song was coming from someplace far away, like when your headphones aren't inserted all the way into your ipod and the song doesn't sound right until you realize "headphones aren't fully connected!" and you fix them. But there's no fixing that issue of the C5..... I don't know how or why this happens, but it's kind of dissapointing. As I said before though, they are a great set of speakers, with (for the most part) really great sound. They're amazing for movies and for the music that most people will be listening to, I'd definately have to recommend them. If you can get them cheaper than the listed price (because they ARE a little pricey for what is offered in terms of sound output & versatality etc.) then I'd definately say get them.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    faulty connection

    • Written by from Richmond

    every time i change to internal speakers and i go back to bose C 5, i have to disconnect

    and reconnect the power cord in order for the computer to pick them up again...

    it started happening after a year.

    17 of 27 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for everything but games

    • Written by from Ridgewood

    These speakers provide amazing sound for music and movies and I couldn't be happier with them. However, when I use them for a game (as advertised) the sound is distorted and full of static. Huge disappointment there.

    Still love them otherwise.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Bass problem

    • Written by from Boston

    I have this in my hostel
    its a cramped up space and when I use my companion 5
    it somehow sounds better from the living room.. weird but the bass sounds more prominent than when I'm in front of my screen.

    nonetheless, the sound is freaking awesome
    I don't think its too pricy
    personally when i tested out the iphone speakers in the apple store and compared them to my bose speakers... i think these speakers should be more than 600 dollars whilst those iphone speakers under 300.. the sound quality of the companion 5 beats them all .. even the zeppelin doesn't sound as good - just a personal opinion

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Good Sound

    • Written by from Waterloo

    Was recommended these by a smart-ass friend of mine from Finland. Said they sound like a good buy. Hooked 'em up yesterday and they do sound good.

    Prolly a shade overpriced but that's Bose.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Out Standing Product

    • Written by from Bangalore

    Anyone that says these are overpriced needs to compare them to any other 5 speaker surround sound system. Let's face it, almost all of us don't have a wall or piece of furnature directly behind our desk to mount a fourth and fifth speaker. Thats where the geniouses at BOSE come in. they made a speaker system that is as easy to set up as any 3 speaker system, with sound that rivals 5 speaker systems.

    Now about the price. People are saying that it costs to much, that it should be priced similar to other sound systems. Thats like saying "a Ferrari costs to much, who would buy it when you can buy a simple honda?" Now do you see what i mean? if you want good speakers buy these. If you want to save a buck, and you don't care about the hastle of real 5 speaker systems, get smething else.

    R's final review: You get what you pay for. This is intended for those who want QUALITY, not low price.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    not bad!

    • Written by from belleville

    Having a mac is the ultimate....but these speakers are close...enjoy!!

    4 of 16 people found this useful