• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Speakers! Pricey, but well worth the money!

    • Written by from Port Colborne

    I have had many speaker systems, but I do love these more than any others. Coming from an impressive set of JBL Creature III's, these surpass greatly. Love them!

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Overpriced for average quality sound...

    • Written by from San Francisco

    Have had excellent experiences with bose audio equipment in the past... but this set of computer desktop speakers are a raging disappointment. Tweeters/Mid-Range coverage is average to poor, and the base (even turned to the lowest setting) overpowers the small upper range speakers. Yuck. My cheap set before these were just as good.. and were not anywhere near $400. Made the mistake of purchasing and not setting them up in the first 30-days, now not returnable. Blah. Epic fail, Bose -- try reducing the price down to $150 (perhaps) and then I wouldn't be so surprised.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Loud Speakers with lots of Bass

    • Written by from Surrey

    Pros:
    - Great Volume
    - Very Deep Bass (packs a punch)
    - Clear Highs
    - Satelite speakers (relatively compact)
    - Good build quality
    - Features a buit in DAC
    Cons:
    - Lacking Mid Range (Not enough detail)
    - No synchronized volume control with computer
    - Sound is not directed very well (sound goes everywhere)

    These speakers are great for watching movies and playing games due to its amazing sub-woofer. Compared to speakers like the B&W MM-1, its missing the Mid Range and does not direct sound directly at you, rather, everywhere (has a very wide sound stage). "5.1 Virtual Surround" is not very effective but I didn't expect that with anything with any 2.1 speaker system. For $399 I think these speakers are great which may also be the reason why Bose hasn't changed them since 2006.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Better than expected

    • Written by from lawrence

    Pro:
    - Finding out what the 25,000 songs I put into iTunes over the years sound like.

    - Realizing I like country music.

    - More than just a base (mid-range is nice, but I'm not an expert at all.)

    - Powerful computer speakers with rich sound.

    - Nice to hear the nuance sounds that usually get washed out.

    (Make sure to place the speakers well to get the full pleasure. Its a powerful system with a great design.



    Con:
    - sys will not work unless wired to a computer
    (no wifi, e.g. plug into airport will not work).

    - nothing like my etymotic in-ears which catch every instrument and just sound more lively.
    (Sorry that can't be too helpful, maybe its the mid-tones. Im not knowledgeable on music tech, but for what its worth - to me, Bose has always felt like quality lemon on mediocre fish.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    AMAZING SPEAKERS!!!! I WOULD RECOMMEND TO ANYONE

    • Written by from San Antonio

    These speakers are so good that I am taking the time to write a review.
    They are amazing I would recommend to anyone, they have an amazing rich sound and have an amazing base. The only issue is the price but for the sound it gives I think its totally worth it!

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sound and feel like $100 speakers

    • Written by from Honolulu

    Doesn't sound like 5.1 speakers, just plain stereo. Sound is OK but was expecting much better sound from these $400 speakers. My cheap Altec Lansing 5.1 speakers I bought 12 years ago sound much better, I guess because there are actually 5.1 pieces to the system. Volume control pod stopped working after a few months (would randomly switch to mute or system would not be detected by my iMac altogether). Brought my system to a Bose repair shop. Paid $75 to have the pod replaced. Was happy about the replacement because the plastic of the pod was poor quality and the rubber part had gotten very sticky (there are similar reports on the Internet). But few months later the volume control on the pod stopped working (mute still works OK) and the rubber is very sticky already.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Well worth the money!

    • Written by from kelso

    I am very happy with these speakers. There is magic here because all music types play well - rock rocks, classical is classic and folk brings the pie. The bass unit sits on the floor and the amount of sound down there is minimal but the effect at the computer is delightful from the hardest rock bass to the pulsating bass viols in a Mozart concerto. Another surprise is the depth and reach of the sound beyond the computer. The sound is the best at the computer but barely diminishes throughout the room, showing the full power pushing these speakers. The only caveat to my praise is that these are computer speakers but they are darn fine ones. One warning - follow the setup directions - turn off the iTunes equalizer! You can experiment later, but the equalizer can ruin the sound quality.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Sound I Ever Bought for My Desk

    • Written by from Beavercreek

    The speakers and their little stands fit nicely on the corners of my desk and the sub-woofer sits on the floor at the back of my desk (the cord that runs topside to the speakers was too short to place the sub-woofer at the front edge of my desk). That "short" lead wire from the sub-woofer is the only "short" coming of the system. The sound is fantastic whether I'm listening to my iTunes radio or music stored on my computer or watching my Elgato TV feature of my MAC. When I watch a movie on my MAC'S Cinemate 27" screen and listen to my Bose sound I am just as happy as if I'm in my home theater room. This is a great Bose product and I highly recommend for the person who wants great sound out of little space. Unfortunately Bose uses a USB Connection which severly limits the kind of devices and places one can use the system. It would also work great with the 32" Flat screen I use in the bedroom (which has awful sound) IF the Bose had an optical connection (since my MAC has optical output just as all my flat screen TVs do). If the Bose had an optical connection I would gladly pay $399 to purchase for all five bedrooms that have 32" & 37" TVs with awful sound, BUT I WILL NOT pay $1,500 for Bose's "wave" sound bar. That is lost business for Bose in my opinion. The USB connection for all those desktops and laptops that don't have optical outputs is great, but why not do both and keep the sound as true and clear and digital as possible for those who have optical connection? But the bottom line here remains that this Bose is a great system for sound and clarity and range.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Best Speakers Ever!!!!!

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    Just bought these today and kinda worried that they weren't going to sound great and set it up at home and it had the best sound ever that i have ever heard. Very easy set up! I would recommend this to everyone. It has the most amazing sound and bass.

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  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Companion 3 series II system was better

    • Written by from Grand Forks

    I owned the companion 3 series II and was completely in love with them. (5 out of 4 stars) (Not the Companion 3 series III)

    Bought the companion 5 series II because who doesn't want 5 channel sound!?

    Complaints:

    1. No Optical input! (i knew this before purchasing). If you're going to pay 400 dollars for a 5.1 system, it'd better have optical input. Not having optical really limits the use of these speakers to the computer. I DONT CARE if they are called "computer speakers", at this price point they should support ALL COMPUTER AUDIO INPUTS. They're just trying to be stingy and make it so you have to buy their tv system if you want to have a BOSE 5.1 experience when gaming or using Apple TV.

    2. Acoustamass module has a lot less depth in this system, leaving the sound very stringy and over trebled (i only listen to lossless audio)

    3. its a bulky set when you compare it to the companion 3 series II and consider that the companion 5 doesnt sound quite as good.

    Compliments:

    1. If all you do is watch dvd's with 5.1 audio at your computer then by all means, this is the system for you! If you're a normal person and listen to music at your computer and watch movies on your TV then you might want to consider a system that will support both your computer and tv (AKA a system with both analog and digital/optical inputs; logitech makes a decent one) because i dont know about you but the only 5.1 audio i own is Dark Side of the Moon. As much as i love that album from pink floyd, its not worth $400 to experience...

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    highly recommended

    • Written by from Petach Tikva

    I use this acoustic for 5 years and every time admire the quality
    certainly not fair to compare with hi quality floor standing speakers with good amplifier
    but for their size, they do a great job

    7 of 10 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers

    • Written by from Calgary

    Set the speakers up today and am amazed on how well they sound love them!

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  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing

    • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    More than amazing!

    • Written by from Buenos aires

    This speakers make you feel that you are in a recording studio. They are incredible, you can feel every single sound of the song/radio etc you are playing, more than recomended!!

    7 of 9 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Computer Speakers

    • Written by from Rumford

    I bought these speakers well over a year ago and get this, had them hooked up to my sony flat screen T.V. I was still saving for a real surround sound system because everyone knows the speakers on a flat screen are terrible . So, I hooked them up and I couldn't belive the sound that came from them, Amazing. Well time went on and I just recently bought an iMac and hooked these speakers up to it. The sound quality is incredible. All I had to do was go through utilities and I was all set. If you look through the owners manual on these speakers, they even list hooking these up to an iMac, directions included. I have know idea what other people are talking about when they are downgrading these speakers, personally, you really have to hear them. But remember that they are still computer speakers, not an extreme home audio system. Believe me when I tell you, these little speakers do the job just fine. Well worth the money.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    awesome but no surround sound (5.1) for iTunes Purchasing movies.

    • Written by from Grenoble

    Awesome speakers. 5.1 surround sounds works well with dvd movies but disappointed about the fact that it won't be recognised as a 5.1 home theatre by iTunes. So you won't be able to use the 5.1 surround sound.

    It's kinda painful to spend that money on these but after few hours of entertainment you won't regret it at all.
    You will discover your entire library.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Buy them, but not for "surround sound"

    • Written by from Montreal

    This is a wonderful sound system for sitting at your desk and listening to music. The sound quality is amazing, there is *no* distortion and they have some real fidelity.

    The construction is excellent, the design is well-done and the materials are certainly not skimped out on. These feel like a sound system I will own for a decade. The desk controls are very good; a remote would have been nice, though.

    That being said, don't get these if you're looking for surround sound. This is an amazing sound system with great audio, but it's not a surround sound system. I got them just because I wanted good speakers and I was very satisfied.

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  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing mid-range and vocals

    • Written by from North Vancouvver

    Have to rock the boat. The glowing reports seen here and elsewhere for this Companion 5 "surround sound" system could easily woo an innocent into believing this is a system worthy of the hefty price tag. Not so.
    True it provides excellent bass, treble and other ranges with remarkable clarity. It has that "feel good" sound - you know what I mean - when you are almost swept away by the grandeur of the sound.
    BUT. The vocals sound distant, far away even. And then the reverb slider gets stuck on overload. A range of different music from classical, to pop, to jazz, to electronic, to blues, to... just about any genre in my very eclectic collection yields the same result. It's like the singers are inside a glass case. Combine that with the reverb issue and the result is that you can't hear what is being sung, like a badly mixed demo tape. Hey, I like reverb too, just not all the time, and not always at the maximum setting.
    Oh if you like instrumentals only, you might be happy... hmmm... well, no, not even then. Sorry. You're just missing too much from the mid-range, even with a plethora of equalizer options. I also tried using an audio cable instead of the USB connection. Same result.
    Incidentally, it was the same on a different unit in the audio store when I tested the equipment. I was willing to give the sales guy a break and accept that it could have been someone fiddling with the cables behind the counter. Idiot me.
    Personally, I think Bose have done an excellent marketing job on this system but the surround sound they laud is but a euphemism for "crank up the reverb and squidge the singer into a wee glass case". After nearly two weeks of trying to make this system work in a variety of locations around my house and with different inputs and devices attached, enough is enough. Be a companion, Bose - surround me with my money back please.

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  • 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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