• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These speakers are the best bar-none!!!!

    • Written by from Waupun

    I purchased these for my 20 inch Intel iMac. They are easy to set up too. Worth every cent I paid. Bose should charge more. You will not go wrong!!

    451 of 802 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

    • Written by from hyattsville

    Have you ever seen an ugly person, and said to yourself: “Boy that’s an ugly person!”… Then you realize they have a significant other!! Yes, that “ugly” person is the beauty and joy of someone else’s life! The same can be said of the Bose Companion 5. To “audiophiles” and other sticklers for extreme sound quality, the system – although excellent – is somehow wanting. I say: “A load of crock!” The companion 5 strikes a perfect balance of rich deep base, and crisp high treble. This unit is intended to be a “companion” system to you and your Mac. It’s not a loud speaker and should not be used to rock the house – although it makes a worthy attempt. So if used as intended, it sounds great and will get you digging through your CD /DVD pile, and you’ll fall in love with your collection all over again. Indeed, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, as sound is to the ear of the listener. 5 Stars ***** All the way!

    140 of 207 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Follow proper set-up and enjoy

    • Written by from PORTLAND

    Like other reviewers, I felt the digital processing of the Bose speakers minimized the vocals and certain instrument tracks when playing music through iTunes. It was almost as if the vocals were recorded from the bottom of a well, completely lost in the mix. The set-up instructions for the Mac were very specific when it came to the adjustments to be made in System Preferences-Sound, and using the Audio MIDI Setup in Utilities. They also said to turn off any sound effects processing, but were not specific in what this meant. Another reviewer here turned-on a lightbulb when he mentioned some audio controls inside iTunes. Go to iTunes-Preferences-Playback, and deselect the Sound Enhancer. Problem solved. This speaker system now performs beautifully.

    67 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by

    I just got these speakers and they work with mac os x 10.5.7 flawlessly. If you don't know how to setup these speakers --> go to Utilities -> Audio MIDI Setup --> change "Properties For: blah blah" to "Properties For: Bose USB Audio". Also change "Default Output" and "Systen Output" to "Bose USB Audio". Then click on "Configure Speakers". Click on Multichannel and then choose "5.1 Surround". click apply. Viola!

    60 of 66 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Adelaide

    I noticed many of the 'audiofile' comments - both critical and delighted with these speakers on the different MAC computers ... fair enough ... we all appreciate different things.

    I am 50+ and have owned the best over my time. I can tell any prospective buyer that these speakers are the best I have listened to. Yes the software is minimalistic and the self configuration options aren't top-end ... but for those who want the best, with minimal fuss and classic ease-of-use (the puck is very sexy) - these are the speakers for you. Try James Reyne's itunes album "And the horse you rode in on", or, Lily Allen's "It's not me ..." Simply awesome sound.

    You will not be disappointed ... worth every cent on the iMac 27"!

    59 of 65 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Most Impressive!

    • Written by from Dallas

    The speakers are worth every penny! Crystal clear sound right out of the box. GarageBand, MP3s, never sounded better. I work in multimedia applications where I mix many types of sound effects and edit videos and I am happy to say I found the perfect speakers for the job. The volume control dial is smooth and accurate and I am VERY impressed with the 'soft tap' muting functionality. If you like it 'LOUD' every once in a while... these suckers definitely perform! (for you Warcraft players - there is no substitute) - Cheers

    107 of 164 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Full-bodied sound.

    • Written by from Palatine

    The Bose Companion 5 System delivers an impressive range of sound and frequencies for such small speakers.

    I currently own a pair of Bose Companion 3 (series I) speakers and decided to get the Bose Companion 3 Series II speakers as an upgrade. While delivering a pretty good range of frequencies and room-filling sound, the Companion 3's emitted a quiet static when the volume was all the way down and they had cheap RCA-type connectors. The highs are much clearer on the Companion 5 system than the Companion 3 series. The connectors are proprietary on the Companion 5's and are considerably better than the 3's. Bass is sharp, accurate and not to 'boomy' - although the Acoustimass module does account for more than just the lowest frequencies, unlike normal subwoofers (i.e. provides low midrange tones), so placement of the module is best in the center of the setup or else the sound is uneven. The 5's also have a nice powersave option that the 3's do not have.

    The speakers are supposedly able simulate a 5.1 type setup and are pretty good at it, but don't expect the sound to seem like it is behind you - it is more like a full-bodied sound 'arc' from the far left to the far right.

    As for Mac support, one thing that is bothersome is the fact that the volume controls in Mac OS X are not as consistent with these speakers - the first few ticks start out relatively loud and the sound only gets slightly louder from there. The control pod will easily rectify this problem, but for home theater setups that are dependent on the Mac's volume control, this may be a little awkward.
    Overall, if you have the money, don't settle for the Companion 3's and spring for the 5's.

    50 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Compared 3 sets

    • Written by from Franklin

    I bought 3 different sets of Bose speakers (MusicMonitor, Companion 3, Companion 5), took them home, and hooked each set up to my computer at home, one after the other. It was a lot of extra work but I wanted to make sure I had the best sound for my computer (I have a new iMac). The Companion 5 are without a doubt the best. If you watch movies, listen to music, etc. then these speakers are a must...

    47 of 54 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bose. Not in my wildest dreams.

    • Written by

    Owner of a 100K+ 2ch audio system.Audiophile+++. Bose is great at marketing, hardly ever delivering the goods. Not this time. Walking in to a Bose store in CA. I walked past the Companion 5 as they were playing a movie and I just stood there dumb struck. I have yet to hear under 2K imaging,a tonal palette so complete in the midrange with silky highs and some weight on the bottom. The sound seemed to wrap around my head like great headphones. What in the world is going on hear I thought! Oh there must be more then 1pr. of speakers directed above or behind me I thought. Nope, just a Companion 5 system. Herd them again at the Apple store,sounded like they did at the Bose store. SCORE, I bought them & they sound the same in my home. A GREAT COMPANION FOR MY MAC PRO. Rene

    46 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome-Make sure to seup MAC sound correctly in OS X!

    • Written by from Longmont

    In order to fully take advantage of the 5-1 sound, you MUST setup your sound correctly.
    go to Applications-Utilities-Audio Midi Setup. Choose the Bose speakers, and click 'Configure Speakers'. Choose Multichannel and 5.1 Surround.
    You will be pleasantly surprised how much better the Bose can sound!

    40 of 42 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Only Speakers You'll Ever Need!

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    Good Highs and Lows. Stuff i could'nt hear from my normal speakers could be heard on the Companion 5. Important thing is that you must have a computer that can Perform. I would not suggest this product to someone that is using a RAM of below 512MB (especially if you run alot of things at once). The reason is that this product connects tru a USB, and "slow computers" just adds in static to the sound (too many things running at once and you will get static). The TRUE SOUND tecnology by Bose is GREAT! Excellent Clearity!

    50 of 63 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    very nice speakers

    • Written by from jacksonville

    These are the greatest speakers I have ever had. there is not one problem wrong with these speakers. i use a macbook pro and the speakers from the factory are bad that is why i bought these much much nicer speakers.you can never go wrong with a bose product

    112 of 189 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hi5 (Borat style)!!!!!!!!!

    • Written by from LONDON

    This system is nothing short of impecable!!!
    I was going to Originally Shell out on a pair of Active Behringer Truth Monitors for my Macbook Pro, Instead i opted for the Companions.

    Good move!

    The Companions drivers are fast and punchy, keeping up with the low Range Acoustimas module everystep of the way. The design and build quality is the kind i would expect from a company like Bang & Olufsen. All of the units have a beautifull flawless finish and have weight to them, The control pod is a marvel with its touch sensitive interface and its "nice to the touch" rubberised volume knob. The speakers have Thick high quality wires connecting them to the Acoustimass Driver. Set up was a walk in the park. I ordered these speakers from bose knowing that i had 30 days untill i had to send them back, believing it would be hard for them to justify the cost. However the packaging has been placed in the loft, and they are here to stay. These beauties allow you to really tell the diffrence between an song ripped at 320kbps or 128kbps. (im no Audiophile).

    Films in 5.1 are verrrryyyy Nice. You get a nice sound arc in front of you with the speakers giving rich detailed multidirectional sound. These are the best multimedia speakers i have ever heard! the bass is perfect and not boomy, the highs are crisp and not tinny. These have replaced my Altec Lansing 2100's and Also my Sennheiser HD 212 Pro Headphones.

    46 of 58 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from WHITTIER

    Okay so I had been debating for about 3 months on wether to buy these speakers or not because the price seemed a little steep. After reading all the reviews and doing a lot of research I decided what the heck ill give it a try and worse comes to worse ill return them and get something else. The sound from these speakers is amazing! I feel like the music is being played live by just how clear and loud these speakers sound. I do not regret my purchase and I only want to buy Bose from here on. Everyone was right! Don't let the price scare you away they are worth every penny. And if for some crazy reason you don't love them, return them. That easy.

    33 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Carlsbad

    Sound quality that envelops the room; sleek design; solid build quality with metal bases and high quality materials; thunderous bass (amount of bass is controlled via a knob at the back of the subwoofer); zero distortion; very easy setup; would have been nice if the satellite speaker stands were removable (for wall mounting, etc.); control pod made of graphite-colored metal with easy-to-use rotating volume knob and touch-sensitive top portion; looks good, sounds good-what more could you ask for?

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Sounds great, no remote volume control capable (via AirTunes Express)

    • Written by from Pardubice

    I thought these speakers might be compatible with AirTunes Express remote volume control feature supported by iTunes, when I noticed that the speakers connect to the computer via USB. So: not only they don't support remote volume control, but you cannot connect them to AirTunes Express via USB. AirTunes Express doesn't support USB-connected speakers (at least with present firmware). The only way of connecting them with AirTunes Express is to use its auxiliary input with additional 3.5mm-3.5mm jack cable, however the sound quality is then very poor.
    Otherwise, when connected via USB to the computer, these speakers sound great.

    28 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    How do they do it?

    • Written by from Ridgewood

    Thanks to Bose, my new 20 inch iMac is now complete. I can't believe the difference in sound, it's as if the sound is 3 dimensional. I tested these speakers beside the Bose Companion 3 which were great, but these are the next level. I'm hearing things in the songs I have never heard before, even with my eShure sound isolating headphones. I'm sitting here with my iMac volume turned way down and the speaker volume way down too to keep from annoying my neighbors. However, I'm thinking if I needed to, I can shake the paint off the walls.

    Crisp, clear, enveloping. I just don't hear the music, I feel it. Worth the money!

    38 of 50 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    BEST computer system EVER listened to

    • Written by from Tarzana

    This is the first review I have taken the time to write: the Bose Companion 5 will just take your breath. The quality is phenomenal! While it is obviously not a surround sound system, the sound is crisp, strong, and beautiful; it also gets VERY loud. In many respects, this sounds better than the Lifestyle 38 home speaker system we have set up in my living room (paid over $2000 for that system). The sound is best when you're at the desk where the speakers are set up. For this simple reason, $400 is a real bargain for the quality you are getting even though I initially had doubts as to whether the $400 is worth it.
    If you can shell out the $400 and are looking for top-quality sound with excellent build quality, this is absolutely the system to get.

    31 of 37 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speaker system - things to keep in mind

    • Written by from Framingham

    An outstanding, tailored speaker system from Bose, perhaps the best available for computer use.
    As always, when reading reviews, beware those from people who can't spell or who provide no information about the circumstances in which they tried to deploy a product. Some particular things to keep in mind which this speaker system:
    Note speaker placement instructions in the Owner's Guide, where the left and right speakers must be no more than 24" apart, so having a 30" monitor is problematic.
    There is no power switch, so this is yet another device in the home which consumes standby power.
    Pay heed to the USB hub advisories published in the Owner's Guide (which some posters ignored).
    Be aware of USB device support foibles. I own a terrific Yamaha RP-U200 USB receiver I had been using for years - which one day suddenly stopped emitting sound. I thought it was a blown internal fuse, but the receiver was fully functional. I realized that I had just recently applied an OS X update, which altered USB behavior, whereafter OS X would no longer drive the Yamaha. Maybe this is a deficiency in the Yamaha firmware, but in any case keep in mind that operating system changes can render a USB device no longer usable. I would not expect this to happen with a very mainstream product such as the C5, but things can happen.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Simply - Excellent.

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    The Companion 5 is a great system for people who need a small footprint, nice styling... but need big sound.

    I would say they are more suited to Movies, but music does sound clear and detailed on these. I find the sound can be very wide for stereo music - but I like it... it's a sense of realism you don't find with other systems with speakers placed so close.

    I was supprised to find some poor reviews of the Bose Companions, as an owner of the Series 1 Companion 3s and being impressed I upgraded to these. They look fantastic, and are built solidly well.

    The power-saving system on the C5 is excellent. I really like it... and this time the volume ramps right down to 0db instead of the old design on the C3 where there wasn't a minimum volume.

    Treble is clear, midrange is crisp and refined... but bass is something I found strange with these.

    They dont seem to have as much bass as my Companion 3s, and ramping up the volume doesn't help.

    However on Movies, nothing comes close to these for the size. I was very impressed at how the sound for 2.1 speakers could become so, surround sound!

    I listen to all types of music and I would say they suit softer music, rock sounds a little harsh - but maybe thats just me wanting more bass response as I'm used to much larger bass speakers. Little to no distortion even on full volume, and it's more than loud enough!!

    They do exactly what they say on the tin. Although expensive I'd highly suggest anyone looking for computer speakers to at least audition these... You can try them for 45 days or something ;-) or at least thats what they told me... ;-)


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