• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great small speaker

    • Written by from San Gabriel

    First of all let me just say I am no Bose fanboy. Actually, I am quite the opposite. However, in the world of computer speakers there are not a lot of high quality options. These speakers provide clear and accurate sound that belies their size. There is no extended bass but if I wanted that I would have gotten a 3 piece system with a subwoofer.

    If you need a great sounding speaker that doesn't take up much space and travels easily, then this pair may fit the bill. I don't listen to music loud at my computer, I have a high end audio system for that. The build quality is great and the remote is a nice touch.

    I got them $50 off. In my mind they are still a little overpriced but that is why I knocked it down one star Considering that Bowers & Wilkens charge $500 for their computer speakers, Bose at $350 doesn't sound so bad.

    This pair was a replacement for a Creative Gigaworks T20 that I got tired of listening to. The Bose sounds better and distorts less. The T20 had more bass but it was not good quality bass and exhibited distortion.

    While this pair of speakers is not for everyone, if you are in need of a good sounding compact pair give them a try. Nothing sounds as good near this size.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid sound in a small, portable form factor

    • Written by from Boca Raton

    So after spending weeks trying to find a decent set of portable speakers, I finally ended up with these. FWIW, I purchased them from a Bose store and much to my pleasant surprise they were running a promotion and they cost $350. Add another $60 for the travel case, however, and the total still topped out at $410.

    The missing star in my review is for the price. These do not produce $400 worth of sound when you consider all the options out there at that price with one important caveat; I COULD NOT FIND ANYTHING THAT PRODUCED THIS KIND OF SOUND QUALITY IN THIS SIZE OR WEIGHT - and that was one of my most important requirements. Add to that the very convenient hard shell travel case and I was sold on the package.

    Like all speakers, what each individual likes is very subjective so always listen before you buy or buy from a source that allows unconditional returns without penalty for 2-4 weeks after purchase.

    I'm definitely not a Bose fanatic, but I can say the sound quality is very good. They have a decent dynamic range with good response on the low end (certainly not what you can expect from a system with a subwoofer, but again, these are for travel) and very good fidelity and clarity at all frequencies. They do not provide booming sound so don't expect them to fill the room, however they certainly work beyond what you can expect for near-field speakers. Having them going in the background with a room full of people was fine for me. The louder they get though, the more the sound will appear very localized. Once again I say, think convenience for travel and not huge AV/Home Theater sound.

    One final comment; I am a musician and I operated a recording studio for almost 25 years. No way would I ever use these as reference monitor speakers for mixing or creating music.

    I've owned a few other Bose products in the past and I have found their construction quality to be excellent. I am certainly expecting these to last for many years to come.

    Pros:
    - Very good sound quality
    - Small and light form factor
    - Great for travel (with the case)

    Cons:
    - Over priced with respect to the quality of sound produced
    - Won't fill up a room with sound

    Hope this helps.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Great for Travel

    • Written by from Carlsbad

    Pro
    Small size
    Great mid-Bass and treble
    (I love to go to the company basement and blast these =P)

    Con
    Lower Bass is lacking
    >>>$$$$<<<

    Others

    These are NOT music monitors you will find at studios lol.

    This is a wonderful and genius pair of speakers, it is small and sounds very good. if you are looking for a portable concert hall for your hotel this is it. if not, get the companion 5 or 2, the 5 offers superior sound, the 2 is comparable (sound-wise less clear then the monitor) at a MUCH lower price. OR buy really monitor speakers.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound/ Small foot print.

    • Written by from Willingboro

    Ok, I saw these in the apple store and i was completely turned off by the price, Even the Apple Expert thought the price was wrong, LOL. I tried them out but never considered buying them, Since i had just brought a Macbook pro i was looking for a set of speaker to complement my new purchase. I checked many stores, read many reviews, re visited the apple store two more times, I kept ending up enjoying these Bose MM's. Sure i could get better sounding Larger speaker for a slightly less price, But No where could i find one's of this size with this rich clear sound. So i brought them, its been 4 days thus far, I really like them. They are the perfect size for my bedroom, or Home office. The only reason i dndt give 5 starts is because its only been 4 days, I hvnt had a chance to examine my entire music collection.

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Solid

    • Written by from Nevada City

    Quality is good, maybe very good, these are well designed and small speakers that fill my townhouse with solid quality sound, I am not audiophile and some will find issue with these not being 5' towers pushed by a big amp, I am not, as I said, good, maybe very good sound at a pretty high price! It was worthwhile for me, I wanted to keep it small and these speakers gave me exactly what I was looking for!

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  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Amazing sound from a small source.

    • Written by from Santa Monica

    Although they're pricey these speakers have an amazing sound in a compact and portable package that makes them worth the cost. People are always amazed by their range and power for how tiny they are.

    The only reason I'm giving them four instead of five stars is because I do get an odd popping sound from the speakers on occasion when they're connected to my MacBook Air. This might be due to the small size of the Air not allowing for a solid plug connection, so I'm not completely sure where the blame should lay. Other than that I'd highly recommend these speakers for anyone looking for a compact and portable system for their laptop.

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