• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Mac laptop speakers do a better job on low quality audio

    • Written by from Washington

    I purchased a pair of these after reading all the positive reviews and checking with an audiophile friend who has a pair. On the positive side the speakers create a reasonable sound stage and they seem to do well with the types of music I listen to (classical and popular). They are not amazing, but do a good job for their size. They are compact and portable, but on balance I probably would not travel with them and would prefer noise canceling headphones for that use. I can't comment on their performance for base heavy music as I never listen to it, so I would accept other reviewers comments. I do find the base satisfactory, but a bit attenuated.

    Where these speakers fall down for me is in some movies, Skype, podcasts and streaming video. In many of these cases I actually prefer the sound from my laptop speakers. As an example I have a digital version of BBC's Ocean Planet and, apart from the sound stage and some detail, the narration sounds clearer on the laptop speakers. Skype does not sound great and a bad connection will sound awful through these speakers, but somewhat better on the laptop speakers. With poor quality audio feeds, especially with voice, it is often clearer through the laptop speakers.

    It does appear that there is a reasonable amount of variation between different movie recordings. On some other BBC productions the MusicMonitors do a fair to good job. Star Trek into Darkness is nice and the base is more than adequate for my taste. I still miss some clarity in the voices though, but there is a lot of detail and a very nice sound stage. I don't have a good explanation for the variation, but it is there. I imagine that the laptop speakers are better at filtering out rubbish in bad recordings. I have played the MusicMonitors on Partita for solo violin No.3 in E major and was impressed with the sound reproduction.

    So why the three star rating? All-in-all for the money I think the MusicMonitor's should consistently do a better job than my laptop speakers and I don't find that to be true. If I only listened to music I would give them a four star rating (classical and modern), but 50 percent of my usage is not music, but video, podcasts, and Skype. This means I have to accept a lot of variation in quality for the advantages of portability and small footprint. To my mind if you have a library of good quality video and audio and want a minimal footprint these little speakers are worthwhile considering. If your primary use is Skype, streaming movies and podcasts with some music then I would also want to audition some alternatives.

    I want to love these speakers for their elegant design, compactness, and reasonable musicality. However, their sensitivity to source and, to some extent, placement is frustrating. I keep disconnecting them for Skype and for any low quality audio and then reconnecting for listening to music.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't be fooled...

    • Written by from Fort Worth

    Don't be fooled by the small size of these monitors. They sound great and the fidelity speaks true. I had my doubts with Bose's commercial image but there is much thought put into this design, and the quality of sound exceeds my expectations. The speakers have also done well in a multitude of environments and acoustics. I have relied on them through a tour in Afghanistan as well as in my home.

    2 of 2 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Where is the sub-woofer?

    • Written by from Baldwin

    When I first heard these demoed, I looked under the table to see if there was a sub-woofer. I was impressed! Such sound in such a small package.
    Yes, I bought them and I'm using them regularly.

    10 of 11 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    dynamite in a small package

    • Written by from Oklahoma City

    I couldn't believe the sound quality and bass thump these speakers brought to my computer music system. i was up and listening in just a few minutes. easy install, great sound what more do you need.

    81 of 84 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The just rock.

    • Written by from north charleston

    Small, sleek, great sound. Perfect. Worth the expense.

    80 of 84 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Bose a great marketing company

    • Written by from Edmonton

    Most reviewers think this is a high quality sound but they have not listened to really good quality sound. The Bose Computer MusicMonitor have a good design, but that is all.

    I received them as a present from my wife and they are disappointing. If you want great quality sound, listen to british speakers like B&W...and read reviews from specialized magazines like Audiophile, Hi-FI Choice, etc., but above all, trust your ears.

    Bose, a great marketing company...

    142 of 200 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Awesome!

    • Written by from RIO RANCHO

    These are a great sounding set of speakers. To get the best of them, you should have a great sound card, or even better, I have mine hooked up to an M-Audio Fast Track Ultra via my iMac. They sound so good that I bought a second pair for my other iMac. The good thing about these speakers is that they do not have an overwhelming bass. Just enough bass, and great highs.

    26 of 30 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    These SOUND awesome

    • Written by from Nolensville

    I have the early version of these, but they have amazing sound quality, workmanship and volume! a bit expensive, but worth it IF you care about sound. (You might find the older ones cheaper somewhere...)

    10 of 12 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Compact Power

    • Written by from King George

    Bottom-line, these speakers are Fantastic! Compact in size, Big on Sound. I travel a lot for business, both here in the US and over seas, and like having my music collection with me or movies I rent from iTunes. The speakers size and custom case are the perfect fit for me, added to my 17" MacBook Pro and you've got a great travel package. You could pay more, but why would you when these speakers deliver!
    Would definitely highly recommend these Bose speakers to my family and friends!

    14 of 16 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Bose

    • Written by from EIGHT MILE

    Nothing comes close, size to sound ratio, nothing. The best product from Bose.

    12 of 14 people found this useful

  • 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.

    51 of 57 people found this useful

  • 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.

    18 of 22 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Just OK (overpriced)

    • Written by from Alameda

    These speakers have excellent sound quality for their portable size. I highly recommend them for laptop users who want to be able to hear some bass. I also enjoy using them for music editing/mixing because the bass is fairly well balanced for most headphones and other speaker setups.

    If you are a gamer, avid movie-watcher, or dance partier, I would not buy these. If you want to blast sound into a room, these speakers will not cut it. There are much better speakers out there for a quarter of the price that include external sub-woofers and adjustable bass/treble. I have compared the MusicMonitors with the Creature 3s for watching movies in my living room, and the Creature 3s are much better in sound quality, flexibility, and volume.

    The MusicMonitors are pretty sweet, but they are definitely not worth the $400 price point. If you want real sound, go for an external sub-woofer setup.

    39 of 43 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Outstanding!

    • Written by from Orcutt

    I'm never disappointed with Bose products and these small speakers are no exception. Fantastic sound, super clear and the full audio range is there. Well, at least with my hearing that at age 55 has been damaged from a lifetime of being around loud sounds.

    They fit your desk, take up very little room and the remote control is a great addition.

    Buy these, you can't go wrong. Yes, they're pricy but worth it if you love music. Even talk radio sounds great on these speakers, Rush Limbaugh sounds even better now.

    19 of 27 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    NIce.. but rather have...

    • Written by from Sherman Oaks

    They are good, great sound but I rather buy Bose® Companion® 5 Multimedia Speaker..
    Have them both and Bose® Companion® 5 Multimedia is better priced and deeper bass.

    21 of 30 people found this useful

  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Overall Computer Speakers I've ever own...

    • Written by from YUMA

    Ok, I was skeptical to order these 400-dollar set of micro-speakers that measure a mere 2.5-inches in width.

    When I first picked them up from the shipping box I was even more skeptical as I connected them up to my Mac. The first thing I noticed was the sound was surprisingly smooth and as I turned up the volume, I was pleasantly surprised! I didn’t bother with the sample CD that comes with the Bose, so I played select cuts of my own favorites. The sound was much better than I was expecting. It’s actually hard to believe just how clean and accurate these little guys truly are.

    I realize many of you may be concerned with the bass response, but I feel it’s well balanced and fairly deep. If you want a true testament, try playing “Angel” by Sarah McLachian and you’ll be amazed! Ok, I can’t realistically compare these with other larger systems with a sub, since these are so very unique! If you want your cake and eat it too, then it will cost more than double of what these have to offer.

    Part of what makes the speakers impressive is the same thing that may turn the nose up of the skeptics. The sound produced is disproportional to what you would expect from such a small enclosure. For me personally, I’m very impressed with the sound quality. Now, some people may not be please unless they produce ghetto blasting bass, so for that group I would recommend something larger. These are not harsh or weak, and they actually sound nicer than some larger enclosures with a sub! Speaking of which, the unique rear baffle enhances the bass response quite well. Unlike more conventional rear-ported base reflex designs, the preset distance to the reflector is constant so speaker placement is much more flexible.

    As a minimalist, I much prefer to have my computing environment to be free of extraneous clutter and mass. My flat panel monitor with my Mac, all blend together to form a very clean and contemporary appearance. I really like the way they compliment my system. Granted, it’s hard to associate this level of sound quality with a pair of speakers that are so small, but I can’t say enough good things about them. Bose has always been unique and very successful with small enclosures.

    In short, I’m impressed although I do recommend a good quality surge/line conditioner. Yeah I know; this is one of those things that we hate to buy since we can’t readily appreciate the benefits until its too late. Remember, you get what you pay for so stay clear of those cheap hollow boxes. Anyway, the company also makes purchasing so stupid-easy with zero financing, no credit checks and a 30-day return policy.

    BTW: I received a promotional carry bag for portable use, for those that are so inclined. The quality is also of superior to what you could have imagined. Granted, I don’t have much use for it but maybe my son would like it if I buy him a set for Christmas. I don't know if they'll be offering this perk for very long.

    Pros
    * Commercial style build quality with metal enclosures
    * Powerful clean sound in a markedly small footprint
    * Accurate and convenient Remote Control
    * Zero interest payment plan options
    * Good return policy

    Cons
    Still looking but can’t find any…

    36 of 41 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    WOW!

    • Written by from Cary

    Although I do not own these speakers, I have listened to them many, many times. They sound unbelievable especially for their size and not having a subwoofer. Ofourse, this is a $400 speaker system and is from Bose.

    10 of 15 people found this useful

  • 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!

    21 of 28 people found this useful