• 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.

    233 of 257 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Full sound, yet small and sleek body.

    • Written by from Foster City

    at first we were expecting to have a puny sound with mock-bass touch to it, but the speakers have really proven that they're capable, and they do not disappoint!

    181 of 200 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    amazing sound and looks good too!!

    • Written by from malone

    these speakers are way better than any audio product ive ever purchased. the sound that these things put out is purely amazing. the highs are so crisp and the bass rattles your desk. all of that in a tiny package that fits perfectly on my desk. best of all they produce incredible amounts of bass without a large bass module with the many wires that come with them. there is only 3 wires! the remote is an added bonus which makes these even better than my old companion 5s. paid the same amount for a better product. these are the best investment ive ever made on any computer related product.

    150 of 167 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

    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.

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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

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Really wanted to like these Bose Speakers.

    • Written by from La Verne

    Pros: Small footprint (I was surprised by how small these speakers were when I took them out of the box. From the pictures online I was expecting something bigger, but was nicely surprised.)
    Aesthetically pleasing and well built. These speakers are very solid considering their small size.
    Bose name on the front of the speaker to impress my friends :)

    Cons: Sound was very tinny when compared to my old 12 yr old computer speakers. (Granted my speakers are larger and have a base module, but they came free with my 1st PC and still fill my living room with great sound, but will not look right next to my new iMac. The Bose are $400 so I expected them to at least match the sound of my old speakers.)

    I really tried to like the Bose MusicMonitors. They would have looked really nice next to my new iMac, but when you listen to them it sounds like something is missing - you know that rich fullness sound that you expect from expensive speakers. If you listen to them long enough you will get used to the sound and train your mind to think that is what music should sound like (Maybe that is why they put "Hear the quality. It takes only about four minutes to listen" on the cover of the Demonstration Disc)

    Call me an audiophile, but I will continue to look for nice looking and sounding speakers to go with my new iMac.

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  • 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Let the speakers break in before you judge them

    • Written by from Bloomington

    I am very picky when it comes to my audio equipment. I had a gift card to blow at the apple store and came across these speakers. I was amazed by them at the apple store and quickly decided I had to have them. I got home, hooked them up, and had to talk myself out of returning them over the course of about two weeks. I put off returning them (got lazy) and have been pleasantly surprised. At first the bass was nothing like what I had experienced at the store...but after letting these sit on my desk, they have really opened up. The missing bass slowly came around and I have no complaints. People will say they're not powerful enough, not enough bass...yes, they will not suffice for a party.

    On from the "amazing bass from a no-sub setup", the sound is honestly very pleasing. The bass lines are well defined and call me a liar, but I have always felt like I can audibly locate a subwoofer in a room. These have kept acoustic bass "on the stage" with the vocalist. No complaints in the mid-range. The upper frequencies REALLY stood out at first when the bass was so weak, but now feel much more mellow.

    Keep quiet audiophiles...I know they're Bose and a lot of you dislike them...but honestly, for a two speaker setup I have yet to come across anything better.

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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…

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  • 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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Small package; BIG sound!

    • Written by from Westminster

    These speakers are Bose at its best. The size is perfect for limited desktop space and the remote control (on/off/volume) sits alongside my keyboard so I don't have to reach for the controls on the speaker. As others have mentioned, people are amazed at the sound that comes from these speakers and the bass notes rattle the desk. Pricey, yes, but Bose gives you one year, no interest, to pay for them. Well, worth the price.

    29 of 34 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.

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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great sound

    • Written by from New York

    These speakers provide phenomenally clear and rich sound, including extremely good bass given that there is no subwoofer.

    Perfect for listening to music and watching video. I cannot speak to gaming however.

    They also look good and nicely compliment the new aluminum iMacs.

    Worth the $$ in my view.

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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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  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Not inexpensive, still a great value.

    • Written by from Honolulu

    Sound is very good considering there is no bass module (there is however a bass passive radiator in each speaker, very cleaver way to reinforce lower tones). Mid-tones are beautiful, spoken word like public radio shows are open and lifelike. I like the tight controlled sound and richness even at low volumes. These are definitely for near field listening though, 1.5 to 10'. Construction and materials are in line with my unibody MacBook Pro, top notch all the way. Ideal for an office or workstation where space is very tight.

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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

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers, a little too expensive

    • Written by from MIAMI

    I picked up these Bose after trying them out at the Apple Store in Aventura, FL. I must admit that the Harman Kardon Soundsticks gave a lot more bass due to the subwoofer, and were less than half the price of these. Yet when it comes to portability these are the best small speakers I have ever heard. The bass reproduction is amazing and the low bass does not saturate with heavy bass/music. They look great next to a Macbook Pro unibody, and if placed correctly the sound resonates nicely from the screen. For $400 I would buy the Bose Companion 5 if I did not have space limitations.

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