With TruSpace® digital processing circuitry, this multimedia speaker system delivers 5.1 multichannel audio from just 2 speakers and the compact Acoustimass® module, providing an immersive movie-watching or game-playing experience on your computer.
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Truly Beautiful Sound
Posted by: kcm311 from: Los Angeles, CA on
I never write reviews, ever! Until now that is. This is my first one. After doing weeks of research, youtube videos and reading countless reviews by other customers I finally decided that after my final purchase of choice...I needed to share my feelings and hopefully help someone out in the same way I was looking to be helped out. The Bose Companion 5 is by far the best sounding speaker system for your computer in this particular price range. There are systems out there for $100, and some out there for thousands. In my opinion the Companion 5 sounds like a system that if you were walking by a Bose booth and heard the quality and asked, "How much does that cost?" and somebody replied with "$1,500" you would believe it, and understand it. Whether you could justify parting with that kind of money or not. I have it hooked up to my iMac and it is so incredible. The highs and mids are crisp and clear, and the lows are deep and rich. And believe me, though you couldn't use this system to run a concert...it is plenty loud for an apartment. Or any normal room for that matter. It is truly a remarkable system that I highly recommend to anybody that can spare the $400. Be prepared though, after tax and a possible extended warranty program its much closer to $500. That seems like a lot of money...and really is. But you won't be disappointed in the sound that Bose produces. Not to mention that the system looks great! Very minimal and sleek. A Great design. If you're reading this, then you're at least somewhat interested in this product...GO FOR IT!!!!!!!!!!!! Thanks!
33 out of 36 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Tigerhawk from: West Des Moines, Iowa on
So, after about a year and a half of talking myself out of buying these things due to the price, I finally broke down and bought them five days prior to this writing and I've since had these speakers operational for about three days. While I haven't put them through every audio test I can think of just yet, I've tried a few DVDs and a good range of my own mp3 files.
Before I installed these, I had a Logitech Z2300 system paired with a SoundBlaster X-Fi card...the second such card in 14 months time; it seems for some reason that my computer is getting a little too anxious about blowing digital decoder chipsets on soundcards, which was another reason I finally talked myself into buying them.
Now don't get me wrong, I quite enjoyed the previous setup and stand by my earlier review of the Logitech system.
But...wow. I'm absolutely blown away by these things. I've had no problems thus far and am amazed by the range that these do, indeed, seem to have. Maybe it's just my ear, but the lack of mid that some reviewers have had issues with is something I see as it's how a live performance is supposed to sound. Sure, if you want everything PERFECTED, then you probably want something else. But actually, to me, that's the hidden beauty of these speakers: They don't "lie". You'll get great response in some ranges, softer tones in others. Nothing really seems to be overly jacked up; it's the suttle tones that I'm noticing, not the overt blasting of those tones, and to me that just makes the sound more "truthful".
I listen to soundtracks a lot, and I love hearing every sound I can out of an orchestra...the more finely recreated the better. I am not ashamed to say that, while listening to the John Williams composition of "Duel of the Fates" from the Star Wars Episode I soundtrack, I was left in tears.
Because it sounded so grandly beautiful to a level I've never felt before. The London Voices' echoes were present where I hadn't heard that much definition on them before, the orchestra was so crisply reproduced that I couldn't help but be completely immersed and lost in the tune.
This is the third Bose product that I've owned in my life (the original Acoustic Wave, which I still have and is still going strong almost 20 years later and, more recently, the Over The Ear headphones), and I am continually amazed as how great Bose sound is. Yes, of course they're very likely overpriced, but quite simply I am not at all regretful of shelling out the extra money for any of these three products, period.
By the way, the owners manual says that you should only have them 24" apart for optimum sound quality. I have dual widescreen monitors and this doesn't seem to have any negative consequences in having them further apart.
Very highly recommended, with the only lower-than-5-Star rating going towards price because, as another reviewer said, these are definitely a pocket monster. Otherwise, I have nothing but praise for them and unless they somehow short out (and even at max volume they handle the sound brilliantly) these things will never see the inside of a Best Buy store again.
25 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Wow… Just wow….
Posted by: ItzhaksFiddle from: Royal Oak, MI on
First off, I am always the devils advocate so when I read reviews that sounded like Bose "haters" I knew I had to check them out because there were many that also seemed to be Bose "Lovers." I am using an iMac in a fairly small room. I first bought the Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 system. I hooked it up and adjusted it and I loved it. Then I got out of my chair and the entire wall of sound changed. The Klipsch were right as long as I didn't move from my seat. I unhooked them and then used my Rokit KRK 5's for another few weeks until I decided to take the plunge and get the Bose Companion 5's. My Rokit's were great when I wanted what the studio intended but sometimes I wanted some serious sub woofer. The Bose make the music sound great no matter where I am in the room. I don't know how they do it but they do. I am listening to "The Count of Tuscany" by Dream Theater right now and am just floored by the responsiveness and the…uh…the… Well, there are no words for it. It is the most satisfying Audio purchase I have made in living memory. I close my eyes and Dream Theater are a few hundred feet in front of me playing it live. Please give these speakers (um…and Dream Theater :-) a listen.
23 out of 26 found this review helpful.
Posted by: EmacSTL from: St. Louis, MO on
I'll admit, I was a little apprehensive before purchasing. I did the research and read the reviews. I decided to check 'em out, because I've always had this curiosity about Bose products. The price would repel me every time I built up enough nerve to buy. But I bought them and I am impressed. The set up was easy, they look great and sound even better. My home office sounds like a recording studio. I'm hearing details that I've never heard in songs, and I'm an Apple fan, and they look really nice with my iMac. It's like buying a luxury car. Most cars will get you from point A to point B, but a Benz or Cadillac will get you there in style. Love 'em!! Do recommend, and this is from a frugal consumer.
19 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Dissapointed - too expensive for the results
Posted by: LucasO from: San Francisco, CA on
I know you're supposed to think Bose is amazing, but I've tried enough products in the last few weeks to compare so thought I'd share my experience. I've had two sets of Bose speakers for years, and used two sets from other makers for the last week.
Contenders vs the Bose 5s:
Klipsch Promedia (~$150 at BB)
Logitech Z520 ($49 right now at BB)
Bose Companion 2 computer speakers (bought for $99 10 yrs ago)
The Klipsch wins hands down. An amazing consumer product. The price is reasonable and probably quite economical for Klipsch to manufacture because it's the same high-end design for the last 10 yrs. These go as loud as you want with 200W and wonderful detail and clarity. I can't imagine buying anything else for a powered 2.1 system ever. Every couple months I'm excited about a product I bought that was just the right thing - this is probably my purchase of the year.
2nd place tie - Bose Companion 2 or the Logitech Z520s
These are very different speakers but would be fine depending on the application. The companion 2s are actually my favorite for listening to classical music - the highs are so detailed that there are instruments playing which I can't even detect from the Logitechs. The Logitechs on the other hand are much more boomy, and not so directional. The Bose are good if you can point them directly at your head. But off center or across the room, all that detail goes away. There is also very little bass coming from the Bose 2s, even though there's a mini-sub built into each speaker.
The Logitech's have the 360 design with the tweeters pointed forward and backward. It gives more uniform sound around the room, especially for placement on a desk in the middle of room. They are also very economical at $49 right now - the difference between these and a $20 pair of typical computer speakers will be huge and would be worth the upgrade. The cons are: a little muddy highs when listening to classical, and their implementation of the 2nd audio input. When I plugged in my second computer, it muted the first. So I can't use my media computer to play music and have my workhorse laptop's system sounds play at the same time. For my needs, the inputs have to be unplugged and replugged at least daily. There is no warning about this in any of the documentation. I just learned it the hard way and so am taking them back. The Boses and Klipsch automatically mix the two inputs together at all times.
The Bose Companion 5 are my least favorite, which I'm bummed to say because I've had them for three years and they were not cheap. The high details aren't present like they are from the Companion 2s, and the 5s take up a lot of room and create a lot of cable clutter. The location of the bass adjustment is also inconveniently located on the very bottom of the back of the subwoofer which means I'll never adjust it - even if different media would benefit from adjustment. The Klipsch put this on the control module right next to the volume (perfect).
Good luck in your search. Be wary of making the assumption that price equals quality. Listen to multiple speakers and compare for yourself.
17 out of 19 found this review helpful.
They were nice for almost 2yrs
Posted by: Mriverdance from: LB, CA on
I'd suggest buying a warranty, if you decide to get these. I've had mine close to 2 years. There starting to stop working, At this point I've got them un-plugged from my kitchen computer, I plug them in when I want to watch a movie, or listen to music. Trying to game with them on, is an issue that just started to happen. I had BOSE 3 headphones and those stopped working after 4 yrs. I have a cheap set of Logitech's in my bedroom with my old pc. Their over 4yrs old and still run great. Not the same quality in sound as the BOSE, but their still functioning. I've learned my lesson, especially with BOSE. I think BB's longest warranty is 4 yrs. so that wouldn't have helped with the head phones. I didn't think I would need it for speakers since I never turn the volume all the way up nor are their moving parts except for the vol. control. Which I rarely move. I only used the touch pad for mute.
18 out of 21 found this review helpful.
best I have ever heard
Posted by: jmgcpa from: Somers, NY on
I love music and I like to hear it loud. I am 63 and wanted to treat myself to something special. I decided that if these speakers were not remarkable compared to what I had they would be returned.
They exceeded my expectations. The product justifies the cost. I hear things I never heard before. The voice is singular and not overshadowed by treble. Whether I listen to Sinatra, Jazz, The Beatles, nothing sounds like it used to. It brings a big smile to my face using these speakers.
And if you watch Netflix or a movie beware, the sound will blow you away.
My kids tell me I play everything too loud. I cannot help myself. This product is dynamic and what I expected from Bose. Setup took about two minutes and I was off to the races. Don't think twice about this purchase. Happy listening!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MGBRingo from: ND on
These Companion 5 speakers are very good. Nice to be able to adjust bass level. Very easy to set up, just plug in USB.
Only strange thing is 3 Best Buy people tried to talk me out of buying them. They think they are over priced for what you get. They don't carry them on the shelf at our store. They have the demo set up and a couple of level 3 sets. They said they probably won't get any in because they don't sell. If they had some in stock maybe they would sell? I ordered them and they arrived in 4 days.
I have never experienced a Best Buy person trying to talk me out of purchasing before. Strange.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Bose delivers beyond the price
Posted by: AppleComputerGeek from: on
Honestly, 400 is a lot to spend on computer speakers! But Bose made my investment well worth it. These speakers are monsters and great from too to bottom. Let me say this, they are NOT PLASTIC. These things are made from aluminum or steel. They feel VERY NICE! The design aesthetic is exceptional but the sound magic is the winner element. Amazing how movies sound at my iMac with the action scenes and noise from all directions. I've owned these for almost 6 months couldn't give them a stronger recommendation.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Awesome Sound Quality
Posted by: Jimmy96826 from: Honolulu on
Since I bought this for my 27 inch iMac, I don't even watch any of my movies in the living room anymore. My bedroom is my own personal theater with these speakers.