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Bose® - Companion® 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker System (2-Piece) - Black-Front_Standard

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Way better than expected

    Posted
    Stevie
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    I was conflicted between the Logitech Z625 2.1 and Bose Companion 2 series iii. After much research and reading reviews I first purchased the Z625 and promptly returned them the next day. The sound clarity was pretty poor and the Bass was just punchy rather than creating a good consistently sound through out a song. The bose Companion 2 series iii I was skeptical but traded in for these and they are keepers! The clarity is great, the bass is consistent and altho not going to knock you off your chair it adds a great dynamic and is perfect for me personally. I use these primarily for gaming when i'm not using headphones and they sound a million times better when playing Forza Horizon 4, for example. If you need to have a dance party in your living room these won't do the trick, if you need to rock around while cleaning or dance by yourself these are perfect! If you need to get really into your game and don't use headphones these will immerse you! I should also say i'm an amateur audiophile who is not a big fan of punchy bass. These are set up at my work/play computer in my bedroom and it fills the space quite easily and overall I would 100% suggest these over any other speaker at this current price point. My dance party speakers are Klipsch The Sixes - Amazing speakers for parties and big sound as an added recommendation.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Greatly improved my desktop computer experience.

    Posted
    HGN2001

    For years I've been using a pair of what I thought were decent speakers on my computer. I hadn't been looking for an audiophile experience on my desk, but thought these old Altec-Lansing speakers did a decent job - nothing earthshaking but seemingly better than a lot of speakers that are standard equipment on computers. Back even a decade-and-a-half ago, speakers on computers were largely there so we could hear the beeps and burps of Windows as we moved through the day. The sound fidelity of "The Microsoft Sound" wasn't uppermost in anyone's mind. But gradually, sounds coming from computers are much more important as whole music libraries have moved there. And while it's possible to wirelessly throw your sound these days to your big "main" system, most of the time it's just at the desk where we want the sound. While in Best Buy recently, I found a display set-up with two different sets of Bose computer speakers including these Companion 2 models. Playing the little store demo I was impressed, but I didn't buy them then and there. Instead I went home and got one more taste of my old Altec-Lansing speakers - did some research on the Bose set, and headed back to Best Buy. Since installing these, I've really enjoyed the sounds of my computer. My music library sounds great and I don't HAVE to put on headphones to hear it at its best. And the headphone jack on the front of the speakers is handy for those times when I don't wish to disturb others. These Bose Companion 2 speakers bring a full range of sound that I was missing before. Good, thumping bass and nice sparkly highs nestled over a silky-smooth midrange can envelope me as I sit at my computer now. These would work equally well as a companion to a laptop. I know a lot of computer users have gone the "small" route in their computing use. I'm still a desktop guy with a nice-sized monitor and full keyboard and mouse. Oh - and the old "Microsoft Sound"? It sounds wonderful on these speakers!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    very good for a laptop speaker!

    Posted
    cjs3120
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I was like most torn between these and the 20's so i did a test set up my ice power EQ on my New Asus q536fd and tested the music, game, move and speech settings all set at 65% bass 90% treble 90% widener/ virtual surround and 100 of loudness , the laptop was only set to 35 volume as the laptop volume increases so do the Bose speakers . So I wanted something clear but more on the bass side deep bass notes and punchy pass like hard rock and rap or hip hop . The 250$ speakers were crystal clear actually to much treble for me and when my wife switched it was perfect I though for sure she was messing with me because the 2's series 3 sounded just what i has expecting the Companion 20's to sound like clear to where you can hear foot steps in a movie ,to deep bass and punchy bass with clear vocals but not so clear they sound automated you want to hear some bass in voices , also the 20' don't have a dedicated rear bass port and the 2's do , the 2's are super simple to put together with plenty of cord , i zip tied up about 3 feet or so . In closing These are great for computer speakers , I would not but them up against my lg sk9y with Dolby atoms and a 8" woofer lol but they are a good buy . These were my first Bose purchase as i have never found them to be worth the price and the quality compared to other speakers in the price range they fell short . But these hold their ground i just hope they dont blow i turned the base down to 50% and left the laptop at 35 volume and it sounds great . Hope this settles some of the confusion on the 150$ difference ... Its marketing and a little volume disc with a blue led vs a simple volume knob on the rt. speaker with a slit line to show where the volume is .

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible sound, from a very small speaker system

    Posted
    jrors93

    I purchased these Bose speakers for my second computer at home. I purchased the Cerwin-Vega XD3's from Best Buy about 2 months ago, for my first computer. The reason I bring this up, is because I am very pleased with the sound quality of the Cerwin's, and I went to Best Buy to buy a second set of those. However, Best Buy was sold out of the Cerwin's, so for about the same price I bought the Cerwin's for, I decided to go with this Bose set, and try them out. Once I got home, I hooked the Bose up to my desktop computer, and WOW, the sound quality from these small speakers is absolutely incredible! The vocals are spot on, and the mid level bass tones definitely have a presence in anything that I played through them. Also of note is the sound stage presence. I bring this up because, when you look at these speakers, they are just so small, that you just expect an adequate, at best sound from them. However, once you set the volume button on the speakers to the halfway up area, then adjust your computer's sound volume, you are going to be impressed at how loud and clear these speakers reproduce sound. My conclusion in regards to the Bose speakers, is that if you have a budget of $100 to spend on speakers for your computer, these ARE the speakers to go with, hands down.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    An upgrade from using my TV as a speaker

    Posted
    Joshf87
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase

    Primary use: Watching movies or videos, music, and just wanting to hear what's going on, on my PC. I have long abstained from buying any speakers for a really long time and stuck to cheap earbuds because the weakest link in all speakers are the wires. When a short develops in the wire from even careful handling, it can cause one speaker to not work, and with really cheap speakers manufactured these days, all connections even power are soldered in the speaker housing and this means the wires aren't easily replaced and the whole speakers are just thrown away (along with your money as well). After reading a lot of reviews, I decided to buy these speakers and after watching a few movies I realized I made the right choice. Usually I connected my GFX card to my TV with HDMI (that also provided audio) to watch movies without being chained to earbuds. Coming from that, the sound from these speakers seemed 'strange' at first and I realized I was hearing things I haven't before (subtle things, like paper shuffling) and the sound seemed overall richer and vibrant than what came from the T.V.. These speakers are excellent for this price range but they do suffer the same design flaw for all speakers in this price range and decided to deduct a star for that reason: the cable connection in the left speaker (that goes to the right speaker) is hardwired into the housing which means *IF* that cable goes bad then it isn't easily replaced with an off the shelf 3.5mm cable. If you are looking for quality 2.0 PC speakers around $100, I definitely recommend these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent sound for the price

    Posted
    DJCypress35
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Bose is known for expensive gear, so for $99, I would say these speakers give you the most sound for the money. Frankly I am astonished Bose could produce a $99 speaker that sounds so good, in view of their expensive speaker lineup. A bit of background - I currently own the Bose Companion 3 series II, the Soundlink II and the previous version of Companion 2, the Series II. The Series III has better base than the Series II, and slightly better treble, but the Series II has better midrage. Both the Series II and Series III blows the Soundlink II (bluetooth speaker) out of the water. There is simply no comparison. The Series II is good for vocals, Jazz, Classical and the like. The Series III improves on this and sounds better on rock, pop and music with more bass. Of course none of these speakers can compare to the Bose Companion 3. The dedicated sub-woofer of the Companion 3 is orders of magnitude better in bass response, and the two satellite speakers has better high end as well. Design wise it is very similar to the Series II with the same ports and controls, except it is now in black - which is good because it matches more laptops/PCs. The previous silver version is good but does look a bit out of place on an all black setup (I have black monitor, black laptop and black mouse). The speaker cable length is just nice, as I do not want too long a cable length to clutter my desktop. Bose is designing this setup for laptops, not so much for desktop PCs. Overall excellent product from Bose, and definitely well worth the $99!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    High quality with simple system

    Posted
    compeer
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    These speakers produce very good sound with easy set-up and minimal clutter. There is no separate bass component, yet the bass produced by the two speakers is quite good. System set up is easy, with the right hand unit acting as the control with just three connections: one to the computer, one to the left hand unit, and one to a power source. Set the computer volume setting at 75% and use the speaker volume control to increase or decrease volume as desired. Sound range and quality is good with minimal distortion even at high volume levels. Price point is above competitors, but is justified given quality level and excellent customer service from Bose. Excellent web site service, and the ability to register product warranty on line stand out. Three small issues are annoying. There is no power light on the control unit, so it is easy to forget to turn off power when not in use. Also, there is no color differentiation on the volume knob, just a groove indicator, which makes it difficult to see where on the volume arc you are. Finally, the left hand speaker is hard wired, not a plug-in connection, meaning you have to be alert not to pull on the wire and degrade the connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Very disappointed on every level

    Posted
    torkdoff
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I purchased this product to replace $49 computer speaker system. After 15 years at least that system failed. While it worked it had incredible sound with 2 tweeters and a sub woofer. I have had a bose speaker system for my home stereo which has also been great. I purchased the companion 2 set for my computer on 10/2. After a few days I noticed a loud buzz reminiscent of the sound made when plugging a musical instrument into a working amp. The sound was brief, loud and episodic. I concluded that it was a wiring issue. I disconnected it and attempted to return it. Unfortunately the 15 day return period had elapsed. Best Buy would do nothing for me but refer me to Bose. They were equally unhelpful. I told the Bose rep that I am not interested in this product but they would offer nothing but a replacement. Needless to say my confidence in their products and support is near zero. They're sending a replacement (probably a refurbished product) which I will not use. Bose is now on my do not buy list. Not because a product was defective but because their support of their products leaves much to be desired. I'm also disappointed in Best Buy's support but since my overall experience with Best Buy has been positive, I'll probably still shop there. When the speakers did work properly, They still fell short of the sound from my $49 system from creative audio.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hello Torkdoff,

      Thanks for providing your review of the Companion 2 speakers. We're very sorry to hear about the experience you had. We definitely stand by our products and glad that you reached out to us for service. If we can provide any further assistance, please do not hesitate to reach out to us again.

      Link to our Community: https://community.bose.com/
      Additional contact info: https://bose.life/2LXQA9c

      Thank you again,

      Mohsin - Bose Support bose

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Typical Bose product quality

    Posted
    xusmc0321
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    I work from home and have a fully functional office, with all the equipment, in a converted bedroom. The sound system I had on my PC previously included a huge sub-woofer, that while it sounded great, was simply taking up too much room. Since everything else sound related in the house is Bose, I thought I'd give these a try. Turned up, they do not fully replicate the sound of a quality system with a sub woofer, but they come pretty close. Otherwise, for listening to things like weather or news, they are really, really good. The sound is clear and has quite a bit of depth, and the price was very reasonable. There is also an auxiliary in port on the back of the right speaker for uses other than what I bought them for. Dimensionally, they are 3 1/4" wide, 7 3/4" tall and a full 7" deep, not counting room for the cables. The height and width aren't a problem, but unless you have a wide shelf or a standard desktop with space, you need to accommodate for the depth, which is a little larger than the standard speakers that come (used to come) with most desktops. Nice stuff.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I didn't think they could get any better!!

    Posted
    JoshW41
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    I had purchased the Companion 2 Series II about 3 weeks ago, and I loved them. I thought they were perfect, and there was nothing I would change about them, until I heard the Series III. You won't believe the sound difference. They are both fantastic speakers, but the Series III have a crystal clarity about them that is unmatched, and the bass response is incredible for such a small pair of speakers. The detail in these little bad boys is awesome. From every pluck of the guitar strings, to intricate cymbal work, these allow my music to shine. I use them on my desk in my cubicle, and they are perfect at ANY volume. The best part is, the sound doesn't carry across the room/gets absorbed by the cube walls, so I can turn these up a little bit, and they make my day so much better.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding speakers with no distortion

    Posted
    JimmyT
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    I upgraded my computer speakers to this set from Bose. I was torn between these speakers and another couple of speakers available which came with a subwoofer. Ultimately, these speakers do the trick for me. The sound is clear and these suckers get very loud. I mainly use them in the basement for workouts, and they are loud enough to easily fill the basement (and have my wife upstairs yelling to turn the music down). The only thing that gave me pause is that they do not have quite the same level of bass as the speakers that come with an independent subwoofer. All of that being said, for the $100 or less price range I don't think you can really go wrong with these speakers. Unless you absolutely have to have a ton of bass (maybe for watching movies or hearing more rumble in a video game) these speakers will easily do whatever job you ask them to do, and they will leave you smiling. I wouldn't necessarily attach these to my television - but if you want high-quality sound with zero distortion at extremely loud levels (for their size), this is the speaker set for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    BOSE!!! What else is there to say!!

    Posted
    VLGSR
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    BOSE!!! What else is there to say!! BOSE FOR LESS THAN A HUNDRED BUCKS THAT'S WHAT!!!! I LOVE these speakers. I'm a huge fan of music and the ONLY thing I've ever wanted to be in life in a Karaoke star in my shower!! These little puppies right here let the 100,00+ spectators in Victor's bathroom get a full range of that medieval torture device known as karaoke in the brightest color and sound that only Bose can deliver. The speakers themselves are a little heavy for desk top speakers, but then AGAIN - THEY'RE BOSE!!!! What else would you expect? These aren't running shoes folks! You don't WANT them all light and delicate!! I can't begin to tell you how many autographs I've signed in my bathroom simply because of Bose!! Catch my next concert tour going on now...no really, like I'm in the bathroom right now about to take a shower and ready to ROCK THE MASSES!!!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    these sound nice..

    Posted
    dlightning

    all computers speakers i have heard in this price range sound like trash except these. Allot of the more expensive ones sound like trash too but these sound descent/good.. i am into high end audio so i am very picky about sound. these have a nice balanced sound. vocals sound very good and stand out, the highs sound descent, good separation and sound stage, nice lows for such small speakers but they cant handle the really low bass all that well and get a little muddy and thumpy for some songs but i would expect that out of small speakers like this.. overall these do sound pretty descent. i am not a fan of Bose at all, i think they are over priced speakers that sound only descent and have allot of distortion. but these really do sound nice for a inexpensive set of computer speakers. i would much rather have some polk, B&W or some other high end speaker but that is what i have my home stereo for. these are just to add some descent sound to the computer when i am on it. for the price you probably wont find too much better than these. if your not looking for audiofile quality speakers for your computer but just a nice sounding set of computers speakers i think most people would be quite happy with these..

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Look Great, sound great. Just one minor issue.

    Posted
    DomC
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    These speakers look great and sound great. They were also very easy to set up on my PC. The hook up is standard so all I needed to do was disconnect the old ones and attach these in the same way. No issues with set up at all. One minor "flaw", in my opinion. It is hard to see that these speakers are "on" so I find myself leaving them on overnight after my PC is shut down. My old "cheap" speakers had a small LED light that would glow when the power was on. It was a nice reminder to turn the speakers off at the end of the day. No such way to do that here and no easy way to tell by looking at the dial that it is turned on. I needed to "paint" a line with nail polish to highlight the power/volume indicator so I could tell it was on. But a small LED would have been welcome.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    love these speakers

    Posted
    mexisama
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    installed on my pc and the sound is fantastic. impressed with the size and ease of installation. the cost was a bit steep for me, but it was worth getting a quality speaker that delivers a quality sound. i am happy that i only have to turn them on and the balance of bass and treble is built in. i listen to sirius online and enjoy the rich sound that comes out of these speakers. the same goes for any audio from the pc. i don't have to have pc volume above 50 percent or the speakers cranked high in order to hear audio on the pc. one con: there is no indicator on speaker to show when they are on, so you have to remember to manually turn them off when shutting down the device to which they are attached. if you are looking for smaller speakers with great sound output, and don't need the subs and woofers, or need speakers that will blast your neighbors' eardrums, buy these.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers. Worth the extra money.

    Posted
    HerLivingRoomHero
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    These speakers are pretty amazing. I am no audiophile but know what I think sounds good and what sounds like junk. I'd initially been looking to buy something from Amazon with a sub woofer for about $50-60. The reviews were hit or miss, and while I did not want to spend $100 on speakers for my computer, I figured if I was having so much trouble selecting something for less than half the price I should probably just pay the extra money and walk out of the store confident in my purchase. I can hear the bass with the speakers; no need for a separate sub. The music sounds crisp and clear. I work from home, so having a good set of computer speakers that will be on at least half of the day is important. I've even watched television online on my computer and listened through these speakers and have been very impressed. I wish the cords were longer, but they're on par with everything else. Not the products fault I have an unusual setup. Nice having a headphone jack on the speaker as well. GLAD I made this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Average Sound - Good Size and Minimalist Setup

    Posted
    Midorichi
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    I was looking for a set of speakers that won't take up much space on my desk, but still offer good sound quality. My Klipsch 2.1 system lasted about a year before cable broke internally and would pop all the time. So I switched to these hoping for similar quality. They are much lower quality. The sounds is very small and definitely not up to the levels of any higher level audio product. Overall volume is pretty good but lacks any lows at all, even mid bass is non-existent. I expected no low bass because of the lack of a sub. This however however drops off far higher than expected. Plus the stage is not even. The right speaker is definitely dominant. The stage does blend a little, but you can easily feel the favored right side. All in all I would say these are a small step above the $30 logitech speakers, but nowhere near the quality of the Klipsch system or other higher end PC speakers (like Audiogon). I am keeping them for now since they work, but I am also keeping my eye out for the next gen stuff to see where my next upgrade will come from.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Speakers For The Money

    Posted
    MichaelM
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    About four weeks ago, I purchased a pair of Logitech speakers for my computer. After having nothing but problems with these speakers, I trashed them and bought the Bose Companion 2 Series. These speakers cost nearly 4 times as much is the Logitech speakers, but trust me, they are well worth the money. I found the best sound quality came by turning the volume knob just a little past halfway on the dial. The sound is crisp, and for small speakers, they have not only good low-volume quality, they have very good high-volume quality. I'm not the biggest Bose fan, but these speakers are excellent. I would highly recommend them to anybody looking for a great set of computer speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sounding quality speakers

    Posted
    Lauren215
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    The Bose speakers are a great deal. Reasonable price for descent sound quality. Easy to set up. You should consider buying this product if you want a descent sound system for your computer. I like listening to music and Youtube tutorials. They do not get super loud, but loud enough to listen to over the hum of my treadmill. Also, the cool thing about these speakers is that they don't take up a lot of space, since there are only 2 pieces you do not have to set up a bunch more wires to and from the computer. I recommend these for people who want to listen to moderately loud music from their computer for exercise or for hearing in depth instructions. If you want bass slamming, house vibrating sound, than these speakers are not for you. If you want descent sound quality, the ability to have it be decently loud, and don't want 4 different speakers than this is the set for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Disappointing - Cheap sound

    Posted
    Jerry

    Bose fell well short of their Brand Value. I have loved Bose products in the past. Sorry to be harsh, but need to be honest here. The speakers sound like a cheap tin kid's toy. At very low volume they sound okay with spoken word (youtube). With music as soon as you go past 25% of volume the sound becomes distorted, grainy, tin like and scratchy with no base. My laptop's built in speakers sound better. I have owned many $75-$100 speakers that outperform these Bose speakers 10 fold. It was really surprising to me that Bose 2 companion were so bad! I will be returning today with my confidence shaken in Bose. I believe all the high reviews here are from folks coming from very cheap speakers. Save yourself the hassle of a return and seek out another speaker.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hello, Jerry.

      Thank you for taking the time to write a review on your Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker System. We're sorry to hear that the speaker's audio quality and bass response didn't meet your expectations. We truly appreciate your loyalty to Bose.

      The distortion that you have experienced sounds like the speakers aren't functioning properly. If you still have the speakers, we would like to speak with you to see how we can help. Please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team at 1-800-367-4008 for further assistance. They are available M-F 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern.

      If you have chosen to return the speakers, we hope that you keep us in mind for the future. We are always working to improve our products. Have an excellent weekend!

      Jesse - Bose Support Bose