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Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 699 reviews

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Plenty of bass for me (read more)

    Posted
    Anonymous
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    I bought the Bose Companion 20 in the store earlier this evening. Read every review posted on this website while in the store. I listen to the set at different volumes from different angles. At home, for aesthetics, I put the speakers inside a 1941 model Philo radio in my living room. They are sitting directly on a wood floor, with a sheet rock wall behind them, the wood of the radio cabinet on the sides, and wood and cloth of the same in front. I connected the speakers to a portable CD player and listened to, Paul Simon’s Rhythm of the Saints (Brazilian percussion , circa 1990), Surprise (A mix of folk with Brian Eno electronica, circa 2004), the first few tracks off the Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory Soundtrack (1971), and as I type I’m listening to the soundtrack to Schindler’s List (1993). I walked around the living room, the kitchen, other rooms, and the floor below. Bass? Plenty of bass. I’m sitting eight feet away on a sofa, four feet off center, and I’m feeling the bass from a cello, an actual bass, and the low notes on a clarinet. I’m not feeling it vibrate off the floor (my feet are up) I’m feeling it through the air. On the Paul Simon songs, and even Willy Wonka, if I lived in an apartment the downstairs neighbors would be calling be right now saying, “That’s great that you’ve got a golden ticket, but turn it down wild man.” It is plenty loud for my needs. If anything I would like a little less bass. Not enough bass for some reviewers? Well I guess if you are one of those members of society who, when six cars behind me at a stop light wants to make sure everyone knows just how much you like the song your listening to, and you have it up so loud that I can feel the bass from your car stereo in my teeth, then maybe for you this isn’t enough bass. Run on sentence? The treble is fine. I can hear when Itzhak Perlman (violinist) leans towards the microphone and when he drifts back. If I wanted to throw the rugs into the fireplace and clear the floor to dance, 52 Girls and Planet Z would still rock the house. I have no EQ or amp, just straight from the grandchild of a Sony Walkman plugged into the back of the speakers. Better compression rate than MP3 but still nothing to tweak. Also, remember, I don’t have these at desk level or ear level. They are on the floor and muted a bit because they are in the radio cabinet. Now I’m listening to Nocturno played by John Williams (Not the same John Williams from Schindler’s List). It’s Spanish/classical guitar. No other instruments and no vocals. I dialed back the volume and I’m still getting bass at all the right spots. The rest of the work is clean. By that I mean it’s not like some systems where everything is polluted with bass (Note to self: It would be great to play just one song as well as John Williams. Just one). So now that we’ve spent the evening together, what would you like to listen to next? Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, you say? Yes, of course. Let’s start with a Taste of Honey. While I’m up would you like something to drink? Maybe Blue Raspberry soda from Kroger or Swedish sparkling apple juice from Ikea? No? Okay well maybe there something in your kitchen you’ll like. I’m on track 4, Bittersweet Samba. Sounds good. No escaping the bass. My feet are on the floor and I can feel it. I when outside to the far end of the back porch (It isn’t that far) and yes, the bass tracked me down and smacked me with its fins (Bass the fish. Fish have fins. A pun, get it?). So what else do you want to know? The volume controller is nice. It has a white light about the size of a pinhole that shines when the speakers are on. This will help you find it in the dark. The volume dial is nice and smooth. It can turn down to a whisper and into several degrees of silence. No numbers on the dial. No way to know how loud the sound will be when turning it on. Turning it on doesn’t require any turning. It requires lightly pressing the top of the controller. FYI – if you’re having a bad day, listen to some Herb Albert. It’s like wearing plaid pants. You can’t have a band time if you’re wearing plaid paints and you can’t have a bad time listening to Herb Albert. Well, I guess that’s it. Final thoughts? People who say it doesn’t have enough bass never say WHAT they are listening to so it really doesn’t matter. If you listen to the albums I mentioned, and I would be surprised to learn that anyone reading this has the same tastes, but if you do have plenty of bass. Is it worth the price? Sounds great in the store and the Bose people are smart enough to set up their display next to speakers by other manufactures that sink. Either that or, like the store I was in tonight, Boss was only display working. I couldn’t listen to the speakers that were $100 less. Okay I’ve said enough. I’ve been playing music for an hour and 45 minutes and I could keep playing music for another hour and 45 minutes. I’m not proud or tired. But enough with the Arlo Guthrie references that no one understands. I haven’t checked any of this for spelling or grammar errors, but I’m living on the wild side tonight and using my real name so this review it’s going on my permitted digital record. You will never get the time back that it took you to read this review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ANOTHER AMAZING PRODUCT FROM BOSE!!!

    Posted
    Herold

    The Bose® Companion® 20 Multimedia Speaker System are the best 2-piece speakers that I have ever heard. The sound is just unbelieveable! I am able to hear sounds in songs that I haven't heard before. I compared these speakers to the Companion® 2 series II speakers and there is a huge difference. First of all, the Companion® 2 speakers have very little bass compared to the Companion® 20's. The 20's have amazing bass thanks to its advanced port design (see product pictures). Once you hear these speakers, you will be searching the floor for a subwoofer when really there isn't one! The Companion® 2 speakers were made for someone who will be sitting right in front of their computer and speakers. That is why it doesn't sound good when you're not close to the speakers. But, the Companion® 20 speakers have been designed so that you can enjoy the sound when you are sitting in front of the speakers, or even when you are across the room (see product video). Next, the Companion® 20 speakers are very well built. They don't feel cheap at all! You can notice that Bose® has used the best materials for it. Also, the control pod makes it very easy to change the volume, mute the sound, connect headphones, and to connect another device via the AUX input. These speakers will blow you away with its sound quality. If you are unsure about buying this product, go to your local Best Buy and listen to them. Also, compare them to other brands. This will help you appreciate the Bose® speakers more. You will also see the Companion® 5 speaker system at Best Buy. The only difference in them is that the they have more bass and that is because it comes with a separate subwoofer. But the problem is that the price is $400!! I wouldn't want a seperate subwoofer because the Companion® 20's have very good bass and they will be easier to move around or to take somewhere else. Whereas the Companion® 5, you will need to carry a huge subwoofer if you want to take the speakers somewhere. Overall, I would highly recommend these speakers because they are the best speakers you will find for $250. I've been a Bose® fan for a long time and I always will be one. Bose® is the best brand you can go to for sound. If you don't belive this, go to their website and see the large variety of Bose® products. Also, research the company's history. The company started in the 1960's whereas other known companies like Beats® by dr.dre have started in like 2004. This show how long Bose® has been improving their sound for all of their products. I hope this review was helpful and you won't go wrong buying these speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great sound from small speakers

    Posted
    Rich
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    I had been wanting to try Bose speakers for a long time since I also have Bose AE2 headphones which sound great! These speakers also sound very good. I am surprised that they sound as good as they do from such a small set of speakers. I was debating these Bose Companion 20 or Companion 2 series 3 speakers and I decided to go with companion 20 based on product description saying they sound good across a room. They really do sound good from a distance. I think actually even better than sitting close to them. I don’t have these hooked up to a computer. I have them hooked up to the headphone jack of an Insignia shelf system I recently bought and have set up in my bedroom. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money for a Bose wave radio and figured this may give me some of the sound of that. I’ve Never listened to a Wave radio so I can’t judge based on that. Overall very satisfied. I will just add that I do think the price is high when you don’t get a sub woofer. It does have great bass and they don’t need one however. I just think these would be a much better value at $150 or $199 and it makes me wonder how much better the Bose Companion 5 sounds with the sub woofer. I just didn’t want to spend the $399 that those cost. I almost forgot to mention that, like most other reviews the circle volume control pod is nice and has a very nice feel and build quality to it. I didn’t really need it considering how I am using these. I just use the remote from my stereo to turn up volume but if I ever hook them up to my Macbook it’s nice to know that they have the easily accessible volume adjustment.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic speakers for a computer desk

    Posted
    Nick
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    These speakers sound much "bigger" than they look. Soundscape is wide, deep, and extremely clear, allowing you to pick out the individual instruments, guitar strums, cymbal hits, etc. with a surprising amount of clarity. Emphasis on clarity. While these speakers lack a proper subwoofer, the bass delivered by these two speakers would make you look under your desk for one anyway. Bass is clear, punchy, surprisingly deep, and above all else, forgiving, filling the low-end with a warm power without slapping your ears silly. Music: these speakers shine the most when listening to classical, jazz, rock, acoustic, folk-ish music, country, or any genre that relies on "real" instruments. Live albums/performances sound absolutely incredible, assuming they were recorded with a studio-quality setup. These speakers are slightly less spectacular when listening to bass-heavy or electronic-driven genres, such as EDM and hip-hop, although they still sound amazing. Bass heads might wish there was a subwoofer under the desk. People who like clean and crisp-sounding music wouldn't notice (or care) that there was one missing. Movies/TV: these speakers sound spectacular, and give you a "cinematic" or "movie-like" feel when watching your favorite content. While these speakers can't replace your 25-piece surround sound home theater system, they accomplish 300% of what I was expecting a pair of desktop speakers to do (all without a subwoofer!!!). Movies sound absolutely MASSIVE on these things... Gaming: same thing as movies. They feel bigger, more engrossing, although the immersion largely depends on how much Videogame X's sound department cared about a cinematic experience, not so much the speakers themselves. Setup: extremely straightforward; the control pod is easy to use; capacitive(?) on/off switch on the control pod is a great touch. Overall, I'd highly recommend as a set of desktop speakers, especially if clear/crisp sound quality is a priority. NOTE: to get the most out of these speakers, you want to listen to the highest quality tracks you can get your hands on. Bootleg tracks won't cut it. Crank up audio quality settings to 'Extreme' if you can. Use a device with good audio drivers. Watch videos in HD or 4K. You won't regret it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best

    Posted
    Driven
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    The Companion 20s are one of the best computer speaker systems I've ever tested, and represent a true bargain at this price. Of course, without a subwoofer they don't provide the extra deep bass to satisfy hip hop lovers, but for all other material, they're completely enjoyable. As you'll read elsewhere, they fill a good sized room with sound. I'm more impressed with how good they sound at low volume. There's no need for a loudness button. They sound so detailed and unusually punchy at low and medium levels that I don't feel the urge to crank them. When I do turn the volume wheel up, they remain clean and very, very loud. There is a point where the laws of physics kick in and the Companions begin to exhibit speaker compression, cabinet noise, rear port chuffing, loss of treble detail. I just can't imagine the need to push the volume that hard, they get plenty loud before these artifacts appear. Any extreme design like this is going to exhibit limitations and give up an advantage or two to more conventional speaker boxes. Next to a good pair of Usher, Polk or Paradigm bookshelves, those inherent flaws begin to show through. They also don't compare favorably with studio monitors like Tannoy 501As or Yamaha HS50Ms. Any of these larger, heavier, and much more expensive speakers will exhibit warmer and richer midrange, more transparency, and more nuance with complex instruments like grand piano. Yet none of these alternative speakers -Weigh a pound and a half each and sit perfectly next to a desktop or laptop. -Sound as pleasant at low volume as high. -Develop a believable stereo image sitting a foot or so apart on your desktop, and a foot or so from your face. -Are uniformly enjoyable with a wide range of music, games, movies, and computer based material. -Offer surprising performance from such a tiny source. Hard to imagine a more versatile, portable, attractive, powerful, or beautifully designed product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    the Bose companion 2 series 3 for 99$ for the win

    Posted
    cjs3120
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    I tried both with my back turned , Ill add my laptop has an Asus 300$ sound card / E.Q that is amazing but the speakers suck. So the test I played mostly hip hop as to test the bass parameters. So lil Wayne Uproar was 1 .then some Drake , some big Sean and g- easy . the 20's had ear pricing treble with the eq presets with bass at 65% treble at 90% wide or virtual at 100 and loudness at 100 and 4 modes . 1 music ,2 movie, 3 game 4 speech . I demoed all 4 and the bass and mids were A LOT I MEAN ALOT better in the 99$ speakers and that was with the laptop at only 35% volume as the laptop volume goes up so do the bose speakers . With the companion 20's for 250 i was amazed that people were suckered in by a light and a volume disc .Because the sound is not better they both have a 3.5" speaker Bose calls it a woofer, both are 120v (that's all Bose supplied ) and both have a back bass port but the companion 2 series 3 (99$) actually has a dedicated hole /port where as the 20's do not , they just have a square where all the wires go and some air comes out if you can get any deep or punchy bass out of them . Some people complained that with the 2/ series 3 the left speaker is hardwired in . To me that's a plus as there is 1 less cord to look for if i move it around (which will not happen but other people may ) in conclusion if you waste 250$ you will be disappointed as they are all treble and lacking bass in a big way . When for 99$ (i didn't even want to spend that as i have a lg sk9y i can Bluetooth to but had a 60$ gift cirt. so for 44$ otd they are great the series 3 companion 2's ... Save your money for better things

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    very good speakers, highly recomend

    Posted
    treker88

    Value for price, these speakers are a good value. I've listened to some highly touted desktop speakers like Audioengine A5's for example, and the Bose C20's blow them away. The Audioengine A5's are $325 a pair in basic black, so much for value, Bose C20's win. Sound quality, highs and mids are excellent, well dispersed and clear respectively. Bass is always a problem for small speakers, and the C20's preform well above average in this area. For rock, pop, country and most program material their bass is just fine. However, for material like ambient music: Biosphere, Solar Fields, Brian Eno to name a few, the C20's while pretty good, won't out preform or equal a good floor standing speaker with dual eight inch woofers. However, one can listen to material with really deep bass and have a good experience. These speakers have very good dynamics for their size and produce room filling sound. Compatibility, no issues here, they will work with anything. Appearance, they look great Over all, like I said, very good speakers, highly recomend, glad I bought them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Soundstage

    Posted
    LAWoman
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    There are always better options available if you are willing to spend more money, such as an audiophile brand like B&W. I have owned numerous audiophile level speakers throughout my life including products from Bose, B&W, KEF, Definitive Technology, a/d/s and others. Of all the brands I've listened to over the years, I still own and get the greatest enjoyment still out of multiple pairs of tower speakers from a/d/s, who unfortunately no longer produce speakers of any size under the original ownership. The company that was a/d/s produced incredible speakers of any size for the money and wish they were still around to produce computer monitor speakers. That being said, i "auditioned" many brands of quality desktop speakers for my Mac. I found many brands like B&W to have a great product, but the price point is hard to justify as a desktop setup. I finally settled on the BOSE Companion 20 speakers, because I think they have a great quality soundstage at the volumes I would normally listen to on a desktop, yet the price point is not too high for most budgets. BOSE always makes a quality product with some minor shortcomings, but I have been very happy with their sound so far, and love the volume control/mute puck device as a separate piece. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for quality sound, yet does not want to spend way too much.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok speakers

    Posted
    pdxmusl

    I decided to try Bose out for the first time. I listened to many of the Demos, read reviews, etc. These speakers sounded nice, rich, and full at the store. They were also in my price range. I also considered the Companion 5, but those were not in my price range. When I got them home, they sounded great at first. However, it's not uncommon for me to listen to music while I do a project around the house. This is where these speakers have serious limitations. Up close, they sound great. Take a few steps back, and the base drops out. Move a few steps over and the base kinda comes back, but something else drops out. It's really obvious. You can even test this out in the store. Play the demo and take a handful of steps away. It's not that music is all about the base. But, taking a few steps back from the speakers, the sound quickly goes from rich full sound to tin can really super quick. If you need just some general computer speakers to listen to while sitting in front of the computer, I think these would work great. However, if you need speakers that can fill the room when you need them too. These do not fill the room at all. My previous speakers were a pair I bought for about $30 8 years ago. Those speakers fill the room. The $60 speakers that were next to the bose speakers... those filled a good portion of the store. These bose speakers couldn't fill an area a step or two away from the desk. I ended up taking these speakers back. I'd probably check Bose out again, but it will be quite a number of years before I do.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nervous to buy without reviews but glad I did

    Posted
    suedoc

    I just listened to Shostakovich Symphony No. 5 and I'm in heaven. Great clarity of instruments, balance, very realistic sounding. I've been listening to a wide range of music and it all sounds good. OK, you won't get the thumping bass of a subwoofer but the bass is more than adequate. The "natural sound" does sound a little different than other speakers.I wasn't sure about it at first, especially with pop and rock, but now i don't think it takes away from the accuracy of the music andI I got used to it and started loving every song. Big gripe - cord from speaker to computer too short - barely 4 feet. I moved my tower until I decide if I'm going to get a longer one. Nice speakers, reasonable size, pod to control volume easy to use. And yes, Bose is expensive, there are cheaper speakers out there that sound great but overall I am happy with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Speakers for PC

    Posted
    baddoggy
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    The main reason for this purchase was to get a good set of speakers without a subwoofer for playing music through the PC while working at home and some gaming. The speakers are probably not the best for gaming just because they are not 5.1 or 7.1 speakers for surround sound from gaming sound cards, but I knew that would be the case before the purchase. My only real complaint would be that the 2 speakers are designed to sit to the left and right of a monitor. The cord that connects the speakers is too short. It is a Bose proprietary connector so you can't buy an extension anywhere. In fact, Bose does not even make one. I have a large corner desk and I needed to run the wire out the back to the other side. The cable was too short so I have to run it across the desk in front of the monitor and it looks a bit messy. Also the cord from the sound card to the speakers is fairly short as well. However, a few dollars at the local electronic store corrected that issue as it was just a standard 3.5mm stereo plug. I guess Bose makes the assumption people are plugging this thing in from a laptop on the desk to the speakers and not from a desktop tucked away beside a desk and not that close to the monitor.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Bose companion 20s' + Logitech z623's

    Posted
    GoodBoy
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    Bought a set of (Bose Companion 20's) at Best Buy when my old Altec Lansing ACS48s' right channel died (after nearly 20 years of total awesomeness). The Bose Companion 20 I had high hopes for, especially since they are $249, and have some positive reviews. They sounded decent in the store. The audio quality rivals the old Altec Lansing set, but is severely bass deficient (The Altecs had great bass and sound quality all around). I suppose one giveaway is the AC adapter, which outputs 18v, 2A. I looked at multiple reviews and Boses' website for the wattage spec, I never found it, but that's a maximum total of 36 watts. So these are about 16W per channel max. Bose makes amazing sound with only 16W per channel, but don't expect any bass. To be truly great, the sound needs to be complete, not missing any spectrums. I ended up returning them. I just installed some Logitech z623's. (I'm sure all the Bose diehards are groaning..). To achieve a balanced sound, don't turn the bass up too high. I put it just past the center of the dial, but I think centered is plenty. Sitting at the computer the bass sounds slightly lower volume than when I get up and walk away from the computer. These definitely fill the whole room with great sound! On sale for $129 also (so half the price). The win for me was these Logitechs.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Better than advertised!

    Posted
    kimbershooter

    The Bose company has many detractors and many admirers. This is for those who are open minded and un-biased. After reading many reviews and hearing lots of speakers, I decided on these. I am so glad I did. I am an audiophile and musician with lots of different tastes in music and have a vast library of music and movies. How do they get that 5.1 effect from just 2 speakers? How can I be hearing sound from behind me while using 2 speakers. Low volume, high volume, accuracy is the word. No over emphasized bass, or treble. As close to the original performance as possible. Stereo imaging and soundstage is great. Hey, my mercedes has 8 Bose speakers. I figure if it sounds so good in my car, then it must sound good in my office. You pay for what you get. These are worth every penny. They are easy on the eyes and easy to use. Classy too. Let the rockers go for their super loud bass. These 20's leave you feeling refreshed, not possessed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great speakers for great sound at regular levels..

    Posted
    Raintitan
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    I've had quite a few computer speaker sets in my time. When my Logitech THX speakers quit working a few weeks ago, I headed out to replace them. I was expecting to get the Klipsch THX 2.1 speakers but after listening to the Bose in store I realized that I don't really need volume....I want quality. If I need volume and bass nothing beats the Turtle Beach gaming headphones. So, I grabbed these and expected I might return them. After a few weeks, I can say that I'm incredibly happy with these speakers. Great sound quality and the perfect set for most people. Are they worth it? They are if you like the sound and have the money to make these a great add-on to your computer setup. If you are more budget oriented you can do nearly as well for less. Of particular note is how nice the mute and value control is...super smooth and high quality. A little thing that goes a long ways.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great desktop speakers with crisp & rich sound

    Posted
    Ucantrustdisreview
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    Overall, this a great product. If you're looking for great speakers to substitute the lousy and insufficient sound most desktops are built with then, look no further. The style of these speakers are very sleek and will compliment your desktop extremely well. Very spacing saving with tangle free wiring. The control pod is an excellent way to manage the volume and very convenient. However, there should have been some type of indication, allowing you to know exactly how high or low you're setting the volume. The sound is crisp from a mid to a semi-high level and will sooth even the most professional judging ear. The one thing these speakers do not provide is robust bass. I must make mention that these speakers are capable of extracting a very good level of bass from any song being played that is rich in bass. Also, keep in mind that this is a 2 piece system thus, the reason for not delivering a climatic bass sound to avid and engaged listeners. You will not regret purchasing these speakers but I do feel they should be priced at $199.99 instead of the $250 price tag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Those speakers are scarry

    Posted
    Yarzok

    I LOVE MUSIC. I was surprised with the sound quality. I have tons of albums CDs that I converted to MP3. Listening to some old Classic Rock, At the end of one of my favorite track, by "Alan Parsons" I heard some peoples talking, loud and clear So I back-up the track a bit and at the end of the track I heard the same peoples again. I never heard this before.. And no I'm not on funny tobacco either. Since then I've been listening to a lot of my favorite albums, and discovering sounds I never heard before. Anyone had a chance to listen to the Bose Wave Radio? Well each of those speakers has a wave chamber built into them. And to me they sound better then the wave radio. The highs are crisp, the mids are alright could use a little improvements, and the base is just right. Not a boomy base that you get from a PC subwoofer. But CLEAN to the low hz. All I can say is They are really impressive speakers. And they fit very nicely in my laptop bag, with my Asus G75.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good quality sound for a two piece system

    Posted
    Gallo54
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    I wanted to improve the quality of my desktop sound but was somewhat reluctant to intall a subwoofer box in my home office. After reading impresive reviews for the Klipsch Promedia 2.1 I thought maybe I should stick to the sub anyway. So I went to Best Buy to listen to both systems and thought the Bose was better. When I installed it at home I got the feeling the sound was not as good as the one I listened at the store. 6 days after it came to my mind the idea of returning the Bose speakers but decided to go to the store again and listen to the Klipsch.. No way. The Bose is in my opinion much better. I also found that the Promedia has the off switch in the sub (very unconfortable). In summary, I will keep my Bose system as the sound is very clear. I do believe the price tag is too high and was dissapointed by the short sound cable. This is my reason for the 4 stars. I recommend the product to those who do not wish a subwoofer and can afford the price. The product does not dissapoint!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound quality w/o needing a lot of space.

    Posted
    simgamer
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    I've always heard great reviews from Bose speakers and I've heard several different models. These sound fantastic! With a built in subwoofer you get a great range of sound without needing a lot of space. I use this for my desktop PC gaming, videos, and games. On/off switch is easy to access with built in plugs for mic and headphones. My only issue is the short audio cable to go to the PC. It's only a couple of feet long, so this would be better for laptop, or tablet. Although their size might be cumbersome to carry around and they require an external power source. One other thing to note. By default there is a power save function which means your speaker would only go on is sound is used, such as a DVD playing. This system didn't work as designed for me and I thought I'd bought a defective set. Thankfully you can shut this feature off and I'd recomend it. Still the sound quality and easy use of volume and on/off switch are some of it's best features. I'm happy I got them.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good, but pricy

    Posted
    TexDak

    You have to give it to Bose, what makes Bose systems sound nice is there concentration on producing superior upper midrange frequencies...that's it, though. Everything else is below average, sad really. But that is Bose, trick the ear on a few superior frequencies and add $$$ to the tag. The set up is pretty simple and audio is brought into the system through a 1/8 audio jack (provided). The system comes with a separate audio pad with a touch sensitive mute bottom on top. I like this feature, for I put my speakers out of reach. The separate audio pad lets me control everything remotely (wired). The sound that comes through is some what special. Like I said before a few frequency levels are superb, but the rest is below average. The result is crisp highs fighting through a muted and echoed midrange and base frequencies. It really just sounds a little better than $70 Logitech computer speakers. My recommendation, save your money and buy another brand for under $100. Unless you like jazz or have a big ego...like me, so I'm keeping them. :D

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Really Great Sound Quality

    Posted
    Valraven
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    Though this is for laptop sound systems (according to the box) I used it for my $5.5 Computer Rig and the Quality is phenomenal. My gaming experience has reach new heights and when watching movies it's like being in the theater. Great Bass sound coming from a 2 speaker system as well. You can look up the specs your self, only thing is they come in grey vs. black at least that's all I found at Best Buy. It is a bit pricey at $250 (not including tax) but to me its worth it. I brought my Nano or you can use your Phone, just ask the associate for the cable to hook it up to or bring your own (which I did) and checked out the display sound quality. That is what sold me. I was looking at a TV sound Bar for I needed more Bass Sound when gaming and didn't want 3-5 piece system. This is perfect so I have more room on my desk. You won't be disappointed. I don't do reviews normally but this is a great system.

    I would recommend this to a friend