Summary: I have been using these Bose speakers on my imac for over 3 years now and I must say that with DVD movies they sound great but when reproducing music they sound horrible. I can hear no difference between lossy mp3 and lossless flac files on the Bose. However when I play back those same music files on high quality stereo speakers, I hear everything that is wrong with compressed music like mp3.
Pros: Sound good with Home Theater
Cons: Terrible with music. Poorly built. Overpriced.
Summary: At first I was very impressed but quickly started running into problems. The speakers would simply stop working for no reason. Did a quick google and found many people were having the same problem and it appears to be an issue with Vista. Others have tried to contact Bose and Microsoft and they simply point fingers at each other with no resolution. I am always needing to unplug the USB cable, wait, and then plug it back in.
Summary: Sales people in large appliance stores invariably represent Bose equipment as the best, "if you can afford it." And among computer speaker systems, they say Companion 5 is the one. Well, at $399, most of us need more than brand recognition and manufacturer hype--the sales person's stock and trade. We want to know what C5 owners think. Was the money worth it? There are plenty of rave reviews on Amazon.
Summary: these are the worst speakers ever. I had loads of trouble..they would crackle and then eventually just shut off. I finally got to the bottom of it and they are NOT compatible with vista. So if you are running vista dont buy them.
Pros: Small footprint, compact and neat design. The hand control is a 'nice-to-have', but that's about it
Cons: Terrible sound quality. I own other Bose products and have generally been very happy, but these speakers are well down the ladder. There appears to be absolutely no mid-range at all. All tinny treble and thumping base. Buyer beware!
Summary: Absolutely not recommending it to anyone, not even an enemy. Worked fine for a day, than next day volume control completely stopped working. I've managed to get it working by turning off the system for a minute using the switch on the sub, than after a week it happened again, even the speakers stopped working. I hate it.
Summary: With new MacBook Pro's; forget it. Aside from that, as usual with Bose, they don't last very long in terms of quality. After 6 months, I had to replace them. Fortunately, you'll get much better sound quality for a much better price from Altec Lansing and they'll last you longer. Also, Bose can't handle higher levels of volume, where they simply fall apart.