if you're planning on listening to music, stay away.
8 July 2012
Summary: These speakers aren't worth the price of admission. I found them to be very very heavy on the low end and i also found vocals to be drowned out. I tested them out on a variety of musical genre's and was not satisfied.
Summary: I have a Klipsch Promedia GMX 2.1 setup that puts these to shame. Tested with AudioTest and I can hear the Klipsch up to 17K and down to 40. The Bose is from 40-15K. The Klipsch are two way satellites with a sub-woofer. Great sound all around from the Klipsch while the Bose is weak in the mid-range. They sound "tinny." Also the Bose has a noticeable delay. I have a Mac Pro and use Sounds4Fun which plays sounds for various actions.
Summary: Let me share my experience of getting one of these. I ordered this system online and i got one delivered through UPS with a dented front mesh on the acoustic module. Though UPS is responsible for the delivery defect. I had to wait for another week to get another from the store(Bose ppl didnot ask a question before replacing it).
Summary: I'm not happy at all with these, But I'll get right to the point. The good: -Everybody that sees them will think they are top quality because they say "Bose" -Everybody that sees them will think you are a successful person because you own something expensive like "Bose" -Sound great compared to most of the other crappy $20 computer speakers lined up on the store shelf. The Bad: -Horrible, Horrible midrange.
Summary: I had these for a little over a year and really loved them...until they stopped working. It's now 6 months past the 1-yr warranty and they quit. You can plug in headphones and still hear music, but nothing will come out of the speakers anymore. I've tried on multiple computers to see if it was a driver issue, and even tried with just a stereo aux input - nothing. So now it's a $400 paperweight.
Summary: I returned these and instead bought the Bowers-Wilkins MM-1 speakers, which costed more money. The Bose and B-W installs were both effortless. The Bose has far greater bass capability, in fact, maybe too much. The Bose are great-sounding, but what you really need is a way to sometimes "shut off" the virtual-soundstage synthesis they are trying to do. If you can't do that, then playing iTunes program material that is stereo-recorded sounds pretty strange.
Summary: I've had the Bose Companion 3 system for 3 yrs and overall, it's pretty good. When it stopped working, I thought I'd try the Companion 5, vs repair of my Series 1 Companion 3 system. My primary needs are for music - I'm not a gamer, and don't watch many movies on my PC, but I constantly listen to music. In short the Companion 5 just over processes the sound in an attempt to emulate 5.1 in a 2 channel system.
Summary: Though they sounded quite promising in the store, I was shocked how artificial-sounding the audio was when applied to music I knew. First off the highs are way too piercing and tinny. Vocals often seem lost in the surround effect to the degree that it almost as if they've been remixed, and you may actually find yourself straining to single them out of the soup.
"Bose = buy other sound equipment...not impressed."
16 October 2008
Pros: loud. somewhat of a 5.1 effect, but really sounds like louder speakers...thats about it. The good: plug and play: works with mac os/x leopard and windows xp. "works" is defined by: average sound The good: its clear/sharp (but so are others!)
Cons: the bad: NEED USB (2.0) Set up the speakers, and its just another average sound. Heard others are better: comapnion 3 [suprise, its cheaper!] - never tried. just read. Bottom line: Its NOT WORTH THE PRICE YOU PAY.