Summary: After using these for four years, I bought a set of B&W MM-1s from Crutchfield. The difference is like night and day. The MM-1s are so much clearer and don't have the muddy sound that the Bose do. B$Ws are higher than the Bose but I fell worth every penny of the difference. If you want really clear sound, save a little more money and get a set of B&Ws. If you want the fake surround sound, get the Bose.
Pros: These are pretty good speakers that do what Bose says they will. They produce a full and almost beleiveable surround sound. I've had them for four years now without any major problems. Seems to be a well made product.
Cons: For the price, you should get more. Another dislike is the same as one thing I like about them, they do what Bose says they will, nothing more. The sound should be cleaner than what it is.
Summary: I bought this set of speakers almost 3 years ago (They have not changed since to my knowledge.) so I have had quite a bit of time with them. I must say that, not considering the price, they sound decent; much better than a generic PC speaker system. That said, when you take price into the mix, they are not worth the money. The sub tends to have a muddy sound to it and the "full range" speakers in the 2 stands sound washed out most of the time.
Summary: I have a Bose Companion 3 (the original, not series II). Mostly what I use them for is listening to music on iTunes from my Mac laptop while I work on the computer in my office. Most of my iTunes music is 128 kbps bit rate, so we're not talking hi fidelity here. When I want real high-fidelity, I listen to a CD on my home entertainment system. I have been VERY happy with the Companion 3's with this set-up.
Summary: The sound of these speakers is great, But I keep having problems with them. When my computer goes to sleep or restarts it can't find the speakers so I have to constantly re-Install them. What a hassle !
Summary: Beware of getting this if you are running win7. Had my system for about 10 days now and 3 times it has quit working. A quick google reveals page after page of win7 users with the same problem but funnily enough no XP or Vista users seem to have any issues. Answers range from a reboot to a system restore to fiddling with all sorts of settings. Sadly today no solutions worked and after a full morning trying to fix the problem I found the answer (until the next time?
Summary: Pros: + Great sound quality + Solid + I like the design Cons: - Cables are not fixed properly. Too often the speakers turn off in the middle of a song or a film, because the cables are extremely sensitive to be properly connected. Very annoying habit, and I cannot do anything about it. - The bass control is very basic and it's at the back. - Very moody when used from USB connection.
Summary: Finally took the plunge and bought the Bose Companion 5 because of good reviews, and really wanted to hear my classical music collection brought to life. Not that easy to set up (Windows 7 failed to recognize it at first), but I followed the instructions carefully (twice), and finally sound was produced, but not the quality I had expected. ( and I was careful to place main unit and the two speakers as set out in the manual.
Excerpt: När man höjt volymen till ca 50% så "försvinner" basen. Diskant och mellanregister har dock suveränt (klart) ljud, men saknar basen väldigt mycket! Ringde kundtjänsten på Bose och inte för att jag inte kan engelska, men prata om just detta var inte det lättaste. Fick inget ordentligt svar därifrån utan "det är som det är" typ. Undrade om man kunde justera detta någonstans, men det kunde man tydligen inte.
Summary: Mit vollen Erwartung hatte ich Bose bestellt, da ich 15 Jahre DJ war, wusste ich dass Bose von Haus eigentlich hervorragend ist. Aber erst zu den guten Dingen! Schnelle Lieferung durch Amazon wie immer! Verpackung war sehr gut und übersichtlich, leider keine Umverpackung ! Das Anschließen und Installation war sehr einfach, USB und dann kann es schon losgehen dafür gibt es schon einmal ein Stern!