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.
"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.
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 !