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Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System - Graphite/Silver

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  • TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry delivers multi-channel, immersive sound
  • Simple USB connectivity-no sound card upgrade, extra software, adaptors or wiring needed
  • Two small speakers and compact module deliver sound you might expect from a five-speaker system.
  • Handy control pod houses volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and auxiliary connection.
  • Acoustimass module produces deep low frequencies and can be hidden almost anywhere in the room.
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model: 40326
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
  • Weight: 27 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 10.5 x 15.5 inches ; 25.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 26 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B000IE8Z4Q
  • Item model number: 40326
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (318 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Bose® Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system - Graphite

Bose® Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system
  • Our best computer speaker system for 5.1-encoded games, movies and music delivers immersive sound
  • Two small computer speakers fully assembled on stands for more useable desktop space
  • Hideaway Acoustimass® module delivers emphatic low-note performance
  • Versatile control pod includes volume, single-touch mute, headphone jack and auxiliary input

Bose - Better Sound Through Research

The premium multimedia speaker system from Bose delivers multichannel sound that seems to surround you—without the clutter of five speakers. The Companion 5 system is designed to give you the excitement of surround sound content right at your computer.

Exclusive TrueSpace® surround digital processing circuitry spreads the sound around you, so the enveloping effects seem to come from areas where there aren't even any speakers. The experience is developed especially for computer listening—putting you right in the middle of the music, the game, the special effects.

Companion 5 speakers reproduce enveloping sound from just two visible speakers, putting you right in the middle of your favorite movie's special effects.
Companion 5 speakers reproduce enveloping sound from just two visible speakers, putting you right in the middle of your favorite movie's special effects.

Easy to set up. Easy to use.

Hookup requires only a single USB connection from the computer speaker system to your PC or laptop—no special software or hardware upgrade needed. (For optimum performance, we recommend Windows XP or later. For Macintosh computers, OS X 10.4.6 or later.) The small, elegant computer speakers come mounted on stands for optimum performance and extra desktop space. And the Acoustimass module can be tucked out of the way under your desk.

Control at your fingertips

A convenient control pod features rotational volume control and one-touch mute. Dual inputs let you connect headphones and/or a second audio source, like an iPod® or a tablet.

Get more from your music. Get more into the game or movie. Whatever your computer entertainment passion, get more engaged with Bose® Companion 5 multimedia speakers.

Product Highlights

  • Specially engineered speaker arrays come fully assembled on stands for optimum performance and more usable desktop space.
  • The small, elegant satellite speakers come mounted on stands for optimum performance and extra desktop space.
    The small, elegant satellite speakers come mounted on stands for optimum performance and extra desktop space.
  • Versatile control pod houses volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and connection for a second audio source such as an MP3 player or tablet.
  • Compact Acoustimass module provides clean low frequencies, allowing the desktop speakers to be very small without sacrificing performance. Module can be hidden neatly under your desk.
  • Proprietary TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry reproduces enveloping sound from just two visible speakers. Engineered for computer speaker listening, it creates a dramatic acoustic environment for games, DVDs and music.
  • Single USB connection links the system to your computer. No special software, adapters or complicated wiring needed.
  • Digital 5.1 audio playback brings music, games, movies and other 5.1-encoded material to life with much of the performance you'd expect from a five-speaker system.
  • Magnetically shielded satellite speakers prevent monitor interference or damage to magnetic media.
  • Proprietary integrated signal processing delivers lifelike performance at almost any volume level.
  • The Companion 5 system is designed to bring the excitement of surround sound content to your computer gaming.
    The Companion 5 system is designed to bring the excitement of surround sound content to your computer gaming.
  • Compression circuitry keeps your music clear and undistorted at high volume levels.
  • Active electronic equalization balances low, mid and high frequencies for more natural tone and clarity.
Product Details
Dimensions

Each satellite speaker: 8.9 x 5.8 x 3.8 inches; 1.9 lbs

Acoustimass module: 8.5 x 6.75 x 16.75 inches; 15.4 lbs

Weight

19.2 lbs
Shipping Weight

26.5 pounds
What's in the box
  • 2 satellite speakers with stands and cables
  • Acoustimass module
  • USB cable
  • AC power cord
  • Control pod and cable
Comparison features
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Speaker configuration and stands 2 speakers 2 speakers 2 speakers with stands, Acoustimass® module 2 speakers
Digital 5.1 audio playback      
Audio Inputs
Headphone jack  
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USB connectivity      
Magnetically shielded speakers
Control/connectivity Remote, plus volume and power controls on speaker. Control pod for volume, with single-touch mute. Headphone jack, second audio input. Control pod for volume, with single-touch mute. Headphone jack, second audio input. Volume control on speaker. Headphone jack, second audio input.
 

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Customer Reviews

Sometimes just bump with your hand the dial can accidently turn make the volume louder or quieter. Otherwise sound is amazing. Read more ›
The sound quality is amazing. Bose lives up to its name. Read more ›
Excellent finishing and overall quality, the sound is perfect for games and action movies. But it's disappointing when "serious" music is played once it's impossible to… Read more ›
Bose, once again, lives up to their name. This sound system looks awesome with my new rig, and sounds even better than it looks. Read more ›
There was no set up problem with USB. The sound quality is outstanding and a big improvement over the Companion 3. Excellent clarity and spatial resolution in the tight… Read more ›
Depending on what I'm doing, playing games, listening to music, or watching movies, the sound wasn't as rich as the Boston Acoustics that I had to replace because of a… Read more ›
- Like most high-end speakers, they need time to flex and the drivers…- Since the sub is pretty weak, make sure to place it under the corner of your desk to improve punch. Read more ›
Unpacked these high quality speakers - hooked them up to my windows 8 gaming rig -- they worked for a…Bass was lacking - overall tinny sounding - which was surprising. T… Read more ›
I actually looked around once because I thought the sound was coming from behind me. The subwoofer is so powerful and provides nice deep low sounds. I did have a little bit… Read more ›
Don't listen to trash talkers, Bose does it right again ! I would like to see a stronger sub-woofer but that just because i have 2 12" subs in my car. All in all… Read more ›
This unit sounds like a…While it cost more than many other systems, you really do get what you pay for if you want quality sound with deep and powerful bass when required. Read more ›
well reviews are good so why not. if I don't like it i'll return them. HOLY OMG they are so loud with great bass for just 2 little speakers. how is this possible? I am half… Read more ›
Yes they are expensive (for computer speakers) but worth it. Set up was mindlessly easy on my Mac but from what I read, perhaps a but tricky on Windows. The satellites are… Read more ›
But what they do produce is a great, rich and mellow sound that envelopes you in the music experience. Setup was very easy and I didn't even really need the instructions. Th… Read more ›
Love them! Set up is quite easy. I didn't use USB, I use the 3.5 input and receive my TV, Blu-Ray and computer though them. Read more ›
I received this product safely and quickly!!Once I got it out of the box, setup was simple and the sound turned out to be ever better. The one thing I needed was a male to… Read more ›
And that's how I ended up buying bose. It's worth every penny, set up was easy. I started loving music more now, I can't stop listening and I'm not going to. Read more ›
I tried out the Bose Companion 5 connected to my iMac: installation was easy, and it worked great out of the box. Read more ›
The sound in both of these rooms is quite booming with great highs, lows, and base. Volume is quite good at about 25% and the neighbors will complain if I raise it above 90%. Read more ›
I purchased this set mostly because I wanted USB speakers so I could unplug them…That has worked well, but the volume control is so convenient I don't use the headset much. Read more ›
Plug in the USB or Aux and enjoy. The sound at low volumes is amazing, the bass response is clear and well balanced with the satellites. With the volume up the mid-range… Read more ›
Volume is smooth and responsive with a light spin of the outer edge of the unit, turning on and muting is as easy as tapping the center, and the controller has two… Read more ›
The volume knob is very nice - it has a headphone jack, 3.5mm input, and mute/unmute button in addition to changing the volume by turning it left or right. Read more ›
1. They are aesthetically pleasing 2. The volume dial is convenient Read more ›
The highs are crystal clear, and particular good for jazz and classical. Read more ›
I think it gives more space for the "medial" speakers (they face inwards and backwards) to fire against the back wall and reflect toward me. The highs are very crisp. The… Read more ›
Overall, highs are too sharp/distorted, almost no "low bass" frequency. but good for gaming. Please do not buy these if you love your music. Read more ›
It's deep, clean, crisp and not overused. Treble is crystal clear as if the person is talking right in front of you. - Music: As I mentioned earlier, I'm hearing ups and… Read more ›
That was exactly how it sounded to me. "The highs are extremely sharp, and hurt my ears." "Strident, blaring." Read more ›
I sent them back, and got different speakers from axiom (a superb canadian company) which are a bit more expensive but…I dont have any problems with the highs anymore. Read more ›
There is plenty of bass, too. The hockey-puck control is fantastic -- no need to go through the computer to control volume. The speakers take up little space on the desk,… Read more ›
The control pod is really nice, however, i wish there was a remote control. Movies are great to listen to as well on these speakers but i just love listening to music on them. Read more ›
I bought the Bose Companion 5 to go along with my home office setup. The control puck was great to mute music when on a call and the volume control was handy. Read more ›
Nothing to do but start playing music. The control cluster is really cool also. One touch to mute and a nice tactile feel to the volume dial. Read more ›
The 2 small desktop speakers look great alongside my 24" LCD monitor. The control pad is great and very easy to operate. Sound is awesome and you can really crank up the… Read more ›
I am using it on a iMac 21.5 with Mountain Lion and after I plugged it in and opened up system…I did have an issue with the control pod volume control not working. I… Read more ›
But really the Bose is expensive coming in at $350-$399 depending where you buy it. The Logitech also comes in at this price but is a full 5.1 system. I think if you look… Read more ›
An amazing consumer product. The price is reasonable and probably quite economical for Klipsch to manufacture because it's the same high-end design for the last 10 yrs. Thes… Read more ›
THE SOUND is surprisingly good, i mean…For the people who hate BOSE, they simply have a problem with the PRICE and if you can afford it then by all means spend the extra. Read more ›
And the sound really is as good as you can get for a consumer computer speaker system. Overall, well worth the price! Read more ›
I had a friend who purchased a set of Companion 3s and had buyer's remorse. Soon after, I put my feet in the shoes of those who may be paying full price for these things. Od… Read more ›
Pros: Good reproduction of higher tones. Cons: Poor base tones; poor mid-level tones; terrible price-to-value rating. Read more ›
Great sound, beautiful design, and good price. Is not made in China. Read more ›
I can tap it to turn the volume off or on, and turn it to increase or decrease it. I love simple elegant design that is easy to use and this is a marvel of good design. Read more ›
I am not disappointed. I'm an engineer who appreciates well designed products. I know what it takes in terms of research and development, design and manufacturing expense… Read more ›
Solid build quality Beautiful, elegant design Small footprint Read more ›
clear sound, powerful base, nice design, it is expensive but if you rich like me then who cares. compared to jbl harman kardon sticks etc its like comparing the lakers to… Read more ›
They are built well and designed to enhance your desktop....especially with the weighted volume control knob that allows for headphones and an external input (mp3 player… Read more ›
This sound system, especially for the size, is unbelievably fantastic. I don't want to over-sell, but my husband is amazed and mentions it every night we use it. Read more ›
Incredible Sound Compact size Read more ›
The Companion 5 is really…I often use it to fill the room with music eschewing my full size AV system just because it it so much more convenient and sounds almost as good. Read more ›
Pros: 1) Bass is excellent for its size(enough for the system considering that its only 2 speakers) 2) Tried playing my Ipad 2 and I am more than satisfied with the output. Read more ›
The sound is fine. It's what I would expect from quality tweeters and a reasonable size woofer with a decent driver. It does not compare to a decent set of bookshelf type… Read more ›
Setup was fast and easy. The sound that comes from these small stylish speakers is wonderful for the size and they look incredible. If you are playing music from your… Read more ›
Bot…The Bose speakers sound crystal clear and amazing on the highs, lows and mids however get washed out to make up for it which is fine if you love to listen to classical.. Read more ›
The Bad: -Horrible, Horrible midrange. The base module seems to try to make up for it, but just sounds like a 20 year old tape player that's never been demagnetized. Read more ›
They sounded like they did in the store. Fantastic treble and tight bass, with a good overlap of midrange from the satellites. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

122 of 128 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Wood VINE VOICE on January 29, 2007
The Bose Companion 5 speaker system is a fantastic addition to a multimedia home computer system. I've had several different sets of computer speakers, including one other Bose set, and this is hands-down the best set.

The Companion 5 set consists of two desktop speakers and an acoustimass-type sub-woofer unit or module. The module is the heart of the system -- not only does it control the speakers and bass, but it also functions as an excellent soundcard. The module connects via USB and not through the computer sound card because of that, and will function as the primary soundcard for your computer. Per the directions, they need to connect through a USB port directly on the computer, and not through a hub or docking station. The instructions do not specify why, but I presume it would be due to the delay present in most hubs. Additionally, one needs to make sure that your computers sound and audio settings for the OS and software are configured properly to make sure the speakers work properly. It should occur automatically when the speakers are set-up. The directions are all very clear on how to ensure this happens in a step-by-step process, and include a good troubleshooting guide in case problems occur. It took less than a single minute for me to set up when I did it as almost everything was handled automatically by the speakers. It is important to note that you must follow the provided directions if you want these speakers to work properly. Most of the negative reviews posted seem to point out what happens when you don't follow directions. However, once you follow them, you'll get unbelievable sound from the system.
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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Winter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 14, 2010
There's good and bad about the Companion 5, and most of the bad is just the nature of technology today.

The good is that the sound coming from two speakers and an "Acoustimass module" (read, "subwoofer with circuitry") is remarkably close to the sound you would get from 5 speakers and a subwoofer. The Bose system really does know how to 'fake' an acoustic space, and the circuitry somehow manages to figure out how to split out sound ranges: voices sound clear and crisp and seem to come from out of thin air in the dead center of your screen, ancillary sounds move all around the room through the left and right channels, and low-end whump is modulated well so that low notes don't all sound exactly the same. I've read that the lower-end 'Companion' series lack this degree of sophistication, so keep that in mind if you're comparing models.

The bad is that when it comes to computer speaker systems, you really don't have a whole lot of choices. Not many high-end manufacturers (that I have come across) go to the trouble of making a sound system that's geared towards a computer: top-tier quality in multi-speaker systems is left to the home theater crowd. While I'd hoped to see easy-to-find entries from Definitive, Yamaha, or Infinity, the computer scene seemed entirely populated by Creative and Logitech. Oh, and by the way, Bose makes a few choices.

Still, what an excellent choice the Companion 5 has turned out to be! I set this up on a laptop with integrated sound. It's in a corner that has a window behind the desk, a wall to the right, a larger window, and then the left is a wide-open entryway and there's about 15 feet of open space behind the chair.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By J. Lawson on April 11, 2009
The Bose Companion 5 speakers have the best sound I have heard on any set of computer speakers. The glowing praises given by many of the other reviewers are right on target.

I do listen to most of my music through these speakers, which are connected to my one year old Alienware computer. And if that was all I needed from my speakers, I could not be happier.

However, as a person who also spends more than 30 hours a week using other USB devices, including a Plantronics headset, a Wacom drawing tablet, a scanner/printer, mouse and keyboard, I would not recommend these speakers for the simple reason that the Bose speakers take a very large amount of USB bandwith. Before I owned these speakers, I was not aware that USB bandwith would ever be a problem.

Practically speaking, I cannot fully use programs like Ventrillo while I play online games (WOW and WAR); I cannot listen to music with WMP while using any voice messaging program (MS Messenger); and I cannot listen to music while using my Wacom tablet with programs like PAINT and such.

I do give this product 4 stars, though I still waver over whether I should give it only 3. By the way, this issue is acknowledged by BOSE on their web site, with no work around given, other than to limit the use of any other USB device.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful By The Dave 3000 VINE VOICE on January 3, 2007
I have always considered myself a bit of an audiophile. I appreciate and enjoy quality sound reproduction in both my music and in my movies. The Bose Companion 5 sound system delivers sound quality well beyond my high expectations for sound. The price tag is pretty steep, but I decided to go for the surround sound capabilities offered in the Companion 5 system to augment my 30" Apple Cinema Display for an immersive movie-going experience on my Mac. If connected and set up as per the instructions, this sound system delivers the performance as advertised.

Connection is by a simple USB plug. After that, a quick trip to System Preferences in OS X requires a few set up changes in the sound panel and that is all there is to it. The first time I played music from iTunes I opened my equalizer and adjusted the settings to my preferences as well as the bass settings knob on the acoustimass sub woofer. I have owned several sets of speakers including Klipsch and I can easily attest that the Bose Companion 5 is superior to all of them. The first movie I tried out was "Saving Private Ryan". From the DVD options menu I selected Dolby 5.1 audio and then I cranked up the volume and watched the Normandy invasion scene. It was simply incredible. Several times I was turning and looking behind me because I thought my dog was knocking something over in the room; only to realize that it was the sound of bullets ricocheting behind me. Awesome.

Of all the Bose products I have owned, I have found them all to deliver superior sound as advertised. If you can get past the sticker shock on these speakers, and make sure that you've adjusted the sound settings on your computer as well as the equalizer settings in your computer's music player and the bass settings knob on the back of the acoustimass sub woofer, I can pretty much guarantee you're going to be in for a very impressive audio experience whether it is music or movies.
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