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Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System - Graphite/Silver

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  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model Number: 40326
  • Color: Black
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
  • Item Display Weight: 27 pounds
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  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 10.5 x 15.5 inches ; 26 pounds
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  • Item model number: 40326
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (415 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2004

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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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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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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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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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