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Bose Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System

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  • Enjoy full, natural sound at your computer-or across the room-from our best two-piece system
  • Sleek, space-saving design complements your computer and eliminates need for dedicated bass module
  • Bose TrueSpace® technology reproduces wide, natural sound from only two speakers
  • Convenient control pod to adjust or mute volume, connect headphones and add another audio device
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Technical Details

  • Model: 329509-1300
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Color Name: Silver
  • Item Package Quantity: 1

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.5 x 8.7 inches ; 2.5 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 6 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: B0053T4PHC
  • Item model number: 329509-1300
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (252 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 25, 2011

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Bose® Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system - Silver

Bose Companion 20 multimedia speaker system
  • Enjoy full, natural sound at your computer - or across the room - from our best two-piece system
  • Sleek, space-saving design complements your computer and eliminates need for dedicated bass module
  • Bose TrueSpace® technology reproduces wide, natural sound from only two speakers
  • Convenient control pod to adjust or mute volume, connect headphones and add another audio device
Bose - Better Sound Through Research

The best two-piece computer speaker system from Bose reproduces full, natural sound whether you're inches from the screen or way across the room. It's a powerful but elegant way to practically transform your computer into an entertainment system.

Proprietary technology and an advanced port design make your music, games and videos come alive with striking clarity and impressive low notes at any volume. And all that sound pours from just two speakers - no need for a bass module. With a few quick connections, you can enjoy the wealth of content on your computer with rich Bose sound.

Powerful sound. From just two speakers

Robust drivers complement the advanced port design to reproduce compelling low-note performance for your music, games and videos. Anyone listening for the first time might scan the floor for a subwoofer, but there's none to be found. All the sound comes from just two sleek speakers.

Bose Companion 20 no subwoofer
Enjoy your entertainment with full, detailed sound. It all pours from two powerful speakers, no subwoofer needed.
Control made convenient

A versatile control pod pairs a fair amount of function with its form. The pod features rotational volume control and one-touch mute functionality, plus convenient dual inputs for connecting headphones and/or a second audio source, like an iPod® or a tablet.

Enjoy room-filling sound - right from your computer - with Bose Companion 20 speakers.

Product Highlight
  • Proprietary TrueSpace® stereo digital processing circuitry creates a wide two-channel soundstage engineered specifically for listening at your computer.
  • Versatile control pod features rotational volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and connection for a second audio source, such as an MP3 player or a tablet.
  • Advanced port design and driver deliver powerful low-note performance and full, natural sound that fills the room.
  • Proprietary integrated signal processing delivers lifelike performance at almost any volume level.
  • Active electronic equalization balances low, mid and high frequencies for more natural tone and clarity.
Bose Companion 20 powerful sound
Companion 20 speakers: An elegant addition to your desktop, with sound that fills the room.
Product Dimensions
Dimensions 8.66 x 3.54 x 4.72 inches
Weight 2.5 lbs
Shipping Weight (total package) 6 lbs
What's in the box
  • 2 speakers
  • Speaker cable
  • Audio cable
  • Power pack and cable
  • AC power cord
  • Control pod and cable
Comparison features
  Bose Computer MusicMonitor
Computer MusicMonitor®
Bose Companion 20
Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system
Bose Companion 5
Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system
Bose Companion 2
Companion® 2 multimedia speaker system
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  
Single-touch mute    
USB connectivity      
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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I've gone through two…The sound was amazing, when it worked. but there's no way I can find to make the speakers work with out the control pod and failure is common. And… Read more ›
In my opinion it's better than "Bose Companion 20 Multimedia…But again the the price difference is tremendous, and sound is pretty good and reasonable for computers. Read more ›
Piggy-backed into the Bose Companion 20 loop, the sound was alarmingly satisfying!!! The wide sound stage of the Bose Companion 20 was magnified even wider, well beyond the… Read more ›
Bought these speakers about 18 months ago. The sound quality was great and I looked forward to a long life. Except - no. Read more ›
First the sound is incredible. I was expecting weak bass given all the reviews, so that was the biggest positive surprise for me... the sound is great from the high to the… Read more ›
You're paying for good loudness (apparent volume) from small speakers. The sound quality is decent. Not bad, like every other similar-sized device, but not as full and high… Read more ›
These are simply the loudest and boomiest dual speakers I've ever heard. The bass is deep and rich. It really is remarkable. Read more ›
Companion 2 series iii roughly sounded the same as my cheap Logitech set, the MusicMonitor's were OK but…Companion 5 with subwoofer was great but heavily relied on the sub. Read more ›
Without a subwoofer, the Mission speakers could not come close to matching the frequency range of the…And, to my ears, the Bose bass response is crisp and clean, not muddy. Read more ›
Perfect for a desktop computer. The bass is very good. No need to worry about space on where to put the subwoofer. Read more ›
a pleasant surprise! the bass is surprisingly powerful but not too overpowering; i am not a bass freak. i like that the clarity is great even at low volume. Read more ›
The bass is good. It may not reach the lowest of the lows but is fine for computer use especially considering the overall small size of the system and the lack of a subwoofer. Read more ›
Great sound in such a small package. great bass without the bulky sub. the volume control is great. and they are power saving since they shutoff automaticaly when they do… Read more ›
cons: price (2X what other computers speakers cost) The on-off-volume controller is very nice but I wish it was wireless. Read more ›
The control that it has is also very nice and good for having to turn off the sound in an…The volume is also easy to use and really has a good set of cable management. Read more ›
Overall the volume dial is fantastic and made with mostly aluminum parts with a rubber dial, that which if you touch the top of the Bose imbossment on the top it will shut… Read more ›
I own several bose products and have never been disappointed. The touch pad on/off is great and the volume control is smooth. These speakers get pretty loud, they wont blow… Read more ›
The analog volume nob is great for finding just the right volume (the pioneer had digital increments), but is definitely too sensitive for me. Read more ›
These Bose speakers were the perfect choice to go next to my 27 inch I I mac computer…They sound great, look good and the separate volume control unit is very functional. Read more ›
A bit expensive, but worth every penny and they are built very well. Solid heavy and durable and the control pod is incredible and very well made. Read more ›
The remote on/off volume control pendant is interesting, but frankly I would have preferred it to be a little less sensitive. I have already had a few mishaps where I turn… Read more ›
The control pod is very well made. It has a nice weight to it and a non-skid backing so it stays put. Read more ›
- Bass was great but diminished at higher volumes (I guess to be expected with a…- Volume puck control is nice but would rather have a remote and/or control on the speaker. Read more ›
Hooked up to my MacAir, play various Pandora stations all day long, makes the office a great,…The dialup controller is easy and effective, very good sound at all levels. Read more ›
I always thought that the old speakers sounded good. I likewise felt that my 70's era midrange stereo setup was pretty good as well. All of my wife's and my music has been… Read more ›
Now I can actually tell which music files are high and low quality. I am using these speakers with a MacBook Pro and the setup looks gorgeous. Everything matches perfectly… Read more ›
Nuf said. But I need 20 words.... They are easy to hook up, take little space on the desk, range of sound is superior to any earlier speakers. They should last him for many… Read more ›
Despite the size, there is actually a very good bass response without the need for a sub-woofer. Points also for the simplicity - simple to hook up and easy to use. So, if… Read more ›
They are so easy to hook up. Read more ›
I love these - they were easy to install. I am playing song lists via my lap top all day long; the sound from these speakers is better than expected. Read more ›
Tried speakers on Onkyo 890, sony receiver, Mitsubishi and Sony TVs, Kindle and even my iphone with the…There really is no bass and the midrange to highs are too bright. Read more ›
The bass, in particular, is far more moving than one would expect from speakers so small. The highs are crisp and there is good balance accross the sound spectrum. The… Read more ›
4. Lastly, while the sound is good, I often like the ability to tweak the sound and control the bass and treble (while the treble is fairly smooth) I like to turn down the… Read more ›
The bass sounds great and the highs and lows come out well. I am not an audiophile but my friends who have heard these speakers can tell that its a good pair. Read more ›
These speakers have great highs and lows are emitted both at high and low volumes. Low volume is where all my previous computer speaker setups always fell short; I had… Read more ›
I came down the next morning and started listening to NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concerts ... and I…Lots of bass, nice smooth treble, great mid-range, very good stereo image. Read more ›
The sound quality for the size is absolutely incredible! I don't know how they get so much bass out of them but they have a lot. Read more ›
I considered some small studio monitors, but abandoned that idea because for them to be really accurate, you need a fairly good size box to mount the drivers in, plus have… Read more ›
Controller design is a 10. I feel like I am listening to a full size stereo with tower speakers and I show it off every chance that I get. Read more ›
these are a perfect size and put out great sound. bought because of good reviews and was not disappointed with the purchase Read more ›
Very small. And in this space, I have a full size bed, a standing computer desk, a Herman Miller computer chair, a dining room table, a digital piano, and a 32 inch LCD HDTV. Read more ›
I do a number of audio/video…They are not as small as I would have liked, but they are a great size considering the sound quality and bass you get without a sub-woofer. I… Read more ›
Much better mid-range than any of the other home entertainment or Cinemate…Probable due the simpler design of using a single driver vs. separate small/subwoofer speakers. Read more ›
Physical construction seems solid, and design is understated. Simple to unpack and install. Read more ›
These speakers were easy to hook up and are aesthetically…They are also well designed and filter out stray electrical sounds that seem to come through my other speakers. Read more ›
exactly what I want. It looks good. very good design and it is very impressive. Read more ›
It would have only cost Bose a few cents more to do…A minor issue, to be sure, but Bose is better than this and this was a bad design and customer decision on their part. Read more ›
These speakers are well designed and sound great. I still use my JBL Creature II 3-Piece Powered Speaker System for my external speakers and the Bose… Read more ›
These are my first Bose speakers and I expected quality to be really good considering the price. As expected, sound quality is awesome. Read more ›
I am keeping these speakers for many years to come. As far as I am concerned the Bose Companion 20s are the best computer speakers I ever purchased at a reasonable price. Th… Read more ›
Quite simply, they are very strong speakers for their size and believe them to be exceptional value regardless of the brand name. In terms of sound they have very crisp… Read more ›
Each of these options may be ideal for those who desire great sound without the…Of these, I do believe that the Microlab H21's offer the best value over the Companion 20's. Read more ›
If you're looking for something with stronger bass, get the Harman Kardon sticks! both are great for the price Read more ›
It…I have to say that these speakers are actually very good for the price, again something not usually known with Bose speakers (sorry for cutting down so much on Bose). Read more ›
The bass, if set down a bit, it crisp and clean. The highs and mids are crisp and clean. I am completely happy! Read more ›
I listened to the same music at home on my Companion 5s, and while…Their high end and midrange output is very good, but there is just inadequate bass, at least to my ears. Read more ›
After…As expected, the bass is strong, though a bit muddy and the highs are decent, but the mids are awful in this setting, sounding like I'm playing through a tunnel. T… Read more ›
These are now hooked up to my Mac Pro,…I've had the Soundsticks since 2003 and I've always thought they sounded pretty decent, although with weak midrange at low volumes. Read more ›
Any of these larger, heavier, and much more expensive speakers will exhibit warmer and richer midrange, more transparency, and more nuance with complex instruments like… Read more ›
I was very impressed by the midrange reproduction. When listening to the country, Rock, and Metal selections, the mid-range guitar tones were preserved without… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

120 of 122 people found the following review helpful By R. Pollack on November 22, 2011
The Companion 20s are one of the best computer speaker systems I've ever tested, and represent a true bargain at this price. Of course, without a subwoofer they don't provide the extra deep bass to satisfy hip hop lovers, but for all other material, they're completely enjoyable.

As you'll read elsewhere, they fill a good sized room with sound. I'm more impressed with how good they sound at low volume.
There's no need for a loudness button. They sound so detailed and unusually punchy at low and medium levels that I don't feel the urge to crank them. When I do turn the volume wheel up, they remain clean and very, very loud.
There is a point where the laws of physics kick in and the Companions begin to exhibit speaker compression, cabinet noise, rear port chuffing, loss of treble detail. I just can't imagine the need to push the volume that hard, they get plenty loud before
these artifacts appear.

Any extreme design like this is going to exhibit limitations and give up an advantage or two to more conventional speaker boxes. Next to a good pair of Usher, Polk or Paradigm bookshelves, those inherent flaws begin to show through. They also don't compare favorably with studio monitors like Tannoy 501As or Yamaha HS50Ms. Any of these larger, heavier, and much more expensive speakers will exhibit warmer and richer midrange, more transparency, and more nuance with complex instruments like grand piano.

Yet none of these alternative speakers
-Weigh a pound and a half each and sit perfectly next to a desktop or laptop.
-Sound as pleasant at low volume as high.
-Develop a believable stereo image sitting a foot or so apart on your desktop, and a foot or so from your face.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful By B. D. Cooper on October 21, 2011
I live in Japan and had the opportunity of testing out nearly 80 desktop speaker systems in the noisy - therefore not ideal -environment in my local consumer electronics megastore. Among those speakers I listened to sets from Logitech (Logicool here in JP), Klipsch, Sony, Pioneer, Creative, Hitachi, JBL, JVC (Victor here) and Bose. At first I shyed away from Bose because of the militant anti-Bose hyperbole on Internet forums, and I tested out nearly all of the other speakers using my iPhone as the source. Using my own source meant that I could ensure no EQ was in effect and I could also listen to a song that I am familiar with I order to assess how much detail I was hearing from each set.

After testing nearly everything I walked out of the store with Logitech's largest 2.1 setup because it simply sounder better than anything else to my hearing and was incredibly cheap. So cheap In fact that I was a little hesitant to take the risk because I knew that the price couldn't be so low for such a large and heavy setup without a compromise being made somewhere.
I got home and set up the speakers and was blown away by how much better they sounded in a smaller and quieter environment; the bass was powerful yet controlled, the mids and highs were clear yet not abrasive, and it was a fantastic system to listen to whether gaming, listening to music, or watching movies...BUT.....

...3 weeks later I turned on the speaker system and there was a loud *pop*. I tried playing a sound file and nothing was coming from the speakers. I turned up the volume to dangerous levels and could vaguely hear something coming from the left speaker. After cycling the power 4 or 5 times the system went back to normal and I could start using it again.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By L. Anderson on August 16, 2011
I have been searching for computer speakers that I would be satisfied with for some time. I was exposed, through a former job, to high end audio equipment and since then have been very particular with what I purchase. Most often speakers don't sound quite the same at home as they do in the store, so I brought home the Bose Companion 20's to try out. It didn't take long to realize they were not going back. I listened to classical, jazz, pop, c&w, etc and was pleasantly surprised. I've always had a subwoofer in the past, but found it wasn't necessary with these speakers. It was worth the wait for me.
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75 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Susan A. Dunlap on August 13, 2011
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First off, it is nothing less than an honor to be one of the first (if not, the first) to review this item on amazon itself. By far, these are the best computer speakers I have ever listened to. It does exactly what it is advertised to do, bring room-filling sound. Yes, the Companion 5 may bring more bass, however, these bring very warm bass for not having ANY subwofer attached. For the price, these are worth it.

Overall, this is definately 5 stars for being what it is. I keep telling my readers on amazon to judge a product for what it is, not for what you wished it could have been. If you are looking for computer speakers without a subwofer, these are for you!

Better sound through research. :)
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42 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Paukenwirbel VINE VOICE on October 17, 2011
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I like these speakers for basic computer functioning speakers. It's true, they do have a very strong, powerful, presence, though I don't understand why Bose keeps throwing the word "natural" in everywhere. They're some of the most un-natural sounding speakers I've ever heard, though that is not necessarily a bad thing, and I think it's Bose's point....

Take one look at their techno explanation, and you'll see that these speakers use some pretty heavy-handed DSP -- yes, digital signal processing. A processed sound cannot be a "natural" sound, though that doesn't mean they don't sound good. To me, though, it's just deceptive advertising. I think these are great for sound effects, basic computer sounds, and the like, but, as a classical musician, I can't bear to listen to (recorded) live music on these, as I can hear the DSP moving instrumentalists around the sound-stage. It's as though a clarinet is playing on the stage left, ends up in the back, and then suddenly is front-and-center. VERY disorienting, especially if you're watching a video performance!

However, that's what one is buying when one purchases Bose's "Proprietary TrueSpace(trademark) stereo digital processing circuitry" (their words). This makes for a very full, powerful sound for games and basic computer alerts, though it's far from being "natural" (their word).

Nonetheless, these are computer speakers with DSP, and they sound good for what they are designed to do, and they are physically designed and built very well. Thus, they deserve 5 stars. However, this strange throwing-around of the word "natural" everywhere in their advertising and packaging literature to describe speakers that employ heavy-handed digital signal processors seems a bit deceptive to this end-user and, thus, docks Bose a star.
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