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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 (250 customer reviews)
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  • 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
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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.

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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 D. P. Schroeder 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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