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Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System

by Bose
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  • Designed to provide a clearer and more realistic music or movie or gaming experience.
  • Contemporary, elegant appearance
  • Dual inputs for easy connection to computer and additional audio source
  • your computer is a primary source of entertainment.
  • They're also designed for convenience, with both the volume control and headphone jack close at hand
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Technical Details

  • Model: 40274
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Warranty: 1 year warranty

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 3.4 x 7.5 inches ; 4.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000HZDF8W
  • Item model number: 40274
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (741 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 22, 2004

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Bose® Companion® 2 Series II multimedia speaker system

Bose® Companion 2 Series II multimedia speaker system
  • An affordable computer speaker system that puts Bose sound within reach
  • A performance upgrade over most conventional computer speakers
  • Contemporary, elegant appearance
  • Dual inputs for easy connection to computer and an additional audio source

Bose - Better Sound Through Research

The most popular- and most affordable - computer speaker system from Bose provides a noticeable performance upgrade over conventional computer speakers. The Companion 2 system creates a spacious soundstage that seems to extend beyond the speakers themselves. You'll notice it most while sitting right at your computer. You may also detect more lower-note presence than you've experienced with other computer sound systems. Your music, movies and games should sound fuller and more satisfying.

The contemporary look of the silver speakers complements any computer.
The contemporary look of the silver speakers complements any computer.

Desktop convenience

Dual inputs on the Companion 2 speakers make it a snap to connect to your computer and, at the same time, your MP3 player, tablet or another portable audio source. Volume control and headphone jack are within easy reach on the front of the right speaker.

Setup is easy. Just plug in the power cord and the input cable to your computer, and you're ready to play. And the contemporary appearance of the speakers complements any laptop or PC.

Step up to Bose sound and hear more of what your computer has to offer, with the Companion 2 Series II multimedia speaker system.

Product Highlights

  • Proprietary TrueSpace® stereo digital processing circuitry creates a wide two-channel soundstage engineered specifically for listening at your computer.
  • Ported cabinet design provides fuller music and deeper movie/gaming special effects from a small enclosure.
  • Convenient control and headphone jack placement allow easy access to volume control and headphone connection.
  • Volume control and headphone jack are conveniently located on the powered speaker.
    Volume control and headphone jack are conveniently located on the powered speaker.
  • Dual inputs let you enjoy two audio sources simultaneously—one to your computer, the other to a portable audio device.
  • Magnetically shielded speakers prevent monitor interference or damage to magnetic media.
  • Automatic tonal balance provides convincing audio performance at practically any listening level.
Product Details

Right speaker: 7.5 x 3.13 x 5.88 inches

Left speaker: 7.5 x 3.13 x 5.88 inches


4.1 lbs
Shipping Weight

6 lbs
What's in the box
  • Powered speaker
  • Accessory speaker
  • Speaker cable
  • Audio input cable with mini-plug
  • AC power pack
Comparison features
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Bose Companion 20
Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system
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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  
Single-touch mute    
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.

Product Description

Odds are, your computer is a primary source of entertainment. So why rely on standard computer speakers with so much rich content at your fingertips . Step up to Companion 2 Series II speakers and unleash your computers true potential with powerful, full-range sound for CDs, DVDs, MP3s, streaming videos, games and more. Companion 2 Series II speakers deliver both the subtleties in your music and the rousing resonance of movie and game sound effects. Think of them as giving new voice to your computer. And with Bose TrueSpace stereo signal processing circuitry, that voice really has some reach. Experience a spacious, dramatic soundstage that seems to extend beyond the desktop speakers, whether you've set them next to your monitor or placed them farther apart. You'll also appreciate the clear, robust response for those challenging low musical notes and sound effects. Companion 2 speakers bring more than new flair to your desktop. They're also designed for convenience, with both the volume control and headphone jack close at hand. All so controlling your listening experience is as simple as you'd like it to be. Dual inputs enable the speakers to be used with your computer as well as a second audio source, such as a portable MP3 or CD player. And Companion 2 Series II speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with your monitor. Now, its time to play.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

First things first, I fished these puppies out of a trash can so I can't…I use these to play music in the background when I'm doing my homework and sound quality is good. Read more ›
This is it. Sound is spectacular Read more ›
i bought these for blue tooth over the frig in the kitchen. The sound is very good! I have always trusted Read more ›
Doesn't matter. The sound quality is crystal clear from behind my monitor. Easy to turn off, to adjust the sound, right there on the front of one of the speakers. Read more ›
I'm not a techie so I can only speak to the point that these were simple to plug into my laptop, simple to operate and the sound is wonderful! They're also a very… Read more ›
Saves space on my desk, and also enables me to plug my headphones into the speakers, great since my laptop sits away from my desk. Of course the sound is amazing as well. Ha… Read more ›
I have these speakers mounted on little shelves next to the…The bass is awesome and because they are Bose you would swear a center channel is right in front of you as well. Read more ›
If you're just a daily song listener and don't care about lows, mids, highs -…People are right, the bass isn't strong - but you hear it, it's there, the bass is defined. Read more ›
When they arrived, they were packaged carefully, and I liked the form factor. The primary letdown was the sound was tinny and the lows (base) were very poor. For $100, I… Read more ›
The sound that comes from these speakers is comparable to the sound from…The bass is full and rich, the mid-range solid, and the tweeters sparkle with crisp, clear sound. Read more ›
Terribly over priced. Build quality is solid but the sound quality which is what makes the speakers sell, is lacking...... mid range is good, treble is okay but bass is poor. Read more ›
Realized when i bought it that bass is too strong, and that i didn't have the power to control e. My way cheaper logitech 4point speakers was better because i could… Read more ›
The volume is good -- I can put it on in the living room and hear it comfortably from my kitchen (12 ft distance), for example. Read more ›
These speakers have great…The sound at less than 1/2 total volume is very clear but above that they do distort to my ears but 1/2 volume is loud and as loud as I need. Read more ›
The volume control works well, no noise and the knob is big enough to use and well located so you can adjust it without fumbling. The headphone jack is also handy… Read more ›
At low to medium volume they are great, they don't distort at higher volume or even max but remember as it's a full range speaker something has to give, as deeper bass… Read more ›
These speakers are fine for routine (ie: non-music-listening) tasks and when the volume is low - crank it up to listen to music and they are AWFUL. Distorted and "crackly",… Read more ›
OK, in the interest of relevancy I'll say that the sound is good but that you are unquestionably paying a premium for a Bose logo, but I do like the easy access to the… Read more ›
They sound great! the price was good, I would buy again. The only problem I have is some times they make a sound as if batteries are low on a fire detector. Read more ›
For TV, I really find them in want and cannot recommend them. Price is good, though. Read more ›
Crisp, clear sound that makes me feel like I'm at the Opera! The price is good for the quality speaker system. I would recommend this system, you will enjoy it. Read more ›
I would definitely recommend! Price is great for what you get. The quality matches a line of speakers that is double the cost. Read more ›
However, I understand Bose's product philosophy…Generally, I feel the Bose value is greater when purchasing their lower-end products to fulfill less demanding audio needs. Read more ›
For the price, I was expecting greater volume though. I mean they are more than loud enough to fill up a bedroom and obviously more than loud enough for someone sitting… Read more ›
Beautiful sounds produced by these small speakers. Bosehave never disappointed me .Setup is easy, and their techinical support staff is always very helpful. Read more ›
Shop is marginal in terms of acoustic environment. iPod is not the best source; 3. Set up is simple and quick. Cords/cables provide are of adequate length for most situations. Read more ›
I purchased these speakers for my Acer laptop and it took me a minute to figure out how to hook them up mainly because I have been dealing in…Nonetheless, setup was easy. Read more ›
Setup was pretty straightforward , always good to take a bit longer and relax a tad when reading the instructions which came with a One through Four with pictures even! Keep… Read more ›
I was looking at all kinds of brands and noticed Bose. Installing these and getting set up was easy. The audio quality is really good and being able to switch from a… Read more ›
The ease of installation was asurprise...a pleasant one. They were a gift for my husband who loves to listen to music while on the computer. Read more ›
These speakers are the…Bass, mid-range and treble are so well set that I have never used the over-ride the speaker settings with the equalizer settings on the computer. Read more ›
Not necessary the deep grumbling base of a sub woofer but it's as good as it'll possibly get…The treble is amazingly clear and the base doesn't distort anything at all. I… Read more ›
Good quality. The highs are outstanding. They look great! Read more ›
Having this limitation in mind this speaker system is the best in the market. Bass, mid and treble frequencies are clear at all levels of low to high volume. I am very… Read more ›
I use them for the projection demos, hooked up to my…Trebles are outstanding, and basses are more than acceptable, especially if you consider how small those speakers are! Read more ›
So i recently got these speakers from a friend he sold them to me for 60 dollars, and i have to say they sound nicee the treble is nice and crisp i love it and ill admit it… Read more ›
The size is good. You can't swivel them, but they're pretty light, so they're portable, and they're pretty small, so they're a good fit for a small home office. Read more ›
These small speakers are great for use with a laptop and an iPhone. The sound quality is very good for the size and are a good value. The only negative is that the bass is… Read more ›
However, if you plan to stream music on your computer, and like to turn it up a…The speakers are durable and attractive, and the sound quality is excellent given size. I… Read more ›
They have good low end for their size, and…The sound isn't flat like a monitor-type speaker, it sounds really beefy, once again very good for the size of these speakers. Read more ›
This is my 2nd set of Bose Companion 2's. I have an earlier version that are incredible for their size. Crisp clear highs, rich deep lows, more volume that I'll ever need… Read more ›
I chose the Bose (that rhymes) based on…The sound is just great, the size is perfect for a desktop, and I do not miss the subwoofer that I had with my old computer at all. Read more ›
Try listening to other speakers of this size and you'll see what I mean. The mids aren't spectacular. The upper mids are a bit sucked out which is largely the reason why… Read more ›
I can hear the whole range of the audio rather than something that sounds tinny and weak. The bass and midrange is full even without a subwoofer present. The highs are… Read more ›
The problem with these speakers is with everything else! The T20s have clean, clear highs, and plenty of undistorted bass, but their midrange response is severely lacking. V… Read more ›
Most midrange sounds are nice and warm. Treble is excellent, and are not screechy and distorted as much on higher volumes like many speakers that I have tried out before… Read more ›
They replaced a pair of (probably 10-years old) Altec Lansing…These Bose has as much bass as I can tolerate, the highs sound very crisp, and the mids sound fine to me. (… Read more ›
For just a little more cost than the…The highs, lows, and midrange sound can all be heard and are nicely balanced, unlike some speakers where the bass really drops out. D… Read more ›
The speakers are small, but they produce very decent sound within their design limits. Their design limits are simple: these speakers are not particularly powerful. They… Read more ›
As far as the bass goes, it has a nice round tone and when I hooked…Any audiophile would be pleased with the clear highs and mids and that Bose design that looks so great. Read more ›
These speakers were for my laptop are just perfect. Incredible sound, beautiful design, and the perfect look. Read more ›
You can definitely not go wrong with these. They look good: no flashy lights, simple knobs, simple design. They fill my room with plenty of noise. Read more ›
If you don't have too much desk space then this is the speaker to buy. With its elegant design and compactness, it fits perfectly. If you don't mind spending few more bucks… Read more ›
PRODUCT: Very small packaging, nice design, easy to setup. Small speakers in size. Read more ›
Many people don't like the fact that there is no tone control. But what I have found like many good high end speakers, you only need to set everything to "flat" to produce… Read more ›
Good Surround sound. One more thing I liked is that, there is no control for Bass/Treble separately. Only Volume control is there. Read more ›
These might have some kind of electronic loudness inhibitor circuit that kicks in even at lower volume settings. The effect is like some kid adjusting the volume up and… Read more ›
Nirvana unplugged ..yes I want an active speaker with no junk in the path like tone controls etc. this price range is what it is... I am a solo performer.. Read more ›

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1,120 of 1,144 people found the following review helpful By MKBHD on January 12, 2012
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661 of 693 people found the following review helpful By S. Pondalur on May 14, 2007
I have Altec Lansing ATP3 back at my home. They're a pretty good 2.1 set, and never had problems with them. But now, I'm away from home.

I set out to buy speakers to help me relax in my hotel room. My first choice would have been a 2.1 system. But since I am put up in a hotel room, a 2.1 system would prove heavy on my floor-space. So, instead I started to look out for good 2.0 systems.

There are several tiny speakers in the market, but all of them compromise sound quality over portability. I am ready to drag along some weight if needed, but I didn't want tin cans.

After a lot of research, I ended up with two options - Bose Companion 2 Series II and Klipsch Promedia 2.0. The Klipsch ones had excellent reviews all over the place. The bose speakers were rather new and haven't yet received a professional review anywhere. My deciding factor was the size. I wanted the smallest of the speakers without a compromise on sound quality. The klipsch speakers were larger than the Bose. So, I had to choose Bose. I didn't get to listen to Klipsch Promedia 2.0 anywhere, so I can't do a comparison. On the other hand, I did get to hear Klipsch Promedia 2.1 before and they're exceptionally good. I would prefer them to any Bose system if I was OK with a 2.1 system.

I had heard Bose Companion 2 (the older ones) at a Bose store, and didn't like them much, as they sounded tinny. A lot of screeching sound, and a lack of bass. But I found Series II to be much better. Thanks to Bose for overcoming this problem even if that needed an increase in the size of the speakers ever so slightly.

Now that I had only one option, I went ahead and brought these speakers home. Needless to say that these speakers were really good.
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305 of 324 people found the following review helpful By J. Vazquez on July 26, 2008
Bose is one very smart company. Over the years they have managed to create an iconic brand of top end speakers that retail for very high prices. Like Bose or not, there is no denying that their products sound good. Are they the best? No, not really. But they provide good sound and that is key to consumers.

Enter the Bose Companion II Series II computer speakers. Right out of the box you will notice a huge increase in sound quality from your stock speakers. Most musical aspects are very clear, and for speakers that lack a sub-woofer, the bass is tight and defined. All levels are represented accurately, and there is a richness in the sound that is pleasing to the ear.

This is all true until you push these speakers in terms of volume. Now, I understand that computer speakers are not meant to rattle the house (though Logitech's Z-5500 can do that), but these speakers refuse to push out any type of real power. The sound is great until you go past the halfway mark on the volume knob. After that you notice the sound can't get any louder. In an effort to offer you more, the bass becomes super muddy, as if the tiny speaker inside the unit have given up and decided to blow air in your face. The effect is embarrassing for a "high end" system.

All this being said the speakers sound quite good at low volumes. Basically, these are speakers designed for one person to be listening to them at a reasonable level. It just seems that for $100, I should be able to push them a little. In comparison, my roommate has a $30 pair of Altec Lansing 2.1 computer speakers that really knock out some sound when you crank them, and they are only rated for 20 watts a channel.

I have missed a few technical details, but if this is the only review you read, you don't use the internet enough.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By tiptoptrainer on November 9, 2007
I've just got a pair of these and was disappointed by the buzzing noise from the left speaker (mentioned in many of the 2 star reviews on here). Well, I decided to try everything before returning them as they have the usual tremendously rich BOSE sound - which I first experienced in the Quiet Comfort on-ear headphones. So, after exhausting the web, I tried the control panel sound settings on my computer. I found that if you disable ALL of the INPUT sources the buzzing stops!!!! (Previously I had miisec my separate microphone input). So, if you've just bought or are think about buying these, don't let the 'buzzing' reviews put you off! Going back now to enjoy my music!
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Bob R. on January 26, 2008
I am using these speakers as "satellite" speakers for an HDTV. If you weren't looking, you would think the sound was coming from full size floor speakers. And, they make very good substitutes for the puny speakers that are supplied with HDTV's - especially since they are self-powered and can be driven by the low level line output of the TV.
One thing, Bose should document that they automatically go into "sleep mode" when not in use - thus obviating the need for an on/off switch. From the comments I've seen, there is widespread disappointment at the lack of an on/off switch when, in fact, one is not necessary. The fact that they automatically turn on in the presence of a sound signal is another reason why they make good TV satellite speakers for those not having the space or inclination to go for a full scale "home theatre" sound system.
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