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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/movie/gaming experience
  • Contemporary, elegant appearance
  • Dual inputs for easy connection to computer and additional audio source
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Technical Details

  • Model: 40274
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Hardware Platform: PC
  • 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: 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: B000HZDF8W
  • Item model number: 40274
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (716 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
Dimensions

Right speaker: 7.5 x 3.13 x 5.88 inches

Left speaker: 7.5 x 3.13 x 5.88 inches

Weight

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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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

I had to turn the volume up more than half way to even hear them.
js
I read in one usergroup's review of Bose that they are NOT to be trusted as they intentionally market their products as superior but are only way overpriced.
HJK
The sound is clear with mid, low, and high tones, and even at a low volume, the sound is consistent, crisp, and clear.
Erika

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

1,086 of 1,109 people found the following review helpful By MKBHD on January 12, 2012
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656 of 687 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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299 of 318 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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134 of 157 people found the following review helpful By QK Shopper on November 23, 2007
I have and have used a lot of speakers, including those for computers. I have just tried out these Bose speakers. They are very disappointing for the price. I believe that the Altec or Creative types for around 30 bucks just as good. These are highly overrated. I like, Bose, too. I have two different pairs of their headphones and love them. But, you can do a lot better than these speakers for the same amount of money (like a Logitech model with sub) and just as well for less than half (check ALtec or Creative. I'd give the edge to JBLs.) If you want to do something a bit novel, and speaker separation is not an issue for you, the Altec inMotion IM9 that runs about the same cost as these will give you dramatically better sound.

Addendum since first post:

Well, Not to be unsatisfied, I went out and bought similarly priced set of Logitech's. I got the Z4 system. It is one of their mid priced ones with a sub-woofer. And, sure, I know what you may be thinking. It is unfair to compare the Bose Companion 2s to a system with a sub. Further,I have NO DOUBT that with the satellites for the Z4 system, I am giving up some quality of midrange. However, the comparison is sharper. For same price as these Bose speakers, you can get a better overall sound for less money with the Z4s. If you go up to their Logitech's Z-2300 (I think the model number is), you will get vastly better sound. In fact, CNET says those sound best of all computer systems they tested (sound systems built for computers), outdoing systems costing upwards of 2000.00. That set up runs around 150.00. I didn't want a 12 by 12 inch sub-woofer.

Back to the Companions. They are disappointing for Bose. Very solid and rich middle with little bottom end and a somewhat tinny top end. Bottom line.
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