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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on May 14, 2007
I shopped around a good bit, and talked to several friends with more expensive systems, before buying these. I'm a musician who likes fidelity in sound reproduction (for mostly jazz and classical), I'm also someone who doesn't like clutter and appreciates clean design. These speakers in my office, where I don't play loud music, but want music to sound right at modest volumes. Decided to avoid a "subwoofer," and am glad I did. These speakers are inexpensive, but sound and look great. You can hear the cellos and bass just fine.
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43 of 53 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2009
I bought and returned these speakers immediately. They have no range! Notice that under "technical specifications" -- on amazon, on the bose website - anywhere! -- there is no info on the frequency response!! They must really want to keep this info hidden because it's terrible; it's very standard to know what you are paying for to find out what the frequency response (Hz) is. I bought them anyway, without knowing, and learned why I couldn't find this info. I just took it for granted since bose is such a respected brand, and they are not the cheapest. So I started comparing Hz (after talking to a sound geek that I know) and got the Creative Gigaworks T20s which cost the same as these bose and are much better with separate bass and tweeter too.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on May 28, 2012
Here is my video review of the Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System that I made for my YouTube channel. In the video I cover the design, build quality, and the sound quality of these speakers. Thanks for watching and enjoy!

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2007
I really like the build quality of these speakers compared to others at the same price range. Also the ability to connect two devices at once was very helpful.

BUT, the sound leaves much to be desired. They sound like another reviewer said... "no highs, no lows, it must be Bose." If you play games or enjoy listening to vocals DO NOT BUY THESE SPEAKERS! I returned them and bought the Klipsch 2.1 ProMedia speakers - which sound very very clear and the sub offers plenty of "clean" bass. Also, it provides a second mini jack port so you can connect other devices - like cd players, and ipods - without the need to buy an adaptor (like the Bose).
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2008
We have a Bose car stereo system and it is amazing, so I purchased these Bose speakers for my iMac. The sound was just average compared to other speakers... but the speaker loudness was very disappointing. So... they weren't great out of the box, but they were tolerable for the price, so we kept them. Big mistake... they ended up not working two months later. I wouldn't purchase these again. We have gone back to using the Altec speakers and they have been great.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on July 24, 2007
I got these speakers for the $89 price, but they still seem, like all Bose products, to be a little artificially price inflated. Granted, Bose does produce some very sleek looking products, and these two speakers are no exception. And Bose usually has very excellent sound quality, and for the most part, I do agree.

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 these (though those speakers were pretty cheap, in the $20 range). The only problem is that these two ranges are overpowered and thusly shadowed by the artificially amplified bass that the speakers pump out. Now I wasn't about to pay upwards of $300 for the Bose Companion 3.1 model (which has the bass seperated out by a subwoofer), but I'm starting to wonder if I should have invested in a cheaper company's speaker system with a controlable subwoofer, as I do most of my computer gaming and music listening at night, and these speakers have bass that can wake the dead, even at low volume levels (which unfortunately cuts out the mid range and treble).

If you are slightly strapped for cash, but like Bose (or higher end speakers in general), and don't mind the heavy bass, then by all means buy these, but if you are a higher end audiophile with more cash to burn, you should probably at the very least upgrade to the next model up from these Bose speakers to get the seperate sub.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2008
I bought these based mostly on my friend having these hooked to his PC, but I did some comparison shopping and listening (at a Target kiosk) before buying. Yes, they are more expensive, and yes you are paying for Bose, but regardless of what some people say these Speakers are good for what they are made for. I wanted a nice balanced sound which had good bass, middles and highs but not over the top. These were the ticket for me. I have a Haier Rhapsody Ibiza and they finally came out with an audio dock that hooks up to external speakers, the installation was a breeze and within seconds my home was filled with rich, balanced music, clear and distinctive with no distortion. These speakers are not for blasting, even at a high volume you still get balance without distortion, which is what I wanted. I am not a Bose cheerleader as this is my first Bose product, just because I like them and think they are worth the money after extensive research and listening doesn't make me a shill, it makes me a satisfied customer, lest I get attacked by someone on here who seems to always prove he's right. Anyway, for what I wanted and needed these were perfect, I love the sound and I am satisfied.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on January 10, 2012
I recently won these speakers at a penny auction and paid $12 for brand new in box and that included shipping, so I really didn't have to be concerned with "ALL THE NEGATIVE REVIEWS HERE"!

Here it is from an audiophile for over 40 years and having owned many high end sound systems including early sought after tube amps. These Bose speakers are acceptable for the price, although I think spending a little more for the creative labs (listed below) would be a better choice for warmer mids, better bass response and greater volume. When I first received the Bose speakers I was a bit disappointed because they sounded pretty bad. But, ...like all coil driven speakers you must of course condition (break in) the speakers. Now, after having about 200 hours of conditioning I found them to very acceptable for the price ...especially compared to some other speakers at this price range.

There is no adjustment for bass, treble, or mid so you may want to dial in with some equalization from your sound source. Also, it has better quality sound when used with a good sound card. After testing the speakers on several of my office computers with different sound cards I was able to see vast differences of sound quality which isn't apparent with other speakers. This would account for many the negative reviews. Although, I am certain many of the reviews didn't allow for a long break in period either. For some reason Bose speakers are very dependent upon a good sound source in order to sound decent.

Pros:
1.) Compact in size
2.) Good sound quality typical of Bose
3.) Fairly accurate reproduction of instruments and vocals and very accurate reproduction in many cases

Cons
1.) Volume is not that great
2.) Long break in period
3.) Lacks punchy bass
4.) Requires a good sound card or sound source. Poor sound sources will be detectable by these speakers
5.) Some music might require sound equalization. Watching movies on my laptop or Kindle Fire is just fine without equalization

Overall, they are not at all as bad as many here have posted; definitely worth the price. I watched a few movies on my laptop and the sound reproduction was really decent.

As for my audiophile credentials, I have been involved in high end reference speakers all my life and currently I have the Monitor Audio GX Gold Series Speakers (7.1) powered by NAD M25 7-Channel Amplifier in my home theater. I also have a Bose Acoustimass speaker system (5.1 twins) in my living room and a mix of Bose and Polk Towers (5.1) in my bedroom, Creative GigaWorks T40 Series II 2.0 ...SO, I do know speakers ...not that I'm too impressed with Bose, but they work fine when connected to good equipment:)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on March 6, 2007
You may think spending this much on PC speakers with no subwoofer is a bit steep, but when you hear these you will be glad you spent the extra money. Personally, I am a professional and listen to music at work as much as possible and I wanted to upgrade to attain the best sound possible without a mess of speakers everywhere. Initially I put these on top of the desk, but the sound was so good that I found it too distracting to concentrate on my work. So I put them under the desk where my old set had been. The sound is still great. The best thing about Bose is the clarity and bass response. I don't know how they packed it into this small set, but they did. Literally I can shake the desk if I want to. But the clarity and enjoyment at low volume is what I am most happy about.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2011
The Bose Companion 2 Series II speakers are nice computer speakers to be sure, but if you are looking for a good speaker for music, look elsewhere. As is common with most Bose products, the bass fills the room with these speakers, even without a sub-woofer. However, the sound is muddy, and the treble levels are no where to be heard. The sound is lopsided. I put on my favorite record, and while the bass came flying out at me, I had to strain to hear the vocals, no matter how much I tweaked the bass and treble levels in iTunes and on my computer (levels can not be adjusted on the speakers themselves).

My other concern with the speakers, which may effect musicians more than casual listeners, is the volume control. I am a professional saxophone player, and when I buy speakers, a feature that I need is the ability to turn the speakers up to a high volume without distortion. The Bose speakers would go only so high before a feature kicked in to keep the loudness from blowing out the speakers. In other words, when the volume peaked, the speakers would automatically turn down the music for the duration of that peaking. As a result, when playing along with a record, there was more or less a "wah-wah" effect on the music as a result of the volume being constantly adjusted. Not to forget that even at the highest volume, the treble levels were buried by the bass. This will effect any musicians trying to use these speakers for the same purpose, or any consumer that wants to rock out hard with the volume blasting.

The Bose speakers are sleek and have solid construction, but those are unfortunately the only positives I can highlight. I had them out of the box less than two hours before I repackaged them and sent them back for a refund.
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