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Bose Companion 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System

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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 Number: 40274
  • Connectivity Technology: wired
  • Color: Grey
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Manufacturer Warranty Description: 1 year warranty

Product Description

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.

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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Computer MusicMonitor®
Bose Companion 20
Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system
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Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system
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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      
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 Information

Product Dimensions 6 x 3.4 x 7.5 inches
Item Weight 4.2 pounds
Shipping Weight 5.7 pounds
Domestic 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.
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ASIN B000HZDF8W
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Item model number 40274
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4.5 out of 5 stars 791 customer reviews

4.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #209 in Electronics > Accessories & Supplies > Computer Accessories > Audio & Video Accessories > Computer Speakers
Date first available at Amazon.com November 22, 2004

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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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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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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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I read Audiophile magazines that review systems that cost $100,000 + that of course hate Bose, and those who feel their products are overpriced. The zealots talk about sound quality but I've yet to hear a pair of speakers for $89.00 (Sam's, Costco, Best Buy on sale, etc.) that can even come close to these speakers. I've replaced these (temporarily) with $200.00 monitor speakers for music monitoring and they still don't sound as good.

In fact, ANYWHERE where I want better sound than I hear but don't have the space to put a 2.1 system in, I pick up a pair of these speakers. If I have a stand-alone TV and don't wire it for surround sound, the first thing I do is buy a set of these and attach them to the audio out.

My computer at work, another set of these speakers. At home another pair. My 5th wheel trailer, I have a pair in the bedroom attached to the TV and also in front as I'm not quite ready to step up to a 2.1 or 5.1 system.

In each case these speakers produce bass that is a thousand times better (and yes, I understand that some of it is equalization in the speaker...that's a Bose tradition going back to the 901s after all!) and there may be spatial processing as well (as Bose is also known for the direct/reflecting concept that even some audiophile speaker manufacturers use some variation of at least with direct radiating and indirect radiating speakers).

Because of the audiophile bias I've read about I've purposely tried maybe 5 to 10 different speakers in the same role (like I said monitors, speakers from other manufacturers, bookshelf speakers, etc.) and all pale in comparison.

As for pricing, these speakers couldn't be more reasonably priced.
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