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I had been toying with the idea of buying these or something similar from Bose for a long time.
I had been holding back because of the high cost of these.
In the end, after saving up for a while, I decided to go ahead with it and went for these speakers.
I am SO pleased I did this. They produce by far the best quality sound I have ever heard through such small speakers. The volume is incredible and no matter how loud you turn these speakers up the quality is just superb.
The build of the actual units is very good as well. They are fairly sturdy and are metal not just plastic.
They come with a volume dial pad which conveniently sits on the desk top and allows to control volume and mute with your finger tip. This dial feels so nice to use! Also has a line in and headphone socket making it very easy to add to the unit temporarily.
They are also very simple to set up and plug in. 3 desktop items - left speaker, volume/mute control pad, right speaker. A cable each straight down to the main unit under the desk which plugs into the mains.
The main unit also has separate bass control on it.
They really are so much better than the cheaper alternatives and well worth the extra money. I would recommend them to anyone but it worth saving up for them. I do not regret my purchase at all.
My dad is a bit of a technical nut and is always after the latest technology even though we have a very limited budget as a household. He'd wanted a new surround system for our TV set for a while seeing as the speakers on the TV were very weak and not sharp at all, being the technical nut that he is, he naturally started looking into all of the Bose products, one of the more expensive companies. One of the products he found was the Bose Companion system 3, this isn't strictly a product designed for a television set as it has numerous amounts of uses in the household but my dad was insistent that we had to go and check it out, and then he was insistent that we had to buy it!
The product is marketed at the prices of between £200-250 dependent on the place you buy it from, most electronic stores do temporary offers on products like this so it is worth shopping around beforehand. We managed to get ours on a pay monthly deal at Comet, I think you need larger orders to do this as we bought ours with my Granddad who purchased his 3D TV set at the same time, which worked out very handy.
I already had high expectations when it came to this system, we already have a few Bose products so we knew the quality and standard of their products is usually very high. To no surprise the sound exceeded anything I have heard before, do not let the small speakers deceive you, they are indeed fierce and full of sharp sound. Like most Bose products when you are listening to them it sounds like each instrument in the music piece is its own layer rather than the flat sound when the headphones or speakers seem to merge everything together and nothing is distinctive.
The pod is 360 degrees in shape and we haven't dared to go past one quarter of the way, the system is just so loud and powerful even I'm shocked, the only reason we haven't tried it full blast is because we don't want to give out fish and pets a heart attack! Overall the sound can make you feel like you're in a cinema watching a film, that you're in a stadium at a gig or even in the game that you are playing, it's just sensational!
EASE OF USE AND APPEARANCE
I didn't set the product up myself as that's my dad's job, but i did watch him and it seemed to only take him around 10-20 minutes, he just plugged it into the sockets on the TV itself and it was ready to go. Much more impressive than the systems that come with more wiring than speakers!
The speakers themselves are very petite and cute, I much prefer the design of these speakers to the big bulky boxes that seem to take up half of your living space. The only control you need for your speaker system is the circular pod type thing which you can twist to adjust the volume. I think the design concept of this is very unique and quite sophisticated however when it comes to using it to adjust the volume you need to be very gentle, the slightest of a turn changes the volume hugely.
The thing I least like about the design of the speakers is the bigger box which is more for the bass, I know its common for these systems to have a bigger bass box, but in my ideal world we would only need two small speakers that will solve all of our needs. But that's just me being picky, in all fairness the bigger box is still fairly small compared to other systems and can tuck away quite nicely in a fair sized TV cabinet.
To change the input of the speakers (Tv, Phone, iPod) there is a small lead which is connected to the bigger box that you just plug into the item you want to use, once you've done this it should be all systems go. Easy Peasy.
This system is very easy and simple to use, the design is very sophisticated and looks great in any room and has made my home entertainment experience and absolute pleasure since we've had it. I haven't had any issues at all with this product, the only thing I could complain about is the fact that my dad has the TV locked with the speakers so the remote doesn't control the sound anymore and I have to get up and walk to the sound pod to adjust the volume; at least the potato couches in my house will be getting some exercise!
I would definitely recommend this to any household who like their entertainment, whether it's music, television or even gaming; I'm confident to say that you will not be disappointed. If you like the sound of the system but have reservations due to the price then I'd recommend shopping around on ebay or shops such as CEX, Bose products rarely wear out so second hand stuff can be as good as new for a fraction of the price sometimes!
My wonderful wife thought she would treat me to a PS3 for my birthday. Knowing that I have spare time to kill.
I transferred a lot of my music collection onto the PS3 and built up a few playlists. I then decided to look around for some good quality speakers for either the PS3 or the TV.
Wandering around Stockport I happened upon these Bose speakers in Comet. They weren't what I was looking for but the sound belting out in the demo' room was pretty amazing. So I splashed the cash and bought them. A lot of money for something that I still wasn't sure about, in the sense that they were really aimed at the computer market, rather than the TV or gaming market's.
I got them home and plugged them into the phono socket on the TV, listened to a couple of programmes and was impressed. I then put the PS3 on and and played a couple of tracks of my music collection, it was superb.
I decided there and then that my ageing Hifi was getting put away in the loft and from now on my music would be only played through my new Bose system.
I mentioned versatility in my headline and that is what I love most about these speakers. I just unplug the lead from the TV phono socket and plug it into my phone, my MP3 or my laptop and play music so clear, with the bass control I can change the sound to suit my mood or the type of music playing.
I am more than happy with these speakers and the size of the speakers is brilliant, so small. It's amazing the sound that you get form such small speakers.
I would definitely recommend these speakers to anyone wanting speakers for computer, gaming or even through the TV.
Bose have a fantastic reputation for high quality sound and good design. This is why I chose to purchase them for the household desktop computer. They do offer fantastic sound but the best bit for me is the size and functionality of the unit. The speakers are so so small. It is unbelievable that such sound is coming out of speakers so small. They take up no room on the desk at all and are powerful enough to fill a large room comfortably. Another pair of speakers I own for the lounge (25cmx10x10cm) are much larger and the sound is pretty similar. So the bose speakers are definitely recommended when space is a premium or you don't want to notice the speakers are there. Another good feature is that they can be muted with a nice touch pad which also has a slider for the sound. This makes the speakers so easy to use. You can also plug your ipod or mp3 player into them if you want with a 3.5mm-3.5mm lead (cost about a fiver). Unfortunately I have noticed the sound is not as good with this feature in use. Maybe it is the quality of my lead. The customer service from bose was also fantastic. They were purchased from a bose shop and they allowed me to give them a try before I bought and they also gave me some nice chocolates with my purchase!
In all, a beautiful sounding, beautiful looking set of speakers if you can spare the cash.
I purchased the Bose Companion 3 (version II) last Saturday from Comet in Ashford, Kent. I apologise up-front if you are looking for an overtly technical review here - I just had to write from the heart on this one!
I went into Comet to look for something like an iPod dock as my old AIWA stereo had finally given up the ghost and was consigned to the rubbish dump.
The store had lots to choose from at a range of prices from 29.99 up to and including a BOSE iPod dock for around £200 which undoubtedly would have sounded great, but it just didn't look very impressive and was limited to just that one function of playing an iPod.
At that point I realised that buying an iPod dock would mean I would always have to buy a new iPod in case anything happened to my current one, just so that I could continue to use the iPod dock. Once I had the idea in my head of the device not being very flexible, I was about to leave the store disappointed, when a sales guy came over and started to help.
After hearing what I wanted he led me straight to this BOSE Companion 3 system. Initially when I saw the £204.00 price I thought "No Way!". But I thought I would like to hear how it sounded anyway.
I'm glad I did ! The sales man used the systems standard lead (3.5mm male headphone jack) to connect his iPhone to the system and began to play a short selection of music for me. (The lead is about 3M long). I thought that I going to be impressed by the sound, (as i have never heard a BOSE system that didn't sound fantastic) - but this really knocked me back.
Even in the large open expanse of the store, the sound quality was superb! Immediately I felt surrounded by the crystal clear sound that was just perfect. The Bass sounded terrific, and despite being in a large room, even a bit over-powering. When I pointed out that the Bass sounded too strong, the sales man turned the main sub-woofer unit around and showed me that the Bass can be adjusted using a dial and he had it set to maximum. (This is the only equalizer control). Once he adjusted it back to half way, he turned the volume right up and there was not a hint of distortion or booming at all - just amazing crystal clear sound. He played me a range of different styles of music and each sounded perfect. The volume control is on a 3M lead and is a circular disc about 2 inches high and 3 inches across that you just twist to manage the volume. The top of this control is where you tap, to turn the speakers on or off. This is the only control you use with the entire system which is great as it makes it beautifully simple.
Now came the bit that really impressed me.
I said that I would like to hear my own music on the system but I only had my BlackBerry on me. The sales man said that any device having a standard headphone socket on it can connect to the Bose system! So I connected my BlackBerry by inserting the Bose lead into the headphone socket and played my own music. It may not be your taste, but I played El Dorado by Iron Maiden as I knew this had a good bass line with a very sharp clear guitar riff. Oh My God ! I couldn't resist turning up the system and I felt like I was in a stadium hearing this music being played live. It was so perfect and clear and deep sounding. I didn't think that MP3's could ever sound that good!
Well, needless to say I bought the system and I have now installed it in and on my TV cabinet in the lounge. The installation process was simple. There are 3 speakers in total - 1 large subwoofer (called the Acoustimass module) which is 22cms(h) x 17cms(w) x 35cms(d) and 2 small speakers that are 15cms tall when mounted on their stands, (the cube shaped speakers are about 8.5 cms wide and deep). The subwoofer fit comfortably inside my TV cabinet (which supports up to a 40" LCD), and the 2 small speakers I positionned about 1 foot either side of my TV. I then connected the volume control on/off disc and the lead for connecting devices and of course the 1 mains plug lead.
That was it, just 5 minutes and I was ready. My iPod connected very easily by just plugging the systems lead into the headphone port and I spent the next couple of hours listening to my favourite music in amazement - it felt like I was listening to these familiar songs for the first time. The sound quality is so pure and clear that even with the system turned up loudly, you can still talk without having to shout over the sound - there is zero hiss or background noise. (If you are a sci-fi lover....I also listened to the Bladerunner soundtrack by Vangelis as this is an awesome piece of music. Well, it sounded so great I had an emotional response - so I guess I am no replicant!). The subwoofer is such good quality that it did not vibrate or show any distortion no matter how loud I turned this up.
Next I put the systems lead into the headphone socket on my TV and without missing a beat, the speakers sprang to life once more. I had the Rugby match on, Wales v France and again I felt like I was in the stadium! The speakers may only be a 2.1 system (so not designed to be as immersive as a full 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound system), but the effect they can produce is fantastic! I swear that I could hear the crowd talking amongst themselves while the game was unfolding. The thud of the teams colliding in the scrum was even audible, and when there was a point scored and the crowd cheered I nearly jumped up too ! There are also no delays at all when watching TV or DVD's, the sound is perfectly synchronised. I can't wait to try this with my games console. I expect I will be jumping out of skin when playing Call of Duty and other 1st person shooters.
I can't recommend this system enough. I thought £204 was very expensive and maybe I should have shopped around before I bought it, but I do not regret that one bit. There is no official Wattage claimed for this system, but I cannot turn it up fully or my neighbours would be either dancing along with me or banging on the wall.
I have already spent hours listening to some great old classics and I have never failed to be awed by the sound quality. I put on my John Williams greatest hits CD to listen to the themes from Jaws, Close Encounters, Star Wars and Indiana Jones. Well, I didn't even hear it that good in the cinema....
The Bose Companion 3 Series II speaker system really is a great addition to any PC multimedia setup and I would highly recommend it. I originally bought this product from Amazon for around £170 which when compared with other Logitech PC multimedia speakers which retail for around £30-£50 is remarkably expensive. However, I was drawn to this speaker system through my own positive experience of Bose products and through word of mouth. Whilst they are very expensive in relation to other similar products the quality and the 'Bose experience' is really second to none and makes the initial purchase well worth the cost.
In terms of design the Bose speaker system really does have in my opinion an edge over most speakers given its sleek and simplistic design which its elegantly onto a desk. The black and silver contrast really does fit universally I found to most backgrounds.
In terms of the sound quality the speakers really are just fantastic and in my opinion are unrivalled. The clarity is just excellent and the speakers have a deep rich tone which helps to enhance the overall audio experience greatly. I found that the speakers were absolutely ideal when watching movies, playing games or just simply listening to audio. I also found the speakers to be really powerful which for me was a really important factor when purchasing speakers.
The speakers also come with a multi-function control pad which made it really easy to plug in an iPod or other sound input device. I really did find the speakers very easy to use and they were also very easy to setup which was a real bonus.
Overall, a great quality set of multimedia speakers which are a worth addition to any PC/MAC setup - I would highly recommend them!
The Bose Companion 3 is a 2.1 desktop speakers.
Now i moved from an old 5.1 system and these speakers are fantastic.
The sound quality is remarkable, the base is there, the style that Bose offer is there, it has everything.
Admittidly you do pay a premium for the Bose name however with the name you do get a good customer service which will tend to every problem and will be happy to replace anything.
The speakers also come with a volume dock, disappointingly you cant change the strength of the subwoofer that can only be changed on the sub itself however the volume control does look quite swanky.
The system is very powerful and there is a massive difference between this and the Bose Companion 2 (definatly worth the extra £100) and i would recomend the systems to others. However like people say you can find systems equally as good and a fair bit cheaper however it is nice to say you own a Bose.