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I must've bought these speakers way back in 2012 when I was wandering around a new Apple store around the point when Apple was really starting to take over. I'd heard my friend's Bose Companions, really liked the sound and decided I wanted some for myself.
£190 isn't such a bad price for speakers, especially considering Bose's prestige. I was very inexperienced with audio at the time of buying these speakers, so much so that I thought when sitting in front of them that music couldn't sound much better. Clear treble, deep bass and smooth on the ears throughout the rest of the frequency spectrum.
I've hosted a lot of house parties with these speakers, and I can only remember a single time when the speakers were overpowered by the people, but this was a room full of around 40 (loud) people. So as volume goes, they pack a punch and you'll have no problem with them in a medium sized room at home.
In the years since then, I have made some distinctions about these speakers as a practicing sound engineer and music producer. The low end seems quite separate from the rest of mids and upper frequencies. Like many speakers, a separate sub unit contributes to this factor, but I think the fact that the tweeters are so small may contribute to this detachment between the bass and treble.
Another distinction is detail. For a consumer listener at this price point, the speakers have great detail and you'll have no issues with their clarity. However, if you begin to compare these speakers with some more expensive loudspeaker designers such as Bang & Olufsen or some studio monitors, you'll find that they lack a certain crisp quality in the mids and highs. The lack of crispness, however, adds a certain warmth to the sound that does not pierce the ears at higher volumes.
You control the volume of the speaker with a separate touch pad which works great. Lick the bottom and stick it to your table. It won't move. Touch it to mute / unmute, and turn it clockwise for volume.
I would recommend this system over the portable sound docks that Bose are pushing nowadays. You can get a lot more bass response from the Companion 3s than the sound docks (although for their size, the sound docks pack a pretty hefty bass) unless you go for one of their larger models, which are a lot more expensive (£350 against £200). As a best friend to your desktop computer, companion 3s are perfect. If you're looking to be moving them around a lot though, go for a sound dock. Two tweeters, a sub, an aux lead, a power cord and a controller are not the most convenient to be moving around.
Many consumers underestimate some extremely important factors in making your music sound good at home, and these are to do with the room they are placed in. If your room has too many reflective surfaces (wooden floors etc), the speakers will induce reverb in the room from the sound bouncing from walls into a big congealed audio mess. Similarly, if you place the sub opposite parallel walls in the wrong spot, you can get some serious null spots in bass dependant on where you're standing in your room. Now, I'm not saying you should go out and buy acoustic treatment, but be aware and maybe research of some of the things that can have a huge detrimental effect on your listening experience.
Unless you're a real audiophile, these speakers will be a wonderful addition to your space. Just don't go buying them to mix and produce your own music on as they don't have the accuracy.
Attach any audio device via auxiliary cable and you're good to go!
Three years ago my step-father got Myeloma, one of the nasty bone marrow cancers. We feared that he might be forced to spend a lot of time at home and so when Christmas came around, we decided to push the boat out and get him something special - a set of excellent speakers to go with the large flatscreen TV that he'd just bought himself as a treat. My husband went to Comet and was advised to go for the Bose Companion 3 system, advice which I thought at the time was probably completely wrong as they are designed as (very expensive) speakers to go with computers. Oddly enough, it turned out that the man in Comet was right - which was a good thing as they went bust the week after we bought them and we couldn't have taken them back if we wanted to.
With this set you get three speakers - two really small, neat ones and a larger one that I assume handles the base. We decided to 'test drive' them for a month or so before Christmas with our own TV and discovered that we loved them so much that we went in search of a second set after Christmas. The Comet ones had been about £250 and the second set from eBay cost us £155.
The sound quality is excellent at a wide variety of volumes although we tend not to really wham them up other than to see what they could do if we wanted them to. They can really welly out the sound when required, but they're also crisp and precise at low volumes.
We are not real technophiles but we love our speakers and enjoy them every time we use them. The only important thing to get used to is having to hit the little sensor pad to turn them on each time. Too often I find myself sitting and looking at a silent screen because I've forgotten to give them a nudge.
When I splashed out on this seemingly extravagent piece of audio equipment, I was in desperate need for some speakers for my laptop. My decision to by Bose was fueled by recommendation - I had never before bought such an expensive speaker system but to my mind this goes far beyond what I have ever heard in the past.
Setup is easy, with a 'Audiomodule' providing all the necessary ports and jacks to insert two speakers, one left and one right jack, a 'control pod' and of course the power cable. The leads are long enough to stretch almost anywhere in the room too which is good - and you can always buy replacements because the speakers have been well designed for shelves or bookcases etc....As I am currently renting a house near my univisersity, transporting them between my home and here has been very easy because of their size.
I love the actual design of the system and the speakers themselves are very nice to look at. The control pod is a very nice feature - with a touch sensitive mute at the top and a volume control...it has never let me down in over three years of having this product.
Sound quality, as you would expect from Bose, is fantastic. There is enough treble for ultimate clarity however the depth in the low ranges is fantastic. It works very well at low volumes too with almost no crackle or noise....(There was one occasion when this occured but it was just dust...these things demand to be kept clean!!)
I couldn't recommend this system enough - it has never let me down and I'm constantly impressed by the quality from such small speakers...not to mention the volumes you can attain! If there is one thing you are going to invest in for your laptop - make it a good sound system!