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      14.01.2014 19:20

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      Very high quality speakers, durable and sounds great, sound goes very loud.

      To be perfectly honest, I've not always been the greatest user of Bose products, but when I do buy them I rarely have anything bad to say about them, and this is no exception. Anyone who has used Bose in the past will be well aware that the craftsmanship in their products is of an incredibly high standard. I've used these speakers with a variety of different applications on my PC and it always sounds great.

      When gaming I get a real sense of immersion with these speakers, having the two standalone speakers placed on either side of me to get a sense of direction with the sounds, allowing me to hear where each sound is coming from. When listening to high quality MP3 tracks on my PC there is absolutely nothing I can complain about, the sound is crisp and clear, never allowing the tracks to sound anything but perfect!

      Overall, I'd highly recommend these Bose speakers, from my use they have been sturdy, solid and the sound is absolutely excellent. Highly recommended for any audio enthusiast!

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      02.01.2014 23:56

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      A great set of speakers which could need some improvement.

      Bose is known as a common brand for high-end audio devices. I use these speakers for my computer, especially for watching movies with them. I bought them for £300.

      Processing and construction:
      The set includes a subwoofer, which is connected with the control module, and two satellites.
      The control module has a mute button, a volume-control wheel, and headphone/ Aux in jacks.
      An interesting feature is the on/off control: a single tap on the top of the connector makes the system work and another tap mutes the sound. This is a nice feature, although I think a wireless control module would be better than the module included.
      Furthermore, I think the processing of the satellites does not make them supposed to be carried around or transported because they don't look that resilient.

      As to the sound I can say that the first thing you will notice is the sound quality: I really admire the sound which this speakers develop. I never heard my music that clear and defined. However, the bass is not artifically enhanced, which I wouldn't like.
      Besides, the Companion 5 set offers an excellent stereo separation.

      Conclusion
      The Companion 5 is a great set of speakers which is worth its price, the sound is great but some aspects like the controller and the processing of the satellites could be improved.

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      30.01.2012 21:32
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      Excellent speaker system with brilliantly powerful and clear music. Easy to control.

      I debated for a long time whether to purchase the companion 3 or 5 speakers, as it was a £50 price difference and from what I could see all you got was a USB connection and a claim the companion 5s can reproduce 5.1 surround sound. I eventually gave in to the companion 5s and I was not disappointed!

      My friend had recently purchased the companion 3s so I knew I was in for a good sound experience regardless of the surround sound capabilities. The base notes on the companion 5s are very powerful whilst the mid range and high notes are unbelievably clear. I played a movie almost the moment they were out of the box to check whether there really was a surround sound experience from just 3 speakers. Although not as clear as a true surround sound speaker system, the speakers still delivered much better sound than the companion 3s.

      For the purpose they were made for (computer speakers) they do their job perfectly. If you were hoping for a true surround sound experience then you probably wouldn't purchase this system, but opt for a more traditional set up.

      The subwoofer box is larger than I expected, but not overly difficult to store somewhere under most desks. The two smaller speakers are very sturdy and look great on my desk.

      The small control wheel is very useful, especially the instant mute feature, which you activate by just touching the top of the little pod.

      The packaging was a little over the top, but the system was very easy to set up with no room for error in deciding which speaker is left or right.

      Overall I'm very impressed with the speaker system and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for high quality computer speakers. However, if you rarely watch movies or play games then there is little point in paying extra for the companion 5s and you would be much better off with the companion 3s for general purpose speakers and music playing.

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      24.10.2011 21:37

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      Great purchase,great sound quality

      While browsing the local currys for an ipod sound dock,i came acroos this beauty(with some persuasion by staff).although it was ten times over what price i was looking for i ended up buying it for one main reason.

      It connects to literally everything(with an earphone plug)because it uses a standard earphone jack to connect so it can go to computer,ipod,tv,hifi(it is a sound system not a radio which is what might have stopped me),phones,games consoles,basically if it has an earphone socket it works,and boy does it work well.

      The sound quality from this thing is amazing,thumping bass,clear vocals and every tiny detail is clear as glass(strange example i know)Connect it to the tv and its like having built in speakers that fill the room,your ipod becomes a booming powerhouse and the sound is exactly what youd expect from a company like bose.

      Only disadvantage is that the lead is only so long but you could but a longer one as both ends are earphone jacks

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      15.04.2011 09:38
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      Professional sound quality at an amateur price

      I was generally looking around at speakers for a number of areas of the house. The guy in the electricals shop asked if I'd looked at the Bose speakers. I laughed. I know that Bose makes extremely good quality speakers, but they usually come with an extremely tasty price tag, too !

      These speakers are hardly cheap, but for what you get I think they represent great value.

      Quite simply you will not beat the quality of sound.... end of story.

      Tones are rich and full and the speakers will reach enough volume to have your neighbours calling the local police station before you'll notice any distortion.

      With this set you get the sub woofer and two satellite speakers plus a disc shaped connector. The connector has a 3.5" jack into which you plug your PC, stereo, or TV output (a simple 3.5" to 3.5" jack from the headphone socket on your device to the Bose connector will do the trick). The system is switched on and off by a switch on the back of the sub woofer, which I suppose Bose have done with style in mind, but its a right pain if you position the sub woofer out of the way somewhere. My solution was to simply leave the speakers switched on and then use the connector to start and stop operation. Not very environmentally friendly of me, I know.

      Once the unit is switched on, a tap on the top of the connector brings things to life and another tap mutes the sound. It's quite sensitive, though, so best to have it away from where you might accidentally knock or touch it, otherwise you'll find your music starting and stopping.

      The top of the connector can be turned like a dial and this turns the volume up and down. Operation is smooth and positive.

      Now to style. I guess this is an individual thing and Bose would probably describe this unit as having minimalist styling with clean, strong lines.... or something. To me it is simply dull and boring. It won't look out of place in most homes or offices, but it won't do much to add to the decor either.

      The satellite speakers have small metal legs which stand them a few inches off the ground/desk/table and they feel very solidly built. The legs are fixed to the speakers, so if you wanted to wall mount these you'd be best to check with Bose or in a store first, because I don't see how you would do that.

      At the end of the day, the proof of the pudding as they say.... and Bose certainly delivers in this aspect. Invite your friends round for a BBQ, plug in your iPod, get the party started and you'll soon have people commenting on the quality of the sound. Relax and chill out with some gentle tunes on your own and you'll hear every little tone and nuonce of the track.

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        05.11.2010 12:46
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        The best sound I have ever heard

        Wow wow WOW these speakers are good!! I had limped along with the Cambridge Labs 5.1 surround sound speaker system that came with my computer for a number of years but struggled to get all the speakers working at the same time, wasn't impressed with the sound quality and didn't like having wires for 5 speakers laying all round the room. I wanted a decent 2.1 speaker system for use with my computer, which sounded great and didn't take up too much space. I have heard nothing but praise for Bose products and these Companion 5 speakers ticked all the right boxes although at £300 on Amazon were quite a bit more than I expected to pay. A bit of birthday money a few saved up Amazon vouchers and a 'sod it' attitude soon meant that the speakers were en route to my house.

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        These speakers won't win any awards for how they look. They could just as easily have been designed in the 1980s as in the 2010's - hopefully that will mean that they don't look old fashioned in the future. You have a large, heavy base box that can be hidden away under the desk, this then connects to 2 much smaller speakers that sit on top of the desk. The small speakers are mounted onto a stand that raises them up by 10cm or so and are tilted slightly upwards. Take care to position them correctly because there is a left and a right speaker. As with the Bose Companion 3 you have a circular dial that rotates to contol volume and when you touch the top puts the sound to mute...this is very sensitive and it took me a while to work out why the sound kept going off.

        Installation
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        This should have been easy and would have been if I had read the instruction booklet from the outset. Everything plugs into the bass box with a cable then running from it into the USB slot on your computer. According to the Bose website this means that the speakers will work even when the computer does not have a sound card. You then turn the computer and wait for the 'found new hardware' window to pop up (no need to use a CD), click 'next' a couple of times and within 5 minutes they are ready to use. The L.E.D on top of the dial will change from orange to green when you are good to go. A very handy alternative is just to use a standard stereo cable to plug your mp3 player, phone, laptop etc directly from their headphone sockets into the audio out socket on the dial. I love this feature because it means I can play the sound from another device through the speakers without having to first unplug them from the main computer.

        When you are ready you just need to turn the dial on the back of the main box to adjust the bass and turn the main dial to your desired volume and away you go...before you use them for the first time it's a good idea to be conservative with how far you turn the volume and bass dials. They will go VERY loud and at full bass the floors will be shaking in both your neighbours house and his neighbours neighbour's as well.

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        Without a doubt these speakers give the best sound quality of any that I have ever heard. Low volume, high volume, full bass, no bass, they deliver fantastically clear sound with no distortion. I guess the best sound I have heard to date was in a cinema, well this is better. I was somewhat sceptical of the claims that the Companion 5 speakers give the same effect as a 5.1 surround sound system with less speakers....well it's true, I don't know how they do it but despite all the speakers being in front of me it certainly sounds like I am surrounded by them. I'm no sound expert and it's difficult to get across to just you how good the sound actually is but take it from me the sounds are jaw dropping.

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        I only have one and it's not really that big. You can put the speakers on mute by using the dial but you can only turn them off with on/off button which hidden away at the back of bass unit. This is a pain to get to if like me you hide it away under the desk.

        Before I used them I thought I was going to write this review and put price as my number 1 gripe. Well now that I have heard them I have had to change my mind. Yes they are expensive but I don't feel at all ripped off and I cannot recommend them highly enough

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          29.06.2010 18:16
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          A great set of speakers that are a great addition to any computer setup - highly recommend!

          The Bose Companion 5 set of speakers really are great and are an excellent addition to any computer setup! I bought these Bose speakers having been recommended by a friend to go alongside my macbook pro. They really have been nothing short of superb and I would really recommend them to anyone looking for a quality set of speakers.
          In terms of design and aesthetics I found the sleek and streamline design to be really attractive on a desk and it really does blend in well to most office spaces. They also really look great alongside any mac computer and so in terms of aesthetics and design I would really recommend these speakers.
          The speakers are not too big which I found to be quite useful as it meant that I could fit them onto my desk with ease. The sound quality from the speakers is also exceptional and I really was glad I bought them. When playing music, games or movies the sound quality from these speakers has been excellent and perhaps most importantly second to none.
          The clarity and richness of the tone from the speakers really does just improve the overall computing experience. The speakers come with an all in one touch pod which makes it really easy to plug in an ipod or connect a computer etc to it.
          The speakers run from a standard AC mains adaptor and the plug is a good length making it possible to have the speakers quite away from the mains socket itself. I found the speakers really easy to setup which was a real bonus. Overall, this is a great set of speakers which I would really recommend, however, the price of £200 when I bought them is really quite expensive.

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            10.10.2009 12:33
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            I can never buy another make ever again.

            I swear I will never buy any other make ever again!
            What a fantastic product! I have been a Bose fan for years, but when I got married I had a job convincing my husband, who wanted to buy another massive ugly player, for half the price. However, making him fork out £300 for it was worth the effort - 1000%
            As usual, most people think, bigger the better. Well, it's not true in all cases.. and especially not true with Bose.
            Most music is now played through comptuers anyway - esp with Spotify making such a big bang. We barely use our CDs, and even if we do, they are playable on my comptuer. So, I dont miss having a separate sound system that plays my CDs (although I have a Wave system, that I purchased before this).
            It took about 10 mins to set up, and we haven't looked back since. The sound is incredibly crisp, crystal clear. It showed my husband that a loud sound is always not the best sound. If you are for loudness, this product gives that too... but if you need a sound like the makers intended, not equalised according to your whims and fancies, then this product hits all the boxes. It comes with a stylish control, unlike anything I've seen before.
            The subwoofer isn't too big either.
            Watching films of playing games is now so much more enriching, the sound just blows us away!
            The only thing I wished is for it to have a remote control, so I can control it from afar when I'm listening to music.

            The price tag may hurt, especially when other speakers are available from £30 onwards, but, if I'm not mistaken, the product is returnable if you're not satisfied with it. So, give it a go, if you're a music lover and a film buff or better still - a game buff.

            This is a purchase you won't regret!

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            25.09.2009 16:21

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            Straight out of the box Bose speakers let you know that they mean business. The build quality alone is enough to justify the (some would say) premium price that accompanies them.Set up is simple, with the 2 satellite speakers connecting to the base unit (that doubles as the sub) and a circular controller that provides the user control over the volume, whilst also enabling a quick mute function via a simple touch.Sound quality is superb, the speakers bring to life even the lowest quality mp3 file. Push some loss less files through it via a high quality sound card... and enjoy possibly the best multimedia speakers you will ever buy!

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            23.08.2009 19:49

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            A very high quality set of speakers which give amazing sound.

            Bose are known as one on the premium manufacturers of audio devices, and this set clearly demonstrates why.

            The sound clarity and quality across the range of volumes is staggering. There are no tinny or weak sounds, just rich crisp output.

            I have used these speakers in a large venue (a large shop) and it is truly incredible how they can fill the space with sound without even needing to be at full volume. Even at full volume there is little to no distortion in the sound.

            I would recommend these speakers to someone who likes their music, and wants to treat themselves to an incredible set of computer speakers. The build quality of these is superb.

            The only downside for me is the appearance of the set, which I'm not that taken with, however that is just my personal opinion.

            A quality piece of kit for the discerning music lover.

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            13.08.2009 17:52
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            This is a must when considering a new speaker system

            Received the Companion 5 as a Birthday present, and having heard the Companion 3, it was well worth the extra money. It has a quality feel, which is very easy to use, and most of all has amazing sound, which I don't think your ordinary 'run-of-the-mill' speakers could produce.

            First impressions were good. A sleek black and silver/grey design would not offend anyone, and doesn't look out of place anywhere, and sits very nicely with my computer. Easy to install, as there is a CD provided, and you just follow the steps, and within minutes you're listening to top quality sound. The volume control is very intuitive ( the little circular thing in the picture ) and has a wonderful 'touch to mute feature'.

            The sound, well what can I say, I was blown away with the depth and quality of the sound, which I would say is very nearly cinema quality. The depth it provides whilst listening to movie soundtracks for example, sends shivers down your spine, and because it provides 7.1 surround sound, you could well be there live !

            Overall it's simply amazing, and I'd never buy anything other than Bose from now on. Yes it's a little pricey, but the phrase you "you get what you paid for " comes into mind.

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            17.05.2009 13:36
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            superb sound quality

            I wanted a high quality system to connect my ipod, to ensure that I could hear the capability of the MP3 sound. I was willing to spend abit of money.

            The Bose Companion is very easy to use, with simple connections and controls. The headphone leads plugs straight into the volume control unit. The volume control is very stylish and has a quality feel and design, there is a tap control to turn it on and off, and the outer volume control has a smooth movement.

            There are 2 satellite speakers, which give clear definition of a range of sounds, these are connected to the main unit (Acoustimass module) via Bose specific connections and leads (about 2 metres long). The Acoustimass module gives superb deep bass sounds and includes a bass control knob at the rear. This system is marketed for connection to a PC, but is perfect for my ipod.

            The only drawback is that you have to connect the system to a PC first via USB to activate it every time the power is disconnected from the system, otherwise no sound comes out. This is fine if you have a laptop, otherwise it can be very tricky to move your PC about!

            My ipod is connected through a docking station, so that I can use a remote, to control the volume, tracks etc.

            Overall, this system gives excellent sound quality with deep base from small satellite speakers (even though the base unit is actually quite large). Expensive but well worth the cash.

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            The Companion 5 multimedia speaker system is engineered to deliver the excitement of surround sound content right at your computer - without the clutter of five speakers. Just two small speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module deliver much of the audio performance you'd expect from a five-speaker surround sound system. And a single USB connection is all it takes - no special software, hardware or sound card upgrade necessary.

            Five-speaker systems are great for your living room or home-theater room. Maybe not for the office, bedroom or dorm room, where your computer lives. Yet, without a way to fully appreciate those breathtaking 5.1 game and movie soundtracks, you're missing much of the fun.

            Now you can enjoy an enveloping sound experience without enveloping yourself in hardware. The proprietary TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry enables two elegant desktop speakers and a compact module to put you in the middle of the action.

            The soundstage seems to envelop you. And the experience is developed especially for computer listening, so your computer is right in the middle of the music, the game, the special effects.

            The Companion 5 system features a handy, all-in-one control pod to keep speaker volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and an auxiliary input all within easy reach. Speakers are mounted on stands enabling superb performance and more usable desktop space.