Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers - for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC Input) Black

Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers – for PC (with 3.5mm AUX & PC Input) Black


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Reviewed in the United States on October 31, 2022

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I got tired of reading endless forums about the “best budget desktop speakers” so I decided to purchase the following and compare them in real life against each other: Neumi BS5P | Micca PB42X | Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX | Edifier R1280T | Bose Companion 2 Series III | Edifier G2000.

I am not an audiophile, I am not technical. I have played instruments my whole life and run sound in some amateur settings, so I’m guessing I have a slightly more critical ear than the average listener, but definitely not of those truly dedicated to hi fidelity listening. I don’t know proper terms. I took these notes kind of haphazardly, but they are listed in order of best to worst after personal testing. I intend to play games and listen to music with a slight preference towards gaming as I have another speaker system for music that I can use for music.

High level takeaway: the true battle is between the Neumi BS5P and the Micca PB42X. Between those 2 speakers, either would be the right choice of all these options depending on your intended use. I ended up choosing the Neumi because I am going to be playing games quite a bit, and they provided much better low end to fill out a lot of the sound effects. If I were choosing a speaker just for music listening, I would have gone with the Miccas as they have superior mid/high/vocal clarity. The Miccas have a good enough sub that I wouldn’t be missing the low end on most music, but if I wanted to, I could just add a sub to fill out the lows on the Miccas (for edm type music).

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Neumi BS5P 75-Watt $139.99 – My personal winner
Pro:
– Sounds full and satisfying right away
– Great bass (almost as good as the dedicated sub on the Klipsch, definitely better than all other options without a dedicated sub. I’ve got adjacent neighbors so I won’t ever go sub heavy anyways, so don’t need a dedicated sub with the power these pull)
– Decently clear mids/highs, though this is less defined than the Miccas. These get better after doing the firmware update, and get it much closer to the Micca’s clarity, but still not quite as good
– Bluetooth pairing quality stays really high (doesn’t make a difference for me)
Cons
– Mids/highs/vocals still just not as good/clear/crisp as the Micca
– Much larger than the other options (might be a pro if you’re looking to fill a room with more volume – I’m not looking for that)
– Need to update the firmware to get better mids/highs than out of the box (minor inconvenience but might scare some away)

Micca PB42X $109.99
Pro:
– Really nice, crisp/clean mid/highs (better than everything else) The vocals are bright and shiny, unrivaled by any other of these options
– Doesn’t seem to add much coloration (but this also leads to it feeling slightly emptier than the 1280T, could be good or bad)
– Pretty good bass for what it is (far better than the G2000 and Bose, worse than the others)
– It comes with a 2 part dc cable that’s longer than others, and a longer mp3 cable than others (doesn’t really matter, but it’s nice)
– Fairly flat (might be a good or bad thing for usage)
Con:
– Getting really nit picky just to find differences, but the connection cable on the back is a twisty, rather than a poke as the Edifiers have. Twistys just seem less stable/more exposed
– Mids/lows start to sound more tinny in comparison to the mids/lows of the neumi, leaving a somewhat less satisfying feeling
– Ultimately this feels a bit emptier than others with better subs, but is also definitely crisper/clearer

Klipsch ProMedia 2.1 THX Certified $144.99
Pro:
– Great sound out of the box
– Great bass (only one with a dedicated sub, so that should be obvious)
Con:
– Decent mid/highs, but still not as crisp/clear as the Miccas

Edifier R1280T $129.32
Pro:
– Beautiful aesthetic
– Good sound out of the box , there’s not the obvious tinny sound of budget speaker
– Volume, bass, and treble knobs
– I’m satisfied with the sound immediately (I grew less satisfied with the sound the more I A/B compared to the Bose due to the coloration. I then adjusted the tilt of the speakers and it seemed to fix this coloration issue and bring more clarity to the mids/highs)
– It’s really minor, but the power plug is a plug and not a brick like all the others
Con:
– No sub out option
– Definitely colors the sound to fill in the space more (which could be a pro for some people too). Ends up adding a layer of mud to the overall sound
– The mids/highs are really just muddy due to the coloration

Bose Companion 2 Series III $149.00
Pro:
– The mids/highs are nice and bright and clear
– Really compact if you don’t have a lot of desk space00
– I’m satisfied with this sound out of the box
– Seems not to color the sound (certainly not nearly like the R1280T), feels more accurate
– Has an upward tilt so it seems to naturally position for the sweet spot
Con:
– Only a volume knob so no automatic control over bass/treble (I assume there’s eq software that would fix this?)
– Bass is a bit lacking (probably would be satisfied with the amount of bass if I weren’t comparing against the others)
– Something feels emptier about these speakers against the 1280T and Micca

Edifier G2000 $109.99
Pro:
– Decent bass and presence
– The LED light is kind of nice
Con:
– Stupid startup car sound is absolutely childish and obnoxious
– The LED light stays on (I think you can turn it off but who’s going to go through the hassle of turning it off and on if you have to hear the stupid car sound at every startup)
– Still clearly sounds like a budget speaker with a constant of tin/noise
– Bass can wash out pretty easily at medium volumes
– It crackles at other certain sounds like my incoming email ping
– Not satisfied with this sound out of the box

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Reviewed in the United States on June 7, 2014

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UPDATE 7/19/2015 – After over a year with the speakers they are still going strong! Yet, I found myself in a Bose store the other day and purchased the more expensive Companion 20 speakers. Look below for my comparison of the two.

ORIGINAL REVIEW

I own a pair of bose QC 15 headphones which have spoiled me and made me discontent with the mediocre sound systems around my house. So, I wanted some bose speakers to connect to my wireless network at home via my airport express and airplay. Well, I am happy to say that these $100 Bose speakers sound GREAT! The sound is spacious, deep and CRISP. The high notes sing and one can feel the base.

ARE THEY LOUD ENOUGH?

Some reviewers complain that they do not get loud enough. I thought the same at first and then realized that my music was turned down at the source. Now, I have the volume all the way up on my iPad and then adjust the volume on the speakers themselves. I have to tell that they get extremely loud with no distortion. The volume only needs to be up half-way on the speakers for the volume to shake the room and tickle my eardrums.

ARE THE MIDS DECENT?

Just to clear-up another misconception – the highs and lows are reproduced extremely well. Both the high notes and the bass are VERY pleasing. Ragtime Piano, for example, sounds excellent on the speakers. The weakness is indeed with the mids. Nothing bad, but the speakers do seem to equalize (True Space technology) in such a way where the mids do suffer. For example, Josh Groban’s incredible voice looses some of its magic on these Bose. The same is true on my QC 15 headphones, by the way. For me, this is a minor thing that I immediately tolerate because the other sound strengths more than compensate.

SHOULD YOU PURCHASE THESE?

Indeed, buy these now. You will not regret your purchase and will feel that they are well worth $100. Especially if you are new to Bose, then you will love this entry level product.

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BOSE COMPANION 20 vs COMPANION 2 Serries III

The wonderful Bose Companion 2 Series 3 computer speakers have graced our home ever since they first came out. We have really enjoyed them. Not at the computer but instead for inconspicuous bookshelf speakers in a small room. the Speakers were souced wirelessly via an Apple Airport Express router and AirPlay. Though they were great for this function, recently I have been itching for an upgrade. So, the other day I visited a Bose store and came home with the larger and more expensive Companion 20 speakers. So, how do they compare? Here are some detailed impressions…

SOUND QUALITY OVERVIEW

The less expensive Companion 2 held up pretty well when first compared side-by-side with the 20s. In fact, at lower volumes the two speakers sounded nearly identical. After a while, the supiorority of the Companion 20’s became clearly evident. They are much more rich and crisp than the 2s. After hours of listening to the new speakers I switched back to the 2’s and they sounded tinny and shril. Especially at moderate and higher listening volumes.

HIGHS and LOWS

First about the lows. Again initial impression led me to think the base sounded nearly identical on both speakers. It wasn’t until I played bass heavy music that I noticed the difference. The 20s bass is much tighter and gives a cleaner thump. In their promotional material Bose states that when one walks into a room where 20’s are playing they will look around for a base module. This is true. Especial when the rear of the speakers are placed near a wall or a corner. My Companion 2s are spread nearly three feet apart on a bookshelf. Each speaker is slightly angled towards eachother with the backs up against the corners of the shelf. This is the sweet spot for the room. As to the high, the 20s are also the clear leader. Female voices SHINE on these silver speakers. High notes on the 2s by comparison sound like they are distant as though the singer is behind a closed door. In general every musical detail (highs, lows and mids) are better detailed and distinct. Play a song with complex instrumentation, for example, and you will distinctly hear most every nuance of each instrument. On the Companion 2 speakers similarly complex tracs sounded blended together where the details were muted or lost.

BUILD QUALITY

I thought the 2s were well built but, oh my goodness, they look like toys next to the aluminum 20 speakers! The quality becomes especially apparent when you feel the weight and heartiness of the build. This is best showcased by just the control module on the 20. The knob feels substantial and turns smoother than any dial I have ever used. Really, you must try it!. This buttery smoothness is balanced absolutely perfectly with proper resistance and responsiveness. The module further boasts a touch sensitive on/off "button" which is also amazingly responsive and instant. In short, looking at the Companion 20s and controlling them are just as pleasant as listening to them! The 2s are solidly built but their look and feel is only average.

FURTHER COMPARISONS

I own several othe Bose products including he Bose sound link mini, the QC20 in-ear headphones, and the Bose QC15 over-the-ear headphones. So, how does the sound of the Companion 20s compare to these other products?

Soundlink Color – The 20s win easily. This is remarkable because I think the Color sounded better than the Companion 2’s eventhough the it is a small Bluetooth speaker compared to a wired 2 speaker system. The color has better clarity than the 2s and overall boast a higher fidelity. The 2s did have better stereo separation (obviously) and can play at a higher volume. On the other hand, my new Companion 20s just sound better than the Soundlink Color in every single aspect.

Quiet Comfort 20 – The similarity between the Quiet Comort 20 headphones and the Companion 20 computer speakers comes in warmth of sound. Both boast a warmth that is very pleasing and Senheiser like. This is where the comparisons end. The QC headphones win in the area that they sound a little more natural and balanced. Though, the Companion 20s beat the QC20s in crispness and detail. When I have a choice between the two, I enjoy listening to the speakers over the QC20 in-ear headphones.

Quiet Comfort 15 – Now, here is where the Companion 20s begin to fall short. The best sound I have ever heard comes from my QC15 headphones. They are astonishingly impressive. These companion 20’s get me much closer to that great sound quality. In fact, the Companion 20s sound warmer and a tad richer than the QC15! Unfortunately, the music is not as detailed nor crisp. I do find myself debateing whether or not to enjoy music via the QC15 headphones or via the Companion 20 computer speakers. By comparison the Companion 2’s always sounded decent but I never purposely chose to go listen to them over any of the other Bose products that I own.

CONCLUSION

Though Companion 2s have seen series of re-iterations through the years, the Companion 20s are still the original speakers first introduced in 2011. To me, the fact that a Companion 20 series 2 does not yet exist hints that there is not much to improve with the current speaker. Give these speakers a serious try and I think you will agree.

PS – A note about source volume. The manual for the 20s instructs to place the source volume at a maximum of 80 percent. This is key! Use the control pod to crank up the volume. There will be no distortion not even when turning the dial all the way up. With the 2s the sound the sound improved with the source volume at 100 percent and the knob on the speakers at slightly over half. All this to say that the more expensive 20’s do a better job of signal processing and improving the source signal into that distinctive rich and Bose sound. By the way, the 20s top volume is about twice that of the 2s.

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Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2023

Style: SpeakerVerified Purchase

The Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speakers are a good sounding pair of speakers.
To expect audiophile quality from PC speakers is a big ask, so keep the bar at a realistic level
when rating audio quality.

These speakers replaced a Bestisan sound bar, and they were worth every penny. The difference
is night and day. I’m very pleased with the overall fidelity that Bose delivered. They fill the rather
small 11x13ft room nicely when playing music, and offer enough ‘noise’ when gaming.
A subwoofer would be a nice addition, but isn’t necessary… I personally do not need ground
shaking bass.

The quality control issue was on the left speaker wire. There is a pin inside the plug, and it was bent
to the point it would not plug into the right speaker. I bent it straight with an exacto blade, and all
is well. For a higher end set of speakers, repairing it (even a simple repair) to make it work is worth
subtracting one star. I can’t see how it could’ve been bent after manufacturing, as that pin is inside
a small plug, and not easily accessible.

So, great audio, after I fixed the brand new item…. 4 stars!

Reviewed in the United States on May 10, 2023

Style: SpeakerVerified Purchase

I love these speakers. This is my second set. I bought the same speakers ten years ago in 2013, and they started getting flaky recently and not working from time to time, after cats knocking them over and repeated power failures. Ten years, I felt like I got a good deal at $149. When I plugged in the new speakers, boy what a difference! Sounded great! I listen to my itunes on my computer and watch movies. These speakers gave me chills, the sound was so great.


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Norman
5.0 out of 5 stars

Fantastic speakers for the price

Reviewed in Canada on June 2, 2017

Style: SpeakerVerified Purchase

Bose is probably one of the more divisive companies among people who care about audio. I have never owned anything by Bose because their headphones sound underwhelming to me for the price and I’ve always preferred competitor products for Bluetooth speakers.

I purchased these because I wanted some compact desktop speakers and I didn’t want the "gamer" aesthetic of a lot of companies’ offerings. I also have a friend who DJs and he uses a set of these as monitors on his secondary setup at home, so I figured they couldn’t be too terrible.

Having only demo’d the higher end Bose stuff at big box stores I was expecting a very crisp sound bordering on sharp, and was ready to return these if they matched that sound profile.

What I got instead are a fantastic set of speakers for the size and the price that sound just as good bumping Run The Jewels as they do watching some Grand Tour on Prime Video. The room filling sound is a bit bass heavy at times, but otherwise these speakers do a fantastic job of reproducing the audio you should be hearing, especially for a 2.0 rather than 2.1 system.

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Jose Pequeno
5.0 out of 5 stars

¡¡¡ Excelentes !!!

Reviewed in Mexico on January 30, 2021

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Definitivamente por el precio y para lo que son, para la PC, son una excelentísima opción. Yo soy audiófilo, tengo bocinas, audífonos y equipos de audio de muchas marcas, y la vdd es que no uso la compu para oir música, para eso tengo mis equipos de audio especializados para reporducir CD, Vinilos y Música HiRes. Yo uso la compu para trabajar y tener música de fondo, y la verdad quedé encantado, es una super calidad para tenerlas de fondo, ya que el sonido es muy nítido, bajos suficientes para sentirlos, agudos y graves balanceados. No son para ponerlas de bocinas principales para audio, para eso hay otros equipos, para la PC de trabajo, de lo mejor que hay.

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Shawn
5.0 out of 5 stars

I searched extensively for the best pair of speakers sub $100

Reviewed in Canada on May 30, 2017

Style: SpeakerVerified Purchase

Last week, when I was looking to buy a new set of speakers as the pair I had (after 7 years) finally broke, I searched extensively for the best pair of speakers sub $100. I was also a strong believer on the fact that my new pair had to also be 2.1 not 2.0 because a sub-woofer makes a huge difference. Reluctantly, I purchased these speakers as nothing appealed to me and when I heard via Reddit you could add a sub-woofer to this 2.0 setup, I thought, I might as well give it a try because Bose does have a highly regarded name. I even recall smirking at this corny line, "Sit down at your computer or laptop and get ready to hear sound that seems to extend far beyond the actual speakers," on the amazon page because at the time I thought they were only just a pair of speakers and how could a pair be so much better than the rest when the fundamental technology hasn’t really changed in decades (you would think someone else would have figured it out by now, right?).

Wow, how wrong I was. The best way to describe these speakers is as if you had a row of four or five speakers on your left and right. It is unbelievable how much depth and clarity these speakers provide. I feel as if I can hear ever instrument in a song, including the difference between two of the same instruments playing in harmony. There is a bit of a double edged sword with these speakers worth noting. They make the best songs sound better but they also make the worst songs sound worse (you will notice every flaw). Ultimately, I am now a huge fan of these speakers and Bose and I am still a bit shell shocked that they made this much of a difference.

From now on, it is Bose or nothing (a bit of exaggeration, if I had nothing I probably would use headphones).

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Arturo HG
5.0 out of 5 stars

Expertos en sonido

Reviewed in Mexico on January 4, 2021

Style: SpeakerVerified Purchase

Tienes dos opciones para comprar altavoces 2.0 para PC, o le compras bocinas a empresas dedicadas a fabricar teclados y mouse… o le compras a una empresa dedicada a sonido como Bose, JBL o Yamaha, la elección es obvia.

Tenia las Logitech Z333 que son buenos altavoces, pero no tenia donde meter el subwoofer, así que compre estas y con solo conectarlas… No hay color, estas bocinas son otro mundo, la fidelidad y claridad en el sonido es soberbio, tiene un bajo poderoso pero no tan fuerte para ahogar los medios, las voces se escuchan claras y nítidas. Son algo caras pero si quieres audio decente para películas, música y videojuegos hay que pagar como todo en la vida

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Scott
1.0 out of 5 stars

Defective Product + Bad Support

Reviewed in Canada on June 30, 2019

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At first I was slightly disappointed with the sound quality based on past Bose speaker impressions. But it was still good overall. I was satisfied for a while. But these speakers have a big problem. They aren’t well made.. After 4 years of mild use, the speakers started failing. I tried contacting Bose, since they are a very reputable company right? I got nowhere with that. In the end, this was bad value for the price, and I have to buy new speakers. My new speakers will not be Bose brand.

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