Bose Companion 50 Multimedia Speaker System - Black/Champagne
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- Rich detailed sound and a wide soundstage - ensure an immersive listening experience
- Deep accurate bass from the Acoustimass module which can be hidden under your computer desk
- All-in-one control pod - featuring volume control single-touch mute button, headphone jack and auxiliary input
- Single connection to your computer - no sound cards or software upgrades needed. Control pod is 6.35 cm high x 2.86 cm wide
- Energy-saving mode - activated after 30 minutes of inactivity; Each satellite speaker:21.90 cm H x 13.90 cm W x 9.10 cm D (0.70 kg);Acoustimass module:21.80 cm H x 17.30 cm W x 34.80 cm D (4.60 kg)
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Dedication to research and excellence has been the Bose approach to better sound since Dr. Amar G. Bose founded the company in 1964. Ever since then, Bose engineers have focused on creating better technology. You'll find that focus exemplified in the Companion 50 multimedia speaker system.
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One of the Best Computer Speaker Systems from Bose
If you’re looking for the better audio experience from your computer, look no further than the Companion 50 speaker system from Bose. This multimedia speaker system creates a dramatic acoustic environment to rival a five-speaker surround-sound system using just two small desktop speakers and an inconspicuous Acoustimass module.
Get More from your Computer
The chances are you’re using your computer for all types of entertainment, whether it be listening to music, watching films and TV shows or gaming. But if you're using your laptop speakers or the ones that came with your desktop computer, you're not getting any better audio quality.
The Companion 50 system offers optimum audio experience. Using proprietary TrueSpace digital processing circuitry, the system delivers a wide, spacious soundstage, reproducing the original drama behind the music, films and games that you enjoy.
Better Sound, Less Clutter, Easy Setup
The Companion 50 system offers a level of immersive sound that you’d expect to hear from a five-speaker surround-sound system but in a more practical setup. The two small desktop speakers are elevated on stands to ensure the better quality sound is produced and to provide extra space on your desk.
Setting up the system involves a single connection to your computer – no special software or hardware upgrades are required. Volume controls, a single-touch mute button, a headphone jack and auxiliary input are all within easy reach on the all-in-one control pod. To save energy, sleep mode is activated after 30 minutes of inactivity and the system wakes up when an audio signal is received or the control pod is tapped.
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Companion 50 multimedia speaker system
The Companion 50 system immerses you in a dramatic acoustic environment you might expect only from a five-speaker system. Yet it all comes from just two elegant desktop speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.
- Rich, detailed sound with a wide soundstage immerses you in the experience
- Deep, accurate bass from the Acoustimass module, which you can hide under a desk
- All-in-one control pod houses volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and auxiliary input
- Single connection to your computer—no sound cards or software upgrades needed
- Energy-saving sleep mode engages after 30 minutes of inactivity
Get more of the experience
More and more, you’re using your computer for all kinds of entertainment. Music. Films and TV programmes. Gaming. But if you’re still using your laptop speakers, or the ones that came with your desktop, you’re not coming close to the audio experience that you should be getting.
The Companion 50 system provides a welcome change. It uses proprietary TrueSpace digital processing circuitry to deliver a wide, spacious soundstage, reproducing the original dramatic intent behind the music, films and games you enjoy.
More sound. Less clutter. Easy set-up
It’s the kind of enveloping sound that you’d expect more from a five-speaker surround system — fine for living rooms but impractical for a computer. The two small, elegant desktop speakers are elevated on stands for optimum performance and extra usable desk space.
Hook-up requires only a single connection from the computer speaker system to your PC or laptop — no special software or hardware upgrade needed. An all-in-one control pod keeps volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and auxiliary input within easy reach. The system goes into sleep mode after 30 minutes of inactivity and wakes up when an audio signal is received or the control pod is tapped.
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To say that I was surprised at the performance, or rather the lack of it, would be a gross understatement. I was, and still am, shocked at just what a poor performance it delivers, out of the box.
Even with the controls properly adjusted, when I first set it up the sound was boxy, the mid-range was dull, the top-end and the base were MIA, and the sound-stage was about as big as the box it was delivered in. And to cap it off, the right channel output was only two thirds of the left. Really, just awful, and not worth the shipping cost, never mind the purchase price.
I just couldn't believe it was that bad. There had to be something else wrong. So first I played around with the location of the satellite speakers on my desk, and the sub-woofer underneath it, as well as reconfiguring the audio drivers on my PC. After about an hour, I had it about as good as it was going to get. And, considering the cost, it was still VERY average. In fact I'd heard better sound coming out of a £140 PC sound system.
So, next I changed out the 'el cheapo' Bose aux cable, which the system came with, for an IBRA premium quality, dual shielded cable with 24k gold plated connectors. WOW, what a difference! Still a little disappointing, but a HUGE improvement.
The problem seems to be that the output of my PC Aux is insufficient to drive it and produce a reasonable quality sound-stage and presence. So, not one to be easily beaten, I've ordered a Sabre 9018 USB DAC, which I have heard are very good. If that doesn't do it, I am going to return it.
*** OMG moment 3 days later! ***
I first want to say, I just reconnected the system to my computer via a Sabre 9018 USB Dac and the improvement is awesome. Totally awesome!
Clearly, its definitely not Bose's fault that the sound output of my motherboard is not sufficient to drive their Companion 50 Multimedia Speaker System. BUT, driving it with the Sabre 9018 USB Dac, which is a simple plugin -- one end into a USB port and the other into the Aux cable -- improves the performance beyond recognition.
The top end is "real", the mid-range very present and pure, with no 'boxy' colouration, and base is solid, but not 'boomy'. Not a very technical explanation but I hope you get what I mean.
I am sitting here streaming my Seasick Steve playlist at the moment and Steve (plus the band/backing/audience), are right here in the room with me!!! I can't believe the difference it makes.
It would be niggardly not to give Bose 5 stars for the system, just because of the 'el cheapo' Aux cable, so I have uprated my review.
IMPORTANT: Don't try and drive this system with just raw Aux output from your computer. If you don't already have a sound card, get a "Hifime Sabre 9018 USB DAC" and connect it to your Bose system with an IBRA "Aux Cable 2M 3.5mm Stereo Premium Auxiliary Audio Cable", not the 'el cheapo' one Bose provides.
That's an extra £75 to invest, but you'll be very VERY glad you did.
The included subwoofer is fantastic at producing bass that fills the room. This can be adjusted and I have it set so that I am able to enjoy songs with more bass but not feel like I'm in a nightclub!
The volume control is really good and has a smooth wheel that adjusts the volume accurately and consistently.
In my opinion, these are the best speakers you can get at this price point for a desk setup. Everything you need in one package and they provide the versatility for all types of music and dialogue.
They do produce a decent amount of bass for the size of the subwoofer and are good as a PC sound system but are not a room-filling design.
I returned these and went with Edifier S350DB Bookshelf Speaker and Subwoofer 2.1 and they're fantastic.
I purchase the other bose pc speakers initially for £200. Sound quality is much better but bass is non-existent.
For this price I think decent bass + good overall sound quality is a reasonable expectation.
Regret my purchase but c'est la vie.
I am shocked to say the least!!!
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Dinero bien pagado para lo que busco, aspecto, calidad de sonido y potencia de sobra, totalmente recomendable.
Con esto le quitareis una pequeña resonancia a plástico.
Bereits beim auspacken und installieren macht sich schon der Unterschied zu den Billigheimern von Logitech bemerkbar: sorgfältige, solide Verarbeitung. Bei meinen letzten Speakern von Logitech fing der kabelgebundene Bediensatellit schon nach wenigen Tagen an zu kratzen - ganz klar ein Schwachpunkt, bis hin zu kompletten Ausfällen der Speaker. Die Bose Anlage wirkt von der Materialqualität deutlich hochwertiger. Der Bediensatellit reagiert zuverlässig auf die geringste Berührung.
Der Klang ist auch bei niedriger Lautstärke kristallklar und weitgehend differenziert, wenn auch etwas basslastig (was umso mehr auffällt, je leiser man die Anlage dreht). Optimalerweise stellt man die beiden Speaker ca. 50-80cm weit auseinander und erhält einen überzeugenden Stereosound - für Surroundsounds würde ich aber nicht zu dieser Lösung raten. Die Boxen rauschen nicht und produzieren auch sonst keine Nebengeräusche.
Fazit: Ich bin zufrieden - diese PC Speaker sind ihr Geld wert.
Lo ricomprerei ad occhi chiusi...difficile trovare di meglio per il pc e non....volume fantastico...ed al massimo difficilmente sentirete l'impianto soffrire di distorsione....
Giunto nei termini indicati dal venditore...
Contento con la compra. Buen sonido, pero en mi caso, tengo el subwoofer a la mitad porque tiene graves muy potentes.
Dennoch stört mich beim Arbeiten wenn ich Ruhe brauche das Grundrauschen, dass besteht, sofern die Lautsprecher angeschalten sind, ich möchte ja nicht immer die Boxen jedes Mal an und aus schalten. Für micht ist das Geräuch auf jeden Fall inakzeptabel, da ich sehr nah an den Boxen sitzen (gängiger Office Bildschirmabstand)
Was natürlich geärgert hat, weil dies ein Geschenk gewesen ist und nicht an dem Tag ausprobiert werden konnte.
EIN DEUTLICHER HINWEIS darauf wäre nicht schlecht um sich diese Überraschung zu vermeiden.
suono molto di qualità ,puoi benissimo guardarci i film con queste .
difetti : costose per il prodotto che alla fine hai
unica maniera di usarle con AUX (d'altra parte per mantenere la qualità è l'unica soluzione)