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Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System - Graphite/Silver

by Bose
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System Requirements

  • Media: Personal Computers
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Product Description

From the Manufacturer

Bose® Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system - Graphite

Bose® Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system
  • Our best computer speaker system for 5.1-encoded games, movies and music delivers immersive sound
  • Two small computer speakers fully assembled on stands for more useable desktop space
  • Hideaway Acoustimass® module delivers emphatic low-note performance
  • Versatile control pod includes volume, single-touch mute, headphone jack and auxiliary input

Bose - Better Sound Through Research

The premium multimedia speaker system from Bose delivers multichannel sound that seems to surround you—without the clutter of five speakers. The Companion 5 system is designed to give you the excitement of surround sound content right at your computer.

Exclusive TrueSpace® surround digital processing circuitry spreads the sound around you, so the enveloping effects seem to come from areas where there aren't even any speakers. The experience is developed especially for computer listening—putting you right in the middle of the music, the game, the special effects.

Companion 5 speakers reproduce enveloping sound from just two visible speakers, putting you right in the middle of your favorite movie's special effects.
Companion 5 speakers reproduce enveloping sound from just two visible speakers, putting you right in the middle of your favorite movie's special effects.

Easy to set up. Easy to use.

Hookup requires only a single USB connection from the computer speaker system to your PC or laptop—no special software or hardware upgrade needed. (For optimum performance, we recommend Windows XP or later. For Macintosh computers, OS X 10.4.6 or later.) The small, elegant computer speakers come mounted on stands for optimum performance and extra desktop space. And the Acoustimass module can be tucked out of the way under your desk.

Control at your fingertips

A convenient control pod features rotational volume control and one-touch mute. Dual inputs let you connect headphones and/or a second audio source, like an iPod® or a tablet.

Get more from your music. Get more into the game or movie. Whatever your computer entertainment passion, get more engaged with Bose® Companion 5 multimedia speakers.

Product Highlights

  • Specially engineered speaker arrays come fully assembled on stands for optimum performance and more usable desktop space.
  • The small, elegant satellite speakers come mounted on stands for optimum performance and extra desktop space.
    The small, elegant satellite speakers come mounted on stands for optimum performance and extra desktop space.
  • Versatile control pod houses volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and connection for a second audio source such as an MP3 player or tablet.
  • Compact Acoustimass module provides clean low frequencies, allowing the desktop speakers to be very small without sacrificing performance. Module can be hidden neatly under your desk.
  • Proprietary TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry reproduces enveloping sound from just two visible speakers. Engineered for computer speaker listening, it creates a dramatic acoustic environment for games, DVDs and music.
  • Single USB connection links the system to your computer. No special software, adapters or complicated wiring needed.
  • Digital 5.1 audio playback brings music, games, movies and other 5.1-encoded material to life with much of the performance you'd expect from a five-speaker system.
  • Magnetically shielded satellite speakers prevent monitor interference or damage to magnetic media.
  • Proprietary integrated signal processing delivers lifelike performance at almost any volume level.
  • The Companion 5 system is designed to bring the excitement of surround sound content to your computer gaming.
    The Companion 5 system is designed to bring the excitement of surround sound content to your computer gaming.
  • Compression circuitry keeps your music clear and undistorted at high volume levels.
  • Active electronic equalization balances low, mid and high frequencies for more natural tone and clarity.
Product Details
Dimensions

Each satellite speaker: 8.9 x 5.8 x 3.8 inches; 1.9 lbs

Acoustimass module: 8.5 x 6.75 x 16.75 inches; 15.4 lbs

Weight

19.2 lbs
Shipping Weight

26.5 pounds
What's in the box
  • 2 satellite speakers with stands and cables
  • Acoustimass module
  • USB cable
  • AC power cord
  • Control pod and cable
Comparison features
  Bose Computer MusicMonitor
Computer MusicMonitor®
Bose Companion 20
Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system
Bose Companion 5
Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system
Bose Companion 2
Companion® 2 multimedia speaker system
Speaker configuration and stands 2 speakers 2 speakers 2 speakers with stands, Acoustimass® module 2 speakers
Digital 5.1 audio playback      
Audio Inputs
Headphone jack  
Single-touch mute    
USB connectivity      
Magnetically shielded speakers
Control/connectivity Remote, plus volume and power controls on speaker. Control pod for volume, with single-touch mute. Headphone jack, second audio input. Control pod for volume, with single-touch mute. Headphone jack, second audio input. Volume control on speaker. Headphone jack, second audio input.
 

Product Description

Our three-piece computer sound system delivers multichannel sound that seems to surround you-without the clutter of five speakers. The Companion 5 multimedia speaker system is designed for 5.1-encoded music, games and movies, using just two elegant desktop speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module. And setup is easy, with a single USB connection to your computer.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bose Companion 5 Feb. 7 2013
By Dave
After purchasing and experiencing the Bose Companion 20 computer speaker system (2.0), I thought Bose hit the nail on the head.
Crisp, clear and accurate sounds...sounds that I have never heard with other computer speaker systems. But, this system could not provide the bass signal that I knew should be reproduced. I returned this sweet system and purchased the Companion 5 system.
Game...set...match (for tennis pundits). In other words, Bose has claimed and produced, in my humble opinion, the top computer 2.1 speaker status.
If you want a mind blower sound system (loud but innacurate), stay away. This is not a home stereo system speaker system, per se.
This is a well-researched and developed sound system that accurately delivers the ORIGINAL signal, if that's what you want.
Kudos to Bose and thanks.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Engineered Product Sept. 27 2013
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This product is phenomenal. The build quality of the system alone is a marvel in a world of designed obsolescence. The sound quality is flawless at low to moderate volumes, although at high volumes you will be slightly disappointed. The system makes you feel like your listening to 5.1 surround. With all of this said, I still think the price is ridiculously high.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great speaker system Jan. 31 2014
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Setup guide is a little dated since there is no mention of Windows 7 or Windows 8. However, it is just plug and play for Windows 8 and a matter of checking the devices that are enabled. I got this for a gaming computer that I set up and had built from the CPU up. I highly recommend these speakers. If you get nervous because there is no mention of Windows 8 (like I did) in the set up guide, rest assured, they are supported and sound FANTASTIC.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good sound system... Sept. 27 2013
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Should i be writing a review about Bose ..
everybody knows the deal.. pricey but gives the best quality sound for the money...
was a good buy..
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114 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Virtual 5.1 system with only 3 speakers! Must hear to believe! Jan. 29 2007
By Michael J. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
The Bose Companion 5 speaker system is a fantastic addition to a multimedia home computer system. I've had several different sets of computer speakers, including one other Bose set, and this is hands-down the best set.

The Companion 5 set consists of two desktop speakers and an acoustimass-type sub-woofer unit or module. The module is the heart of the system -- not only does it control the speakers and bass, but it also functions as an excellent soundcard. The module connects via USB and not through the computer sound card because of that, and will function as the primary soundcard for your computer. Per the directions, they need to connect through a USB port directly on the computer, and not through a hub or docking station. The instructions do not specify why, but I presume it would be due to the delay present in most hubs. Additionally, one needs to make sure that your computers sound and audio settings for the OS and software are configured properly to make sure the speakers work properly. It should occur automatically when the speakers are set-up. The directions are all very clear on how to ensure this happens in a step-by-step process, and include a good troubleshooting guide in case problems occur. It took less than a single minute for me to set up when I did it as almost everything was handled automatically by the speakers. It is important to note that you must follow the provided directions if you want these speakers to work properly. Most of the negative reviews posted seem to point out what happens when you don't follow directions. However, once you follow them, you'll get unbelievable sound from the system. I had to get up once and check the door behind me because I thought I heard someone knocking, only to discover that it was sound coming from my game that I had heard.

PROS:

- Superb, full spectrum sound from a small, compact system

- Very rich sound when used with DVD movies, CD's, MP3's, and games

- Accurately conveys 5.1 sound when media/software uses that format

- Subwoofer provides excellent very low frequency sounds

- Uses very little desk space

- Very attractive appearance

- Excellent high-end sound card for all but the most specialized applications

CONS:

- Price (though I don't have "buyer's remorse" now that I have the system, and considering a soundcard is included makes the price more reasonable)

- Weakest area of the virtual 5.1 coverage is directly behind head

- No microphone input (important for those using online games in particular)

- No on-off switch; unit can go into a "mute" or "standby" mode, but seems like a waste of electricity

- Will disable/by-pass an expensive sound card if one is on your system

OVERALL: Highly recommended if you can afford it

Alternatives: If one of the problems above is a showstopper for this system, my recommendation would be to look at the Klipsch systems.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Line Oct. 14 2010
By Winter - Published on Amazon.com
There's good and bad about the Companion 5, and most of the bad is just the nature of technology today.

The good is that the sound coming from two speakers and an "Acoustimass module" (read, "subwoofer with circuitry") is remarkably close to the sound you would get from 5 speakers and a subwoofer. The Bose system really does know how to 'fake' an acoustic space, and the circuitry somehow manages to figure out how to split out sound ranges: voices sound clear and crisp and seem to come from out of thin air in the dead center of your screen, ancillary sounds move all around the room through the left and right channels, and low-end whump is modulated well so that low notes don't all sound exactly the same. I've read that the lower-end 'Companion' series lack this degree of sophistication, so keep that in mind if you're comparing models.

The bad is that when it comes to computer speaker systems, you really don't have a whole lot of choices. Not many high-end manufacturers (that I have come across) go to the trouble of making a sound system that's geared towards a computer: top-tier quality in multi-speaker systems is left to the home theater crowd. While I'd hoped to see easy-to-find entries from Definitive, Yamaha, or Infinity, the computer scene seemed entirely populated by Creative and Logitech. Oh, and by the way, Bose makes a few choices.

Still, what an excellent choice the Companion 5 has turned out to be! I set this up on a laptop with integrated sound. It's in a corner that has a window behind the desk, a wall to the right, a larger window, and then the left is a wide-open entryway and there's about 15 feet of open space behind the chair. You'd think that would automatically foul the acoustics but somehow the Companion 5 keeps things balanced in this unbalanced environment. It was amazing to have a second person enter the room and not impact the spatial feel of watching a movie in Dolby Digital. Even sitting behind the user, your ears will get clean separation of sound (though not all the positional feel of someone in the front seat). Windows 7 has the ability to tune the acoustics of a room using the speakers and a microphone, but it turns out this is not only unnecessary, it tends to make things worse: all it seemed to do was crank up the right channel and almost completely mute the left.

Which brings us to perhaps the most important thing to know about the Companion 5: like any computer accessory, you need to fiddle with it to get it to work the way you want it to. Bose's manual seems to carry you just as far as getting everything connected (and their support FAQs seem to avoid doing more than regurgitate pages of the manual at you), so here's what you'll want to do to really get the most out of this system.

Regardless of whether you have a sound card or onboard audio, don't bother trying to use "environmental effects" or "audio enhancements" in your software. The Bose speakers don't connect to your sound card at all: rather than a typical speaker audio plug, they connect to your computer solely via a USB cable. This means that Windows and Mac both see the speakers as an "audio device"--as if the Companion 5 was its own sound card. If you see features in the Device Manager (or Control Panel, or audio software) such as "Bass Management", "Room Enhancement", or "Surround Simulation", don't enable or configure them: the Companion 5 takes the incoming signal and does all this for you, and changing the settings in Windows only gets in the way--we discovered the mid and high ranges were wiped out when these features were on and everything sounded muffled and cheap.

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all of your "audio devices" are visible via the Control Panel ("Hardware and Sound" --> "Audio Devices"). Use this interface to specify the Bose Companion 5 as the default output device on your computer (right-click "Bose USB Audio" and choose "Set as Default Device"). This doesn't mean any speaker or headphone jacks don't work any more: because the Companion 5 is a USB device, removing it will automatically cause Windows to fall back on the next audio device in line. Though I have to say you probably won't ever want to disconnect the Companion 5: the controller knob comes with line in and headphone jacks, which means you can still use a headset whenever you want and get the quality sound processing of the Bose Acoustimass technology.

Now for the final tweaks: whenever you have a software package you use for playback (such as Media Monkey, PowerDVD, etc.), you'll want to pick a favorite song, play it, and tweak the software's equalizer to get the sound the way you like it. This sounds tedious, but it's not that difficult: dragging sliders for a couple of minutes gives you a pretty good feel for what sounds good and what doesn't. And once you save those settings, the player sounds just right, every time. If you're a Windows user, I also recommend you take the time to configure Windows Media Player's equalizer, even if you don't use Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center: something tells me that browser-embedded audio and video will benefit from these tweaks thanks to the Windows Media Player's kudzu-like infestation of the OS.

Physically, the Companion 5 is nice: the speakers are a bit dense, but stylish looking: they sit on sturdy posts and have a small enough profile to make them easy to ignore. The Acoustimass module is pretty heavy, but also fairly compact: about a few inches bigger than the Logitech Z530's control unit. Best of all, the controller for the speakers is a very classy-looking little wheel, about the diameter of a soda can. Volume is smooth and responsive with a light spin of the outer edge of the unit, turning on and muting is as easy as tapping the center, and the controller has two jacks(headphone and line in) for connecting a headset. The only real complaints about the Companion 5's form are:

a) the bass dial for the subwoofer is on the back of the Acoustimass module, which means lowering the bass will involve crawling on the floor; and
b) there is no "Off" switch: the Companion 5 will power itself down after "several minutes of inactivity", but there isn't any simple way to save energy by, say, tapping the controller.

If you love spending a lot of time in front of your computer watching movies, listening to music, or gaming, the Companion 5 makes a crowning touch to the experience. The Acoustimass technology really does manage sound smartly without the need for multiple speakers tucked away around your desk, and the setup is fairly simple (I'll gladly answer questions & offer help in the Comments section here). The documentation and support could have been a lot better, but with a little bit of first-time adjustment, this system will reward your efforts with excellent sound and minimal crowding of your desk.
44 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding speakers, but... April 11 2009
By J. Lawson - Published on Amazon.com
The Bose Companion 5 speakers have the best sound I have heard on any set of computer speakers. The glowing praises given by many of the other reviewers are right on target.

I do listen to most of my music through these speakers, which are connected to my one year old Alienware computer. And if that was all I needed from my speakers, I could not be happier.

However, as a person who also spends more than 30 hours a week using other USB devices, including a Plantronics headset, a Wacom drawing tablet, a scanner/printer, mouse and keyboard, I would not recommend these speakers for the simple reason that the Bose speakers take a very large amount of USB bandwith. Before I owned these speakers, I was not aware that USB bandwith would ever be a problem.

Practically speaking, I cannot fully use programs like Ventrillo while I play online games (WOW and WAR); I cannot listen to music with WMP while using any voice messaging program (MS Messenger); and I cannot listen to music while using my Wacom tablet with programs like PAINT and such.

I do give this product 4 stars, though I still waver over whether I should give it only 3. By the way, this issue is acknowledged by BOSE on their web site, with no work around given, other than to limit the use of any other USB device.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superior Sound Jan. 3 2007
By The Dave 3000 - Published on Amazon.com
I have always considered myself a bit of an audiophile. I appreciate and enjoy quality sound reproduction in both my music and in my movies. The Bose Companion 5 sound system delivers sound quality well beyond my high expectations for sound. The price tag is pretty steep, but I decided to go for the surround sound capabilities offered in the Companion 5 system to augment my 30" Apple Cinema Display for an immersive movie-going experience on my Mac. If connected and set up as per the instructions, this sound system delivers the performance as advertised.

Connection is by a simple USB plug. After that, a quick trip to System Preferences in OS X requires a few set up changes in the sound panel and that is all there is to it. The first time I played music from iTunes I opened my equalizer and adjusted the settings to my preferences as well as the bass settings knob on the acoustimass sub woofer. I have owned several sets of speakers including Klipsch and I can easily attest that the Bose Companion 5 is superior to all of them. The first movie I tried out was "Saving Private Ryan". From the DVD options menu I selected Dolby 5.1 audio and then I cranked up the volume and watched the Normandy invasion scene. It was simply incredible. Several times I was turning and looking behind me because I thought my dog was knocking something over in the room; only to realize that it was the sound of bullets ricocheting behind me. Awesome.

Of all the Bose products I have owned, I have found them all to deliver superior sound as advertised. If you can get past the sticker shock on these speakers, and make sure that you've adjusted the sound settings on your computer as well as the equalizer settings in your computer's music player and the bass settings knob on the back of the acoustimass sub woofer, I can pretty much guarantee you're going to be in for a very impressive audio experience whether it is music or movies.
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top of the Line Oct. 14 2010
By Winter - Published on Amazon.com
There's good and bad about the Companion 5, and most of the bad is just the nature of technology today.

The good is that the sound coming from two speakers and an "Acoustimass module" (read, "subwoofer with circuitry") is remarkably close to the sound you would get from 5 speakers and a subwoofer. The Bose system really does know how to 'fake' an acoustic space, and the circuitry somehow manages to figure out how to split out sound ranges: voices sound clear and crisp and seem to come from out of thin air in the dead center of your screen, ancillary sounds move all around the room through the left and right channels, and low-end whump is modulated well so that low notes don't all sound exactly the same. I've read that the lower-end 'Companion' series lack this degree of sophistication, so keep that in mind if you're comparing models.

The bad is that when it comes to computer speaker systems, you really don't have a whole lot of choices. Not many high-end manufacturers (that I have come across) go to the trouble of making a sound system that's geared towards a computer: top-tier quality in multi-speaker systems is left to the home theater crowd. While I'd hoped to see easy-to-find entries from Definitive, Yamaha, or Infinity, the computer scene seemed entirely populated by Creative and Logitech. Oh, and by the way, Bose makes a few choices.

Still, what an excellent choice the Companion 5 has turned out to be! I set this up on a laptop with integrated sound. It's in a corner that has a window behind the desk, a wall to the right, a larger window, and then the left is a wide-open entryway and there's about 15 feet of open space behind the chair. You'd think that would automatically foul the acoustics but somehow the Companion 5 keeps things balanced in this unbalanced environment. It was amazing to have a second person enter the room and not impact the spatial feel of watching a movie in Dolby Digital. Even sitting behind the user, your ears will get clean separation of sound (though not all the positional feel of someone in the front seat). Windows 7 has the ability to tune the acoustics of a room using the speakers and a microphone, but it turns out this is not only unnecessary, it tends to make things worse: all it seemed to do was crank up the right channel and almost completely mute the left.

Which brings us to perhaps the most important thing to know about the Companion 5: like any computer accessory, you need to fiddle with it to get it to work the way you want it to. Bose's manual seems to carry you just as far as getting everything connected (and their support FAQs seem to avoid doing more than regurgitate pages of the manual at you), so here's what you'll want to do to really get the most out of this system.

Regardless of whether you have a sound card or onboard audio, don't bother trying to use "environmental effects" or "audio enhancements" in your software. The Bose speakers don't connect to your sound card at all: rather than a typical speaker audio plug, they connect to your computer solely via a USB cable. This means that Windows and Mac both see the speakers as an "audio device"--as if the Companion 5 was its own sound card. If you see features in the Device Manager (or Control Panel, or audio software) such as "Bass Management", "Room Enhancement", or "Surround Simulation", don't enable or configure them: the Companion 5 takes the incoming signal and does all this for you, and changing the settings in Windows only gets in the way--we discovered the mid and high ranges were wiped out when these features were on and everything sounded muffled and cheap.

In Windows Vista and Windows 7, all of your "audio devices" are visible via the Control Panel ("Hardware and Sound" --> "Audio Devices"). Use this interface to specify the Bose Companion 5 as the default output device on your computer (right-click "Bose USB Audio" and choose "Set as Default Device"). This doesn't mean any speaker or headphone jacks don't work any more: because the Companion 5 is a USB device, removing it will automatically cause Windows to fall back on the next audio device in line. Though I have to say you probably won't ever want to disconnect the Companion 5: the controller knob comes with line in and headphone jacks, which means you can still use a headset whenever you want and get the quality sound processing of the Bose Acoustimass technology.

Now for the final tweaks: whenever you have a software package you use for playback (such as Media Monkey, PowerDVD, etc.), you'll want to pick a favorite song, play it, and tweak the software's equalizer to get the sound the way you like it. This sounds tedious, but it's not that difficult: dragging sliders for a couple of minutes gives you a pretty good feel for what sounds good and what doesn't. And once you save those settings, the player sounds just right, every time. If you're a Windows user, I also recommend you take the time to configure Windows Media Player's equalizer, even if you don't use Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center: something tells me that browser-embedded audio and video will benefit from these tweaks thanks to the Windows Media Player's kudzu-like infestation of the OS.

Physically, the Companion 5 is nice: the speakers are a bit dense, but stylish looking: they sit on sturdy posts and have a small enough profile to make them easy to ignore. The Acoustimass module is pretty heavy, but also fairly compact: about a few inches bigger than the Logitech Z530's control unit. Best of all, the controller for the speakers is a very classy-looking little wheel, about the diameter of a soda can. Volume is smooth and responsive with a light spin of the outer edge of the unit, turning on and muting is as easy as tapping the center, and the controller has two jacks(headphone and line in) for connecting a headset. The only real complaints about the Companion 5's form are:

a) the bass dial for the subwoofer is on the back of the Acoustimass module, which means lowering the bass will involve crawling on the floor; and
b) there is no "Off" switch: the Companion 5 will power itself down after "several minutes of inactivity", but there isn't any simple way to save energy by, say, tapping the controller.

If you love spending a lot of time in front of your computer watching movies, listening to music, or gaming, the Companion 5 makes a crowning touch to the experience. The Acoustimass technology really does manage sound smartly without the need for multiple speakers tucked away around your desk, and the setup is fairly simple (I'll gladly answer questions & offer help in the Comments section here). The documentation and support could have been a lot better, but with a little bit of first-time adjustment, this system will reward your efforts with excellent sound and minimal crowding of your desk.
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