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Great sound for 2 years then the issues arise.
Bose has always had a focus for bringing big sound from small speakers, whether it be there lifestyle systems, Bluetooth speakers, radios and cd players or computer speakers. The Bose companion 2 series iii is no exception to that philosophy, these were bought to upgrade from a set logitech 2.0 speakers which were really not designed for high quality audio, which was why I bought the companion 2's in the first place, setting it up was a breeze, just connect up the left side speaker as well as connecting to "computer" input from the audio output...of your computer and then the power supply and you're on your way. I have tested these speakers with a wide range of content including games, video and music, and these speakers performed really well, bass while it's not Subwoofer level is very surprising, it's quite satisfying and has a nice bit of punch to it, the mid range is nice and forward but not harsh, and treble while it's high as 20khz is still quite nice to listen to. These speakers do not have tone controls such as bass and treble to tweek the sound, so basically this is what you get, but nonetheless it sounds good. Now the issues, I have been using the companion 2's for 2 years now and there are problems that I have never got on my old logitech's, first one being that the speakers started to make a hissing sound on occasion, which is pretty annoying, then there's the biggest issue of all, that would be the volume control, when volume is turned to a desired setting it starts fluctuating down and then back up again with the sound sometimes cutting out all together and then cutting back in again, it's really annoying and something that I have never experienced before on any other computer speaker. In the end Bose has made the companion 2 series iii speakers sound great for the size and to me it's still a surprise that Bose was able to get that much sound out of such a small footprint. However at the end it seems that the test of time has shown that these speakers aren't very reliable and that's a bit of a let down given the price that is being charged for these speakers.
Purchased in October 2017 for $155.00.
Top Quality, excellent speakers - bland looks
Bose don't cut corners, and so you'll be happy with these speakers. They sound strong and clear, with deep bass and crisp treble.
Negatives are that they look slightly bland, and the volume knob is slightly hard to turn. But if you're more into sound rather than looks - you won't be disappointed.
Outstanding sound and quality
Like all Bose products, these little speakers are of outstanding quality. Really made my iMac come alive. I also have a Bose Mini SoundLink for use with my iPad, and listen to internet radio through the night on a Bose Colour Soundlink. Bose and Apple seem made for each other.
Edit: I love these so much, I've bought a second pair for the TV. They knock the socks off many overpriced sound bars.
Bose speakers are over priced for a reason
When i heard there is a Bose computer multimedia speaker i was happy. Then i looked for speakers in the same price range approx 149 Aud. I listen to a single song in as many speaker brands as possible in that price range. I knew Bose speakers would be better seeing all the reviews and gave up researching so many users can't be wrong. Well, bought one from DFO homebush Bose show room. I was thrilled to listen music through this speakers. Its over priced yes thats what it seem. Do they keep up their promise yes BOSE does. If music with quality is your love i won't be surprised if you bought the most expensive models as well.
A good set of computer speakers
I already have a pair of the Series II for my notebook computer, so I was aware of the quality of these speakers. Bought a set of the Series III for my desktop computer to replace the original Dell speakers. They were on discount at $126 from Myer during the recent sales. They are nice looking speakers and produce reasonably good quality sound (given the small size).
I only use them occasionally when working on my computer, as I have a set of Polk Audio 5.1 speakers for my AV system and another set of JBL full sized floor-standing speakers for my separate Hi-fi system in my study room.
I am pleased with these speakers. I had shunned Bose for the wank factor and the perception of poor value but splurged at Christmas last year. Almost a year on and I would buy them again - they fill a room with music, especially classical stuff with lots of strings - but they also sound great when playing games and doof doof - type tunes. They also play music off youtube fine - even the low quality stuff. Buy carefully - I saw a fair variation online and in the shops before finally buying from the Bose shop in Brisbane for about $135. They...are not for thrashing though - buy something for half the money that you won't mind killing in a year or so if that's what you want. Sound quality - crisp and clear. Better bass than the size would suggest. They work well with Laptop, mp3s from phone and CD players etc. Reasonable construction - they have been dropped a few times because I take them lots of places and still sound fine with only small dints on a couple of corners. Price - you are paying for the brand and must accept that, like an iphone or a Porsche, they are doing well out of you! You can have a logitech x-530 5.1 system for less (and I do for my home computer) and that is almost living room sized sound. MP3 quality - low quality MP3s can sound poor - these speakers can sound a little crackly when cheaper speakers might sound good. The internal circuitry gets fooled by low bit rates I think. From about 192kbit up is OK but rip your CDs etc in lossless or 320kbit and you will get the most out of them. Special Effects/DSP etc - these speakers HATE DSP effects! The sound goes haywire if you use the "concert hall", "nightclub" etc settings that come with most computer sound set-ups these days. Leave the output alone and they sound fine.
Excellent speakers, the sound is perfect.
Its one of the better speakers in the market, awesome sound, the technology that goes in to make this speaker is fantastic, If you hear it once, you would not like to listen to another speaker, its that good. Everyone says its expensive, take your time, save a little and you will enjoy the great sound, its worth the money you pay for.
I love good quality sound and it took me a while to save enough to buy these speakers, I have no regrets buying them and they are the jewels
in my house.
I like the sound from the speakers, its really awesome.
There are a little bit expensive, and it take me a while to save enough to buy it.
An awesome 2.0 system, a good speaker set
I already have a pair of Bose IE2 earphones and liked the sound they produced, so I was confident that the Bose Companion 2 speakers would be a good buy. I have them on my desk, but I do like to use as much desktop real estate as I can to spread out my work, so a 2.1 system wasn't particularly applicable. These were perfect for my situation, and offer very good sound as a bonus! All round sound is reproduced accurately and crisply, and they look nice sitting next to my MacBook Pro. Hook 'em up to an iPad? Fine. Plug 'em into the TV to watch a m...ovie? No worries. They shine when pumping out high notes or acoustic music at 256kbps+ - no doubt thanks to Bose's TruSpace music processing, widening the sound stage and 'opening' the sound up. Controls are on the front too! They don't feel cheap or tacky with their aluminum grill and solid construction either, and are heavy enough that you think they house some decent parts (and from the sound, they probably do too). The only 'cons' - and I use this term loosely - are that the bass isn't as powerful and loudness not as high as you might be used to with a 2.1 system - but these are inherent in the fact that it is a 2.0 desktop system and therefore I knew that would be the case before purchase. In all, a great desktop system that I love to listen to, and perfect for someone wishing to pump some decent audio without covering their desk (or TV cabinet, or bookshelf, or kitchen bench, etc.) with big speakers and room-shaking sub-woofer! Clear sound, good bass for a 2.0 system, aesthetically pleasing Expensive (although I'd argue they're worth it)
I bought one set of these speakers from the Apple Store for my MacBook for a better source of sound. I was so impressed with them, I went back and bought another 5 sets and connected them all to Apple AirPort Express units. Now I have the amazing sound from these speakers wirelessly all through my house. They deliver a rich bass sound without a subwoofer and have a great range from deep tones to high tones, they are perfect to have in the kitchen as I love to cook with music playing.
Renowned Bose quality, good value for $150, rich sound
this is a great system. wouldnt be without it. i know you pay more for bose but you can really hear the difference
great sound, reliable brand
Questions & Answers
I purchased a set of Bose Companion 2 Series III on 23 October, 2019 through Visa and PayPal. However, the goods never arrived while the charge has been made to my credit card. (Order number WHO 7982587.) I have made several telephone calls to BOSE support and nothing has been done. It is now 8 December and I still have not received the speakers. Service rating is less than zero.
Companion 2 series III Are they compatible with a 'SMART' TV ?
I have heard that the cord is "too short"...low long is it?
1 metre, better with a 2 metre syncwire audio to audio
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