Today I am going to review the Bose Companion 3 Series ii computer speakers, giving you an in depth look at what you are getting for your money, and how the Bose Companion 3 series ii stacks up against the competition.
Four Reasons the Bose Companion 3 Series ii is so popular
High Quality Sound
One of the main things that attract people to the Bose Companion 3 Series ii multimedia speaker system is the actual sound quality you get from these little units. Its fair to say that the Bose Companion 3 is far from cheap, but this is really a case of you get what you pay for. The Highs a clear and bright without any harshness that you can find in some of today’s speakers. The bass is deep and clear and provides that much needed thud that makes music a joy to listen too.
Another reason that the Bose Companion 3 Series ii multimedia computer speakers are so popular is its actual design. You cant help but to admire the way Bose have put this package together, sleek elegant lines in a subtle grey (graphite), with metal grills this speaker set will suit most homes without too much trouble. The whole setup just oozes high end quality. The satellites are small enough to mount on the wall using velcro, which is a nice touch indeed.
Ease of use
The Bose Companion 3 series ii computer sound system has been designed with ease of use in mind. The separate ‘puck’ style controller has one touch muting together with headphone jacks so you can listen to music using your headphones without having to find the jack on your computer. Especially handy if its at the back of your pc or your computer is tucked out the way. You can even connect your ipod to the dock and bypass your computer completely.
Founded in 1964 by Dr. Amar G. Bose, Bose have over the years forged a reputation for supplying high quality consumer goods. Uncompromising sound quality with sleek elegant designs has over the years created a loyal brand following. Some would say discerning buyers choose Bose for their audio needs, and that owning Bose products speaks volumes about the owner. Whatever you think, its fair to say that the Bose Companion 3 series ii computer speaker system offers a unique blend of style and quality at a reasonable price.
Bose Companion 3 Series ii Review
Bose companion 3 series ii RRP $250
Included in the box is:
2 Satelite speakers
Acoustimas Module (subwoofer)
Audio Input Cable (mini jack)
Bose Companion 3 series ii setup
Setting up the Bose Companion 3 series ii pc speaker system is fairly easy as its only a matter of connecting the two satelite speakers to the Acoustimas module, then connecting the Acoustimas module via the supplied audio mini jack cable to your computer, then attaching the power supply, and control pod. The whole process takes just a couple of minutes, then a little bit longer for you to decide on the best placement for the speakers. Its worth bearing in mind that sub bass is not directional so placement of the acoustimas module is not as important. For convenience it was placed under the desk.
Bose has always been known to have nice, chic designs and the Bose Companion 3 Series II speaker system is no exception. The two speakers are small, come handy with stylish removable stands and take up very little space on your desk. After placing the woofer under your desk (which is highly advisable), the two speakers can even be mounted to the wall. The speakers should both generally point towards the listener for best effect, though different combinations can be tried if you choose to keep the speakers close enough to each other. Overall, it is tough to beat the Bose Companion 3 Series II speaker system in style. They look equally as good with either pc or apple mac computer or even your laptop for that matter.
Ease of operation
These speakers are very easy to install and come with self-jacking cables. This makes the cabling quite uncomplicated. This is a big relief because as small it may sound, the installation of cables in and around the areas near your cabinets is a big pain in itself. More good news for the lazy music listeners: the volume control switch is touch-sensitive and works with very little effort. One glitch in the design is the bass control, which happens to be at the back of the speakers. For people who switch over different genres frequently this can be a bit of a problem. However, if the custom settings in the sound system of your computer are correctly set up, you are seldom going to need the bass control. These speakers do not have equalizer control, which is common to almost all 2.1 speakers.
Bose is a trusted name in speaker systems and there are no question marks about the durability of Bose products. You can expect any Bose speaker system, including this one, to serve you well for as long as four or five years if handled properly.
The most important aspect of any speaker system is the sound quality. The Bose Companion 3 Series II speaker system scores pretty well in the sound quality category. The sound quality includes how the speakers play the highs, the lows and the mids. It also includes how much the sounds deteriorate at high volumes and whether the speakers are suitable for different genres or not. The Bose Companion 3 Series II speaker system scores pretty well in all these aspects. It can play all the frequencies with good efficiency and sound quality and is hence suitable for most genres. The only people who may end up a tad disappointed are trance and electro fans, but as we all know, to listen to such kind of electronic music you require bigger speakers with better music systems. Despite the Bose Companion 3 series ii speaker size, you can turn the volume up surprising loud and still retain a sense of quality sound from the speakers.
With the brand name of Bose and the best available design in the market, the Bose Companion 3 Series II speakers are bound to cost more than other speakers. But all good things are priced high, and you will not probably regret paying a few extra bucks if you believing in purchasing the best quality products.
Sleek design that would suit most houses
High Quality Sound
Ease of use
lack clarity of midbass found on larger units
Need a decent sound card to get the full benefit
If you are not willing to spend much on speakers, you may choose alternatives like the Logitech Z-2300. If you have the best quality latest sound card and a much higher budget you may well want to purchase a 5.1. system like the Bose Companion 5 for instance.