Bose Companion 2 Series II
Bose Companion 2 Series II is the cheapest set of speakers from Bose’s offer of computer speakers.
Bose has incorporated technology called TrueSpace Stereo Signal Processing Circuitry, which helps to maximize the audio performance. It gives you a feeling that the soundstage is more expansive than two speakers by widening the image. Also, Bose claims that the speakers automatically adjust the tonal balance for a better experience at any listening level.
- Easy to set up
- The shape of the speakers directs the sound towards the head.
- Magnetically shielded
- Headphone jack, so no need to unplug the speakers from the PC
- Dual audio inputs
- Nice design and built
- Hissing sound when no music is on
The size of the speakers is 7.5 x 3.2 x 5.8 inches. Both of them are angled upward, directing the sound towards your head while sitting at the computer. Bose engineers have a sense for design, which is evident from the clean metallic silver finish of Companion 2 Series II.
With 1.9kgs, the speakers are lightweight but still give you the perception that they have components of quality materials.
The right speaker is the busy one, containing the volume control knob and headphone jack on the front and all the system’s connectivity on the rear panel. There are a power jack for the AC adapter, connector to the left speaker, and two stereo RCA inputs (one for the PC and another for a different audio source). These two outputs are open active, so if you have two sources plugged in simultaneously, the outcome is mixed.
Each Bose Companion 2 Series II speaker has a 2.5-inch full-range driver, and there is no separate tweeter.
It is good that speakers have a magnetical shield, so they don’t make problems like discolorations when standing next to monitors.
The speakers show almost no interference, except the slight “hiss” sound when plugged and no music is playing.
Setting up these speakers is easy. The AC adapter has different extensions to use, depending on the country you live in and the power outlet. The right speaker connects to the power and the home sound source. The left speaker connects with a 4 feet long cable to the right.
The volume knob is easy to use and provides a good range of volume. The headphone jack is a nice touch, allowing you to bypass the speakers without unplugging them, to be able to listen to music privately.
Sound quality of Bose Companion 2 Series II
To achieve the speakers’ best results, you need to consider many things, like the room’s size, distance from the speakers, the walls’ location, etc. The tricky part is the smaller the speaker set is, the more difficult it is to do it.
Another thing is to know what to expect. You can’t expect thumping bass without a subwoofer, and usually, the mid-range will excel.
According to the manual, the speakers should be 4 feet away, as far as the cord goes. It would help if you also took the distance from the wall into consideration. Placing the speakers about 6 inches from the wall improves the muddiness of the bass.
The reason behind this is because the cabinet of the speaker is part of the sound system.
Another thing for better sound is to configure the volume on your computer and on the speaker itself to find the so-called sweet spot.
Bose Companion 2 Series II has a design to give no bass or treble accentuation but low to mid-level volume listening experience. So if you listen to music genres like hip-hop or rap music, where dominate the low-end signal, you will not be happy with these speakers. On the other hand, if you prefer classical, jazz, folk, oldies, they will meet your needs.
The main remark about these speakers is the price. It might be a bit high for the quality and sound stage they provide. But on the other hand, you pay a little bit extra for the brand Bose, which is well known for their quality audio products.
In general, they are compact and provide excellent sound, clear and crisp, but don’t expect that extra bass. The two RCA inputs are a bonus because you can use multiple devices.
As far as the aesthetics, Bose Companion 2 Series II are sleek and look good. It might be worth noting that they do not feature annoying LEDs that illuminate the whole room while playing games or blinding you if the speaker faces you.