"Sound Sytem!"on by SHodapp55
Pros Affordable speakers which produces sound to me expectation
Cons Shipped speakers cable looks cheap ( will change to better cable)
Summary Purchased the Bose Acoustimass 5 in replacement of my 15 years Polk Audio speakers which deteriorated at the paper diaphram. Tested on a few of my collections.
Kitaro- drum solo sounds good with very clear deep bass. (have placed the sub-woofer at the bottom of my TV cabinet)
Vivaldi- four seasons. The high pitch sound is clear and accurate but the sense of "openness" in lacking probably due to my living room size and openness compared to show room confine space.
Pavarotti- various. His powerful voice can be heard clearly and the background drum in finale is well define. Similarly , lack of "openness" as experienced in real theatre. Cannot complain for speaker at this cost. May experiment with the placement of smaller speakers.
Linkin Park-Session. Good and clear synthesizer and Bass. No complain
DVD sound- Saving Private Ryan and the speakers sound reasonable but the volume need cranking up,set at below -30db to hear better. Most likely my Amp ( Pioneer VSX-75W/channel series)not enough to drive the speakers.
If you are looking for an affordable speakers with reasonable sound, this may suit you, For Audiophiles, you have to look for something else. Lastly, before you will buy this system, I suggest check for best price at: Speakersystemdealsweek.blogspot.com/p/bose-acoustimass-5.html
Hope I helps, Enjoy!
Pros Design, build, and the full range of sounds. Treble, mids, and bass, its all there.
Cons Nothing, worth every penny I spent on them, and more.
Summary <p>I use to have Logitech Z-560 400 watt 4.1 speakers before I spent the big bucks on these Bose Companion 5's. Yeah, $399 plus tax. It was just time for a change. I have an enormous 70GB digital music collection and about 500 DVD's that I wanted to treat better on my 24" iMac. I was also done with all the wires involved with 4.1 and 5.1 PC Speaker systems. </p>
<p>What 2.1 speaker systems was a I looking at before purchasing these gems? I looked, read reviews for, and listened to the Logitech Z-2300, Klipsch 2.1, and Altec Lansing FX6021. At first I was concerned with wattage until I listened to the Altec Lansing FX6021 with only 75 watts total RMS. When I heard these I realized that wattage really meant nothing. 200 watts was bull. I really wanted speakers that made my movies sound crisp, clear, and realistic even at low volumes. I kept myself away from Bose just because of the prices. I was really close to ordering the FX6021's at $175 on Amazon, but I decided that I should really listen to the Bose Companion 3 Series ll, and the Companion 5's. The Bose store was close by, so I went. The Companion 3 Series ll were incredible. But I can afford to spend more, so I went with the Companion 5's. I was sold within a few minutes and within 10 minutes walked out with my new speakers. I'm so happy with me that I can't describe it in words.</p>
<p>I've never listened to speakers like these in my life. There really isn't much to say. They are insane. Don't listen to all this hype about the "Bose" name bringing the price up. Just go to a Bose store and listen for yourself. If you like, and can afford them, then buy them, you won't be sorry. You'll probably keep them forever. Good luck in your speaker search! I found mine after looking long and hard!!</p>
Pros Actually has a solid feel for surround from two speakrs at movies and games.
Cons Better brands for the money, just trust your ears, not what bose tells you to trust
Summary One, is HIGH END AUDIO is not sold at the Wal-Mart of Electronics. Two, Listen to others before you buy, not that because Paul Harvey Owns One, being paid to get marketing by. I have listened to Bose Home speakers for awhile, and the home products they sell can be worthwhile, to worthless. The companion 5 has a nice presentable soundstage to offer with games and movies, as the two areas this system really feels good with. Musically I found trouble to find a presetable sound stage that was not all over the place. But again, These speakers are intended for movies and games to give surround feel for less wires and two speakers. Reason I give this system a 7. If you like music try the BIG Three THX certified speakers from Logitech, Creative, and Klipsch, and you can at least get some sound differences to listen to. Hey, you might even like the Bose Better. All I am saying is , I was a victim of marketing from Bose, buying on the spot. But when I listened to other comapanies and finally got the Bose rythym out of my head I say theres a vast world of speakers, and its technology out there. Just give all a fair try without comming to the conclusion, that This is the best. Check out the editors pick and TONS of reviews on the the Big Three. I have the Klipsch Promedia THX and I rate them better than the Bose, so does the editors, same goes with the Logitechs and the Creatives, which the editors rank those better than the Klispch. Price versus Performance. The pro Medias at Best Buy are $169.99 I bought mine the day after thanksgiving for $92.00 out the door. But if you are looking to pay $400.00 look at all your options because in this technological world Price does not mean everything.
Pros crisp sound, USB interface, surround emulation
Cons Pricey, Control pod could be better, Acoustimass unit is not "hideaway-able", could be louder
Summary I got these computer speakers as a birthday gift after having them on my list for two years. As an acoustical engineer, I can say that the Bose crew did their research on this model. If you set the speakers up in the configuration as per the instruction manual, the sound field is very wide and crisp. However, the "hideaway" bass speaker is actually quite chunky and will be difficult for most people to actually hide. And the satellite speakers are quite attached to their (slightly awkward) 6" tall stands and don't allow for wall mounting. So expect to see some wires.
I'm not going to delve into the sound. If you've heard Bose, you know it's crisp, clean and even. You can pump the bass if that's your style, but don't expect to use this system for MC'ing/dance parties/other loud functions because it just isn't that loud. The surround emulation is very good, but make sure you have a DVD decoder with 5.1 decoding otherwise you won't get the full effect! (Try NVidia Purevideo)
My favorite part of this system is the USB connection. It completely bypasses the need for a high-end sound card, so you can use this with your laptop and it still sounds fantastic! You'll need a 3.5 to 3.5 mm cable to play an ipod or CD player, but it sounds just as good as the USB connection.
My least favorite part about the system is the control pod. The "tap" surface sometimes requires several taps to activate, and you can't mount it sideways. I wish instead of muting the system with a tap, you could customize it to skip to the next track on your playlist (or whatever you choose). However, the circular volume is beautifully articulated and the pod is heavy enough to stay in one place even on a mildly slanted keyboard tray.
Overall, these expensive speakers are worth their weight in the sound quality alone. If they were slightly more customizable, I might give them a 10. P.S.- these speakers are $50 off at Bose outlet stores!
Pros Digital signal processing adds depth to movie/game sound
Cons Digital signal processing makes mp3 music muddy
Summary Keep in mind that with the Companion 5's you are not getting "computer speakers" - for that I recommend the Companion 3. What you are buying here is a digital signal processor (DSP) with speakers. Your enjoyment will depend heavily on what your primary use of this system will be. If you play a lot of games and watch movies, and don't listen to music that much, the Companion 5 cannot be beat. But if you are like me, and spend a lot of time listening to music from iTunes while you work on your computer, the DSP, while attempting to give depth to the music alters the sound and makes it muddy. I had to crank the high frequencies to even hear them, but they still lacked clarity. I returned the system to Bose. If there was a way to turn off the DSP when desired, I would still own these.
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