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Bose® Companion® 2 Series III multimedia speakers review

A great addition to any home office

The Bose® Companion® 2 Series III multimedia speaker system

The Bose® Companion® 2 Series III multimedia speaker system

Like many people, I don’t often use my desktop computer at home anymore. Mostly it’s been relegated to being our bill-paying computer, along with storing some other household records. Instead, our family laptops, tablets, and smartphones carry the weight of our browsing and working these days.

But there’s one place where those portables simply can’t perform as well as my old desktop: audio. The fact that my desktop had a decent pair of external speakers attached made browsing media content a pleasant experience – something I really can’t say for the tiny internal speakers on our laptops and smart devices.

Portable and deceptively powerful

That’s why I was eager to give the Bose® Companion® 2 Series III multimedia speaker system a try. Not only would they be an instant upgrade for my fixed desktop station in my home office, their portability and power makes them easy to hook up to my laptop. Plus, an additional 3.5mm minijack stereo input makes it easy to plug in my smartphone or tablet for a quick injection from my music library.

In fact, pretty much anywhere you’ll be perching to do some work on a connected device is a perfect place to have a set of these speakers. Their footprint is small, but they’re thoughtfully constructed for near-field listening, angled so that their sound travels to create a sweet spot around your head.

Good for words and music

I first plugged the Companion® 2 Series III’s into my work laptop while working at home, and chose a YouTube file of The Yes Album for background listening while working. I was struck by the fact that the bass was a lot fuller than I would normally expect for a pair of personal computer speakers, and that the first impression was one of rounded warmth. The first word that came to mind was “friendly.”

The overall sound was pleasing and easy to listen to, with a solid stereo image and a surprising amount of volume available from the large control knob on the right speaker. A stereo minijack headphone output resides below the knob for those times when you need to keep your listening private.

Later, I took some time to watch one of my favorite writers deliver a TED talk on YouTube, and once again, I was very satisfied with the audio — crisp and clear, without any straining on my part to discern consonants or sibilant sounds.

Put a pair anywhere you like to sit and work

I wouldn’t call listening to these speakers an audiophile experience, that’s not their intention. Instead, the aim is simply to provide an enhanced listening experience from devices that may be equipped with marginal speakers. They’re a dependable and pleasing bang for the buck.

They’ll be a great addition to any home office, garage, recreation room, or wherever you find yourself spending time with your computer, tablet, or laptop. They run off AC power, and three wired connections are all it takes to get you going.

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