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Bose® Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system

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Introduce your computer to the realism of Bose® sound. The Bose® Companion® 20 speakers are small enough to fit unobtrusively on a desk and powerful enough to fill a room with sound. A great choice for a laptop or a desktop computer, this system delivers clear highs, well-defined mids, and a surprising amount of bass. You'll hear new details in music stored on your computer — from the shimmer of cymbals down to the deep beats of a bass drum.

Introduce your computer to the realism of Bose® sound. The Bose® Companion® 20 speakers are small enough to fit unobtrusively on a desk and powerful enough to fill a room with sound. A great choice for a laptop or a desktop computer, this system delivers clear highs, well-defined mids, and a surprising amount of bass. You'll hear new details in music stored on your computer — from the shimmer of cymbals down to the deep beats of a bass drum.

One of the coolest features is the control pod that's normally reserved for the higher-end Bose computer speakers. Turn the outer ring clockwise to pump up the volume or counter-clockwise to turn down the music. Tapping the top of the Bose logo mutes the music in an instant — very cool. The control pod also features a headphone jack and a minijack input so you can connect an additional source, like an iPod® or iPhone®.

Product Highlights:

  • compact powered stereo speakers
  • designed for use with a desktop or laptop computer
  • control pod offers easy volume up, down, and mute
  • TrueSpace® technology reproduces wide, natural sound from only two speakers
  • audio input (minijack-to-minijack cable included)
  • AC power cord
  • speakers: 3-9/16"W x 8-5/8"H x 5-15/16"D (with cables attached)
  • control pod: 2-1/2" diameter x 1-1/8" tall
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Right powered speaker
  • Left powered speaker (with attached 6' proprietary audio cable)
  • AC power adapter (with attached 5' DC cord)
  • 5' AC power cord
  • Control pod
  • 46" Minijack audio cable
  • Ower's Guide (Eng/Fre/Spa)
  • Warranty/Product Registration information
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter

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Bose® Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system Reviews

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Overview: The Bose Companion 20 is a two-piece computer speaker system (no bass module) that reproduces full, natural sound at your computer. The Bose Companion 20 will dramatically improve the audio from your computer, while its sleek, space-saving design complements your computer environment. Proprietary technology and an advanced port design make your computer's music, games, and videos come alive with striking clarity and impressive low notes at any volume. The included unique control pod makes it easy to adjust or mute volume, connect headphones and add another audio device.

TrueSpace Technology: The Bose Companion 20 uses TrueSpace technology to reproduce wide, natural sound from only two speakers (no bass module needed), bringing more life to your computer's music, games, and videos. Proprietary TrueSpace stereo digital processing circuitry creates a wide two-channel soundstage engineered specifically for listening at your computer.

Advanced Port Design: An advanced port design and powerful drivers are key to the low-note performance that adds depth to your computer's music, games, and videos.

Dual Drivers: Each powered speaker is equipped with two 2.75" high excursion, wide-range transducers for high-performance sound.

Proprietary Integrated Signal Processing: Proprietary integrated signal processing delivers lifelike performance at almost any volume level.

Active Electronic Equalization: Active electronic equalization balances low, mid and high frequencies for more natural tone and clarity.

One Cable Computer Connection: The Bose Companion 20 requires only one cable connection between the powered speaker system and your computer. The right speaker features a 3.5mm audio input and includes a 46" stereo audio minijack cable to connect to your computer or other audio source.

Note: The left speaker features an attached 6' audio cable with a proprietary connector which plugs into the rear-panel proprietary port on back of the rear speaker (labeled "To Left Speaker").

Control Pod: The Bose Companion 20 includes a wired control pod. This unique control pod provides volume control, headphone output, and auxiliary input. The pod features rotational volume control and one-touch mute functionality, plus convenient minijack (3.5mm) input/output for connecting headphones and/or a second audio source (such as an MP3 player). Connecting headphones to the Companion 20 system mutes the sound from the speakers. The wired control pod plugs into the back of the right speaker, via its attached 38" cable.

Note: The control pod measures 2.5" in diameter x 1.125" in depth.

Placement: The size and shape of the Bose Companion 20 speakers make it easy to position them directly next to your computer. The Companion 20 powered speakers should be placed an equal distance from the center of your computer monitor. Make sure to pay attention to which speaker is left & right (identified on rear panel of each speaker). The should be between 18"-32" apart.

Automatic Standby: The Companion 20 system automatically goes into the standby state after two hours when there is no audio signal or the volume is turned all the way down. You can disable automatic standby so the system is always on when connected to power.

AC Power Supply: The Bose Companion 20 operates off of standard household AC current using the supplied AC power adapter and cord. The AC power adapter plugs into the back of the right speaker.

  • Input: 100-240V ~ 50/60Hz, 1.1A
  • Output: 18V - 2A

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There loud, clear, and the control is very very handy. This is my second pear. [ Rodney  Sep 21, 2018 ]
Bose sound can't be beat! Very happy with these speakers. [ jose  Sep 07, 2017 ]
saw crutchfield review [ YVONNE M  Apr 24, 2017 ]
I wanted a quality system with no woofer. [ Cheryl  Apr 22, 2017 ]
Wanted powerful sound from my PC for gaming and music. [ Robert  Mar 02, 2017 ]
Friend recommend [ Meredith Palmer  Feb 27, 2017 ]
son wanted this specific product [ Ben  Dec 17, 2016 ]
Very good sounding computer speakers. Good range without the bulky subwoofer. [ Dean  Dec 14, 2016 ]
Great system for my daughter's college apartment [ Ralph  Jun 27, 2016 ]

3 questions already asked

No. It comes with a standard audio jack cable to connect to the PC. The controller "puck" has headphone and input ports on it. System is powered by a 110v plug. [ Walter  Aug 21, 2018 ]
Mine, is connected through the audio jack on the back of my computer hope this answers your question . [ JAMES D  Aug 20, 2018 ]
Approximately 91cm [ MARK D  Oct 17, 2014 ]
? Not sure what you mean by the ipad cord. Maybe you mean the cord to the control pod? If yes, the control pod cord is ~18"--I keep it curled up in a cable organizer on my desk. [ EVE  Oct 16, 2014 ]
Hi. It is about 3 to 3 and a quarter feet long. [ MACARTHUR  Oct 16, 2014 ]
About 18 inches. Great speakers! [ EARL W  Oct 16, 2014 ]
not sure - three feet maybe. not very long. [ DAVID L  Oct 16, 2014 ]
I don't remember it coming with one. I gave it as a present. I can tell you that they sound amazing! I remember being able to spread them a good distance from the source (Computer) by about 4-5 feet. You could just be an extra aux cord... [ Marcos  Oct 16, 2014 ]
I gave this as a gift, and the person said that they use the jack and it plays through the speakers. I know this isn't a detailed answer, but hope it suffices. I will say the sound quality is amazing... [ Marcos  Dec 27, 2013 ]
Yes. Volume control for headset will then be through bose control pod. [ ADRIAN  Dec 26, 2013 ]

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