Product Name: Bose Companion® 2 Series III multimedia speaker system
Website: Get it Here!
How was the product acquired? Personal Purchase
Cost: $89.95 USD (On Sale)
As a gamer, sound quality is just as important as visual quality. We have to hear that footstep behind us so we can make the first move. We want the exhaust sound to be as real as it can be. So we all get good headsets. Nothing beats a good headset for gaming. But what about the time the headset needs to come off so you can listen to some good tunes while doing some chores or having some background music for….well anything?
That’s where the Bose Companion 2 Series III multimedia speakers come into play. These Bose speakers omit the sub-woofer that is common at it’s price point but in most cases you won’t miss it. In low volume scenarios, like browsing the internet while listening to your daily mix from Spotify, sound is full and rich. On some songs, you swear there is a sub-woofer somewhere. Bass guitars make their way through just as well as the main guitars. While listening to “The Noose by The Perfect Circle” for example, the bass guitar doesn’t hide behind the synthesizer and guitar like many speakers would at this size. Especially at low volumes. It’s quite engaging at low volumes and makes listening to music at non deafening levels enjoyable.
The details remain good when the volume increases too. And these speakers get LOUD. Very loud. These speakers allow you to enjoy “Trent Reznor’s The Watchmen OST” to it’s fullest detail. Trent likes to fill his music with unique sounds and you hear them. You usually have to listen to these type of tracks with a good set of headphones to hear this type of quality but Bose manages this with these speakers. It’s rather amazing! Hard hitting metal like “Circle of Dust” and “Pantera” sounds just as good. The bass drum isn’t overly hard like a 2.1 system with a sub-woofer. Sounds more like it should.
The installation is easy as you would expect. Just connect the right and left speakers together, plug them into your surge protector and connect the included audio cable to your computer. That audio cable is a little short however. My computer is on my left and the audio cable is connected to the right speaker. I had to shift the right speaker a couple of inches to make it reach the computer. So you may need to buy a longer audio cable depending on your setup layout.
The right speaker also has an additional 3.5mm input so you can connect to another source (like your phone/tablet) without the need to disconnecting it from your computer. There is also a 3.5mm headphone jack in front of the right speaker beneath the volume knob. Which by the way, is the only knob on the speaker. There is no treble or bass adjustment knob physically on the speakers. All sound adjustments must be made on your computer’s sound card equalizer. So some tweaking may need to be done based on your sound preferences. I just use the ‘Rock’ EQ preset on my sound card settings. And for the most part, it does just fine.
I did do some light gaming with these speakers to see how they would do. On Metro: Exodus, the explosions and gun shots have a nice hard hit sound. The stereo effect is better than expected too. Wreckfest sounded OK. The exhaust sounds are duller than expected but I believe that’s more due to the game itself more than the speakers. Overall, gaming on these speakers are dandy, but really only for single player games.
Overall these Bose speakers are very good. They are well worth the price of $100. They sound really good and you will not miss the sub-woofer. If you looking for an all around speaker that can deliver the detailed sounds at any volume level, look no further.