I’ll admit, I think I’ve become a Bose snob. Whenever I plug in a set of Bose speakers, at least as far as their desktop line is concerned, I’m impressed. Each time the experience gets a little bit better. The Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System was no exception in bolstering the grip Bose seems to have on my multimedia perception. In fact, my wife, who could care less what speakers we have for our music listening pleasure said “those sound really really good” during the maiden listening voyage.
The speakers sound great, are designed very nicely with what feels like quality construction and look extremely nice on the desk. One of my favorite things about the Bose desktop systems , apart from how they sound, is the remote volume control with touch sensitive mute button. I use this constantly throughout the day.
Something a bit strange with this set is the USB connection to the computer. Instead of using the traditional 1/8″ plug into the computer’s sound card, a USB connection accomplishes the same thing. At first I had trouble getting this to work. A quick scan through the directions (yes, in typical male fashion, I avoided directions at nearly all costs) solved all problems quickly for connection to both a Mac and PC.
I love Bose speakers and would highly recommend the Companion 5’s as well as the Companion 3’s to anyone looking for an elegant set of quality sounding speakers for listening to music on the desktop.