Pros:Decent sound but nothing to write home about.
Cons:Lack of audio & power controls; absolutely audio interference when an iPhone is placed nearby
The Bottom Line: Adequate audio quality but the lack of audio/power controls, and insufficient magnetic shielding to prevent awful audio interference from iPhone makes these speakers a poor choice for the money.
After my old, inexpensive set of Altec Lansing computer speakers died, I decided to upgrade my sound a bit. After a visit to the Apple Store, I decided to try the Bose Companion 2 Series II speakers. At only $99, they're definitely on the inexpensive side for Bose and while I usually don't go for the Bose on the assumption that part of the cost is simply for the name, I figured I'd give them a try.
Recommend this product?
Setting them up with my new iMac was easy enough though they were a bit deeper than I expected. After listening to a variety of songs and different styles of music, I came to the conclusion that the audio was good but not fantastic. I expect that there might need to be a certain period of burn-in to get the speakers fully prepared for audio. Unfortunately, with only a volume control knob and no bass or treble controls, any adjustments would have to be done in iTunes or some other audio panel in the meantime.
Then I ran into the problem -- absolutely godawful feedback as a result of my iPhone. This was very surprising. I know that the iPhone's GSM antenna can cause some audio interference and had experienced it with my old speakers. However, the sheer volume and intensity of the interference through the Bose was shocking given that they are advertised as "magnetically shielded." Truth be told, it was far worse than on my old pair of $30 speakers that I bought at an office supply store years ago. Making it worse is the fact that again, all you have is volume control and that knob doesn't even provide power on/off along with volume so I couldn't turn off the speakers. As a result, I would either need to go buy some ferrites to wrap around the speakers' cables, reach behind and unplug the speakers' power cord, or place my iPhone on a bed of tin foil every time I wanted to sync it.
Frankly, the inconvenience wasn't worth it, especially not for what I paid for these Bose speakers. Two days after I bought them, I returned themand bought a pair of Creative Gigaworks T20 speakers for the same price. The audio seems to be just as good, the iPhone interference is nil, and there's bass, treble, volume, power, headphone output and audio input all on the front panel.