Great desktop speakers for space constrained
Mar 19, 2011 (Updated Mar 19, 2011)
a Very Helpful Review
by the Epinions community
Pros:Excellent sound on high and low frequency, good balance, small size, elegant design.
Cons:Lacks mid range loudness, expensive.
The Bottom Line: Great quality audio for a desktop computer, nice balance, good high and low frequency, superb design, a solid buy.
I purchased the Bose Compaion 2 Series II Speaker System a couple weeks ago at Target for $89.99. I was dying for a speaker system upgrade (my previous system was a Harman Kardon two speacker system gifted by a friend). Since my office and desk at home are very small I was looking for a non-Subwoofer type of desktop speakers that didn't take up much space, but with good, clear sound, reasonably strong bass and much louder than my old pair. The Compain 2's have definitely fit that bill and I am quite please with my purchase.
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I love the design of these speakers. The appearance is metal gray, which matches the exterior of my iMac quite nicely. I can see why they offer these speakers on the Apple website when you purchase a Mac. The speakers are also tilted upward at about a 10 degree pitch, which if placed at desk level projects directly to the listener sitting at desk level.
In my opinion the sound is excellent overall, despite lacking bass as some previous posters have pointed out. What stands out to me is the texture of the sound. Listening carefully to an acoustic guitar song you can pick out the layers of the guitars vs. the vocals. I was unable to do so on my previous speakers. Also, the speakers seem to have good frequency range as they are able to hit higher frequency notes with very good precision and clarity. I would rate them a 9 out of 10 on the high end of the frequency range. Although there is no tone adjustment (Bose claims they automatically tone adjust), the high pitch notes are amazingly clear. Now, on the low end frequency range, the bass does lack punch. I listened to a dance remix of Florence + The Machine - Dog Days Are Over, with plenty of thumping bass, and the speakers do an admirable job of capturing the bass notes. You can hear the crispness of the low freqency sound; and as I noted earlier, the layers in the music are still noticeably present. However, the deepness and punch of the bass is not present, yet I wouldn't expect them to have that "thumping bass" sound since these are smaller speakers without a subwoffer. In fact, for their size I believe they do a quite good job on the low end. Overall the sound is very good to excellent, and I think the only drawback is in the mid-range. The speakers are reasonably well balanced, but there is a lack of presence on the mid-range. I would like a bit more loundness on the mid-range frequencies, specifically on some vocals, but most users may not even notice this. Overall I rate the quality of the sound an 8 out of 10. Great high frequency sound, adequate mid-range, but lacking loundness, admirable bass, and good overall balance.
The speakers have an on off switch located on the volume knob. You turn the volume all the way down to switch these speakers off, which is fine for me. There is no LED indicator showing that the speakers are on, but I believe this is unnecessary. There are two separate RCA ports on the back of the right speaker, which is a nice feature since you can plug your computer into the first pair with the included cable and then plug a laptop, logitech squeeze box, or other device into the other.
I am very pleased with the Bose Compaion 2 speakers. High quality sound for small speakers without a subwoofer and which don't take up much space. Some might think they are a bit expensive at $90, but I don't think you'd have to spend a lot of time listening to different speakers at $50 to find a pair that will produce at the same level as the Companion 2.
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