.... Well. They Work? 06/14/2010
This review is from: Bose® Companion® 2 Series II Multimedia Speaker System
-The audio jacks are nice and convenient, I suppose? It's pretty standard for most decent speakers.
-Saves space without a sub, obviously, and the speakers themselves are not that large either.
-They look decent, but Bose is mostly aesthetics over quality anyway.
-They make noise? And I suppose the noise you hear through these is better/louder than that of a laptop speaker? Nevermind, you're clearly not buying these for the sound if you have these or are looking into buying them. They sound pretty horrid; but like I said, at least they work. You may be asking yourself, "Why did you buy these if they're so horrible, genius?" Well, settle down there, sparky. I'll tell you why.
Simple answer is: I had money to burn. I heard these in the Bose store, wondered what all the fuss was about, and they have since been sold to a less-fortunate friend, who is pretty happy with them, and I'm also okay with that.
-Price. If you really don't find this a big deal because, "HEY IT IS BOSE AFTER ALL," you just need to not exist. Case in point, open these things up, and look inside... it says it all... the circuitry and electronics inside these things costs MAYBE 30 dollars to produce, and that's being generous.
-They have the density of a dying sun. These are NOT portable in the least bit. Trust me, it's not heavy because you're buying a top-quality product, they're heavy because "Hey, look how pretty my speakers are!!1" and the casing is engineered to be heavy to dupe you. The weight is all in the box AROUND all the important bits.
Bottom line (since I might not have room for this in "Other Thoughts" section) is this: If you to upgrade laptop speakers, these are up your alley. You're going to spend way too much, but that's all on your judgement. If you want COMPUTER speakers, look into Genelec, Klipsch, or even cheap-o Logitech/Creative speakers.
The thing about speakers/sound quality/etc, is that the sole purpose of audio equipment is to produce sound the way it's engineered to be heard. As good as Bose used to be (which was about 30 years ago), their trademark, whether you're too ignorant to realize it or not, is to slap on some vibrating cones, hook them up, and copyright some nice marketing fluff like "Acoustimass technology", and adjectives like "elegant/gorgeous" without the consumer ever realizing that Bose changes the audio reproduction to sound more pleasing to the untrained ear. Bose also prides itself on its ability to NEVER provide actual specifications past what size the product is, and the colors it comes in. That's just my take on Bose in general. Just thought it should be said, since there are a lot of misinformed Bose fanboys/girls out there, unfortunately. Take it or leave it.
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