Bose Companion 3 Series II
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Bose Companion 3 Series II

Companion 3 Series II, Multimedia Speaker from Bose.

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MGR/AlexV 07/28/2010

Bose Companion 3 Series II : MGR/AlexV's user review

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The Bose Companion 2 speakers are a pair of small desktop speakers with two RCA stereo inputs, 1/8' input, and headphone outputs.

I bought these speakers at Best Buy for $100 so that I would have a good pair of consumer speakers to reference mixes on at home.

These speakers are a very good representation (as a mixing engineer) of what the typical consumer is listening to music on. They have decent clarity in the mid to mid-hi's. The angle at which the casing places the speakers makes it have a good dispersion angle for such small speakers. These actually sound a lot like a good pair of headphones which makes them great for referencing mixes.

These have a somewhat inaccurate bass response. It gets a little 'Drone-ish' around 100-120kHz which isn't typical. I like the idea of 2 RCA inputs but wish there was a way to switch between them without having to unplug - if you leave both plugged in then you will get both sources at once.

Solid build - looks clean and has good functionality. Feels very sturdy and all components on the backside are solid and well built.

Bottom Line? If you're looking for some basic speakers and aren't too concerned with your listening environment or extreme accuracy - these Bose are great. They work perfectly as a reference monitor to check your mixes before you finalize them. At $99 they are probably the best sounding computer speakers you'll get at that price.

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com