I recently bought myself a new set of speakers for my main PC. I looked around at different type of speakers including Logitech which I have been using for a few years. Since buying the Bluetooth Bose mini speaker I decided to look at Bose may specifically for PCs. Their computer speakers range from £89.99 up to £299.95. Since I already have a mini sound system for playing music I really didn't want to spend £300 on a pair of speakers which would only be used with my PC so I decided to go with the priced at £89.95. If you shop around you can buy them for as little as £74
I decided to buy mine from Currys so I paid slightly more. I paid an extra £3.95 to get the speakers delivered next day so the final bill came to approximately £103.90. I deliberately went with Currys because there is a Currys store in Torquay and if anything goes wrong with the speakers it's quite simple for me to take them back so paying an extra few quid wasn't really an issue, more of a convenience.
These Bose Companion speakers plug into the audio jack on your computer, they don't use USB. You don't have to worry about having a really good soundcard, the speakers seem to work well with a basic sound card. I'm using a Realtek high definition audio soundcard and I can guarantee you that it wasn't an expensive one. However, my speakers plug straight into them and started working straight away.
Now down to the most important bit, how good are the speakers? Unfortunately, I don't have different makes speaker that I can do a comparison to so I can only give you my opinion on what I think of this specific make of Bose speakers. What I can say is they are definitely better than the Logitech speakers I have been using for the last six or seven years. The speakers have some weight so when you pick them up you don't feel as if you're picking up something that is cheap and nasty. They don't have any other functions apart from a volume knob and a jack socket which will enable you to plug in a set of headphones. You can switch the speakers off via the volume knob which feels nice when you turn it. If you like your base then you're probably better off going for a set of PC speakers which includes a base speaker. I have read several reviews where people have said they don't have enough base. Personally, I don't see any evidence of this myself, the speakers are really well balanced with just the right amount of bass for my ears. Remember these are just PC speakers, they are not designed to blast out a large room with music so you're not really going to be wanting to switch the volume very high because I suspect you will get some distortion. I did initially have mine set at 11 o'clock and somebody in another room complained I was drowning out the television. So I have compromised and have the volume at around 10 o'clock and they are perfect. I only use the speakers when I am using the PC so I don't really loud noises blasting in my face anyway.
I can't really say I have much criticism for the speakers. The only thing that I did find rather frustrating was that the lead that connects the speaker to the computer could have been a little bit longer. The main speaker that has the volume knob on it also houses the lead that runs back to your computer. This speaker is the right-hand speaker which means if your CPU is housed to the left you are limited to how far to the right you can put this speaker. I have to move my monitor couple of inches to the left in order to get the speaker where I wanted it. If it had been any shorter it would have meant getting a longer lead. I think Bose should take this on board and provide a lead that is longer. After all, it is easy to hide excess cable, you can't add it without buying a new lead.
I am really pleased that I purchased the speakers. I didn't really have any worries that they weren't going to live up to expectation because they are Bose after all and we are talking about the top of the range speakers. Just as long as you remember that these are designed specifically as PC speakers you won't be disappointed.
I live on the south-west coast of England in a small town called Brixham. I been confined to a wheelchair 1986 after breaking my neck in a swimming pool accident. Computers are my saviour and I spend most days doing one thing or another on my PC. Other interests I have include angling and amateur radio. I also run a website and forum dedicated to looking after and caring for the Oscar fish cichlid