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Bose® Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system

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Do you use your PC to watch DVDs and play games? Get more from their surround soundtracks with the Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system. Exclusive Bose processing creates a rich, enveloping soundfield around your desk using just two compact speakers and an Acoustimass® module. The system plugs into your PC through any USB port, making setup a breeze.

Virtual surround sound from a hideaway system

Do you use your PC to watch DVDs and play games? Get more from their surround soundtracks with the Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system. Exclusive Bose processing creates a rich, enveloping soundfield around your desk using just two compact speakers and an Acoustimass® module. The system plugs into your PC through any USB port, making setup a breeze.

And how does this system deliver wraparound audio from just two compact speakers and a bass module? Bose's TrueSpace® digital surround processing circuitry is the answer. It creates virtual surround sound from speakers positioned no further apart than the width of your computer monitor. You'll hear crisp dialogue and engaging surround effects from your favorite movies and games.

Quick and simple setup

Setting up a conventional surround speaker system for your PC takes time, effort, and some computer savvy, too. Bose has taken the work out of adding high-quality computer speakers — simply connect the Acoustimass® module to your PC's USB port, hook up the speakers, and plug in the power cord. Your computer will detect the system, and you're ready to start enjoying better sound.

Control at your fingertips

The Companion® 5 system also includes an easy-to-use control pod. It houses the volume control as well as a headphone jack and an auxiliary input for an iPod® or other MP3 player. The separate control pod means you can place the speakers out of the way and still have easy access to the system's volume control and connections for additional gear.

Product Highlights:

  • Acoustimass® module/satellite speaker system
  • video-shielded satellite speakers
  • tethered control pod contains:
    • auxiliary minijack input
    • headphone minijack
    • volume controls
  • USB input bypasses your computer's sound card for better performance
  • Bose TrueSpace® surround digital processing circuitry
  • satellite speaker stands attached
  • AC power cord
  • audio input cable included
  • speaker wire included
  • satellite speakers (on stands): 5-13/16"W x 8-7/8"H x 3-7/8"D
  • Acoustimass® module: 6-3/4"W x 8-1/2"H x 16-3/4"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Acoustimass module
  • 2 Satellite speakers (each satellite has an attached 7.5' cable)
  • Control pod with 7.75' cable
  • 8' Power cord
  • 82" USB cable (with Type A connector on one end and a Type B connector on the other end)
  • 4 Rubber feet
  • Demo DVD
  • Owner's Guide
  • "Our commitment to You" sheet
  • Bose Corporation contact sheet
  • Warranty Sheet/Product Registration Card

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Easy hookup, and AMAZING sound. My girlfriend likes listening to music, but her tastes and mine in music are not compatible. I gave her this system for Christmas, so now she can listen from her computer any time. I like Bose systems, and this USB system is wonderful!

Gary, Saint Leonard, MD

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Features

Satellite Speakers: Each satellite uses dual 2" long-throw, wide-range drivers, mounted in an angled array, for lifelike, spacious sound. The satellites, which are permanently attached to their 6" stands, are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with a CRT-type monitor.

TrueSpace: The proprietary TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry creates an enveloping sound environment from just two visible speakers. The system is designed for sitting at the computer. TrueSpace makes your music, games, movies, and other 5.1-channel decoded material sound like it's coming from a 5-speaker system.

Acoustimass Module: The Acoustimass Module delivers clean, deep low frequencies. The module can be hidden almost anywhere in the listening area and allows for small, elegant speakers without sacrificing performance. You can adjust the amount of bass output with the rotary Bass Compensation dial on the back of the bass module.

Control Pod: The multi-function pod houses volume control, a headphone jack, and a connection for a second audio source such as an MP3 player. Its touch-sensitive top lets you quickly mute the speakers, while the LED Mode Indicator shows you the status of the system: Active (green), Muted (amber), or Standby (red). The high-friction rubberized base prevents the control pod from moving around on your desk. Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 2.435
  • Height: 1.121"
  • Cable Length: 7.75'

Active Equalization: The active equalization electronically tunes the frequency response, enabling outstanding audio performance for improved speech intelligibility.

Compression Circuitry: The system's compression circuitry lets you enjoy clear, undistorted sound, even at high volumes.

USB/Analog Inputs: The Companion 5 connects to your computer via a single USB connection. No special software, soundcard, adapters, or additional wiring is needed. An analog 3.5mm mini-jack input is available on the control pod for connecting a second audio source.

Computer Setup: Using a USB port, the Companion 5 bypasses the computer's soundcard. Bose recommends setting your computer's audio output to 5.1 Surround Sound Speakers (PC) or Multichannel (Mac).

Computer System Recommendation: For best performance, your computer should meet the following minimum requirements:

  • 1 GHz minimum, Pentium processor or equivalent
  • 256 MB RAM minimum
  • USB 2.0
  • Microsoft Windows 7, Vista, or XP, and Mac OS X 10.4 or later
  • A compatible 5.1-channel surround sound decoder residing on your computer

Inputs and Outputs

Back Panel of Acoustimass Module:

  • AC Input: polarized input for supplied AC cord
  • Satellite Speakers: left and right 4-pin Molex jacks that connect to the supplied satellite speakers
  • Control Pod: 9-pin female jack that connects to the control pod
  • To Computer: USB Type B jack that connects to the computer via USB cable

Control Pod:

  • Phones: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack headphone output
  • Audio Input: 3.5mm stereo mini-jack

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