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I'm considering purchasing this set of Bose speakers (Companion® 3 Series II) for $250. I love listening to music at my computer - especially jazz. I'm looking for a set of speakers (not 5.1, I don't like dealing with the hassle of speaker placement) that can accurately, vividly, and sharply reproduce my old and new jazz recordings. I also do a fair amount of recording in my "home studio" and I would like an alternative to my nice recording headphones. I especially like listening to the fine details and various instruments of jazz combos and ensembles, so a high quality set of speakers is a must for me. I plan on getting a sound card to deliver a high quality signal to the speakers.

Can anyone offer an opinion on these speakers? Are they worth the money?

I'm sure that I'll encounter some conflicting opinions here, but please try to be objective with you comments as they will be more helpful that way.
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post #2 of 33
With Bose you are really paying for the name. Get these.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16836121120

I know they are 5.1, but take a look.
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Bose sucks.
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post #4 of 33
Everyone should caveat their comments with" I've never actually listened to these speakers, but..."

Here's a review:

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2704,1633743,00.asp
Edited by ElMikeTheMike - 5/21/08 at 7:29pm
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post #5 of 33
Quote:
Originally Posted by ElMikeTheMike View Post
Everyone should caveat their comments with" I've never actually listened to these speakers, but..."
I have, and they are good! But not worth the price imo. But if you can afford it go for it. Shedloads of bass.
post #6 of 33
Bose is all about the name. I've listened to their home theater stuff in the store and it's just average especially for the hefty price and their in-ear shure competitor isn't that great either.

Logitech speakers for PC are decent in the speaker world but will certainly impress you.
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post #7 of 33
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Thanks for the comments.

I have read a lot that Bose speakers a bit overpriced. The Logitech speakers are tempting, however, I'm a little bit afraid of the Logitech speakers because they seem to be aimed at providing a louder, more powerful experience instead of good acoustics.

I don't like my music really, really loud, so wattage is not an issue. I just like something that immerses me in its realistic, deep sound - something classy and high-end.

Do you think the Logitech speakers provide better acoustics at medium volumes? Do you guys have any suggestions for my tastes?

Thanks!
Edited by Maytridy - 5/21/08 at 7:42pm
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post #8 of 33
Don't look at PC speakers. Get a pair of Bookshelf speakers + amp. Insignia bookshelves + a T Amp would work nicely and somewhat cheaply. If you're willing to spend more, a used X-LS + T Amp or a new X-LS Encore + T Amp would be very, very nice.
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To be honest Bose are good but if you can find something with more wattage and with a good brand name to back it up then your set. About a half of year ago I was with my Grandma and cousin, we were on our way to N.C. Along the way we were tired of being in the car so we went into a Bose store, they let us experience there top of the line system, I think it was the 7.1 I believe? Whichever one has the 2 mini speakers sitting on top of each other as one. Well anyone, went into a sound proof demo room and turned that baby up and to be honest I wasn't impressed considering the price they cost! The 800-Watt 5.1 Surround Sound by Sony my grandma had at her house sounded better and had way more bass on them, the funny part is they had more bass at level 3 of 10 compared to the Bose being maxed out!

Edit: Since you don't care about wattage then look for a good name brand that's trustworthy enough so you can depend on good sound.
Edited by myresolution_72 - 5/21/08 at 7:47pm
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post #10 of 33
Acoustics have to do with the room your listening in, not the speakers.

As a sound engineer I can tell you BOSE is overpriced crap. Unfortunately, in this MP3 plagued society the average listener wouldn't know what to listen for. First, the design of these kinds of speakers can't produce the full range of 20hz to 20khz, no matter what the label may say. Second, the sub cabinets and drivers are too small to produce decent sub frequencies. At most your getting maybe 80 - 100Hz at the lowest.

For gaming, computer speakers are fine. For actual music listening and enjoyment, look into some decent speaker cabinets, either powered or with an amplifier or receiver. Look into JBL.
Edited by Pibbz - 5/21/08 at 7:52pm
 
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