Bose Companion 5 Series Multimedia Speaker System

  • Model #: 40326
  • Web Code: 10078648
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The Companion 5 multimedia speaker system gives your computer much of the audio performance of a five-speaker surround sound system. Two visible speakers and hideaway Acoustimass module deliver a vivid surround sound experience that brings music, games and movies to life. Easily connects to your computer through USB port. Requires no sound card upgrade, no software and no adaptors.

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  • Bose's exclusive TrueSpace surround digital processing circuitry spreads the sound around you, so the enveloping effects seem to come from areas where there aren't even any speakers
  • Developed especially for computer listening, putting you right in the middle of the music, the game, and the special effects
  • Specially engineered speaker arrays come fully assembled on stands for optimum performance and more usable desktop space
  • Handy control pod houses volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and connection for a second audio source such as an MP3 player
  • A single USB connection lets you hook up to your PC or laptop – and there’s no special software, hardware or sound card upgrade needed

What's in the Box?

  • Bose Companion Multimedia Speaker System
  • Remote
  • Cords
  • Cables
  • Guide

Manufacturer's Warranty:

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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  • from Vancouver, BC

Awesome Sound

These are the best speakers i've ever had. Crystal clear treble and rich bass - incredibly vibrant sound. Highly recommend - well worth the price.

  • from Victoria, BC

Best computer speakers

Best quality for computer speakers. The speakers can be set to very high volume, probably more than what you need. The volume control pad is very convenient to use, you can instantly pause the sound by tapping on it. Worth the money.

  • from Lethbridge, AB

Bose is number 1 for quality and workmanship

I had these speakers for my PCs for the last 10 years. Still as loud as the day I bought them and still as clear. Would buy these again.

  • from Courtenay, BC


I don't normally "review" items but I am impressed on how easy set up was and sound / quality. I run "sierra" OS and was a bit nervous seeing some incompatibility issues with different Mac OS on line but I have not encountered any issues (yet). Shipping was fast, overall very impressed

  • from Bolton, ON

Bose Companion 5 Series Multimedia Speaker System

This is an excellent sound system for the computer. I am using a MacBook Pro for my music source. When I first used the Bose companion 5, I found it a little tinny on the top end but found, using the equalizer on the MacBook, I could tone down the high end (treble) to a perfect level for my listening. Overall, the sound is fantastic for the price, even better when the system is on sale. Bass is phenomenal, great having the bass control on the back of the unit so it's adjustable to your liking. I wouldn't be using these speakers for a concert hall, but for a small to mid size room, the volume level is more than ample for distortion free sound. I liked the system so much that I was considering buying a second set to hook in tandem with the first set but when I called Bose tech support, they explained to me that I could not split the output from my computer to have both sets working concurrently; that was the only drawback to me for the system. I have no complaints with the actual Companion 5, sound is very clear and crisp across the whole sound spectrum for the speaker rating and I would buy this set again without hesitation. The volume control is amazing, smooth and accurate with the built in mute at a touch.....great engineering. One of the reviewers mentioned construction issues of the unit; I did not find that at all. Almost all the parts are made of metal and appear to be heavy duty, sturdy and well built. The only thing I would like to see Bose do is to make the system wireless, that would be a real plus but I don't mind the wires as I was able to conceal them (except for the volume control). Delivery from BestBuy was fast too, within twenty-four hours of ordering. All in all, a five star rating.

  • from Scarborough, ON


This system is really nice for movies, gives you that very detailed crisp theatrical sound, however if you are looking for something that pumps bass and just want to blast music like the Logitech Z-2300, then I would avoid this, besides the fact thats its way overpriced which is why I gave it a 3 Star rating. I would recommend getting the Edifier S730, those thump like crazy!

  • from Toronto, ON

Good sounds, poor build quality

They sound great but very very poor build quality. 1st one broke after a few months, bose replaced it with a brand new one and now the usb soundcard keeps giving me errors. At this price point its very poorly built.

  • from Whitby, ON


Got these for [price] when I purchased a macbook almost 5 years ago. The subwoofer, for its tiny size is freakin amazing. Even in a fairly large room the middle setting for the sub is too much. All different kinds of music sound great with it. If I could afford only Bose products for my house and cars I would giver.

  • from Duncan, BC

Poor attempt

I found that in a moderate room the volume level had to be high all the time, this raises the question. How long will this unit live? It played classical very well, only was so so on movies that rely on loud explosions instead of content.The bass was almost there, when i tested it and compared it to my old Logitech Z2300's which i am trying to replace, the Bose unit failed all the way round. I am retuning this [price] dollar unit for a [price] buck one. This kinda says it all. AVOID the pain go to the Logitech Z623's, I am.

  • from Contrecoeur, QC

Bose Companion 5

Excellent product. Vivid, rich and realitic sounds. Basses are deap, high notes are clear. The voices are clear. Listening to the Companion 5 we feel as if we listen to a live music show in a very highend accoustic theater. I love my Comanion 5. I have it for a 4 years now and I am looking to buy another one for my office. The only "if" is the wires but the deep sounds worth it by far. Very very satisfied.

  • from St. John's, NL

Overall great product

I was looking for a compact speaker system, without a huge price tag. You cannot go wrong with these. The subwoofer can be hidden out of view, and the speakers are great for desktops. The sound is unbeatable! The richness and substance is bar none. I am a music fanatic and have tried literally all the most demanding songs I can think of and these speakers perform every time. The volume is crazy loud, with no break in sound quality. I am beyond pleased with these on all ends!

  • from Barrie, ON

Love My Bose

All of our speakers in our house are Bose. We have tried others and the sound cannot be beat. There are other systems that are over priced as they pay big name stars to promote them, but the sound quality is just not there. Bose does it right. Classical, Country, Pop, Rock, Rap. Go with Bose!

  • from Surrey, BC

Excellent Sound

I bought these speakers on sale and they are excellent. The music is crisp and the bass is incredible. The bass can be adjusted. They look nice and can be played for long hours as I have done with mine. Have owned them for 2 years

  • from Kingston, ON

Bose Companion 5

I am a speaker fanatic, so I've always had something to play my tunes on, whether it be a portable speaker or a 7.2 surround sound in my bedroom. I've been at university for a few months now and naturally there isn't room for big speakers in a small dorm, and to have a bunch of speakers lying around would create a lot of wire cluster in such a small space. SO, I bought the Bose Companion 5 set and to be blunt, I could not be happier. The sound is crisp, the bass is smooth, though it does crack under too much pressure so you'll have to regulate it. There are very few wires so it's neat and looks overall "sophisticated." If you're looking for a compact system with crisp sound and a "5.1 surround sound" for your computer, these are PERFECT. Worth the dollar!

  • from Nelson, BC

A Bose is a Bose

Nothing bad you can say about a Bose's sound quality. My only disappointment is it's surround sound effect simply cannot replace the actual 5.1 surround sound. Maybe it's got something to do with my room and where they are placed, who knows. Overall still impressive.

  • from Laval, QC


These speakers are definitely at the top of the class. The sound thats produced from an ipad, iphone is incedible

  • from Ottawa, ON

Impressive Volume of Sound

This is probably the best computer speaker system you can buy. It connects via USB and has no facility to connect through your sound card. I don't know at this time whether or not you can remove your sound card from your system or if it's still needed for signal processing. I rated this a little bit low on Style as I find the satellite speakers are looking a little dated. I also think it should be priced lower that what it's at. It's worth more than any standard 2.1 or 5.1 computer speaker systems but I'm not sure it's worth 4x as much. The good thing about buying this is you won't be disappointed and you won't be settling. I've yet to watch a movie but the included demos really show off the surround sound, it does sound amazing. I don't know how they do this with two speakers and a subwoofer. I'm guessing that there are pretty slick computer signal processing going on to fool our ears. If you have the money, love music and videos, forgot about the other brands and make this one-time purchase. You'll be satisfied for life.

  • from

Great product

Everyone knows Bose. The quality is extrordinary, it sounds great. It looks pretty sleek and is easy to use - got it going without any instructions. The only thing is that it's in three parts so it isn't as easy to store. It costs quite a bit but is worth it for sure. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great stereo for parties or laying around.

  • from Thornhill

Amazing as a PC player or a Stereo in the house.

I bought this 4 years ago at a boxing day sale. I do not use this for my PC I use this to connect my IPOD or MP3 player or my PSP players. Essentially this is my stereo in our living room I can play it quiet or loud depending on who's there. The sound remains excellent. Nonetheless I did some very serious listening at the BOSE store and compared all there products and this delivered top notch sound by comparison of some of there much more expensive products. I asked the salesman and he smirked when I commented on what I noticed, he too knew. I love these and just wish I bought another pair for my bedroom.

  • from Surrey

Excellent sound

Really great vocals. The speakers are clear and the bass created by the module is perfect. It has no on/off switch and it goes into power saving mode when you do not use it for several minutes. That is when it is "turned off".

  • from Best Buy

Pretty good sounds!

Had the promedia 2.1 for 3 years! Upgrade to this while it was on sale 20% off! I wouldn't buy this at the retail price but since it was onsale i took it home! The sound just a tiny bit better than the promedia but the quality is much better!

  • from Canada

Bose companion 3 series/ Bose companion 5 series

The over all sound is unmatched ! ,but the over all volume could use some extra kick ,( If you like clean , and loud, but every tone every whisper every acoustic is there ...!!! GREAT JOB, I am A Musician, song writer from Ontario, Canada, and freelance writer , I use the Bose companion series 3 to capture all of the tone from my instruments , using a sound processor and the headphone out jack! the sound is awesome at low levels ,I get big concert sound at an acoustic level.. I would love to own a Bose companion 5 series , However It, as well as most of your products are out of my price range ... but every one should buy the companion 5 system if They can .. if your budget is tight go for the companion 3 series ,Bose rocks! regardless of the size , Bose delivers in it's quality ,If Bose could make them all more powerful and some how more affordable the world would finally hear the difference that a Bose system makes...

  • from Tilbury

Bose 5 series speakers system

The Bose companion 5 speaker system has brought back a lot of the clarity & pleasure of listening to many different types of sounds ,from classical,to classic rock to relaxation sounds of nature.It's beautiful to be able to use such a tool.thanks best buy Michael @ Tilbury,Ont.

  • from Ottawa

Love it

I know they a pretty expansive, but I love those speakers. They look nice and the sound is amazing. I don't regret this purchase at all.

  • from toronto

the best

this product s the best,,sound quality s good,,i hop they don't fade in the long run,,i cnt believe frm the small speaker they can make that loud sound,,to those people who are using itunes don'd bother using ther equalizer settings dr all sht,,,,try to do it manually and make it a V pattern,,then u got a perfect tune,,,dr kinda expensive but worth it to buy,,,,al n all,,,its the best computer speaker u can hve,,,wayyy better than those so much speaker all over ur pc,,,lol

  • from Hamilton

Decent... expected more from Bose

I have a lot of Bose products, now including the Companion 5's. I think what I really should have purchased were the Companion 3's, and I still may exchange them.I've only owned them about a week now. There's something missing that I can't put my finger on. After reading some online reviews, there are three things I will try in order to improve the sound. 1 Position the acoustimass module forward facing instead of sideways, against the wall as I have it set up now. I now understand that the acoustimass also delivers mid-tones, so maybe that's what I'm missing from this system. 2 As instructed, I turned the iTunes EQ off. Maybe I'll turn it back on and make some slight adjustments to the EQ afterall. 3 They've had a total of about an hour of use. Apparently they should be broken in for a few hours before making final judgement. This is supposed to be Bose's top of the line computer speaker system... there is a good chance it's just me at this point. All in all, they sound good to me for the first little while, but after about 20 minutes in front of them listening to music I want to turn them off. Maybe it's the Bose Truespace digital surround circuitry I don't really game or watch movies on my computer... I generally only play music on it and often use the Airport Express to stream it to the living room stereo as well. I understand that the Companion 3's don't use the digital surround technology and plug into your audio card rather than USB, so maybe they are more suited for my needs. I'm thinking that's the real problem... the speakers are always on in simulated 5.1 surround sound mode. Sometimes they sound good and they have tons of bass, but all in all I think I'll buy and compare them with the Companion 3's... I don't need 5.1. I just thought these would be the best I could buy for my computer from Bose. And for gamers and movie watchers... they may just be. For music, it's kinda echoey... in a digital simulated way.Hope my review helped some of you. I have many Bose products elsewhere in my house and this is the first time I questioned whether one of their products was for me or not.

  • from North York

I love these...

I bought this system to go along with my MacBook Pro. It not only matches in terms of color but also provides a wonderful auditory experience. It is certainly possible that audio professionals may feel that these are not good value, but for the average user this set sounds extremely superb. I really enjoy them when watching movies. The price is steep, but I believe it is worth it. Plus they look good too

  • from Toronto

Not So Great

the bass on theses thing are horrible and for the price they are simply a waste of money the sound is bad at high volumes and the bass cuts out i had a pair of altec lansings for 90 dollars that blew this system out of the water. so if you like your bass and like to pump volume don't get these

  • from Mississauga


I won't pretend to know how well other computer speakers systems perform. I do know that if your purchase other systems, there is a fair chance you will return the product for lack luster performance. I also know that if you buy this system from Bose, you will NOT waste your time returning them to the store. They are quite simply the richest, fullest sounding speakers I've ever owned. They blow away any previous systems I've compromised with. Stunning sound and are very easy to look at.

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