Companion® 20 multimedia speaker system

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Powerful sound. From just two speakers.

Dramatically improve the audio from your computer with Bose® Companion 20 speakers. Our best two-piece computer speaker system reproduces full, natural sound whether you're inches from the screen or way across the room.

  • Sleek, space-saving design complements your computer
  • TrueSpace® technology reproduces wide, natural sound for music, games and videos
  • Control pod for volume, mute, headphone jack and auxiliary input

Proprietary technology and an advanced port design make your music, games and videos come alive with striking clarity and impressive low notes at any volume. And all that sound pours from just two speakers—no need for a bass module. With a few quick connections, you can enjoy the wealth of content on your computer with rich Bose sound.

An advanced port design and powerful drivers are key to the low-note performance that adds depth to music, games and videos. Anyone listening for the first time might scan the floor for a subwoofer, but there's none to be found. All the sound comes from just two sleek speakers.

A unique control pod pairs a fair amount of function with its form. The pod features rotational volume control and one-touch mute functionality, plus convenient dual inputs for connecting headphones and/or a second audio source.


  • Proprietary TrueSpace® stereo digital processing circuitry creates a wide two-channel soundstage engineered specifically for listening at your computer.
  • Versatile control pod features rotational volume control, single-touch mute, headphone jack and connection for a second audio source, such as an MP3 player or a tablet.
  • Advanced port design and driver deliver powerful low-note performance and full, natural sound that fills the room.
  • Proprietary integrated signal processing delivers lifelike performance at almost any volume level.
  • Active electronic equalization balances low, mid and high frequencies for more natural tone and clarity.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great speakers for a computer Hint: check out the features in control panel~sounds~and if you have a dell computer also check out the features in dell audio.
Date published: 2015-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really great speakers for music and gaming! I got these for Christmas 2 years ago. I've mainly been using them on my desktop gaming PC, and oh man, playing shooters gets so much more intense with these speakers! Really clear and solid sound, and the bass is rocking. The control pod also makes it incredibly easy to adjust the volume and to mute audio. I've also been using the speakers while creating digital music, and it's great! Only thing that I miss with these speakers is an on/off button for the power cord, but I'll still give it 5 stars for amazing sound quality and great control pod.
Date published: 2015-08-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW !! MIND BLOWING STUNNING SOUND! I brought these speaker few months ago. So the sound quality was brilliant and herd all details of the music track. And it's much better than Harmon Kardon Nova system. So I'm highly recommending these speaker system.
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Companion 20 vs Companion 2 Series III (Note to Bose: I submitted a review a few days ago which you published. I have since edited the original review for typeing errors and enhanced it. If you would not mind replacing it with the redacted version below, that would be great! Thank you for all you do! Music is powerful and you showcase it wel.) The wonderful Bose Companion 2 Series 3 computer speakers have graced our home ever since they first came out. We have really enjoyed them. Not at the computer but instead for inconspicuous bookshelf speakers in a small room. the Speakers were souced wirelessly via an Apple Airport Express router and AirPlay. Though they were great for this function, recently I have been itching for an upgrade. So, the other day I visited a Bose store and came home with the larger and more expensive Companion 20 speakers. So, how do they compare? Here are some detailed impressions... SOUND QUALITY OVERVIEW The less expensive Companion 2 held up pretty well when first compared side-by-side with the 20s. In fact, at lower volumes the two speakers sounded nearly identical. After a while, the supiorority of the Companion 20's became clearly evident. They are much more rich and crisp than the 2s. After hours of listening to the new speakers I switched back to the 2's and they sounded tinny and shril. Especially at moderate and higher listening volumes. HIGHS and LOWS First about the lows. Again initial impression led me to think the base sounded nearly identical on both speakers. It wasn't until I played bass heavy music that I noticed the difference. The 20s bass is much tighter and gives a cleaner thump. In their promotional material Bose states that when one walks into a room where 20's are playing they will look around for a base module. This is true. Especial when the rear of the speakers are placed near a wall or a corner. My Companion 2s are spread nearly three feet apart on a bookshelf. Each speaker is slightly angled towards eachother with the backs up against the corners of the shelf. This is the sweet spot for the room. As to the high, the 20s are also the clear leader. Female voices SHINE on these silver speakers. High notes on the 2s by comparison sound like they are distant as though the singer is behind a closed door. In general every musical detail (highs, lows and mids) are better detailed and distinct. Play a song with complex instrumentation, for example, and you will distinctly hear most every nuance of each instrument. On the Companion 2 speakers similarly complex tracs sounded blended together where the details were muted or lost. BUILD QUALITY I thought the 2s were well built but, oh my goodness, they look like toys next to the aluminum 20 speakers! The quality becomes especially apparent when you feel the weight and heartiness of the build. This is best showcased by just the control module on the 20. The knob feels substantial and turns smoother than any dial I have ever used. Really, you must try it!. This buttery smoothness is balanced absolutely perfectly with proper resistance and responsiveness. The module further boasts a touch sensitive on/off "button" which is also amazingly responsive and instant. In short, looking at the Companion 20s and controlling them are just as pleasant as listening to them! The 2s are solidly built but their look and feel is only average. FURTHER COMPARISONS I own several othe Bose products including he Bose sound link mini, the QC20 in-ear headphones, and the Bose QC15 over-the-ear headphones. So, how does the sound of the Companion 20s compare to these other products? Soundlink Color - The 20s win easily. This is remarkable because I think the Color sounded better than the Companion 2's eventhough the it is a small Bluetooth speaker compared to a wired 2 speaker system. The color has better clarity than the 2s and overall boast a higher fidelity. The 2s did have better stereo separation (obviously) and can play at a higher volume. On the other hand, my new Companion 20s just sound better than the Soundlink Color in every single aspect. Quiet Comfort 20 - The similarity between the Quiet Comort 20 headphones and the Companion 20 computer speakers comes in warmth of sound. Both boast a warmth that is very pleasing and Senheiser like. This is where the comparisons end. The QC headphones win in the area that they sound a little more natural and balanced. Though, the Companion 20s beat the QC20s in crispness and detail. When I have a choice between the two, I enjoy listening to the speakers over the QC20 in-ear headphones. Quiet Comfort 15 - Now, here is where the Companion 20s begin to fall short. The best sound I have ever heard comes from my QC15 headphones. They are astonishingly impressive. These companion 20's get me much closer to that great sound quality. In fact, the Companion 20s sound warmer and a tad richer than the QC15! Unfortunately, the music is not as detailed nor crisp. I do find myself debateing whether or not to enjoy music via the QC15 headphones or via the Companion 20 computer speakers. By comparison the Companion 2's always sounded decent but I never purposely chose to go listen to them over any of the other Bose products that I own. CONCLUSION Though Companion 2s have seen series of re-iterations through the years, the Companion 20s are still the original speakers first introduced in 2011. To me, the fact that a Companion 20 series 2 does not yet exist hints that there is not much to improve with the current speaker. Give these speakers a serious try and I think you will agree. PS - A note about source volume. The manual for the 20s instructs to place the source volume at a maximum of 80 percent. This is key! Use the control pod to crank up the volume. There will be no distortion not even when turning the dial all the way up. With the 2s the sound the sound improved with the source volume at 100 percent and the knob on the speakers at slightly over half. All this to say that the more expensive 20's do a better job of signal processing and improving the source signal into that distinctive rich and Bose sound. By the way, the 20s top volume is about twice that of the 2s.
Date published: 2015-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Top notch computer speakers! I have had these Companion 20 computer speakers for about two years, and the sound is incredibly natural, neutral, and spacious. I never get tired of the sound, and I'm never getting rid of them... unless Bose comes up with series 2 that somehow sound better! Very satisfied, and I highly recommend.
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Almost as good as Companion 5 I am a long-time Bose customer. I bought the Companion 20 for my exercise room to use with an MP3 player. I didn't want the separate sub due to space restrictions so that's mainly why I decided on these. The sound is solid with fairly deep bass and crisp, clear sound for a 2 speaker system. They would work well as computer or gaming speakers for most users. If you have the space for the separate subwoofer or are a hardcore audiophile though I recommend to spend a little more for the Companion 5. The Companion 20 is very good and better than most 2 speaker systems, but it doesn't compare to the spacious sound and really deep bass that the separated components of the Companion 5 provides. I like these, but I love my Companion 5!
Date published: 2015-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Overall ok but treble are very low i bought this today. Over the companion 20 are ok. The base is very good in this small speaker. but treble are very low compare to the base. As a result it become little miss match and only the base become very loud. it should make some clear treble also.
Date published: 2015-08-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Snap, Crackle and Pop I have used Bose speakers in my home exclusively for the last ten years and own several of their products, and these are by far the most disappointing. After a couple months use, I've noticed the sound quality is really distorted out of the left speaker, even at very low volumes. I have tried every troubleshooting tip and adjusted my input volume multiple times with the same result -- the same static-y, distorted sound. I've always admired Bose for its quality, but these speakers really miss the mark.
Date published: 2015-09-01
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  • Each speaker:8.66"H x 3.54"W x 4.72"D (6 lbs)
  • Pair in carton:6 lbs

In the box

  • Left speaker
  • Right speaker
  • Speaker cable
  • Audio cable
  • Power pack and cable
  • AC power cord
  • Control pod and cable




Does the Companion 20 speaker system include an Acoustimass® module for reproduction of low notes?

No. Companion 20 speakers are a two-piece system. Proprietary Bose® technologies and an advanced port design deliver deep, full-bodied lows.

Can I connect headphones to Companion 20 speakers?

Yes. Use the headphone jack located on the desktop control pod.

Can I connect a CD or MP3 player to Companion 20 speakers?

Yes. The control pod includes an auxiliary input for playing other audio sources through the system.

How many audio inputs does the Companion 20 system have?

The system has two audio inputs: an input for your computer and a second input located on the control pod for auxiliary audio devices.



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