Bose Companion 20

September 1, 2011 by  
Filed under Reviews

This 2.0 speaker setup is one of the first Bose products I’ve seen that actually lives up to its billing.

Bose Companion 20

 

OVERALL 9 /10

Value
7/10
Usability
10/10
Features
6/10
Design
8/10

Features

  • 2.0 speaker arrangement
  • Wired volume/line in/headphone pod
  • Auto standby for power saving

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Powerful, bassy sound
  • Convenient wired remote
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Quite expensive
  • Possibly a bit too bassy
  • No bass/treble control

If you look back over the years Bose has had a tough time on TrustedReviews and has never received a recommended award. The reasons are generally twofold; they tend to be overpriced and yet underperform sonically. Well now we have a Bose product we like, a lot.

The Bose Companion 20 is something all too rare from the company: a new product. The famed  Bose SoundDock Portable, for example, was released way back in 2007 and yet it remains largely unchanged while many of the competition is refreshed every 12-18 months. Bose may well choose to keep the Companion 20 unchanged for many moons, but as it stands we benefit from the company’s latest technical innovations and as such, in August 2011, it is a joy.92fcf2%7C6902 23 08 2011 15 51 49 Bose Companion 20

As the name hints (but doesn’t fully explain), the Companion 20 is a 2.0 speaker system, the familiar pitch being: there is no need for a separate sub woofer. Given the task at hand the speakers are fairly compact measuring just 219 x 119 x 89mm and weighing 1.13Kg each. They also couldn’t be simpler with no bass or treble adjustment and all operations confined to a simple ‘control pod’ that houses a touch sensitive power/mute button, second auxiliary input and headphone jack.

All told first impressions are positive. Build quality is excellent. The metal front grill and rear look good while Bose has steered away from the dreaded piano black to use more dust phobic matt finishes on the top of the speakers and around the control pod. The touch sensitive response of the pod’s surface (the entire metal top) is also excellent instantly turning the speakers on or off, a status illustrated by a white power indicator. The volume ring also oozes quality, feeling smooth but with a slight sense of inertia. CONTINUE READING

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