Bose wave radio, Bose Companion 5, Bose sounddock dock portable, which is the best?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by montblanc1, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. montblanc1 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Which one has the best sound quality?

    The cons for the Companion 5 is that it has static noise even when there is no music source, and it can not be eradicated. But the Companion 5 has an acoustic module so that I suppose it might be the best?

    The cons for bose ipod soundportable is that it might have the worst sound quality? But it's portable so that you can enjor the music everywhere. I am afraid this product may be overpriced.

    The radio wave system, as you can see, can only play radio, but you can make it a computer speaker if you got a cable OR you purchase the wireless Soundlink. But is the wave system as good as the Companion series???
  2. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    I have the companion 3 series 2 (the smaller version of the companion 5) and I would thoroughly recommend them - they are fantastic - but you need to understand their limitations.

    Firstly, the background hum; yes this is annoying, you can't hear it when playing any sound, but it is very distracting. If I listen to music as I go to sleep, when it finishes, the hum is sufficiently loud/annoying that I have to mute them before I can sleep. Oddly I had them in a different room last year, and it was still noticeable, but not nearly as annoying.

    The second thing is that the other two have remotes for volume and to turn on and off - there is no remote on the companions and no option of adding one. The 'acoustimass' control is excellent, but it is not wireless. The companions are also the least portable.

    All three have very good sound (I know people with all three) but the companion is by far the best. The sound from the companion 3 fills my 25'x20' room no problem, so you may find that you don't need the added volume of the 5s.
  3. DustinT macrumors 68000


    Feb 26, 2011
    After careful thought I decided that none of them sound very good considering the price. Bose is a decent brand but you can do so much better for the money.
  4. montblanc1 thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Yeah, you are exactly right!!! Bose Companion 3's noise makes me freak out...

    I am still wondering if Wave's sound could exceed the Companion...

    I know sounddock is the worst in all bose Speakers
  5. borisiii macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2010
    The wave is good, but the companions are in a completely different league. If wall-shuddering bass is less of a consideration and you appreciate portability, look at the musicmonitor too.
  6. ender land macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2010

    With some time and research you can nearly always get a better deal than Bose speakers. If aesthetics are not everything to you, I would recommend this route.
  7. bniu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 21, 2010
    Try the soundlink portable speaker, it looks like a sounddock portable but doesn't have the dock. It does have Bluetooth to connect to any computer with Bluetooth as well as iOS devices. For $323, it was a steal.

    With the Bluetooth connection, I have now eliminated another wire from my computing setup. It also has a conventional audio in jack as a backup.

    Right now, my soundlink is my official iOS speaker.
  8. adrian1480 macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2010
    honestly, you're better off with something else.

    Bose specializes in grossly over-priced equipment and only middling sound quality.

    I'd highly recommend you take a trip to and school yourself on *actual* good audio equipment. You can probably double the quality of sound you were going to pay for with Bose via another company. I learned my Bose lesson.
  9. Fishdonkeys macrumors newbie

    Dec 8, 2011

    Hmm I have a wave radio which I use as a speaker for my iMac but do I get companion 5 or 3,

    yes I love quality and loud music to but, I can turn my mac off with my mouse pad from bed as a remote
    and my wave with remote to?

    Also the humming noise from the companions sound worrying.
    Are there any other systems suitable for my needs or is my wave radio the way forward?
    Can I add further speakers to my wave maybe?
    Help someone please ta!
  10. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    harman kardon soundsticks III

    best for quality and value
  11. VMMan macrumors 6502a

    Mar 29, 2009
    Bose is strangely perceived by the public as being audiophile, when they are almost universely rejected by most audiophiles.

    I would stay far away from anything Bose.
  12. Sirolway macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2009
    I've never known a Bose that sounds good. It's a brand I avoid

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