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July 26, 2011

Bose has introduced the Companion 20 multimedia speaker system, which it claims to elevate the level of performance for two-piece computer speaker systems. The company says users can enjoy lifelike, natural sound—whether sitting at the keyboard or across the room—without the need for a separate subwoofer.

The Companion 20 system features a new speaker driver and advanced port to reproduce music across the full frequency range. Combined with proprietary electronics and amplification, the speakers are said to produce the deep low notes and volume levels of larger systems, but from a system that’s merely 3-1/2 inches wide by 4-3/8 inches deep. Each speaker fits neatly to the right and left of a laptop computer or monitor, yet the perceived soundstage is claimed to be wider than expected, using the Bose TrueSpace stereo digital signal, which expands the acoustic image.

Additional proprietary digital signal processing and active electronic equalization ensures accurate sound reproduction, says Bose. At the highest listening levels, there’s no distortion, and when played quietly, music still can be heard with detail and realism, claims the company.

The new Companion 20 system operates with a small, circular control pod that lets users adjust volume and access one-touch muting. It has a headphone jack and an input jack for an additional audio source, such as an iPhone, an iPod, or other portable device.

The Companion 20 multimedia speaker system is available in silver for $249 from www.IncentiveConcepts.com.