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COMPANION 5  
MULTIMEDIA SPEAKER SYSTEM  
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SAFETY INFORMATION  
Please read this guide  
Please take the time to follow the instructions in this guide carefully. It will help you set up and operate your speaker  
system properly. Please save this guide for future reference.  
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electrical shock, do not expose the product to rain or moisture.  
WARNING: The apparatus shall not be exposed to dripping or splashing, and objects filled with liquids, such as vases,  
shall not be placed on the apparatus. As with any electronic products, use care not to spill liquids into any part of the  
system. Liquids can cause a failure and/or a fire hazard.  
The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle alerts the user to the presence of  
uninsulated dangerous voltage within the system enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to  
constitute a risk of electrical shock.  
The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle, as marked on the system, is intended to alert the user  
to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in this owner’s guide.  
WARNING: To prevent electric shock, match the wide blade of the line cord plug to the wide slot of the AC (mains)  
receptacle. Insert fully.  
WARNING: No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the apparatus.  
CAUTION: Make no modifications to the system or accessories. Unauthorized alterations may compromise safety,  
regulatory compliance, and system performance.  
CAUTION: Long-term exposure to loud music may cause hearing damage. It is best to avoid extreme volume when  
using headphones, especially for extended periods.  
This product conforms to the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC and to the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC. The  
complete Declaration of Conformity can be found on www.bose.com/static/compliance/index.html.  
Notes:  
• Where the mains plug or appliance coupler is used as the disconnect device, such disconnect device shall remain  
readily operable.  
• This product must be used indoors. It is neither designed nor tested for use outdoors, in recreation vehicles, or on  
boats.  
©2006 Bose Corporation. No part of this work may be reproduced, modified, distributed or otherwise used without prior written permission.  
Bose, COMPANION, TrueSpace and Acoustimass are registered trademarks of Bose Corporation. All other trademarks referenced herein are  
property of their respective owners.  
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS  
1. Read these instructions – for all components before  
15. To prevent risk of fire or electric shock, avoid over-  
loading wall outlets, extension cords, or integral  
convenience receptacles.  
16. Do not let objects or liquids enter the product – as  
they may touch dangerous voltage points or short-out parts  
that could result in a fire or electric shock.  
using this product.  
2. Keep these instructions – for future reference.  
3. Heed all warnings – on the product and in the owner’s  
guide.  
4. Follow all instructions.  
17. See product enclosure for safety related-markings.  
5. Do not use this apparatus near water or moisture – Do  
not use this product near a bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink,  
laundry tub, in a wet basement, near a swimming pool, or  
anywhere else that water or moisture are present.  
18. Use proper power sources – Plug the product into a  
proper power source, as described in the operating instruc-  
tions or as marked on the product.  
6. Clean only with a dry cloth – and as directed by Bose  
Corporation. Unplug this product from the wall outlet before  
cleaning.  
Information about products that generate  
electrical noise  
7. Do not block any ventilation openings. Install in  
accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions To  
ensure reliable operation of the product and to protect it  
from overheating, put the product in a position and location  
that will not interfere with its proper ventilation. For example,  
do not place the product on a bed, sofa, or similar surface  
that may block the ventilation openings. Do not put it in a  
built-in system, such as a bookcase or a cabinet that may  
keep air from flowing through its ventilation openings.  
If applicable, this equipment has been tested and found to  
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant  
to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to  
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in  
a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses,  
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed  
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause  
harmful interference to radio communications. However, this  
is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular  
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful  
interference to radio or television reception, which can be  
determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are  
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more  
of the following measures:  
8. Do not install near any heat sources, such as radia-  
tors, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus  
(including amplifiers) that produce heat.  
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the polarized or  
grounding-type plug. A polarized plug has two blades  
with one wider than the other. A grounding-type plug  
has two blades and a third grounding prong. The  
wider blade or third prong are provided for your  
safety. If the provided plug does not fit in your outlet,  
consult an electrician for replacement of the obsolete  
outlet.  
10. Protect the power cord from being walked on or  
pinched, particularly at plugs, convenience  
receptacles, and the point where they exit  
from the apparatus.  
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.  
• Increase the separation between the equipment and  
receiver.  
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a different circuit  
than the one to which the receiver is connected.  
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician  
for help.  
11. Only use attachments/accessories specified by the  
manufacturer.  
This product complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B  
specifications.  
12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod,  
bracket or table specified by the manu-  
facturer or sold with the apparatus.  
When a cart is used, use caution when  
moving the cart/apparatus combination  
to avoid injury from tip-over.  
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning storms or  
when unused for long periods of time – to prevent !  
damage to this product.  
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service personnel. Ser-  
vicing is required when the apparatus has been dam-  
aged in any way: such as power-supply cord or plug is  
damaged; liquid has been spilled or objects have  
fallen into the apparatus; the apparatus has been  
exposed to rain or moisture, does not operate nor-  
mally, or has been dropped – Do not attempt to service  
this product yourself. Opening or removing covers may  
expose you to dangerous voltages or other hazards. For help  
in solving problems, contact Bose Customer Service. Refer  
to the address sheet included with the system.  
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CONTENTS  
INTRODUCTION  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
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OPERATION  
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CONNECTING OTHER DEVICES  
CARE AND MAINTENANCE  
INTRODUCTION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4  
Your Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Setup help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
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SYSTEM SETUP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5  
Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
For your records . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Placing your Companion® 5 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Positioning the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Positioning the Acoustimass® module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Making system connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Windows® XP audio setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
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Mac OS® X audio setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11  
OPERATION . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
System modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
Controlling the volume . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
Adjusting the bass . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
CONNECTING OTHER DEVICES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15  
Connecting headphones . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15  
Connecting an audio device . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15  
CARE AND MAINTENANCE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  
Cleaning your speaker system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  
Limited warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  
Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16  
Customer service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17  
Product specifications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17  
Computer system recommendation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17  
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INTRODUCTION  
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Your Companion 5 multimedia speaker system  
Thank you for purchasing a Bose® Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system, which delivers  
the superb acoustic performance needed to enjoy the full audio impact of music, movies,  
games, and other entertainment sources from your computer.  
Using TrueSpace® digital surround signal processing technology, the small satellite speakers  
provide improved spaciousness, bold surround effects, and movie-like realism.  
Your system includes:  
Two small, easy-to-place speakers on stands and an Acoustimass® module.  
• A USB cable to connect the system to your computer.  
• A control pod that allows you to control system volume and connect headphones or porta-  
ble audio players.  
Setup help  
The setup instructions in this owner’s guide explain how your Companion 5 multimedia  
speaker system easily connects to your computer.  
information.  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
Unpacking  
Carefully unpack your system. Save all packing materials, which provide the safest way to  
transport your system.  
If any part of the system appears damaged, do not attempt to use it. Notify Bose or your  
authorized Bose® dealer immediately. For Bose contact information, refer to the address  
sheet included in the carton.  
Check to be sure your system includes the parts shown in Figure 1.  
Figure 1  
Carton contents  
Left speaker  
Right speaker  
Acoustimass® module  
Power cord*  
Control pod  
USB cable  
Rubber feet for  
Acoustimass module  
*The appropriate power cord for your region is included.  
WARNING: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep plastic bags out of the reach of children.  
For your records  
Now is a good time to record the serial number of your new Companion® 5 system  
here and on your product registration card. The serial number is located on the rear  
of the Acoustimass module.  
Serial number: ____________________________________  
Purchase date: ____________________________________  
We suggest you keep your sales receipt and a copy of your product registration  
card together with this owner’s guide.  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
Placing your Companion® 5 system  
For optimal performance, use the following guidelines to choose locations and positions for  
the Acoustimass® module, speakers, and the control pod. Refer to Figure 2, which shows a  
typical system setup.  
Figure 2  
Typical system setup  
24 in (61 cm)  
Left (L) speaker  
maximum  
Right (R) speaker  
Control pod  
Acoustimass module  
Positioning the speakers  
Proper positioning of the speakers will allow you to experience the audio surround effects  
that your Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system is designed to deliver.  
• Place the left and right speaker to the left and right of your computer monitor at about an  
arm’s length away from where you are seated (Figure 2). The bead on each speaker cord is  
marked L (left) or R (right) to identify left/right placement.  
• For optimum performance, position each speaker the same distance from you, and no  
more than 24 inches (61 cm) apart.  
• Aim both speakers straight ahead. Do not angle them inward or outward.  
• Keep the speakers away from adjacent large objects or cabinet surfaces. For example, if  
your computer desk includes a hutch, keep the outside edge of each speaker at least six  
inches away from any adjacent surface. Avoid placing the speakers inside cubby holes.  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
Positioning the Acoustimass® module  
The Acoustimass® module is designed to be the unseen part of the speaker system. For  
example, you can place it under your computer table or desk.  
• Put one rubber foot on each corner of the !  
bottom panel of the module.  
• Stand the module on its feet on a flat surface.  
DO NOT BLOCK the front grille of the module.  
DO NOT lay the module on its side or stand it  
upside down.  
DO NOT put any objects or equipment behind  
it or beside it that may block the ventilation  
openings at the rear of the module. Adequate  
ventilation is necessary to prevent the module  
from overheating.  
• Place the module at least 6 inches (15 cm)  
away from the computer and computer monitor  
to prevent the module from interfering with your  
computer system.  
• Keep the module away from heat sources such as radiators, baseboards, or quartz  
heaters.  
• Make sure the power cord can reach an AC (mains) outlet and the USB cable can reach  
the USB connection on your computer.  
CAUTION: Do not place computer monitors, floppy disks, hard drives, or other magnetic media  
within 6 inches (15 cm) of the Acoustimass module. The magnetic field produced by this module  
can erase magnetic media and interfere with the monitor.  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
Making system connections  
The following steps and Figure 3 tell you how to make the system connections.  
Before you start:  
• Please read the entire setup procedure.  
• Make sure your computer is on and the operating system is running.  
IMPORTANT: Close all other software applications.  
1. Insert the red plug on the right (R) speaker cable into the R jack and insert the white plug  
on the left (L) speaker cable into the L jack. The R and L marks on the plugs must face up  
for each plug to fit correctly into its respective jack.  
2. Plug the control pod cable into the Control Pod jack.  
3. Plug one end of the power cord into the AC Input jack on the rear panel of the Acousti-  
mass® module. Plug the other end into an AC (mains) outlet.  
4. Plug the appropriate end of the USB cable (supplied) into the To Computer jack on the  
Acoustimass module. Plug the other end into a USB jack on your computer.  
IMPORTANT: For optimum performance, connect the USB cable directly to a  
USB jack on your computer rather than connecting through a USB hub.  
5. For Windows® XP computers, go to “Windows® XP audio setup” on page 9.  
For Mac OS® X computers, go to “Mac OS® X audio setup” on page 11.  
Note: Make sure all cable plugs are fully inserted into their respective jacks.  
Right (R) speaker  
Left (L) speaker  
Figure 3  
Connection overview  
Acoustimass module rear panel  
Computer USB  
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Control  
pod  
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Note: The Companion® 5 system does not have an AC power switch. The system turns on in  
Standby mode when you plug in the power cord. See “System modes” on page 13.  
Note: Bose recommends using a safety agency-approved surge protector on all electronic  
equipment. Voltage variations and spikes can damage electronic components in any system.  
A quality suppressor can eliminate the vast majority of failures attributed to surges and may be  
purchased at electronics stores.  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
Windows® XP audio setup  
IMPORTANT!  
Do not unplug any cables during this setup procedure.  
For additional help with your audio setup, please visit  
1. After plugging in the USB cable, wait for a series of “Found New Hardware” messages to  
appear on your computer screen (Figure 4) (this takes about 30 seconds). If any other  
messages appear that interrupt this setup process, refer to “Troubleshooting” on  
page 16.  
Note: If you do not see these messages, the capability to display them may be disabled in your  
computer. Wait two minutes before proceeding to the next step.  
Figure 4  
Start  
“Found New Hardware”  
typical message sequence  
End  
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SYSTEM SETUP  
2. In the Windows XP Control Panel, open Sounds and Audio Devices  
Properties (Figure 5).  
3. Under the Volume tab, verify that Bose USB Audio is the connected USB device.  
4. Under Speaker settings, click the Advanced button to open Advanced Audio  
Properties.  
5. In the Speaker setup drop list, select 5.1 surround sound speakers.  
6. Click Apply and then OK.  
Your Companion® 5 multimedia speaker system is now ready to use.  
Note: If you remove the USB connection to your Companion 5 system and plug it in again later,  
perform this procedure again to check the settings.  
Figure 5  
Sounds and Audio Devices  
Properties and Advanced  
Audio Properties  
Connected USB device  
Setting for the Companion 5 system  
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