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Owner’s Guide  
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multimedia speaker system from Bose.  
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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 or near 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 2004/108/EC and to the Low Voltage Directive 2006/95/EC. The  
complete Declaration of Conformity can be found on  
• 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  
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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  
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  
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  
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  
• 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  
This product complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B  
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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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.  
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