Not every sound system calls for a bulky, full-sized set of speakers and stereo equipment. If you're looking for good audio quality in a compact package, then this lineup of small form factor home audio offers the answer: a collection of speakers that can go on any desktop, table or bookshelf to deliver clear sound whenever and wherever you want it. Whether you're hooking up a portable music player to get some tunes going while you're busy around the house, or in need of a great set of speakers for your computer at home or in the office, this is the place to find the small-scale home audio system you've been looking for.
One of the best ratings in this category is held by the Bose Companion 5 Multimedia Speaker System, so that's as good a place as any to start your search. It's a mock surround system that uses a pair of special satellite speakers along with an "Acoustimass" subwoofer module to output 5.1-channel sound without the need for a center or rear satellite speakers. Bose also brings a few stereo systems to the table, namely the Companion 20 Multimedia Speaker System and the top-selling Bose Companion 2 Series III Multimedia Speaker System.
If you're the sort of music-lover who's all about that bass, another brand to look into is Cerwin-Vega. Like Bose, they offer two different stereo systems: the Cerwin-Vega XD4 4" 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers and XD5 5" 2-Way Powered Desktop Speakers. But the real ace up C-V's sleeve is the XD8s 8" Powered Subwoofer, which combines with the stereo speakers to take the system to a whole new level - downward, that is, with a big boost to the low end of the frequency band - and even has an adjustable crossover so you can fine-tune its performance to your liking.
The home audio and multimedia speaker systems in this section prove one thing above all else: that speakers don't have to be physically big to deliver big sound (although a beefy sub sure doesn't hurt). Amp up your PC, Mac or portable player with some of these puppies and treat yourself to the kind of listening experience you deserve - even when you're not using a big, oversized stereo system.