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Jan 5, 2021

Using Companion 20 without control pod?



I just got a set of Companion 20.

The control pod is kinda nice, but maybe I prefer using my mouse wheel on computer to adjust volume.


My question is:

Could I use the speakers without the control pod?

Does the "automatic power" also turn it ON based on input signal?




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Re: Using Companion 20 without control pod?

Hi Ohm-ish,


Welcome to the Community, thanks for posting!


You can use the Companion 20 speakers without the control pod if you would like. To use the speakers without the control pod, all you need to do is follow these steps:

  • Connect the system normally as if you were using the control pod.
  • Unplug the control pod from the back of the right speaker
  • Unplug the power cord from the wall outlet
  • Wait 5 seconds then plug the power cord back into the wall outlet

This will set the speakers to a fixed volume that can be controlled by the computer output only, until you reconnect the control pod. However, you can control the volume from your PC without disconnecting the control pod. As the speakers connect to the computer using a 3.5mm aux connection, the volume control on your computer will also affect the volume of the speakers independently of the control pod. 


The automatic power feature on the speakers is an Auto-off control, it won't also automatically turn the speakers back on you would need to manually wake them to use the speakers again.


Let me know if you have any further questions!

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Re: Using Companion 20 without control pod?



I also have a set of Bose Companion 20. I tried the suggested method, but it didn't Work. I have wanted to bypass the pod for a long time, but I couldn't figure out how. The speakers are great, but the pod is really not the best quality. It makes strange swells and volume drops and it seems to be working worse every day. When it stops working, the speakers will be useless. The pod is way too expensive that I would even consider buying a new one.