Jan 5, 2021
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?
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:
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!
May 30, 2021
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.
Jun 30, 2021
This solution worked for me. It had been quite annoying trying to use the control pod which gave very jerky audio.
You mentioned that the speakers have an auto power off and need waking after. Can you tell us how to wake them?
Welcome to the Community. We appreciate you posting for the first time today and would love to assist you with any questions you may have.
To wake the product you will need to just simply stream audio to the system again.
If you have any other questions, please do let us know.