Video: Bose® Virtually Invisible® 191 In-wall Speakers


Chris Egner

Chris Egner is a former writer for Crutchfield. She concentrated on point-and-shoot cameras and speakers while she worked here.

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Ralph Graves

Ralph Graves is one of Crutchfield's blog editors, and part of the company's social media team. He writes about home audio/video gear, specializing in Apple-related and wireless technologies. Ralph holds a master's degree in music composition, and his works have been released on various labels. He's served as product manager for an independent classical and world music label, produced several recordings, and worked extensively in public broadcasting. Since 1984 he's hosted a weekly classical music program on WTJU, and is also active as a blogger and podcaster.

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In this short video, Ralph and Chris discuss the top features of Bose's 191 speakers. They install in your wall or ceiling, and include a built-in enclosure.

Video Transcript

Chris: Hi, I'm Chris.

Ralph: And I'm Ralph. And we're here today in the Crutchfield studio to talk about the Bose® 191 in-wall and in-ceiling speakers.

Chris: These are a great choice to add background music all throughout your house, because they save space. I could totally see them in my house where it's smaller, and I don't want big, bulky speakers everywhere.

Ralph: That's true.

Chris: They mount flush against your wall or against your ceiling, so you can hardly see them.

Ralph: Yes, and Bose® provides both rectangular wall grilles and circular ceiling grilles, so you have a choice of mounting the same speaker either in a wall or in a ceiling. And of course, they're paintable.

Chris: Bose® designed these with angled drivers so that the sound is dispersed more evenly throughout your room. It doesn't just hit that one direct spot.

Ralph: Now, whenever you cut into a wall, usually there's a surprise.

Chris: You can get insulation, or there can be nothing. There can be a huge space, or small. And it can even be that way in the same room from wall to wall. You can have an outside wall different from an inside wall, which makes the sound different, speaker to speaker.

Ralph: Correct, because some in-wall speakers use that space as the speaker cabinet. So, two identical speakers could have a slightly different sound, even within the same room. Now Bose® solves that problem by building their speakers onto their own enclosures. So whether there's any insulation back here or not, or this is a particularly big area or small...

Chris: Right, the sound's consistent.

Ralph: Yes it is.

Chris: These are a great solution for a kitchen, a dining room, or a bedroom — anywhere you don't have a lot of space but you want to spread your music throughout your house.

Ralph: But you don't want speakers standing around on the floor.

Chris: Exactly. To learn more about the Bose® 191s, go to

Ralph: And you can call us at 1-800-555-9408.

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