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Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

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Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

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At an outdoor party, people don't stay in one spot — neither should your sound. That's why the Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers feature Bose's exclusive Stereo Everywhere® technology. They disperse balanced stereo sound over a wide area — ideal for outdoor listening.

Enjoy great sound at your next cookout

Bose® 151® SE Environmental Speakers

Have your outdoor speakers blend in naturally with your decor for terrific party music.

At an outdoor party, people don't stay in one spot — neither should your sound. That's why the Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers feature Bose's exclusive Stereo Everywhere® technology. They disperse balanced stereo sound over a wide area — ideal for outdoor listening.

From one corner of the deck to the other, on the patio, or in the garden, you'll enjoy rich, consistent audio performance. Three 2-1/2" full-range drivers in an Articulated Array® speaker design ensure clear, wide-open sound, while the slot-port tuning reduces air turbulence for cleaner lows.

Let them play all summer and all winter

Bose made these low-profile speakers exceptionally rugged for year-round dependability. They're built to withstand extremes in temperature (158º F to -40º F), and they passed 1,200 hours of salt fog testing — that's twice the demanding Marine Industry Standard.

Adjustable weather-resistant brackets provide secure installation to most surfaces, and let you direct the speaker for optimum outdoor coverage.

I have another pair of these speakers on my deck for 10-15 years, and we are on a saltwater beachfront. The original speakers have worked grate with occasional cleaning. We are just adding another pair to the deck.

Anonymous, Freeland, WA

What's in the Box:

  • 2 White outdoor speakers
  • Two 2-piece mounting brackets
  • 2 Bracket locking screws
  • Four 1/4" lock washers
  • Two #8 lock washers
  • Four 1/4" x 9/16" bracket-to-speaker mounting screws
  • Four #12 x 1-3/4" wood screws
  • Four #12 x 1" wall anchors
  • Owner's Guide
  • Bose "Site and Sound" brochure
  • Product Registration and Warranty Information card
  • "Our Committment to You" letter

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex design
  • recommended power 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4-8 ohms
  • adjustable brackets included
  • 12-5/16"W x 4-9/16"H x 6-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers Reviews

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Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

Anonymous from Freeland, WA on 8/2/2016

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I have another pair of these speakers on my deck for 10-15 years, and we are on a saltwater beachfront. The original speakers have worked grate with occasional cleaning. We are just adding another pair to the deck.

Pros: Great sound, very durable, easy maintanance, easy to install, and looks great! And SALTWATER resistant!

Cons: Don't try to call the company. I was on hold for 20 min, and the transfered to parts. After 25 min. on hold I gave up. I just needed 2 screws for reinstalling my old speakers. The old speakers had steel screws, new speakers have stainless steal screws.

Love the Bose

HotRod from Shelbyville, KY on 7/25/2016

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I have left these on the roof of my Houseboat for 9!/2 years and the still sound like new "Awesome" so I bought some for my new Deck at home. !!

Pros: It's All That

Cons: NONE !

Good speakers

MichaelS from Dawsonville, GA on 7/24/2016

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Good sound quality, easy to install

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Tim H from McDonough, GA on 7/5/2016

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I bought these speakers to mount on my pool house. They sound awesome! I would definitely purchase these speakers again; they are well worth the money.

Pros: Crisp and clean sound

Cons: A little pricey

Bose Rock Outdoors

Michael H from San Diego, CA on 4/1/2016

Put them on patio, sound almost as good as my indoor Bose system, could not ask for better outdoor speakers

Pros: easy mount, two ways to attach speaker wires

Cons: none that I know of

Bose 151

Anonymous from Puerto Rico on 1/5/2016

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Excelent product and easy to install

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Sounds & Looks Great!

musicgirl from Florida on 9/21/2015

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The speakers were added to our outdoor pool, lanai and patio area. They sound fantastic in all the areas. The look is clean, not to big. Easy to install. Have been rained on & no troubles or issues.

Pros: Sounds fantastic, clean look & easy to install

Cons: none

Nice!

BoaterFloater from Alaska on 9/15/2015

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Nice marine quality speakers for my boat. Needed white speakers that could go horizontal or vertical. Weatherproofing was a must as these speakers rock out on my boat (inside the cabin). Easy to install and hook up - hooking up was very easy with the plastic nuts. Sound is great anywhere in the boat. Crutchfield, having never ordered from here before, was great! They sent the speakers 2-day shipping...but I live 4 days away so...had I lived closer it would have been 2-day shipping.

Pros: Easy to install and hook up. White speakers. Marine grade.

Cons: On the pricey side, but they are BOSE! Had to wait 4 days not 2 days for shipping.

Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

Anonymous from North Carolina on 8/30/2015

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looks good, not to big with incredible sound

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Great Little Speakers!

SkyeB from California on 6/5/2015

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These speakers are easy to install and come with multi-angle locking brackets. Sound is great for just having 3ea 3" drivers. Wide dispersion covers the entire space I have with 2 speakers. Very good for the price.

Pros: Low Price, wide dispersion, full sound

Cons: Could use a little more low end, would prefer metal brackets rather than plastic

Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

Anonymous from Texas on 1/25/2015

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These are great speakers pretty good sound so far, wish there was a way to attach banana clips to wire that goes in back of speaker. Would make for cleaner finish and less chance of loose connection.

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Cons: can't use banana clips with speaker wire into back of speaker when wall mounted.

Awesome speakers!!!!

Joe from New York, NY on 7/28/2014

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A new addition to my Bose collection! Awesome speakers!!!! Outstanding quality, east to setup, easy install, hardware that's included is of excellent quality! The sound is amazing, no matter the volume there is zero distortion.

Pros: Everything!

Cons: Nothing at all!

Amazing speakers

Sam from Heart of Ohio on 7/10/2014

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I replaced some older Bose with these. These sound amazing and easy to install. As always Crutchfield service was great.

Pros: Sound great! Well built. Easy install

Cons: None so far

Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers Reviews

Ronald from Coamo, PR on 4/6/2014

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Have high fidelity and frequency crystal size; It is amazing.

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Anonymous from New York, NY on 3/10/2014

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Great speakers, I have purchased a number of these and Bose never seems to disappoint.

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Placement is important

Romarin from LA CA. on 12/1/2013

First off, yes they don't have a lot of bass but it is compensated for in the design so placement is very important. They need something behind them to magnify the low ends. Out in the middle of the yard and you won't hear an lows at all. In a corner they are best. Close in under the eaves of your house works very well to amplify the bass. Play around with them and you'll find a good spot fort them that will give you the sound you want.

Pros: Weather proof

Cons: Need to placed where they get good reflected sound.

A little expensive but definately a high caliber speaker

Mike from Tampa, fl on 7/15/2013

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Sound very good for all around sound. a little expensive

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Lack Bass, But Still Sound Great!

94zj318 from md on 11/27/2012

Bought these speakers for my patio. They sound pretty good connected to my 100-watt, 5-channel Sony receiver, but don't expect a whole lot of bass. I've heard the original 151's and they have a bit more bass. I mounted them horizontally, and that's the way I recommend mounting them for best sound, even though they can be mounted vertically. These speakers have withstood seven years of heat, extremely cold temperatures, and harsh weather, and still sound like they did the day I installed them. Plus, they blend in so they're barley visible, until you turn them on and turn up the volume. These are a bit expensive, but if you want top-quality sound, you'll be happy you purchased these speakers.

Pros: Great range, great treble response, great midrange response, they blend in, they sound pretty darn good

Cons: A bit lacking in bass response, compared to the original 151's

5 months of use, so good so far!

Seadog from OH on 9/10/2012

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They sound great. I've had them for 5 months in a covered, but outdoor space. I have high expectations that they'll last forever!

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scott v from nj on 8/21/2012

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a great sounding quality outdoor set of speakers!Bose is unsurpassed in sound!

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The Old Captain

Dennis from West Islip, NY on 8/10/2011

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Great product....Bose was always the best company to deal with for superior quality & durability. Worth the little bit extra. Truly stereo. My second round of speakers..First ones lasted over 25 years, outside year round. Cruchfield is a great company. Fast, efficient & price competative. Great pleasure dealing with them,

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Tony from North Carolina on 6/22/2011

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The Bose 151 outdoor speakers are great. They really expand the area of crisp, clear music. Highly recommend!

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Could Sound Better

Vince from Maryland on 5/7/2011

I bought a pair of these for my patio, and hooked them up to my stereo receiver. They sound great, but the bass response is not that great. The treble and mid-range response is great, however. Maybe my receiver is putting too much power to them, but they still sound good.

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Remember Your Old AM Radio?

boulderskies from Phoenix, AZ on 8/24/2006

I'm not sure where the term "bass-reflex" comes from. Based on my brief experience with these speakers hanging over an outside patio, maybe the term should be "Non-bass reflex." Make no mistake, there is almost the complete absence of bass, which as anyone knows, is NOT a good thing for music played outdoors.<BR><BR>The best analogy I can provide is if you think you would be happy with two transistor AM radios hanging over your outdoor patio, then go for it.<BR><BR>Great looks, but no substance.

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Great for Surround

Marvin from Raleigh on 7/20/2006

I have spent a lot of money on my home theatre system, and i am just making the final buys. Two things are now missing, surround speakers, and center channel. I was lucky enough to get these babies as a GIFT. I only received a pair, so i went and ordered 2 more, because i have a 7.1 setup. These speakers are awesome for surround sound, extremely loud, clear, and i haven't heard a distortion yet. It looks nice and sleek in my home. I love the mounting brackets, it was so easy to install them onto my wall. <BR><BR>As said in the other review, there is little if not no bass in these speakers, that is true, but a subwoofer will take care of that. 9 times out of ten all surround speakers need a sub, unless you have a standing speaker, which doesn't look elegant. These speakers are a bit pricy, for its performance, but then again its a Bose.<BR><BR>--BOTTOM LINE--. Recommended, but not highly, i would look at other speakers.

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Okay, but not the best

Paul from North Canton, OH on 3/31/2005

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These speakers are sturdy and well put together, and the brackets are of good quality. However, do not expect to hear any bass. Considering that the speakers are advertised as having a "bass reflex" capability, I was very disappointed in the complete lack of low frequency response. I plan to add a sub-woofer to the system to correct this, but would have chosen different speakers if I had know of this shortcoming. It would be nice if Bose would join the rest of the industry by publishing their product's response ranges.

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Driver Technology
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Driver Technology

Drivers: The Bose 151SE Environmental Speakers feature three 2-1/2" full range drivers. These glass-filled speaker cones offer reliable, high-quality sound reproduction across the audible frequencies, even under extreme temperature and weather conditions.

Articulated Array: The three drivers are arranged in an arc inside the speaker for a wide dispersion. This "Articulated Array" delivers full, lifelike sound over a large listening area.

Stereo Everywhere: When mounted horizontally at a minimum of 7 feet apart, the speakers deliver "Stereo Everywhere" performance. The result is evenly distributed stereo sound outdoors with distinct channel separation over a wide coverage area, instead of in one small "sweet spot." Note: When the speakers are mounted vertically, you will not experience the "Stereo Everywhere" effect.

Enclosure Design

Cabinet: The speakers feature a glass-filled polypropylene cabinet for yearlong protection against weather extremes.

Slot-Port Tuning: The speakers feature slot ports on the rear panel to reduce air turbulence for cleaner and deeper bass reproduction.

Weather-Tested: Bose outdoor speakers are tested against snow, rain, salt and temperature extremes of -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C). They are also put through 1,200 hours of salt-fog testing, which is twice the demanding Marine Industry Standard.

Connections

Terminals: The speakers are equipped with binding post speaker terminals that can accept pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs or bare wire. They are spaced too far apart to accept dual banana plugs.

Note: Exposed portions of the speaker wires should be treated with some type of waterproof material to prevent corrosion.

Mounting Options

Brackets: The speakers include weather-resistant brackets and hardware to withstand the elements. The brackets allow the speakers to be mounted at an angle up to 45° in either direction (Up/Down if mounted horizontally; Left/Right if mounted vertically). The supplied locking screws hold the speakers in place at the desired angle. The brackets mount the speakers approximately 13/16" away from the mounting surface.

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Why did you buy this?

Tried these outdoors, however did not like the tint-e sound. Replaced w/ Klipsch and they are very nice, good bass and overall sound. [ Gregory  Aug 01, 2016 ]
My first experience with Bose was after 9/11. They sent a Bose sound system to every nyc firehouse. It was an awesome gesture. The system was excellent. I have been a Bose fan ever since. I know that when I purchase Bose I'm purchasing great quality. [ Joseph  Jun 04, 2016 ]
Great product! [ S  Mar 28, 2016 ]
I trust the Bose name, good prices! [ ERIC  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Wide sound field for outdoor sound around pool. Quality sound with a low wattage receiver...good for 10-100 watts per channel. White color matches with where they will be mounted. Includes wall mounting brackets. Bose quality with 5 year warranty. [ Kevin  Jul 18, 2016 ]
Bose name and Patrick's endorsement Patrick's Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=192 [ DONALD  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Quality [ Charles  Apr 17, 2016 ]

6 questions already asked

Yes! [ Greg  Sep 15, 2015 ]
I have had mine for two years....they have been rained on and still perform flawlessly! Love them! [ BRANDON  Sep 10, 2015 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Krissy  Jul 29, 2016 ]  Staff
We do not carry the Bose brackets as replacement items and none of the other brackets we carry are expected to work with those speakers. You may try calling Bose on 800.367.4008 to get them. I hope this helps!! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=101 [ Paul  Jul 26, 2016 ]  Staff
The mounting brackets that we used came with the speakers Check out the picture at this link:http://www.crutchfield.com/p_018151SEW/Bose-151-SE-environmental-speakers-White.html [ Bagel Works,  Jul 25, 2016 ]
Are you inquiring if the speakers have a volume control on them? The answer is no. [ Heather  Jul 05, 2016 ]
There is no separate volume control on the speaker. They are controlled by the amplifier or receiver. [ RONALD  Jul 04, 2016 ]
These speakers need a receiver to function. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
These speakers are for permanent mounting outdoors. They have connectors for speaker wire on the back (one red, one black). They are not wireless, not Bluetooth, and have no port for an iPhone. However, I play my iPhone through my stereo which powers these speakers. Good luck! [ THOMAS AARON  Dec 19, 2013 ]
You will not be able to connect phone to speaker directly. You will need a receiver that airplay compatible . [ ALEX  Dec 19, 2013 ]
Not directly. These speakers have to be hooked up to a receiver first, then the iPhone could control the receiver. [ RONALD  Dec 19, 2013 ]
Hi Dina: These outdoor Bose speakers are excellent for year round outdoor use; however, they are not capable of Bluetooth interaction. They will have to be wired to an amplifier. Perhaps Bose does make an outdoor wireless speaker/speakers; if not, I am certain other manufacturers have them. Hope this was helpful. DRF [ DONALD R  Dec 19, 2013 ]
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