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Our take on the Bose® 161™ speaker system

by Barry Montgomery
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If you didn't know it was from Bose, you might not expect much from this elegant but unassuming little speaker. But each speaker in the 161™ system packs several patented Bose technologies into its slender cabinet to ensure spacious, ear-pleasing results. The Articulated Array® speaker design houses two angled, full-range 2-1/2" drivers engineered to generate more air movement from a small enclosure than conventional drivers. And Bose's Stereo Everywhere® speaker performance delivers great stereo sound throughout the room, not just in a small "sweet spot" like standard speakers.

Bose's 161™ system performs as a great set of stereo speakers in smaller rooms — or use the speakers as surrounds in a complete Bose home theater system, with the voice-matched Bose 301® system for the front channels, and the VCS-10® center speaker.

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Highlights:

  • Two full-range 2-1/2" drivers per speaker
  • recommended power 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms
  • includes mounting brackets
  • ABS enclosure
  • 10-3/4"W x 4-1/4"H x 5"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
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Bass Reflex
Bipole or Dipole
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No
Tweeter
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Midrange size (inches)
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2-1/2
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Spring clip
Power Range
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10-100
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8
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Height (inches)
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4 1/4
Width (inches)
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10 3/4
Depth (inches)
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5
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4
Mounting Bracket Included
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5 Years
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5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • 1 Black left surround speaker
  • 1 Black right surround speaker
  • 2 Black brackets (each bracket is composed of a part A and part B)
  • Two 1" machine screws
  • Four 5/8" machine screws
  • 6 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Guide
  • Bose Product Registration & Warranty Information (not for US and Canada)
  • Bose Product Registration and Warranty Information (for US and Canada)
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter

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Driver Technology
Mounting Options
Specifications

Driver Technology

Articulated Array Speaker Design: By precisely positioning the drivers inside the speaker cabinet, an Articulated Array speaker design can provide a large, consistent sound field. This allows for a more cinema-like experience.

Stereo Everywhere Speaker Performance: Because many conventional speakers radiate sound directly into the room, you hear balanced stereo sound only in one small "sweet spot." Using patented Bose Direct/Reflecting speaker technology, the Direct/Reflecting speakers deliver a natural balance of reflected and direct sound. You hear balanced stereo sound almost anywhere in the room.

Mounting Options

Mounting: Using the supplied brackets, the Bose 161 speakers can be mounted vertically or horizontally on the wall. Using the supplied self-adhesive rubber feet, the speakers can be placed on any flat surface.

Note: For Stereo Everywhere speaker performance, horizontal mounting is required.

Specifications

Recommended Power: 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms

Weight: each speaker weighs 4 pounds

 

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3 out of 5

Lacking Bass

Written By MikeSC, Mooresville, NC on Tuesday, July 22, 2014
 
Decent speakers. Running four of them in our basement skatepark. Good volume, but bass is disappointing. Will likely replace in the future with something fatter. But ok for now.
Pros:
Compact
Cons:
Lacking bass
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5 out of 5

Bose 161

Written By Jeremy, Phoenix on Monday, June 02, 2014
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Nice speakers sounds great, but they are bose
Pros:
Great sound for the high note
Cons:
Not super bassey
1 out of 1 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

disappointing

Written By doug, Maryland on Tuesday, May 13, 2014
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Tinny. Had I been able to hear these beforehand I would never have purchased them. Designed for the eyes not the ears. If that's what you are looking for, you might be satisfied. Some listeners say they sound OK, but I think they are being polite. I will replace them with something better someday. I am not inclined to look to this manufacturer in the future. Installed in a kitchen/dining room, zone 3 driven from Onkyo 929 receiver.
Pros:
looks
Cons:
sound
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5 out of 5

Great sound for my great room.

Written By Rick F., Nashville,TN on Saturday, January 04, 2014
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Sounds great, using them now as front speakers for my surround system. Room is about 16 by 24. Recently got a turntable for my lps, you would'nt believe the sound. May upgrade later and use these as my rear speakers.On floor now, will sound better when stands arrive.
Pros:
Good price for Bose, small space savers.
Cons:
Not quite big enough for my great room.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Anonymous, Boise Idaho on Friday, January 03, 2014
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Easy to install - great sound - better than the ceiling bose speakers we installed last year - subwoofer recommended
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161T speaker system

Written By Al, Lima, oh on Wednesday, November 13, 2013
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Incredible sound.. very clear and distinctive. I am buying more to add to my system.
Pros:
Easy to hang and mount
Cons:
Would like something different instead of the straight push wire in connection.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Bose 161 speakers

Written By Fred D., Long Island, NY on Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Speakers are fine for small area main speakers but are somewhat lacking in bass.
Pros:
Quality feel and look
Cons:
Wall bracket saw tooth adjustment mechanisms do not hold speakers firmly to the wall plate.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Speakers

Written By AustinC, Chattanooga, TN on Monday, June 24, 2013
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I bought these for my Dad on Father's Day to use as surround speakers with his Bose 301s, because they are voice-matched to them. They sound great with the 301s and I highly recommend them. Excellent clarity.

As far as using them as front speakers, I feel like they might lack the bass necessary to use them alone, but if you added a sub, they would be fine, as long as the room wasn't too big.

Also the mounting brackets that came with them are terrific. That was definitely a selling point for me. It makes it really convenient to not have to buy separate mounting stuff.

Don't believe the people who say Bose sucks. I agree that they can be quite overpriced, but they are by no means bad speakers if you have the money, especially in home theater applications.
Pros:
Sound Quality, Size, Mounting Brackets
Cons:
Could use slightly more bass, but keep in mind how small they are.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose 161 Surround

Written By Dave B, Manakin Sabot, VA on Saturday, June 22, 2013
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These speakers are being utilized in a surround, front high environment and are delivering crisp, clear sound. Installation with the supplied wall brackets was quick and easy. I would recommend the 161's for most any surround environment either front or back.
Pros:
Easy to install and sound is great!
Cons:
Be careful with the white speakers as they may become soiled during installation.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Anonymous, Guttenberg on Friday, June 21, 2013
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The speaker are the best
1 out of 2 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Great speakers for small room

Written By Stevo, Greenville, SC on Wednesday, May 29, 2013
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Typical Bose quality and sound. These speakers are in my enclosed sun room and provide perfect level of sound for that space.
Pros:
Small & easy to mount
Cons:
Low bass level
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Perfect !

Written By Steve D., Hampstead NC on Thursday, April 25, 2013
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I stumbled upon these while looking at a review of The Bose 201 speakers. I'm using these as rear channel speakers along with the Bose Acoustimass 5 series for the front. Absolutely perfect fit for my music room. The shape lets you hear every note. Love the white!
Pros:
Great sound separation via the shape. White option looks rich.
Cons:
None.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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3 out of 5

Bose 161

Written By Bcurse, Castalian Springs, TN on Monday, April 15, 2013
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Above average price for what you get.
Pros:
Small and Light weight.
2 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great sound

Written By BucBuc, Myrtle Beach,SC on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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Compact, well made, beautiful sound
Pros:
Price, size, sound
Cons:
None
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Very nice channel "B" speakers both for sound and looks

Written By Mike, Buffalo NY on Sunday, April 14, 2013
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I come to Crutchfield over and over because of their standard of quality and to compare potential products for pricing and features and specs. I love the process in place for shipping and delivery, I think they were delivered 3 days after I ordered them! Very nice small set of Bose, nice sound and good looks
Pros:
Work well in the kitchen and blend very well without being obtrusive- you hear the music
Cons:
Not really a complaint but they don't carry a lot of base information, they work well to ass a soundtrack to a room
4 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose 161 speakers

Written By jessew, Big Rapids, mi. on Friday, March 29, 2013
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Love these speakers they sound great, nice and loud also.
2 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Surroundsoundcomplete, Peyton, CO on Monday, February 18, 2013
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Great speakers and a nice addition to our surround sound system. I use them for rear speakers in a small theater room. The mounting brackets are very adaptable. Very nice sound for rear channel.
Pros:
Bose quality, sound reproduction, look great on my wall, good price for the quality
Cons:
a little wide so had to mount them vertical
4 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Reviews for the Bose® 161T speaker system

Written By Reviews for the Bose® 161T speaker system, Chicago on Friday, January 18, 2013
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excellent service from Crutchfield and great speakers
2 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good service

Written By Handyman Bob, San Diego, CA on Sunday, December 30, 2012
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The service was fine -the speakers arrived on time and in good shape (packaging was very good).
1 out of 7 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

great speakers

Written By Anonymous, 11101 on Friday, December 28, 2012
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great speakers clear and responsive complimented my Polk Tsi300 and cs20 very well
Pros:
sound great. look great
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Speakers

Written By Gary, La Porte, TX on Friday, December 07, 2012
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Bought these as replacement "rear" speakers for an Onkyo surround sound system.
Pros:
Excellent sound quality.
Cons:
None
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

A Bit Lacking in Bass, Still Good Though!

Written By 94zj318, md on Tuesday, November 27, 2012
 
I bought these to use them with my HDTV in my bedroom. They look nice and have a curvy look to them, and they even include the wall mount brackets (I don't have them wall mounted, but plan to do so soon). The voice clarity, treble response, and midrange response is pretty good, however, don't expect a lot of bass response, as these are meant for surround or rear channel use. They are also a bit overpriced. I'd recommend them, though.
Pros:
Good for using with an HDTV, good for rear channel or surround use, pair with VCS10 for an even better experience, good voice response, good midrange and treble response
Cons:
Lacking in bass, overpriced
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Good for Back Channel Use

Written By Ron D., Union, NJ on Thursday, October 18, 2012
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These are now being used as back channel surround speakers in a 7.2 system. All of the other speakers are Polk Audio, and the 161's blend in very well. There's no way that speakers of this size can deliver any credible bass, but clear high and mid-range make them good for surround use. I bought these because of their compact size and flexible mounting options, and was pleasantly surprised at the sound quality. The spring clip speaker connections are not the best, though, and it will be a struggle to connect any wire larger than 18AWG.
Pros:
Wide dispersion, good clarity
Cons:
Spring clip wire connectors
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent Clarity

Written By Paul, Houghton, MI on Friday, August 03, 2012
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I was originally hoping to get in-wall speakers, but the old walls in my house would not cooperate and I purchased these as a replacement. I have them paired with a JBL PB10, a Jensen Center channel and a TEAC receiver, and the whole system sounds great! I have been giving it a bit of a run with the British Olympic Soundtrack and it is covering the range beautifully and with excellent clarity. I have also given it a run with the latest Star Trek, and was very impressed with the dialog clarity.
Pros:
Great looking (mine are mounted vertical), pretty easy to mount with the provided plate, the mounting plate has a pass through for the cable that helps things stay tidy. The teeth on the mounting bracket help keep the speaker at the chosen angle.
Cons:
The screw to tighten the speakers to the bracket can be a little tricky to get in because each one seems to have a bit of paint on it. Would be cool if you could add the Bose logo later, but none of these are problems of any significance.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Good sound for the price.

Written By Dave C., Galesburg, IL on Tuesday, July 03, 2012
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These speakers are being used as the main speakers with a stereo system in the family room. Because this isn't my main system, I'm not so concerned with the amount of bass produced. If these were paired with a subwoofer, I think the average listener would conclude that they sounded pretty good. Based on past experience with Bose speakers, I'm confident these will live up to expectations.
Pros:
Small size, reasonable price.
Cons:
Could use more bass.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose 161 Speakers

Written By StanB, Spring Hill, KS on Thursday, April 05, 2012
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Great sound quality in a compact speaker. Excellent range.
3 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Amazing

Written By Wow, San Antonio on Tuesday, April 03, 2012
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These are sleek, amazing quality sound speakers that I should have bought years ago. I have always owned Bose speakers in the past and have always been amazed by the clarity and quality of the product. They were simple and easy to install which made it even a better buy.
5 out of 6 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161T speaker system

Written By StanT, San Andreas, CA on Monday, April 02, 2012
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I hooked these speakers up to my home amplifier to get better sound from my new TV. These Bose speakers have very true sound quality. They really live up to the Bose name. I would recommend them speakers to anyone that wants to have the best sound you can get out of a small set of speakers.
Pros:
Very good sound quality and very nice style.
Cons:
It would be nice if Bose had put a banana jack in the back for hooking up the wiring.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose 161

Written By Ron R, Huntsville AL on Sunday, February 12, 2012
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Excellent quality, mounts easily, accompanied the Bose double cube speakers very well for a total surround sound
Pros:
Mounts work well, sound quality, price, size. Crutchfield service was very good and shipped quickly
Cons:
None
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Everything I wanted

Written By John Mc, Wisconsin on Sunday, February 05, 2012
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Can't beat them for the price. Easy install, good looking, perfect size, great sound
Pros:
Size, looks, sound, easy install, value for the money
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Excellent speakers.

Written By Audiophile9, Steamboat Springs, CO on Saturday, February 04, 2012
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Outstanding sound quality. I am currently using the Bose 161 speakers as rear surround in my 7.2 setup. The difference upon installing these is impressive. Compact, sturdy wall mounts and every bit of the sound quality you would expect from a Bose speaker.
Pros:
Style, sound, size and easy to install.
Cons:
None.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

"Good Speakers"

Written By michaels, Williamsburg, VA on Thursday, February 02, 2012
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For the money, these are great surround speakers, do not expect much bass. For ambient sound, they are great, very clear, no distortion or static. Had to call Crutchfield when I was hooking them up, because I had them on the wrong terminals at first. Great service from Crutchfield, as usual. I have been a customer for years. I love Crutchfield!
Pros:
Great price, like the fact you can get them in white or black. (I chose white)
Cons:
Cannot think of any.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

good sounds

Written By jorge d, miami springs fl. on Tuesday, January 31, 2012
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very good sound i`m very happy with the speakers
Pros:
small and good looking
Cons:
none
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5 out of 5

Bose 161 Speakers

Written By Bud W, Roswell, GA on Friday, January 27, 2012
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I bought four of the Bose 161s as rear speakers in a 7.2 surround system that consists of JBL front and center channel speakers plus Polk Audio subs...all powered by a Denon AVR-2312CI receiver. They've been installed for approximately one month in a medium-sized home theater room. So far, I am extremely pleased with the results. For moderately priced home theater systems, such as mine, they offer several positive attributes...beyond the obvious dollar value. Of course, Bose quality is first and the included mounting brackets worked extremely well for me. Even something as seemingly insignificant as having a color choice for the speakers was nice. Finally, the sound quality is excellent for the money spent. So far, this is proving to be a good choice for my application.
Pros:
Bose quality; value priced; perfect size for my application; included speaker mounts; color choice.
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Anonymous, Chicago IL on Thursday, January 26, 2012
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I'm a happy man
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Anonymous, Huntsville, AL on Sunday, January 22, 2012
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Beautiful product with excellent sound. Perfect for surround system upper mid range.
Pros:
White color, sound quality
Cons:
None
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5 out of 5

Absolutely Amazing Sound

Written By Lee, York,Pa. on Sunday, November 06, 2011
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These speakers are without a doubt the best surround speakers that I have ever heard.Plenty of bass and the sound is crisp and clear.I now have a Bose system all around. I have the 301 speakers for front and the V-10 center channel. I would advise anyone one to buy them.You won't be sorry.
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5 out of 5

Exactly what I wanted!

Written By TomP, Midlothian, VA on Sunday, October 30, 2011
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What's not to like? Ordered these speakers one day and received them the next day...Thanks, Crutchfield! Mounting was easy, they look great and sound super. I did a fair amount of research in my quest for rear speakers for an existing stereo system. Bose produces an excellent product by all measurements and Cruchfield delivers!
Pros:
I have these speakers mounted as rear speakers to compliment my older Bose 4.2 speakers. They are absolutely perfect! Mounting was a cinch and the sound is great.
Cons:
ZERO!
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Alan, Beaufort SC on Thursday, October 13, 2011
 
These sound great and I'm using them as "Rear Back" speakers in between my double cube Bose surrounds.

They sound super and fill my 7.1 system up perfectly!

Highly recommend them as surround or rear backs!
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5 out of 5

High quality small attractive speakers

Written By DavidF, Potomac, MD on Friday, July 29, 2011
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Attractive speakers, good for WAF. They sound great; I'm using them for surround speakers.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers!

Written By Gordon Ruoff, Easton PA 18045 on Sunday, June 05, 2011
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Great Suppliment to BOSE 201 Speakers!
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5 out of 5

Great Sound Quality

Written By Vince, Maryland on Saturday, May 07, 2011
 
I got a pair of these for Christmas a couple of years ago. I hooked them up to
my stereo receiver and they produce that sound that Bose is known for, crisp,
clear highs, and nice mid-range. The bass response is good, but I didn't expect
booming bass because they are smaller speakers. I will eventually buy the
center-channel speaker that goes along with these. I recommend these to anyone
looking for a good pair of stereo or surround speakers.
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5 out of 5

Great Sound

Written By LM, Moyock, NC on Wednesday, April 27, 2011
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Great speakers for a great price. I'm using them as my rear sorround
speakers. You can't go wrong with Bose.
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Chris, Bozeman, MT on Wednesday, March 23, 2011
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These speakers do a nice job of filling a large room with music. It is
amazing how such small speakers can create such a big sound.
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5 out of 5

The Ideal Speaker for Highs/Mids when using a sub! Great for DTS-MA an

Written By David Yu, Oklahoma City, OK on Monday, March 07, 2011
 
I use the Bose 161 as REAR Surround sound speakers and they are absolutely
amazing. I have a Yamaha Neo HD YMC-700 receiver with all the bells and
whistles. The 161are lacking in the bass department, but if you use a sub woofer
as a primary source for low frequencies, These little powerhouses will
seamlessly give balance with its crisp highs and warm mids, which gives you that
"IMAX" theater effect, in my opinion.

The 161 are mainly being used as L/R Rear Surrounds in a 6.1 set-up. I mainly
use DTS-Master Audio and Dolby TrueHD signals via HDMI 1.4 for Blu-Rays, and the
clarity is remarkable,even using large floor standing speakers (Athena AS-F2)
and a powerful subwoofer ( Athena AS-P4000)

Purchase these with confidence. You will be happy!

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5 out of 5

Very good choice for small speaker

Written By Business owner, Meridian, Idaho on Sunday, February 20, 2011
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I wanted a good sounding wall mountable speaker that wasn't going to cost me a fortune. I
have a business with a customer area that's about 1800 sf that I needed to fill with sound. It
has an open ceiling that is 16 feet high, so I'm talking a lot of air volume. I ordered 3 pair of
these to do the job. I definitely made a good choice. They have a great sound and look. I'm
getting ready to order 2 more pair for my kitchen area and these will definitely be the ones I
get. A note to a serious music critic, these speakers are meant for background music, not
deep base, thumping sound.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By MRD, Gainesville, FL on Thursday, February 10, 2011
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Very pleased w/ these speakers, they have it all IMO...affordable,
good sound, look nice, and very easy to install.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Dennis, Bellmore, NY on Monday, February 07, 2011
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Excellent speakers. Using as the surround speakers in a home theater setup, with Bose
701's and Bose Center speaker. Very satisfied.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Dan M, St Louis, MO on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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Bought two pair of Bose 161 surround sound speakers. They are paired with Bose 301
main speakers, a Polk Audio center channel speaker, and a Polk Audio subwoofer. My
music ( and videos ) have never sounded better. Am extremely pleased with my
purchase.
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5 out of 5

great rear surround

Written By mikew, dallas, tx on Thursday, February 03, 2011
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The speakers sound great as my rear surround speakers, great ballance and they
disappear into the walls and ceiling
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5 out of 5

great for surround sound

Written By JAMES, Kelso, WA on Monday, January 18, 2010
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I needed a good pair of surround side speakers for my 7.1 setup at my Digital Audio Workstation. These speakers are great. They have much more bass than my original 101's, and sound very clean and natural. Setup in seconds. For surround speakers, these are some of the best of the small size speakers I have heard.
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5 out of 5

Great Speakers

Written By Brian, Danville, CA on Thursday, March 05, 2009
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I bought 3 pair of these speakers for my dental office. I needed a speaker with contemporary styling that sounds great in a business setting. These speakers fit this need perfectly. The installation was easy and quick. I would highly recommend these speakers.
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5 out of 5

Great sounding surround speaker

Written By RPIJG, Yarmouth, ME on Saturday, February 07, 2009
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Great looking speaker, with great sound for a surround speaker. Not sure if it would be the best for a full range speaker, but sounds excellent with great dynamic range for surround sound. Nice rich sound.

The mounting "system" that they give you isn't worth a lick, but I did end up using it as most other mounting systems have the large speakers sticking too far out of the wall.
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5 out of 5

New Move, New Electronics

Written By Tamara, Houston, TX on Wednesday, November 05, 2008
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Just moved into a DT loft, had old set of Bose speakers but needed something more updated and designer fresh. What can I say, I am a gal! I am a Bose product fan and Crutchfield helped me to obtain what I desired in the best means, economically affordable.

I am very pleased and will continue to hunt the halls of Crutchfield to further expand and improve my Bose system. They rock!
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4 out of 5

Great as primary with subwoofer for apartment

Written By showen, S.F. Bay Area on Thursday, October 09, 2008
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I had an old pair of Bose 201's which still worked great I but needed to
consolidate after moving in with my then fiance. No, she did not tell me to
get rid of them. So, after reviewing the products on Crutchfield last
Holiday, I bought the Bose 161's and an Infinity PS28 subwoofer. We have
been extremely satisfied ever since with their performance and value. I
installed the 161's in the ceiling corners with the PS28 just past mid-room
near the TV. The components are powered by my trusty old Yamaha
receiver. Together, they fill our (we got married) 18'x14' living room with
great sound.
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4 out of 5

Good for surround, not as primary

Written By Jaffrey, Washington, DC on Monday, September 01, 2008
 
I got these to replace my TV speakers and like others have mentioned, these have a noce wide dispersion but are not good as primary speakers due to their inability to handle bass. They also require a more powerful amplifier to drive and TVs are not good!

The wide dispersion make them perfect as surround speakers. In fact, that is how I am using them and are remarkably good at their price.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Frederick, JACKSONVILLE, FL. on Thursday, April 03, 2008
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I LIKE THESE SPEAKERS VERY MUCH. FOR THE PRICE, THEY ARE A BARGAIN. I USE THEM AS MY REAR SURROUND SPEAKERS. THEY ARE PAIRED WITH MY BOSE 201 FRONT SPEAKERS. THE TWO SETS OF SPEAKERS ARE PERFECTLY MATCHED. I WOULD RECCOMEND THESE SPEAKERS AND ANY BOSE SPEAKERS TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN GOOD SOUND.
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5 out of 5

Just what I needed

Written By Anonymous, Fairfield, Pa on Tuesday, August 21, 2007
 
I have looked at and have listen to the Bose 161 Surround speakers.
I use 3 pair. (Front L/R)(Surround L/R)(Rear L/R).
These speakers alone have a pleasing sound but are not design to produce Bass compaired to a powered or non-powered sub.
I was able to listen to the 161 at a local store.
The 161 required a bit more input/volume compaired to other displays.
But I've owned Bose products for years and have never been disapointed with there look an most importantly Sound.
Match the 161 with a powered sub and you'll never have any regrets.
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4 out of 5

Bose 161 speakers

Written By Patman3, Las Vegas, NV on Wednesday, February 15, 2006
 
The units look nice and sound good. I'm using them as surround speakers mounted to the ceiling, angled down. The bass may be a bit weak but they are just surround speakers, that's what the bass pounding woofer is for. There is a 2 piece bracket, one attaches to the speaker, the other to the mounting surface. Bose gives you a screw to attach the 2 brackets together to finish the installation. The screw is TOO LONG! I couldn't get it tight enough to hold in place. It's a #8 screw so I found a slightly shorter one that would make it tight but the head was to large so I had to grind down the head to fit in the plastic recessed hole. If you are just setting the speakers on a table they give you rubber feet, so you wont have this problem.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Charles, Atlanta, GA on Monday, January 16, 2006
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I have three sets of these and love them. Great sound for the price and they look nice. Well worth the money.
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2 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Rich H, Clay, NY on Saturday, January 07, 2006
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I purchased a pair of the Bose 161 speakers to use as extension speakers in a small dining room. They are connected to a Techniques 75 WPC receiver using 16 Ga wire.

While the highs and midranges are fine, the bass is very disappointing and barely there. When I contacted Bose to recommend a woofer or unpowered subwoofer they told me that they do not sell such products. I wished that your specs had listed the speaker range in CPS that may have helped me make a better decision.
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5 out of 5

Bose® 161™ speaker system

Written By Jon, Shawnee, KS on Tuesday, March 08, 2005
 
I have had a pair of 161's for about a 2 years now and just purchased another pair from crutchfield, i use them for my front and surround speakers in a 6.1 surround setup. I have them hooked up with 16 gauge monster THX certified cable. I can crank up the reciever all the way with no distortion from these speakers, i like the small size of these and that they can be mounted to wall/ceiling. They sound great for music and movies.
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I have 5,1 system with MK..... Center spkr ,left front,right front and rear surround.smaller size 2 speakers( MK as well) subwoofer is MK125 II.(one for now but thinking about 2nd one sub but later down the road) I just bought RX-A3030 Yamaha. and need 2 front ( to support presence mid range frequency) Q. would this speakers , BOSE 161 , do the job in the front settlement/if connecting ? ( not rear surround)) best regards Johnni K [ Johnni  Apr 03, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • As rear surrounds they work perfectly. I have a set of Bose 201 Series IIIs that I use as front channel speakers. [ Vincent   Apr 09, 2014 ]
  • I used the Bose 161 as rear speakers for the surround sound, I'm not sure these speaker are suitable for front speakers. Dan E [ D   Apr 04, 2014 ]
  • I use them as my rear surrounds and they sound great, when I first bought them I had them hooked up to the front speaker terminals and I thought they sounded awesome that way also. [ JESSE   Apr 03, 2014 ]
Do these speakers have to get hooked up to tv? [ Carol  Feb 23, 2014 ]
5 answers
  • No they hook up to a receiver. Most TV's don't have speaker inputs directly on them. [ Vincent   Apr 09, 2014 ]
  • These are to be attached to any speaker output. Preferably mid to highs. Mine are connected to the mid-rear of a 7.1 system. they have to be powered. Thanx, and have a nice day, Danniel [ DANIEL M   Mar 04, 2014 ]
  • No [ JESSE   Feb 25, 2014 ]
  • I hooked mine up to my receiver as a set of rear speakers. [ ERIC M   Feb 24, 2014 ]
  • Most, if not all people don't even have speaker terminals on their TV. Standard hook-up for these speakers would be to a stereo receiver or A/V receiver via the speaker terminals on the back of those components. [ ROBERT   Feb 24, 2014 ]
Can these be used with a laptop computer? [ Kathleen  Feb 25, 2014 ]
6 answers
  • No, you must connect these to a receiver. [ Vincent   Apr 09, 2014 ]
  • They can but it will require a special wiring harness to plug into the external speaker port on your computer. The speakers are very good. [ DAVID P   Feb 26, 2014 ]
  • No, not directly. Computer speakers typically have an amplifier in them since the computer does not. This is why computer speakers must be plugged into a wall outlet (or sometimes they use batteries). You can, however, play music from your computer wirelessly through your home audio system using technology like NuForce Air DAC. I have recently installed this and find it great! [ STEPHEN   Feb 25, 2014 ]
  • that would not be ideal, these are designed for outdoor usage [ THE BIG   Feb 25, 2014 ]
  • I do not know - I hooked the pair I bought from Crutchfield to my surround sound system in my living room. I do know they give out a really nice and concise sound. Sorry I could not be further helpful [ PHILLIP   Feb 25, 2014 ]
  • These cannot be used directly with a laptop, as they require an amplifier to produce sound. You would need to purchase a suitable amplifier and a cable to connect to your laptop's headphone port in order to use these speakers. [ TIMOTHY J   Feb 25, 2014 ]
Does anyone have experience painting these speakers? Is it possible to paint the white ones to blend with the wall color? Thanks! [ judy  Jan 18, 2014 ]
3 answers
  • You could paint them, however, disassembly would be required. [ Vincent   Apr 09, 2014 ]
  • Judy, there is no reason you couldn't paint the speakers, the plastic body anyway, mine closely match the walls where I mounted them, thry blend pretty well, so no issue there, the screens would have to be masked [ MICHAEL   Jan 20, 2014 ]
  • I did not paint them and would be afraid to for many reasons, not the least of which would be changing the acoustical characteristics by plugging up holes. You should ask the manufacturer. [ STEPHEN   Jan 19, 2014 ]

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