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Bose's popular bookshelf speakers are well-known for their performance, value, and versatility. The innovative 301® Series IV spreads full, lifelike sound throughout your listening area. Each handsome slot-port enclosure houses a wide-dispersion 2" Stereo Targeting® tweeter, and a 3" Direct/Reflecting® tweeter that fires to the back and to the side. A long-excursion 8" woofer delivers plenty of solid, satisfying bass for music or home theater. Available in black or rosewood vinyl finish.

Recommended center channel speaker: Bose VCS-10®.


  • tuned slot-port enclosure
  • 8" woofer
  • 3" Direct/Reflecting® and 2" Stereo Targeting® tweeters
  • recommended power 10-150 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms
  • recommended speaker stand height 20-25 inches
  • black or rosewood vinyl finish
  • 10-1/4"H x 16-3/8"W x 9-3/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years

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Why choose bookshelf speakers?

Bookshelf speakers may be small in size, but they can deliver surprisingly big sound. Some ultra-compact models even fit on a desktop. Most are right at home in tight spaces like shelves, so they're usually good choices for your home theater's rear channels. For the best performance, try placing bookshelf speakers on solid speaker stands to help the sound really "open up." If you want full bass impact, add a powered subwoofer and enjoy punchy sound that's as deeply satisfying as that of floor-standing speakers.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 1 left 2-way speaker
  • 1 right 2-way speaker
  • 8 self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Manual (English/French/Spanish)
  • Service center list
  • Bose brochure
  • International & US/Canada product registration and survey

Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Cone
Tweeter Size (inches) 2
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Composition Paper
Woofer Surround ---
Power Range 10-150
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response N/A
Connector Type Spring clip
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) ---
Width (inches) ---
Depth (inches) ---
Weight (pounds) ---
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 20-25
Parts Warranty 5 YRS
Labor Warranty 5 YRS

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More Specs


Driver Configuration: If you are facing the right speaker, the woofer fires forward, the 2" Stereo Targeting tweeter fires towards the left, and the 3" Direct/Reflecting tweeter is on the right hand side of the speaker behind a 2nd grill and is angled to fire towards the rear and side of the speaker. The left speaker is a mirror image of the right speaker.

Port: There is a port slot on the front of the speaker (behind the grill) and a second slot next to the 3" tweeter.

Placement: These speakers were designed to be positioned horizontally and should not be placed vertically. There are some fairly specific placement recommendations in the manual:

(1) Place speakers 4-12 ft apart
(2) Leave at least 12" of space from the end of a speaker to the side wall
(3) Leave at least 18" from the speakers to the floor or ceiling
(4) Leave at least 24" from the speakers to any TV screen
(5) Keep the back of the speakers within 18" of the wall behind them

Note: There are no provisions for wall mounting these speakers and the manual specifically notes that these speakers are not designed to mount on walls. The 018AS3 speaker stands are specifically noted as the ones to use with these speakers.

More Specs

  • Bose wire recommendations: 18 gauge wire can be used for runs up to 30 feet in length, 16 gauge wire is recommended for runs up to 45 feet long, and 14 gauge wire is recommended for wire runs up to 70 feet in length.
  • Weight per speaker: 12.4 lbs.
  • I.E.C. power rating: 75 W/CH
  • Woofer Surrounds: Foam

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