Bose® 601 Series IV

Floor-standing speakers (Light cherry)

  • Bose® 601™ Series IV

    Light Cherry

  • Bose® 601™ Series IV

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  • Bose® 601™ Series IV

    Rear panels

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Our take on the Bose® 601™ Series IV

by Barry Montgomery

Floor-standing speakers — still standing tall

Sure, floor-standing tower speakers buck the industry trend toward smaller, visually inconspicuous speakers, but they're hard to beat if great sound is your primary goal. Tower speakers produce powerful sound with excellent bass, making them a great choice for serious music lovers and for folks who want high-impact home theater.

Bose's most affordable tower speaker, the 601 Series IV, will fill your room with warm, spacious sound. Proprietary Bose technology allows these speakers to deliver a blend of reflected and direct sound that makes movie soundtracks and your favorite CDs jump to life across a wide, realistic soundstage.

Each handsome 601 tower speaker features an angled 2-1/2" Stereo Targeting® tweeter that delivers crisp, true-to-life highs throughout your listening area. Two 6-1/2" woofers (one front-firing, the other rear-firing) are housed in a proprietary tapered acoustic enclosure to pump out clean, powerful midrange and deep, rich bass.

The 601 speakers make an excellent stereo pair by themselves — or mate them with the voice-matched VCS-10® center speaker and a pair of Bose 161™ speakers as surrounds (see "Accessories") for a great Bose home theater system!


  • 2-1/2" tweeter
  • Two 6-1/2" woofers
  • recommended power 10-200 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms
  • black or light cherry vinyl finish
  • 8"W x 31-13/16"H x 15-1/4"D
  • warranty: 5 years

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Vinyl
Color Light Cherry
Tweeter Cone
Tweeter Size (inches) 2.5
Midrange Size (inches) N/A
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Paper
Woofer Surround Cloth
Built-in Powered Sub No
Video-Shielded No
Connector Type 5-way post
Bi-amp Inputs No
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Power Range 10-200
Frequency Response N/A
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Amplifier Power ---
Height (inches) ---
Width (inches) ---
Depth (inches) ---
Weight ---
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What's in the box?

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  • 2 Light cherry Bose 601 speakers (left and right)
  • 2 Black front grilles
  • 2 Black rear grilles
  • Owner's Guide
  • Bose Product Registration and Warranty Information
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter

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Woofers: Each speaker features a front-firing 6-1/2" paper cone woofer and a rear-firing 6-1/2" cone paper woofer. Each woofer uses a cloth surround.

Tweeters: Each speaker has an angled 2-1/2" Stereo Targeting tweeter. These proprietary drivers are engineered to direct mid to high frequencies to a wide, stable area between the speakers. The tweeters help create a sense of lifelike spaciousness and let you hear full stereo throughout the listening area.

Direct/Reflecting Speaker Technology: Direct/Reflecting speaker technology can recreate the ratio of reflected and direct sound similar to what you hear at a live concert. As a result, you experience the power, impact and emotion of a live performance in your home. The 601 Direct/Reflecting speaker system offers everything you want from floor-standing speakers: concert-like sound and elegant, unobtrusive design. With their contoured design and precisely angled drivers, 601 Direct/Reflecting speakers use the rear and side walls in your room to reflect sound all around you, immersing you in the musical experience.

Stereo Everywhere: Most conventional speakers radiate sound to a single "sweet spot," but the 601 speaker system delivers Stereo Everywhere speaker performance. That means you enjoy balanced stereo sound throughout the listening area. Sit almost anywhere in the room, and you'll enjoy a wide, realistic soundstage.

Enlarged Bass Port: Bose proprietary bass technology reproduces deep, rich bass using two 6 1/2" woofers engineered into a 63" tapered acoustic enclosure. The enlarged, rear-firing port enables bass reproduction free from the audible port noise or compression that is often found in conventional speakers.

Automatic Protection Circuitry: The automatic protection circuit built into these speakers protects them from most kinds of damage caused by electrical stress or overload.

5-Way Binding Posts: The 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.


Compatibility: Bose states that these speakers are compatible with A/V receivers and amplifiers rated from 10 to 200 watts per channel and 4 to 8 Ohms impedance.

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