Popular Bose sound makes its way to your home theater's center channel with the exceptionally low-profile VCS-10® center speaker. Its video-shielded, bass-reflex enclosure houses four Compound Loaded® 2-1/2" drivers — you'll be surprised at how much low-frequency sound you get from such a compact speaker. Just 3-1/4" tall, the VCS-10® center speaker fits many space-challenged TV cabinets and entertainment centers.

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Product Highlights:

  • video-shielded, tuned-port polymer enclosure
  • bass-reflex (ported) design
  • 8-ohm impedance
  • recommended power 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4-8 ohms
  • spring clip connectors
  • 21-1/16"W x 3-1/4"H x 6"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Your home theater's most important speaker

The center channel speaker is the workhorse in a home theater system. It has to reproduce clear dialogue and special effects that keep your eyes and ears glued to the movie action. A high-quality center speaker is a great investment for any surround sound setup. Try to choose one that's as closely matched as possible to your front right and left speakers, so that as sound moves across the front stage, it stays seamlessly realistic.

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • 1 Center Channel Speaker
  • 4 small self-adhesive rubber feet (clear)
  • Manual (English/French/Spanish/etc.)
  • Bose product line literature
  • Warranty/registration card
  • Safeguards
  • Service center list
  • Note stating that grille is not removeable.

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Features

Drivers: There are four 2 1/2" Twiddler drivers in this speaker.

Enclosure: The drivers are ported through a series of vents on top of the unit.

Wall Mounting: There are no provisions to wall mount this speaker. The cabinet is not designed to support weight. The speaker weighs 8.1 lbs.

Electronic Protection Circuit: The speaker features an electronic protection circuit which will intermittently shut down and reset the speaker in case of an overload. If this occurs the volume level should be reset.

Speaker Setup: The "Small" speaker size setting should be selected when using this speaker with a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver, and the size setting should be set to "Normal" with a Dolby Pro Logic receiver.

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Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Tom.m, pasadena,md on Friday, March 18, 2011

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Great center for my yamaha reciever and speakers.The bose blends great and the
dialogue has improved alot!For the new low price on these and free shipping its a
steal.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Josh, Flora, IL on Monday, March 07, 2011

I put off purchasing this center channel due to poor reviews I read all over the internet. Over the years I have purchased most of my equipment from Crutchfield so I started reading through the reviews on the Crutchfield site. I purchased the bose VCS10 a few weeks ago and I am so glad I did. I replaced a klipsch RC25 with the bose so it had big shoes to fill. Staging is great as well as sound. It blends very well with the Bose 301 I use for mains. I have it hooked up to a Denon 1708 reciever. Output is pretty amazing from the small package. Very glad I did not wait any longer.

Bose VCS-10 Center Speaker

Written By Sam, Tacoma, WA on Tuesday, March 01, 2011

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I waited way to long to make this purchase. This speaker was the icing on the cake with
my surround sound system. My wife was even very impressed with the difference and
quality it made in our TV room.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Gene D., Emory, Va on Monday, February 07, 2011

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Great sound

Packs a great punch

Written By John G, Orange Ct on Thursday, February 03, 2011

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for such a little speaker it REALLY pack a punch. It made a big difference.
Great quality

Love Bose

Written By Dale, Gordonsville on Friday, January 28, 2011

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This speaker has great fadelity and reproduces voices great. Worth every penny.

Perfect Mate

Written By Lou C., La Crosse, WI on Thursday, January 27, 2011

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A perfect mate for my old reliable AM5 speakers. Took all of 5 minutes to set up, and
gave the the whole system a very big boost. A great buy for those looking for an
inexpensive way to add some punch to a basic 3-1 set-up.

Awesome Center Channel

Written By Chris L, Raleigh, NC on Monday, November 15, 2010

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This thing rocks! The audio quality is exactly what I would expect from Bose. I am very
happy that I spent the money on this center channel. The low profile nature of this
speaker is excellent as well.

VCS10 par Bose

Written By Chantal, Montreal, Qc on Monday, March 01, 2010

Being a young woman that always demands and expects the very best, Bose has never ever let me down. With its fine crisp clear sound when people talk its like they are in my livingroom. I am so sure some of the owners of this VCS10 has answered their telephone only to laugh afterwards - because the ringing telephone was on TV and NOT our telephone.....thats just how rich the sound is,..,.,

I've matched my VCS10 with two BOSE 701 as my main front and a pair of bookshelf BOSE 201 as my rear speakers. All connected to my Pioneer VSX-D608
I jump out of my beautiful skin while watching a scary movie
BOSE - look me up next time your in Montreal!!!!!!!!!!
---Smoooooooooooooooches- Chantal

It's Thin and it WORKS

Written By marc, Boca Raton, FL on Tuesday, February 03, 2009

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Bought one for my bedroom flat screen system and it blows away standard speakers that claim to be center channel. Now I can hear, as crisp as if people were in the room, the TV and movies. Just bought a 2nd one for the 65" TV in the Den. The Bose center channel speaker is, without a doubt, GREAT!

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Jamz, Chicago, IL on Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Love it! I'm not an audiophile and don't care to be one. For the price, this works perfectly for my 5.1 setup. Just going from 2 channel or TV speakers to 3.1 or 5.1 is well worth it! For watching movies, a center speaker like this is a must! You get crisp, loud dialog out of this so you can hear the actors speak without having to turn the whole system up and blowing your ears on explosions or other background noise.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Dan, New York, NY on Thursday, October 23, 2008

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This speaker is great! It packs a big punch; especially for the size of it. I have two large Acoustic Research tower speakers and they seem to go together quite well aside from the fact that they are two different brands. This BOSE speaker gives my surround sound rich/lively sound.

Pricey Upgrade but Probably Worth It.

Written By BYRON, near Philadelphia, PA, USA on Tuesday, October 21, 2008

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I added this unit to my order for a Bose AM5 III speaker set. Since I had no room for back channel speakers I opted to spend the extra money on the center channel. Absolutely no regrets. I would actually consider doing this speaker BEFORE any of the other upgrades. Nice unit and wife doesn't object to its placement in front of the 42" Toshiba LCD TV. Not cheap, but worth the price.

Not that great as other Bose products

Written By showen, S.F. Bay Area on Sunday, October 19, 2008

I bought the VC-10 as a gift for my parents some time ago to fit into their entertainment center. The low profile is a plus, but it was not that loud and my parents began switching back to the two main speakers to better hear movie and TV/games dialogue. My dad and I re-did the calibration but to no avail. It was not until I purchased a less expensive Infinity center channel for our own system (from Crutchfield) that I really noticed how
much better sounding a center channel should be. The VC-10 was disappointing. I offered to replace it but my parents told me to leave it alone as it is. It's now furniture.

Nice!

Written By Juan, Houston,TX on Sunday, August 03, 2008

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I bought this center channel match with my 301 and 161. These speakers
sound great! The center channel really helped to bring the sound together.
I would recommend this speaker for the price.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Jeremy, Stafford VA on Wednesday, July 02, 2008

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This is a great center channel for any use. I did the research on VCS 10 to find that if you are looking for bottom than you have bought the wrong product. This is for high only. I have this center channel with two 301's in the front and 201's for my surround and if you set your crossover and your HP and SP levels you will get the purfect sound. the only thing I get out of my center is word and a little bit of music. The rest of the setup is what puts out all the rest. If you cannot setup your equipment the way I have specified than this product is not going to perform to the standards it was made for. All in all great product by Bose.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Alan, Elmwood Park, NJ on Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Just one thing to say, one of the best speakers I have. Great clarity and sound from this speaker. I have my whole surround sound Bose speakers,
not one bad thing to say about my set up. I've had this center speaker about 8 yrs and still going strong. Bose speakers in my mind are the best
I've ever had the pleasure of hearing. Can't go wrong with Bose.

Look at other center speakers 1st!

Written By cthelightnh, New Hampshire on Wednesday, March 05, 2008

I just upgraded away from the Bose VCS 10 and Bose 301 setup.

While the speaker is acceptable for music or even basic tv, it lacks the
punch and clarity needed for DVD home theater.

I would not recommend this speaker as there are better sounding center
speakers for less money.

I still use the 301s for music as that is what they are made for. The VCS
10... I don't know.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Brian, Reading, PA on Saturday, February 09, 2008

The VCS-10 was a great addition to m our system. The style compliments our other Bose speakers and the sound quality is great.

Tips for using this in a surrond sound system

Written By Chris, Alexandria, VA - U.S.A. on Friday, January 18, 2008

I've been reading some of the reviews on here and have a few notes to add. I own this speaker and have used it for several years. I have an older Sony receiver (don't remember the model number) that does 5.1 surround sound. I have a pair of Bose 161 speakers for the front and a Yamaha YST-SW225 subwoofer. I am not doing true surround because of the size and shape of our living room, but I have in the past in other rooms. I also have a pair of 161 speakers and a Sony sub in the basement running off a newer Sony receiver. Both systems sound great.

It should be noted this speaker is not designed for bass. It is designed to be part of a system which should include a subwoofer. Dolby Prologic II sends 200 Hz and below to the subwoofer. So, anyone with his or her sub crossover below 200 will have a gap in the frequency range. I do not use the crossover on my sub. My receiver takes care of that. When shopping for a sub, make sure it can produce sounds up to 200 Hz and that the crossover can be turned off or can go up to 200 Hz. Some cannot produce sounds up to 200 Hz which is weird to me. I can understand that for more exspensive systems that may have more than one sub, but most people purchasing this speaker will not be doing that type of set up. This all ties into why so many people have a hard time matching speakers for a good surrond sound system and why others buy a cheap system at X-Mart that sounds much better. The cheap system is sound matched to work together so there are no gaps as described above. The quality may not be there, but the sound matching goes a long way.

When adding this speaker to your system, make sure you have a good receiver first that has an RCA output for a subwoofer and can decode Dolby ProLogic II and also PCM. Most subs will not even be turned up half way when correctly matched with this speaker (that's my experience). So, you will not require a receiver with more than one sub output. My Sony receiver allows me to tell it the distance I sit from the front speakers, center channel, and surrond speakers (currenly not hooked up) independently. Look for this option so your receiver can send the correct balance of sound to your speakers. Make sure you can also tell it whether or not you have a center channel or surrounds so that it can make up for that and do virtual surrond like I'm doing. Also, if you have a small living room like I do, do NOT use rear surrond speakers if they will be sitting right next to your ear. It ruins the experience. For rear surrond sound speakers, you must place them nearly as far away from you as the front speakers, and keep in mind multiple listening positions. Rear surround speakers in 5.1 can be behind you, at your side, or in between and mounted high or low. That is all information my Sony receiver asks for. When none of these locations can work for you, don't use the rear surrond speakers. Go virtual. That may be hard for some people to accept and give up on

I love my Bose home theatre!

Written By David, Parkville, MD on Thursday, May 24, 2007

Bose is the brand that a lot of folks love to hate. Don't let those overly negative reviews scare you. I recently set up a home theatre using a Onkyo TXSR304S an old set of Bose 301 Series III, a Bose VCS10 centeer speaker and an old set of Bose 201 Series III for rear sound. In addition, I purchased a 10" Polk subwoofer to fill in the bass. And I'm absolutely thrilled with how this worked out! The VCS10 does a great job of centering dialogue, and the rest of the speakers are just as good for movies as they are for music.

Is it possible to do a lot of research and put together a better sounding system for less? Probably. but its also possible to spend a lot of money and wind up with something that doesn't sound half as good. With Bose products you pretty much know you've going to wind up with something that sounds lovely to the ears of ordinary mortals, even if it may not meet the exacting audio standards of haughty audiophiles and their $5000 floor standing speakers and $300.00 gold tipped audio cables.

hear it from me.

Written By yreiner03, Lemoore CA. on Monday, April 16, 2007

Had this since 1999. It was the best when it first came out back then. Mated with Bose model 100 surround speakes (VCS 30) and Bose 701 floor standing speakers for front left and right. Powered by Kenwood KRFV8010D 100 x 5.1 A/V reciever. Big bangs, Dino Thumps and Jets roared sonic boom, however, dialogue was terrible. I had to crank up the db on the center to full and pull the db back on the L & R speakers just to get the sound right. By doing so, the volume had to be cranked up too. I give it a 10 for looks and 10 for ingenuity. Someone actually sat down in front of their living room and did reaserch while waching his favorite movie. The concept was perfect. To put a center chanel speaker directly on top of a television without worrying about your tv screen being magnetized is great.
Analog is out. Digital is in. Bose needs to improve on this design and give it a newer and bigger sounding spreakers. Bose if you are reading this, Put bigger drivers on those 3 speakers and add 2 tweeters to complete vocal frequency and complement Articulated Designed 161s. Cabin design can stay, spreakers has got to go. As for the rest. If you are looking for a better alternative? Try these Set-Ups:
-FOR 5.1 surround-
161 for center speaker (or Model 100 if you haveem)
(1 or 2 spk depending on you reciver).
201 for front Left and right
161 for rear surround.
400watts(or better)-powered sub
For 6.1 or 7.1 surround
161-center
301 or 201-Front Left & Right
201-Surround sound
161-Rear surround sound
300watts(or better)

A bit less performance than I expected

Written By Interloper, Covington, KY on Saturday, March 31, 2007

I wasn't blown away with this speaker. I think the sound is a little flat.

That being said, I also have the Bose 161 surround speakers on my Onkyo TX604 system. Together they sound very good. The 161s and the VCS-10 are at about the same ear height. While listening to music, sound effects, things like that they sound great. Really, this speaker does better with music than dialog.

Dialog is where I think I could get better performance from this unit. I gave it 3 stars because the unit arrived in good shape, and I have had no technical issues with it whatsoever. I would give 4 stars if I the price was a bit lower

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Michael, Severna Park, MD on Friday, April 21, 2006

I bought this speaker after owning the Bose 301 and 201 series to complement the system. I was very concerned about voice matching in the front soundstage. I wished I demoed this speaker first because the highs and lows are nonexistent. I have actually had to make the subs' crossover at 150 HZ just to gain the bass back into the voice. Morgan Freemans' narration in War of the Worlds sounds just awful with this speaker! Also, the volume of the unit is too low. I do like the 201 and 301 series, but am looking to upgrade the entire system because of the unbalanced center and horrible acoustics it creates.

MR. SYED MOHAMMED

Written By SYED, FLORAL PARK, NY on Monday, February 13, 2006

I WOULD SAY A NICE PRODUCT. THE PRICE IS REASONABLE. BOSE IS ALWAYS AHEAD ON SOUND. I MADE A COMPARISON.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Curt, Hannibal,MO on Friday, February 10, 2006

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I purchased the vcs 10 and 161's to go along with my 301's and am pleased with the outcome. Next I will purchase another vcs 10 to complete my 6.1 system. Currently I don't have it configured for 6.1.
I went through all the setup that Sony and Bose recommend and the system sounds wonderful. I didn't have to use any artificial adjusting of the EQ either. Actually my Sony receiver allows me to just select from different presets for movies,news,music,etc.
I know there are better systems but if you already have Bose speakers then the vcs 10 and 161's are a great match to complete your system.
Hope you find this useful!!

Dont waste your money if plan to use in anything besides a small room

Written By Tequila, Harvey,La. on Sunday, January 15, 2006

I had this Bose vcs 10 center channel with a Bose AM 16 system. Powered by a Onkyo TX-NR801 receiver that is 100 watts x 7. I had this system in a 450 sq ft room. And really had to crank it up to get it loud in that size room. But even cranked the AM 16 system didn't distort. But the vcs 10,thats another story.

The vcs 10 speakers and encloser rattled and resonated so bad it made the rest of the system sound like crap. The vcs 10 was ran right to the receiver,the AM 16 cubes was ran through the AM sub. So I figured maybe that was the problem with it not being x-over like the cubes. I tried every setting on the Onkyo but nothing helped the vcs 10.

So I started reading all these websites that bash Bose,and I was brain wash into thinking I needed a bigger system with bigger speakers. But all I really needed was a better center channel. I got a new system with bigger speakers, and its much louder. But it really wasn't much better than the Bose AM 16. You know you can only turn your system so loud anyways before the neighbors start to complain.

So I figure in a small room not a family room. This VCS 10 would sound great,because it wouldn't have to be crank to get any kind of output out of it.



Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Dennis, Long Island, New York on Monday, November 14, 2005

Great center channel the sound is full and clear. What I know center channels are meant for the voice of movies is very accurate and natural.

Reasonable performance for the money...BUT

Written By Scott, Mexico, NY on Monday, July 11, 2005

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I own two of these, one silver for my center channel to match my silver HDTV, and one black for my surround back channel (I have a 6.1 receiver). Pluses: slim design fits on most TV's and or shelves easily, and makes for a discreet installation. Reasonable sound quality for the price. Minuses: Bose needs to update the design to complement flat-screen TV's. The highs could be better.

A Horrible Center Channel!

Written By Drew, Battle Creek, MI on Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Don't even bother with this one. Thin sounding and lacking dynamics would accurately describe this cheap speaker.
Don't let the infamous Bose marketing fool you. Build quality is definitely subpar - rough edges and poor fitment all around.
And paper cones at this price?? You, the consumer, should demand better! Also, there is no tweeter, and it definitely shows when the movie starts. The highs aren't articulate at all, and this causes many voices and effects sound muffled, or as if they were coming out of a cardboard box.

Please, audition this speaker in the store, and then audition many others. No doubt you'll choose another center channel. Your hard-earned money deserves better sound.

Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Written By Austin, Aurora, In on Saturday, May 14, 2005

I recently purchased this center channel speaker and for the money you pay is well worth it. It is not very loud so i wouldnt recommend it four a large room but it delivers crisp and clear sound. it virtually has no static feedback. It is great if you want to upgrade your speakers that came with your system. It also works very good with video games. Because most of the games sound will be coming from the front of you. so basically what i am saying is that it is well worth it.

Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Bose® VCS-10® center channel speaker

Have your new speakers installed by qualified professionals.
You'll need wire to connect your center channel speaker to your amp or receiver.Cut your speaker wire to the exact length you need with a spool of bulk speaker wire. No wire is included with this speaker.
Connect your new center channel speaker simply and securely to your home theater receiver.
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