Experience the thrill of home theater, Bose-style. If your current A/V system includes a multichannel receiver, the VCS-30® package is a convenient way to step up to the excitement of surround sound. Use your existing stereo speakers for the left and right channels — the VCS-30® package supplies a VCS-10® center channel speaker and the voice-matched 161™ speaker system.

The tuned-port enclosure of the VCS-10® center speaker houses four 2-1/2" drivers whose combined sound draws you into the on-screen action with gripping realism. And its low-profile, video-shielded design makes an unobtrusively elegant addition to your decor.

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, unlike standard speaker designs, Bose's Stereo Everywhere® speaker performance creates a diffuse soundfield for enveloping surround effects.

Product Highlights:

    VCS-10® center channel speaker:
    • bass-reflex (ported) design
    • four 2-1/2" drivers
    • recommended power 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4-8 ohms
    • spring clip connectors
    • 21-1/2"W x 3-3/8"H x 6-1/16"D
    • warranty: 5 years
    161™ speaker system:
    • two 2-1/2" drivers per speaker
    • recommended power 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms
    • includes wall mounting brackets
    • black ABS enclosure
    • 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?

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    • One large box containing two smaller boxes (Center channel speaker box/Rear speaker box):
    • Center channel speaker box contains:
    • VCS-10 center channel speaker
    • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
    • Owner's Guide
    • Bose Product Registration and Warranty Information
    • "Our Commitment To You" letter
    • Caution sheet
    • Rear speaker box contains:
    • 2 Model 161 rear speakers
    • 2 Plastic wall mounting brackets
    • Four 5/8" machine screws
    • Two 1" machine screws
    • Owner's Guide
    • Bose Product Registration & Warranty Information
    • "Our Commitment To You" letter

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    System Overview: The VCS-30 system supplies a VCS-10 center channel speaker and two voice-matched Model 161 surround speakers.

    Driver Technology
    Mounting Options

    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 with the VCS-10 center channel speaker and 161 speakers.

    Compound Loaded Drivers: Using a proprietary design, these drivers are engineered to optimize low-frequency output for rich, natural sound from a small enclosure.

    VCS-10 Center Channel Speaker: The VCS-10 has two 2-1/2" drivers in an Articulated Array speaker design for crisp, clean dialogue that is "locked" on the screen, even if you're seated to the side. The VCS-10 also uses two 2-1/2" Compound Loaded drivers in a ported enclosure, giving you clear, full bass from a surprisingly small enclosure. The flared port design produces smoother, cleaner bass, especially at high volumes.

    Model 161 Surround Speakers: Each Model 161 speaker uses two 2-1/2" Twiddler drivers in an Articulated Array speaker design for lifelike surround sound throughout the room. The next-generation Twiddler drivers reproduce lower frequencies from a smaller cabinet that blends into almost any room.

    Electronic Protection Circuitry: The speakers feature an electronic protection circuit that will shut down and reset the speakers in case of an overload. If this occurs, the volume level should be reset.

    Recommended Bass Management Settings: The VCS-10 center channel speaker should be set to "Small" with a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver and set to "Normal" with a Dolby Pro Logic receiver. The Model 161 surround speakers should be set to "Small" with a Dolby Digital/DTS receiver.

    Mounting Options

    Wall Mounting: Wall mounting brackets are supplied for the Model 161 surround speakers. The brackets allow you to mount the surround speakers horizontally or vertically. If mounted horizontally, the brackets will swivel up or down approximately 45 degrees. If mounted vertically, the brackets will swivel left or right approximately 45 degrees.

    Magnetically-Shielded: The speakers are magnetically-shielded, allowing you to place them near your television without degrading the picture.


    Center Speaker Dimensions: W=21.438", H=3.344", D=6.057"

    Rear Speaker Dimensions: W=10.718", H=4.231", D=4.989"

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    Great speaker set

    Written By Bill, Minneapolis, MN on Friday, February 18, 2011

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    I initially purchases just the the back speakers and saw this set at Crutchfield for nearly
    the same price. Order was processed and shipped quickly. Everything works great and
    we love the speakers.

    Great Product For The Price

    Written By mckinney34, Charleston, WV on Monday, November 05, 2007

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    These speakers were the answer I was looking for my surround system. The sound is crisp and with my new Bose 201s they sound even better. For anyone looking to take the next step up from box system speakers I would suggest giving the Bose VCS-30 a try. Also on a side note the live chat is a great resource, thanks to Adam for his help.

    Better Speakers - Nice Sound

    Written By Reyes, Morris County, Zoo Jersey on Friday, August 18, 2006

    Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

    Think again before spending $350.00 for these speakers.

    I was looking for a low profile speaker that can handle a bit of power. I am glad that I found them.

    It took a while to set up with a 6.1 system adjusting speakers to the correct levels, but the result is well worth it.

    They sound good for all sorts of sounds from classical, nature, sports et cetera.

    I would recommend them and crutchfield to a friend.

    Hats off to Scooter for help.

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