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Boston Acoustics Bravo 20

Multi-purpose home theater speaker (White)

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    Ceiling mounted

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    Corner mounted

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    Wall mounted with flat-panel TV

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    White (pictured wall mounted)

Item #: 065BRAV20W
 

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Great sound and versatile mounting options

The Bravo 20 from Boston Acoustics doesn't just deliver high-performance sound — this compact, multi-purpose speaker also allows for a variety of wall-mounting options, even in tight spaces. It features a wedge-shaped cabinet, so you can position it vertically in a corner or horizontally near the ceiling or floor — brackets and hardware are included. All that placement flexibility means you can enjoy clean, warm sound just about anywhere in your home.

The Bravo 20 houses a 4-1/2" woofer for excellent midbass performance and a 1" aluminum dome tweeter, which delivers clear, crisp highs. A unique shallow air channel leading to the speaker's exterior port gives it a thinner profile while allowing it to breathe openly for deeper bass response. Pick up a pair of these speakers for smooth stereo sound, and team them up with a powered subwoofer for even more bass. Or you can use Bravo 20s as surround speakers in a home theater setup. They're voice-matched to all Boston Acoustics speakers.

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Highlights:

  • frequency response: 80-20,000 Hz (±3dB)
  • recommended amplifier power: 15 to 125 watts
  • nominal impedance: 8 ohms
  • sensitivity: 89 dB
  • 1" aluminum dome tweeter
  • 4-1/2" woofer
  • accurate sound dispersion in both vertical and horizontal positions
  • metal grille
  • included bracket for easy wall-mounting
  • can be mounted directly to a single gang electrical box in new construction
  • weight: 5 lbs.
  • 6-9/16"W x 14-1/8"H x 4-3/8"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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Features and Specs
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Number of Speakers 1
Bipole or Dipole No
Tweeter Dome
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 4-1/2
Connector Type Spring-post
Power Range 15-125
Sensitivity 89 dB
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Height (inches) 14-1/8
Width (inches) 6-9/16
Depth (inches) 4-3/8
Weight (pounds) 5
Mounting Bracket Included Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
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What's in the box?

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  • On-wall/table-top loudspeaker
  • Grille (installed)
  • Wall-bracket (installed)
  • Horizontal stand
  • 2 Corner fillers
  • Two M6 x 44mm screws
  • Four M3 x 50mm crews
  • Four 1.5" Self-tapping screws
  • 4 toggle nuts
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Manual
  • Optional Accessory note
  • Product Registration Card
  • Limited Warranty Information
  • Note about disposal

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Tweeter: The Bravo 20 uses Boston's 1" VR aluminum dome tweeter with AMD (Amplitude Modification Device). This tweeter uses a specially anodized aluminum dome. Compared to a soft dome, aluminum is equally light, yet more rigid. Compared to other hard dome materials, an aluminum dome is unrivaled in its ability to accurately track the input signal. AMD is used to further optimize the aluminum dome's output, without taking anything away. AMD is a patented acoustical tuning device that uses precisely sized hollow tubes positioned in front of the tweeter to refocus short wavelength energy and create an extremely smooth, flat response. This is done without using elaborate electronic components that can degrade the sound's purity.

Woofer: The Bravo 20 has a 4-1/2" copolymer woofer that's built from the ground up for this speaker. A rubber surround is used for added durability.

Bass Management: When setting bass management parameters on your home theater receiver, the outputs for this speaker should be set to Small.

Enclosure Design

ABS Cabinet: The Boston Acoustic Bravo 20's cabinet is made from textured ABS with a matching metal grill (detachable). The speaker is available in a black or white finish.

Bass Reflex Enclosure: The Bravo 20 employs a bass reflex (ported) enclosure with a front-firing port. The ported enclosure adds to the full sound of the speaker by increasing efficiency.

Connections

Binding Posts: The wire terminals are spring-posts, allowing you to connect the speaker wire using pin connectors or bare wire. Bare wire up to 12 gauge fits through the spring loaded posts. The binding post are color-coded for easy identification between positive (red) and negative (black).

Mounting Options

Wall Mounting Brackets: The Bravo 20 includes a wall mounting bracket which can be positioned vertically or horizontally. The body of the speaker is essentially one quarter of a cylinder so it can be mounted vertically, recessed into a corner, or horizontally at the junction of the wall and ceiling. The bracket can also be mounted perpendicular to the wall anywhere in the room. Mounting hardware is included. The large rectangular hole in the middle of the wall-bracket will fit a single gang electrical outlet to route the speaker wire through a conduit.

Tabletop Mounting: Included with the Bravo 20 are four self-adhesive rubber feet which allows the speaker to sit vertically on any flat surface (such as a table or shelf.) Also, included with the Bravo 20 is a rear bracket stand which allows the speaker to sit horizontally on a flat surface. When the rear bracket stand is removed, the Bravo 20 tilts up at a 45° angle (when placed horizontal).

 
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Boston Acoustics Bravo 20

Written By GeorgeG, Arl.VA on Friday, March 28, 2014
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Nice solid construction, the fit and finish if this speakers are top notch. I have then connected to a Yamaha Advantage AV RX-1010 receiver . Sound is crisp. "The Boston Sound" has highs, mids, and lows that all play in perfect balance..easy to hang good brackets for corner walls. I installed them as surround speakers in a home theater setup replacing older Boston Acoustics Micro90XII that I had for over 10 years. Really pleased with the purchase.
Pros:
Solid sound, in a wide direction. Excellent midbass. Crisp highs Included brackets allows for a variety of wall-mounting options
Cons:
Other than price I haven't found one yet
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