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Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers


Item # 018151SEB

At an outdoor party, people don't stay in one spot — neither should your sound.

At an outdoor party, people don't stay in one spot — neither should your sound.

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Item # 018151SEB

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About the Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

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Enjoy great sound at your next cookout

At an outdoor party, people don't stay in one spot — neither should your sound. That's why the Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers feature Bose's exclusive Stereo Everywhere® technology. They disperse balanced stereo sound over a wide area — ideal for outdoor listening.

Enjoy great sound at your next cookout

Bose® 151® SE Environmental Speakers

Have your outdoor speakers blend in naturally with your decor for terrific party music.

At an outdoor party, people don't stay in one spot — neither should your sound. That's why the Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers feature Bose's exclusive Stereo Everywhere® technology. They disperse balanced stereo sound over a wide area — ideal for outdoor listening.

From one corner of the deck to the other, on the patio, or in the garden, you'll enjoy rich, consistent audio performance. Three 2-1/2" full-range drivers in an Articulated Array® speaker design ensure clear, wide-open sound, while the slot-port tuning reduces air turbulence for cleaner lows.

Let them play all summer and all winter

Bose made these low-profile speakers exceptionally rugged for year-round dependability. They're built to withstand extremes in temperature (158º F to -40º F), and they passed 1,200 hours of salt fog testing — that's twice the demanding Marine Industry Standard.

Adjustable weather-resistant brackets provide secure installation to most surfaces, and let you direct the speaker for optimum outdoor coverage.


Product highlights:

  • bass-reflex design
  • recommended power 10-100 watts with receivers rated from 4-8 ohms
  • adjustable brackets included
  • 12-5/16"W x 4-9/16"H x 6-1/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 34103

What's in the box:

  • 2 Black outdoor speakers
  • Two 2-piece mounting brackets
  • 2 Bracket locking screws
  • Four 1/4" lock washers
  • Two #8 lock washers
  • Four 1/4" x 9/16" bracket-to-speaker mounting screws
  • Four #12 x 1-3/4" wood screws
  • Four #12 x 1" wall anchors
  • Owner's Guide
  • Bose "Site and Sound" brochure
  • Product Registration and Warranty Information card
  • "Our Committment to You" letter

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More details on the Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers

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Features & specs

Type On-House
Bluetooth No
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Tweeter Type ---
Tweeter Size (inches) ---
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 2.5
Woofer Composition Glass-filled poly
Woofer Surround N/A
Power Range (watts) 10-100
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance (ohms) 8
Frequency Response N/A
Connector Type Binding post
Height (inches) 4-9/16
Width (inches) 12-5/16
Depth (inches) 6-1/16
Weight (pounds) ---
Wall-mountable Yes
Bracket Included Yes
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Drivers: The Bose 151SE Environmental Speakers feature three 2-1/2" full range drivers. These glass-filled speaker cones offer reliable, high-quality sound reproduction across the audible frequencies, even under extreme temperature and weather conditions.

Articulated Array: The three drivers are arranged in an arc inside the speaker for a wide dispersion. This "Articulated Array" delivers full, lifelike sound over a large listening area.

Stereo Everywhere: When mounted horizontally at a minimum of 7 feet apart, the speakers deliver "Stereo Everywhere" performance. The result is evenly distributed stereo sound outdoors with distinct channel separation over a wide coverage area, instead of in one small "sweet spot." Note: When the speakers are mounted vertically, you will not experience the "Stereo Everywhere" effect.

Enclosure Design

Cabinet: The speakers feature a glass-filled polypropylene cabinet for yearlong protection against weather extremes.

Slot-Port Tuning: The speakers feature slot ports on the rear panel to reduce air turbulence for cleaner and deeper bass reproduction.

Weather-Tested: Bose outdoor speakers are tested against snow, rain, salt and temperature extremes of -40°F to 158°F (-40°C to 70°C). They are also put through 1,200 hours of salt-fog testing, which is twice the demanding Marine Industry Standard.


Terminals: The speakers are equipped with binding post speaker terminals that can accept pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs or bare wire. They are spaced too far apart to accept dual banana plugs.

Note: Exposed portions of the speaker wires should be treated with some type of waterproof material to prevent corrosion.

Mounting Options

Brackets: The speakers include weather-resistant brackets and hardware to withstand the elements. The brackets allow the speakers to be mounted at an angle up to 45° in either direction (Up/Down if mounted horizontally; Left/Right if mounted vertically). The supplied locking screws hold the speakers in place at the desired angle. The brackets mount the speakers approximately 13/16" away from the mounting surface.

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15 questions already asked

I have the Bose 600 Lifestyle system. Are the 151 outdoor speakers compatible? Would the connection be wireless?
[ John  May 04, 2021 ]
3 answers
They are not plug-and-play compatible but you can easily swap a 151 speaker for a Bose 600 Jewel Cube by connecting the speaker wires directly to the terminals on the back of the 151 instead of connecting them to the AC-2 adapter used to connect to the Jewel cube. I am not sure what you mean by a wireless connection? The rear cubes are still wired into the receivers and power.
[ Robert  May 04, 2021 ]
4 ohm speakers take twice the power to drive them and they are not wireless.
[ DAN  May 04, 2021 ]
No. The speakers must be hardwired with an appropriate gauge wire.
[ Jeffrey  May 04, 2021 ]
I want to put them on a golf cart 12volt system can i do that ?
[ Charles  Oct 06, 2020 ]
4 answers
i don't know if you can use them on a 12 volt golf cart system. Mine are outside, but hardwired into our home system.
[ Greg  Oct 21, 2020 ]
Yes. The speakers don't care about the supply voltage, but your amplifier powering the speakers does.
[ ROBERT  Oct 20, 2020 ]
Mounting could be a problem due to weight,Check specs to see if you required output on your player to drive them .
[ H PAUL  Oct 20, 2020 ]
Yes but I don't believe these would be your best a sales associate.
[ jon  Oct 20, 2020 ]
can these speakers be hooked up to the Bose waive system?
[ Randall D  Apr 05, 2020 ]
3 answers
I don't think so.
[ HERB  Apr 21, 2020 ]
Short answer: No Longer answer: The Bose 151 SE speakers need to be driven by an amplifier. The Bose Wave system only has a headphone output which does not have enough power to drive the speakers directly. You would need an external amplifier to take the output of the headphone jack and amplify it to drive the speakers.
[ Robert  Apr 21, 2020 ]
Don't have a Wave, don't know
[ JON  Apr 20, 2020 ]
Are the speaker mounts lockable to hinder thief?
[ Larry  Jun 03, 2019 ]
2 answers
[ DAN  May 04, 2021 ]
Yes it is
[ NORBERTO M  Jun 10, 2019 ]
Can the outdoor speakers be linked with my Bose indoor speaker so that music is being played inside and outside?
[ Lylemoore1489  Oct 09, 2018 ]
2 answers
In my case, I have an A-B switch on my amplifier so I can listen to the speakers that are wired to A or B which would accomplish what you are looking for. Otherwise when, I address one set of speakers on my cell phone with Spotify it shuts off the other set.
[ MELVIN  Oct 09, 2018 ]
Am not sure if you can , what I did I bough this bose speakers and got a yamaha receiver RX V679 why this receiver because it's a 2 zone receiver you either can be playing outside or inside at the same time and also comes with Pandora Spotify etc.
[ Juan  Oct 09, 2018 ]
does anyone know a distance of sound carry on these, at say 75% normal listening volume? I will most likely buy four, I want to know how closely they should be placed.
[ KEENAN  Feb 26, 2018 ]
2 answers
It depends on amplifier quality and power, but I agree about 30 feet is easy. Very crisp and clear sound.
[ Greg  Jan 25, 2019 ]
My pair are placed 30 feet apart under a soffit and covers my pool area perfectly.
[ MANUEL J  Mar 01, 2018 ]
How is the bass response in these speakers?
[ Mike  Feb 01, 2018 ]
2 answers
I have them on my back porch and uphill about 30 feet the sound is crisp and clear with good base. I can easily hear the differance between, for example, music on my phone and form a cd player I have connected. With a cdrom, they sound better than most friends living room setup.
[ Greg  Jan 25, 2019 ]
Like other Bose speakers, the 151 SE Environmental outdoor speakers are designed to produce high-quality full range sound. They feature three drivers arranged in an "arc" inside the speaker and slot ports on the rear panel to provide deeper bass extension. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Hope that helps!
[ DAVID  Feb 09, 2018 ]  Staff
are they water/rain proof?
[ andre  Sep 10, 2015 ]
3 answers
[ DAN  May 04, 2021 ]
[ Greg  Sep 15, 2015 ]
I have had mine for two years....they have been rained on and still perform flawlessly! Love them!
[ BRANDON  Sep 10, 2015 ]
Hello... are they Bluetooth ?
[ Nealor  Jun 10, 2017 ]
2 answers
[ JAMES H  Jun 10, 2017 ]
No, they're hard wired
[ Jeremy  Jun 10, 2017 ]
I not a very good tech type. I received a set of speakers as a gift and will mount outside. will use primarily with either my iPhone/ipad, etc technology, but also want to allow guests to sync to the system as well and enjoy their tunes. i do have wifi for TV, wireless printers, etc, but what do i plug the speakers into outside to sync everything together?
[ jules  Jul 27, 2016 ]
1 answer
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: Or try our online support center:
[ KRISTINA  Jul 29, 2016 ]  Staff
looking for mounting brackets forBose 151 se environmental speakers and price ? thanks fred
[ fred  Jul 22, 2016 ]
2 answers
We do not carry the Bose brackets as replacement items and none of the other brackets we carry are expected to work with those speakers. You may try calling Bose on 800.367.4008 to get them. I hope this helps!! My Bio:
[ JASON  Jul 26, 2016 ]  Staff
The mounting brackets that we used came with the speakers Check out the picture at this link:
[ Bagel Works,  Jul 25, 2016 ]
Volume control?
[ Celeste  Jul 04, 2016 ]
2 answers
Are you inquiring if the speakers have a volume control on them? The answer is no.
[ Heather  Jul 05, 2016 ]
There is no separate volume control on the speaker. They are controlled by the amplifier or receiver.
[ RONALD  Jul 04, 2016 ]
is this compatible with iphone 5?
[ dina  Dec 19, 2013 ]
5 answers
These speakers need a receiver to function.
[ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
These speakers are for permanent mounting outdoors. They have connectors for speaker wire on the back (one red, one black). They are not wireless, not Bluetooth, and have no port for an iPhone. However, I play my iPhone through my stereo which powers these speakers. Good luck!
[ THOMAS AARON  Dec 19, 2013 ]
You will not be able to connect phone to speaker directly. You will need a receiver that airplay compatible .
[ ALEX  Dec 19, 2013 ]
Not directly. These speakers have to be hooked up to a receiver first, then the iPhone could control the receiver.
[ RONALD  Dec 19, 2013 ]
Hi Dina: These outdoor Bose speakers are excellent for year round outdoor use; however, they are not capable of Bluetooth interaction. They will have to be wired to an amplifier. Perhaps Bose does make an outdoor wireless speaker/speakers; if not, I am certain other manufacturers have them. Hope this was helpful. DRF
[ DONALD R  Dec 19, 2013 ]

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