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Bose® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system


Item # 018201VB

Get ready to be impressed.

Get ready to be impressed.

Discontinued item
11 questions - 34 answers

Item # 018201VB

About the Bose® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system

Get ready to be impressed. Each speaker in the well-loved Bose® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system sports a 6-1/2" woofer and a high-sensitivity 2" Stereo Targeting® tweeter. This discreet speaker pours satisfying Bose audio into your room. It's all thanks to proprietary Stereo Everywhere® technology — it creates a mix of direct and reflected sound, so you don't have to worry about finding and staying in a "sweet spot."

Get ready to be impressed. Each speaker in the well-loved Bose® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system sports a 6-1/2" woofer and a high-sensitivity 2" Stereo Targeting® tweeter. This discreet speaker pours satisfying Bose audio into your room. It's all thanks to proprietary Stereo Everywhere® technology — it creates a mix of direct and reflected sound, so you don't have to worry about finding and staying in a "sweet spot."

Other positives? Unique port geometry reduces turbulence — you get clean bass. The compact size and horizontal design of each speaker makes it well-suited to small spaces. And it's the smallest, most affordable bookshelf speaker to utilize Bose's proprietary Direct/Reflecting® design. Perfect as front left and right speakers in a smaller room, or as surrounds for Bose home theater in a larger space.

Recommended center channel speaker: Bose VCS-10®
Recommended surround speakers: Bose 161™ system

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Product highlights:

  • bass-reflex design
  • recommended power: 10-120 watts
  • impedance rating: 4-8 ohms
  • black vinyl finish
  • 13-1/2"W x 8-1/16"H x 8-9/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • MFR # 29297

What's in the box:

  • 1 Left 2-way speaker
  • 1 Right 2-way speaker
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Manual
  • Bose contact information list
  • US and Canada product registration/survey
  • Non US and Canada product registration/survey

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More details on the Bose® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system

Stacey B.

Features & specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Finish Vinyl
Color Black
Tweeter Type Cone
Tweeter Size (inches) 2
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 6.5
Woofer Composition Paper
Woofer Surround Foam
Power Range 10-120
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response N/A
Connector Type Spring Clip
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 8-1/16
Width (inches) 13-1/2
Depth (inches) 8-9/16
Weight (pounds) 11
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 23-36
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
The Bose® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system replaces these items:

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Driver Technology
Enclosure Design
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

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.

Stereo Everywhere Speaker Performance: Because many conventional speakers radiate sound directly into the room, you hear balanced stereo sound only in one small "sweet spot." Using patented Bose Direct/Reflecting speaker technology, the Direct/Reflecting speakers deliver a natural balance of reflected and direct sound. You hear balanced stereo sound almost anywhere in the room.

Stereo Targeting Tweeters: These proprietary 2" drivers are engineered to direct mid to high frequencies to a wide, stable area between the speakers. Used in the Bose 201, they help create a sense of lifelike spaciousness and let you hear full stereo throughout the listening area.

Enclosure Design

Slot Port Tuning: The slot port tuning enables cleaner and deeper performance for the lower notes, particularly at high volumes.

Mounting Options

Wall Mounting: There is no insert for a universal wall mounting bracket, Bose recommends using only their WB-3 wall mount brackets.

Placement: These speakers were designed to be positioned horizontally and should not be placed vertically.

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11 questions already asked

Can banana clips work on these speakers ?
[ Tunaman4u  Mar 31, 2020 ]
2 answers
what in tarnation are banana clips
[ William  Mar 31, 2020 ]
Yes, work on the 201s and 301s. I hope this helps
[ ERIC  Mar 31, 2020 ]
Will this speaker hook up to my dish receiver?
[ myron  Aug 19, 2019 ]
4 answers
As long as your receiver can connect to the speakers with speaker wires ??
[ TONYA  Sep 11, 2019 ]
Only if your Dish receiver has speaker outputs, which is doubtful. Otherwise you'll need to put a receiver in between the Dish receiver and the speakers. That's how I have mine, as the front speakers in a 5.1 surround. They work very well in this configuration. Get a receiver to get the most out of the 201's.
[ Barry  Sep 10, 2019 ]
i don't know. But you can hook up to TV.
[ maria  Sep 09, 2019 ]
Honestly I am not sure. I have mine hard wired to my receiver. I suggest you ask the crutchfield customer service reps. They are absolutely great answering any and all questions
[ Lisa A.  Sep 09, 2019 ]
How can I connect My speakers to my smart TV?
[ Robert  May 20, 2019 ]
2 answers
Not directly
[ ERIC  Mar 31, 2020 ]
You cannot directly connect your speakers to your TV you will have to connect through your receiver
[ ERIC  May 20, 2019 ]
can be wall moouned for back surround in a 9+2 system?
[ Carlos  Jan 28, 2019 ]
2 answers
[ Herman  Jan 28, 2019 ]
I don't see why not. I'm using as the back in a 7-1 system.
[ Robert  Jan 28, 2019 ]
Is it customary for Bose not to make standard measurements of their speakers, such as frequency range and sensitivity, public? Thanks.
[ José  Jun 03, 2017 ]
3 answers
Many but not all loudspeaker performance measurements do not neccesarily correlate with how we hear and perceive sound. And they are actually so misunderstood and easily manipulated as to be practically meaningless.
[ James  Sep 13, 2018 ]
That is a good question. I suppose most people; Bose customers don't desire to know such technical details. I think out of the box 301's have a great sound for my room acoustics when I put them up against my series VI 901s. I actually still have the 201s brand new in a box (never used) ;) whether that's good or bad I don't know, but I'm too busy enjoying my 301s, 901s or my old school Pioneer CS-88A's. I'm dying to find a nice clean and great priced CS 99A's which I pegged in Columbus craigslist, but i failed to move on them in the dead of winter was kind of hard to get down there from Cleveland to make the grab. I supposed one has to turn to other sources for technical details on Bose. Now you have me thinking about that as well and why. Thank YOU.
[ robert  Jun 05, 2017 ]
I don't know However you can always go to the Bose web-site And get additional details Good Luck!!
[ Pauline  Jun 03, 2017 ]
What kind of amp do I need for a turntable using the boss 201 series speakers?
[ Michelle  Jan 29, 2017 ]
2 answers
Unless your receiver has a built In phono preamp (phono jacks on rear of receiver), you will need a separate phono preamp device. I use a NAD PP21 which I purchased from Crutchfield.. Hope this answers your question.
[ PAUL E  Feb 02, 2017 ]
Hello I have my speakers plugged into a Yamaha Amp that has a turntable connection on the back Hope this helps
[ Pauline  Jan 30, 2017 ]
can i hook them up to my pc i have a3 in one dell isprion 24?
[ ANDRE D  Dec 30, 2015 ]
2 answers
My son installed them in our home. He thinks it may be possible to hook them up to your computer. He will email you tomorrow as he will be here. Sorry for the delay!
[ Arthur  Jan 01, 2016 ]
No, You would need am amplifier to attach the same RG
[ ROHIT  Dec 31, 2015 ]
What center speaker would match (specs) with these speakers because Bose no longer makes a center speaker?
[ Todd  Nov 26, 2015 ]
3 answers
what is the best wire connections for these four prong speakers?
[ Walter  Sep 13, 2020 ]
Look at the infinity center speaker, have a set of bookshelve speakers and a set of floor speakers they are fantastic. I have never had speakers that sounded better would highly suggest trying them. PS have a set of Bose bookshelve speakers and the Infinity speakers sound much better
[ David  Jan 27, 2016 ]
I have a Bose center speaker. I would go with Polk.
[ Buddy  Nov 28, 2015 ]
Can these speakers be used as is? Or do I need to hook them up to an amplifier?
[ Ron Jeremy  Nov 16, 2014 ]
7 answers
I did not hook mine up to an amplifier and they sound great .
[ Ghislain  Nov 19, 2014 ]
They will work with any standard receiver system as is. I have them connected to an Onkyo receiver. Nice sounding speakers for the price! Wayne
[ G Wayne  Nov 17, 2014 ]
Hello, You would need an amplifier...
[ GERRY A  Nov 17, 2014 ]
You will need to have an amplifier to power your speakers. I have a Sony with 100 watts per channel, and the speakers work great.
[ GRAHAM G  Nov 17, 2014 ]
Absolutely. These speakers are awesome. Just make sure your amplifier or head unit meets the minimum wattage per channel. General rule of thumb is more wattage = the best results. The Bose speakers will amaze you, if powered properly. I've never under powered them, but I'd bet they''s sound good even under powered.
[ JAMES C  Nov 16, 2014 ]
Need to hook them to an amp. Just be very careful not to overdrive them.
[ KEVIN  Nov 16, 2014 ]
Would need an amplifier RG
[ ROHIT  Nov 16, 2014 ]
Can these speakers be used as front standing or bookshelf with 7.2 channel home theater system with HDMI output? Can they be mounted on a stand? Thanks
[ Jeet Bose  May 16, 2014 ]
6 answers
The Bose 201 speakers can be used for almost anything. I use mine for rear surround speakers. I have wall mounted them. Good Luck Tc
[ THOMAS  May 17, 2014 ]
Bose offers these stands for 201/301:
[ KEVIN  May 17, 2014 ]
I believe you could use them for a home theater system.I mounted mine on a wall so I don't imagine you would have a problem mounting them on a stand.Be sure to use the right hardware.
[ Ghislain  May 17, 2014 ]
also , forgot to say these are great for what I wanted,and I don't think you will be disappointed with them.
[ james  May 17, 2014 ]
sorry,i just use these as 2 stand alone speakers on top of actual bookcases,with about a 2" by 2" stick,front to back,seems to help the sound. my system will handle more speakers,but I just use these for music,not tv.hope this helps,JD
[ james  May 17, 2014 ]
Yes I use them as my front standing speakers on appropriate sizes stands. However, my set up is only 5.1 that being said I don't think that should matter too much as far as front speakers go. Also, my reciever, TV, cable box, etc are connected through hdmi if that's what you mean, but, they require speaker wire to connect the actual speakers to the reciever
[ MICHAEL J  May 17, 2014 ]
Are you saying that these speakers cost $218 per pair?
[ Rex  Dec 28, 2013 ]
1 answer
The price for a pair of these speakers (as of 12.28.2013) is: $218.99
[ Jeff  Dec 29, 2013 ]  Staff

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