Bose® 251® environmental speakers
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best money i ever spend
Pros: loud and durable
Take sturdy, weather-resistant outdoor speakers. Provide them with angled drivers in a unique Articulated Array® design that reproduces sound over a larger listening area. Then add top-notch Bose audio technology, with patented multi-chamber bass enclosures for deep bass without audible distortion. The result? Bose 251® environmental speakers and a whole lot of outdoor music enjoyment.
These innovative speakers can withstand temperature extremes from 158º F to -40º F, and passed the rigorous salt fog test 66% longer than required by the Marine Industry Standard. That means they can handle direct exposure to the elements so they make just as much sense for your dock or boat as they do for your patio. And with weather-resistant mounting brackets and hardware included, and a 5-year warranty, you can count on years of groovin' in the great outdoors.
Priced per pair
best money i ever spend
courtney, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Average Customer Review(s):
best money i ever spend
Pros: loud and durable
Probably the best option available. Incredibly full sound for a system without a subwoofer. I was particularly impressed with the imaging these speakers create per stereo pair.
EXcellent speakers, they have plenty of bass responce. Used four pair in a boat house setting , even the bass fisherman enjoy the sound. Could not be happier.
Pros: More than we expected.
Great product. Love the sound.
Pros: Great speakers. Great sound and compact size.
Crystal sound on the back porch all the way down to the pool! I was gonna buy two sets, but the first set fills the yard so well I won't need the second set.
Great sounding speakers for pool area. These speakers can handle more power and volume than I can put our side without disturbing the neighbors or wildlife. Wonderful sound. For those reviewers that thought they lacked low end I would suggest their Equalizer needs to be tweaked and these will sound best.
Pros: Look, response, And overall sound.
Great quality, just make sure you have an Amp that can power them well :)
I have had these speakers for 15 years or so and they sound better now than when they were new. I was just looking on here to add two more on my patio to expand the listening area. I built a new house 6 years ago and moved these speakers with me because I couldn't stand to leave them. I have had many complements on the sound of these speakers and they are hardly noticeable tucked under the eaves of my patio. I have washed them down with the garden hose a few times a year and they are unfazed by water, although I wouldn't spray it directly into the grilles. I don't think anyone would be disappointed with these for their backyard.
Pros: Great sound,last forever.
Cons: Wish they had more bass but they are adequate.
I used to have a pair of "rock" speakers hanging around the yard. I couldn't tell you how much I paid for them, but it wasn't much and I got what I paid for. They weathered away within a few years into what looks like rock-shaped multi-color foam-looking pieces that don't do anything but make the backyard look trashy. So I read around to a few places (like cnet, wired, poc and so on so on). There are a LOT of speakers out there. This time I decided to spend a lot more than I did before and get something. Poc had some things to say about the Bose when I read their review and thought to myself that these not only sound like they sound good (that sounded.repetitive lol), but they look abstract and I like that. I wound up picking up a pair and love them. I wound up designing a surround for my porch with glass panels in it every 1.5ft to give the yard a more artsy rich look. In the end these cost me a lot of money because they made me want to start working on things back here haha.
Pros: Loud, decent range, look nice and have some bass to them.
Cons: A little expensive, but they are boss after all.
exceptional speakers, clear sound in an outdoor environment. Would highly recommend. Used around our pool, great sound, no distortion. I ran sound from satellite through 150w receiver. very simple works great.
Pros: Bose quality, easy set up, exceptional sound
Small speakers for that large sound they produce. Look great mounted.
Pros: Small size, great sound. The sound is astonishing.
Cons: Only change I'd like to see is to have the mount allow the speaker to move left and right, not only up and down. There may be a different style mount to purchase, but I'm only speaking of the included mount.
These speakers are turely amazing I bought these to put on my back deck and they sound amazing they are very very lound speakers even when at 30% they can project sound loudly and clearly through out my entire back yard no problem
Excellent product! Crutchfield got it to my house the day after I ordered it!! Couldn't believe I could get anything that fast!
Pros: excellent sound as only Bose could make. good looking produt and easy to mount.
Great Speakers with a nice full sound
I bought these speakers back around 2003, so they have been in use for 10 years. They spent 5years in the cold weather of Colorado, and 5 years in the wet Oregon weather. They sound alright, With low volumes they are just boring. No High/No Lows, they sound better with higher volumes. I wash these things down every spring with a hose. THey just keep going. I have seen these outside in direct wind, rain, and snow at some local businesses. They are a Rugged decent sounding speaker. I am presently using on a 12'x20' front porch with a 100W/channel pioneer. I am looking into the 2 pair of PSB CS1000; one pair for a back porch I am building 12' x45' with Hot Tub. the other set will be up facing the back yard, about 1 acre.
Pros: Rugged, takes some good weather abuse and still keep going after 10 years.
Cons: The sound decent, but not fantastic.
Sound quality is good, although a little disappointing for the Bose price tag. They seem to sound better the farther back I stand so make sure you have space. I definitely wish there was more bass; considering the size of these speakers, Id expect more low end. Bose is known for making greater sounding life like sound in small cubes, so where's the bass?!
Pros: Midrange sound. Build quality is high.
Cons: Price. Light on the bass.
Not what I expected
Pros: Easy installation, great looking.
Cons: Not enough bass or highs, sounds flat.
I auditioned 4 different sets of outdoor speakers....251s were clear winners at the under 500 per pair
Pros: Great range. First in class for mids....creates awesome soundstage on patio; should last a long time
Cons: Slightly more expensive compared to peer group
Better than expected. Love Bose quality. Was worried about outdoor venue. Well made for the elements without giving up their rep for sound quality.
Pros: well made for outdoors without giving up incredible sound quality
Cons: Huge. Bigger than we thought, had to mount higher so would not be as visible
Nice speakers. Easy to install. Bought them together with Niles WVC 100E outdoor volume control and AudioQuest FLX in-wall speaker cable.
Pros: Sturdy, good sound, easy to install
with a good reciever and high quality speaker wire (monser wire) Can't be beat. everone can't believe the sound or volume. when first installed i thought i had a problem my problem was although i have heard led zep a million times I had never heard all the backgound of the songs hands down blown away ! if you have a problem with sound quality it is in you wires or reciever even in a downpour best sound.
Cons: Only compaint I waited this long to enjoy the music this much.
I'm sorry but if you do any research online you'll find out that BOSE deliver subpar performance for high quality prices.
Pros: Nice looking
Cons: paper speaker cones, No tweeter or woofer just two paper cones
I am not a "Bose Fan" and I am one of those audio snobs who would not have "bose" in their house. But outside thats a different story! I like these speakers for its unique design and disperse sound characteristics. I own 4 of them in fact on my outdoor veranda that is 20 x18. The bass response varies. Two are hung high in a corner and the acoustic provides a great bass response. The other two are "naked" on posts and the bass in comparison is much lower. Two speakers, same power and yet two different bass effect. The "Trickery" ported 5.25 woofer hidden does a great job. The two mid/tweeters angled disperse the sound very well. My goal was to have a smooth well placed sound in all parts of this outdoor space without the speakers being "Placed". . If you want a highly dispersed sound over a wide sound stage the Bose do this job very well. Sound is subjective. These speakers achieved a very desirable effect of having smooth non-bright (low fatigue) environment where my guests can enjoy a high quality sound while not having to talk over the sound. Smooth midrange with tempered treble. For those who have large out door spaces to fill I suggest instead of getting two big speakers to play loud you consider what most professionally installed outdoor designs do and that is have many speakers dispersing quality sound at lower levels. Ever been to Disney? They are all over the place.
Pros: Build quality very good with two array designed tweeters provide a wonderful sound over a wide area without having to increase volume. Great sound at lower levels provide less ear fatigue and happier neighbors. 7 years in operation and they are wearing very well! The narrow design is very appealing compared to other speakers. The Bose signature is very suitable for outdoors. The speakers disappear and make you happy. No need for swivel mount because the non directional design.
Cons: They are a premium product and priced as such. The Bose name won't evoke coolness among the elite brand seekers. For those who need to attempt to thump the outdoors with bass will be disappointed. For those who need to make a statement with attention grabbing equipment will hate these things.Outdoor bass response is nearly impossible to replicate what we have indoors or in the car. If you want to rock out loud, I assume there might be better choices
Good rich sound and great clarity.....will add bose to family room and game room also.....haven't found anything that compares....Thanks Bose for making a great Product
Pros: The great sound, which I'm not new to Bose, Im building a new house and I installed these on the back porch, if I'm going to work I like my music, and what could be better than Bose?
I bought these in an electronics store because of the price cut and I was impressed with a friend's ipod Bose docking station. There is a reason Bose does not list their frequency range and sensitivity, because I'm sure those numbers stink! Bose relies too much on gimmicks/reputation and not enough on sheer muscle. These speakers sound good up high but have no bass. Also I could not drive them to picnic levels at my deck 25 feet away. They need to knock the price in half, yet I still wouldn't buy them. I promptly returned them and ordered efficient muscular Klipsch's through Crutchfield and never looked back. The lesson is: Don't rely on instore listening or reviews. You have to field test any speakers in your actual environment. Outdoor speaker engineers face huge obstacles; limited enclosure sizes, creating a good large listening environment, getting badly needed bass, making them loud enough to be heard far away, and packaging the whole thing to withstand outdoor weather. My advice to Bose: Stay indoors with your reflection gimmicks.
I got these without listening to them and anxiously hooked them up. I was disappointed upon listening. No Bass to mention at all. I ended up taking these back for a refund and getting The Polk Audio's Atrium 45's. They cost 1/3 the price and sound much better.
I agree with Dave in Jacksonville - the mid and upper frequency ranges are nice, but the bass response is just OK to nearly nonexistent on some songs. Listening to the 251's a few times after installing them, I started looking for an "outdoor rated" subwoofer to bring some bottom back to the music. The installation was quite simple and straight forward. I was fortunate to have my house's back porch pre-wired for outdoor speakers near ceiling joists, so securely anchoring the speakers and connecting the wires was a no-brainer. I also had the porch prewired for a powered subwoofer near an outlet "just in case". Now I'm glad I did. The 251's do make for a clean, streamline look and I get quite a few compliments on them. I've had the speakers for over 3 years and have not had a single problem with them. Living in AZ we can have severe temperature changes (30+ degrees from day to night) certain times of the year. I was worried about both condensation and the extreme heat taking its toll on them. They are, however, shaded from direct sunlight. To date, the performance is as good as the day I installed them and I don't have any complaints other than the lack of bass. Would I buy them again? Probably. Compared to other outdoor rated speakers, I felt these had the best overall sound.
These are excellent outdoor speakers, provided you check your audiophile nature at the door. They lack bass, but have reasonable mid-range and upper frequency response. I have them installed in my screened-in porch, and they do the job superbly--if you really want great sound, you'll need to pair them with a subwoofer. But if you use them as I do--as a place to get sound to the great outdoors, whether I'm playing with the dogs in the yard or drinking my coffee and reading the paper--they're excellent. Most important, they've survived 4 years outside in Florida; if you've ever lived near the coast in Florida, you'll realize what an accomplishment that is. A standard barbeque grill will last about 18 months here, before it's a rusted wreck. These speakers look the same as when I installed them, and that was ~5 hurricanes ago. So if you want good sound and durability, get these speakers.
These speakers are real easy to install, they sound like all Bose speakers sound, WONDERFUL. If you are thinking about buying these and you haven't yet, BUY THEM. They also look very appealing. I bought a white set and you can barely notice they are hanging from my patio.
These speakers use 6 ohms And thats makes amps run hot.. They rattle, they dont have any mid range as all bose. I am a personal assitant for a family... its what they wanted ... the only i repeat the only good thing and the real reason we bought them was we didnt want to mount onto the house ... they are able to mount from the floor ...<BR>oh yah they're way over priced for paper cone speakers <BR><BR>
Very good speakers. Very easy to mount. For $400, the price to quality ratio is hard to beat. Wish they were "weatherproof" though. I'm a little concerned with the "weather resistant" rating. Maybe it's just the manufacturer's way of limiting product claims. Not sure. However, the Bose speakers sound great, and are very affordable.
Bought these speakers back in 04,for my brothers deck.Just great sounding,clear speakers.
I have had the Bose 251 White speakers on my pool deck for about 3 years. They are mounted on the stucco wall under the overhang. The mounting brackets work well as I had to remove them several times during hurricane season.<BR><BR>The frequency response for outdoor speakers is good especially the bass. The sound is very good for Jazz and Pop (Michael Buble, etc). Rock/Heavy metal (Rammstein, Therion, Dream Theater) requires additional sub-woofer support, which has yet to be added. I have added a pair of Bose Free Space 51's at the back of the pool/patio for a fuller sound in the pool area. These do a good job of dispersing the sound and supporting the Bose 251's. The connections run through a Niles SSVC 2 that allows separate volume controls for each pair of speakers. The receiver used to power the speakers is an old Marantz 4300 Quad unit configured for stereo at 100 watts per channel. I play the Free Space 51's at a higher volume level than the 251's as the 251's overpower the Free Space 51's if both are set at equal volume levels. The Bose 251 speakers project their sound toward the back of the listening area, which is a woods. The advantage of being directional is that it does not have much impact on my neighbors on either side. My nephew has Bose 151 speakers in his pool/patio area and I find the Bose 251 speakers to be well worth the extra money. With both the Free Space 51's and 251's in my system, I would definitely recommend the Bose 251 speakers if a choice must be made between the two. <BR>
Easy to install and set up, excellent sound quality.
These speakers are fanstastic. I'm very happy with them. Response is perfect. I almost mounted these in my living room.
These are the 1st Bose brand outdoor speakers I've purchased and they are wonderful. Very full sound with good bass. I listened to the 151 as well but felt the better bass of the 251 justified the extra cost. Bose speakers in general are the masters of good flat response with a even "sound everywhere" effect. These are no excecption and fill our outdoor deck with very enjoyable even sound. I listen mostly to Jazz, Blues, & Folk music and these are just great for this type of listening. Brackets were easy to mount and hold the speakers fine for my application (mounted from overhang) but a swivel function would have been nice for vertical wall mounting.
|Woofer Composition||Poly Fiber Comp|
|Power Range (watts)||10-200|
|Connector Type||5-way post|
|Mounting Bracket Included||Yes|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years|
Drivers: The Bose 251 environmental speaker features a 5-1/4" woofer and two 2-1/2" Twiddler drivers with ultra-durable, polymer fiber composite cones built to withstand temperatures from a blistering 158° F to a frigid -40° F. Additionally, the speaker can withstand salt fog, sun, high humidity (100% RH), vibrations and mechanical shock.
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 even sound coverage with these outdoor speakers.
Water-Resistant Cabinet: Engineered with a water-resistant, weather-tight polypropylene housing, these speakers provide extra durability through extreme weather conditions and still deliver great high-fidelity sound. For additional protection, the speaker uses a galvanized, powder coated steel grille.
Multi-Chambered Bass Enclosure: Uniquely structured, the chambers within this patented design filter out unwanted audible distortion in the low-frequency range. They also improve speaker efficiency, resulting in deeper bass from a small enclosure.
5-Way Binding Posts: The nickel-plated brass 5-way binding posts will accept bare wire, pin connectors, spade connectors, banana plugs, and dual banana plugs.
Mounting: Weather-resistant mounting brackets are also included to allow for easy installation. The speakers can be moved up and down in the mounting brackets, allowing you to position them for optimum imaging.
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I already own a pair for my patio, they are fabulous. I just ordered these for an indoor application to be mounted up on a beam. [ Steven Feb 08, 2018 ]
Recommended [ Carlos Feb 02, 2018 ]
New house [ Robert Sep 12, 2017 ]
Look, previous experience with brand, quality. [ Seth May 08, 2017 ]
Good reviews and excellent description of specs. Good price for the quality of the product [ Randall Dec 12, 2016 ]
Like Boise products [ Judith Nov 28, 2016 ]
quality of reviews [ ROGER Jun 14, 2016 ]
Great outdoor speakers [ Steve Apr 12, 2016 ]
Bose has terrific sound, competitively priced, and offers the best, trendiest sound solutions to any home theater or outdoor party! [ Eric Mar 07, 2016 ]
Supposed to be good base and quality, I live in Maine, the weather element rating was a huge factor. [ Charlene Dec 16, 2017 ]
Best in acoustics [ WINSTON Jul 31, 2017 ]
They are a trusted brand and look sleek in design. I have used the Polk Atrium Series in the past, but wanted to give these a try and the Polks were on backorder so it worked out! [ AJ Jun 06, 2017 ]
Bose quality and sound. [ Mark Mar 12, 2017 ]
outside use -- they are great [ david Nov 25, 2016 ]
Outdoor function [ C Oct 31, 2016 ]
bose best [ Barbara Jul 11, 2016 ]
previous positive experience [ Peter May 18, 2016 ]
sound performance [ kevin May 12, 2016 ]
Love Bose !!! Great item for outdoors [ CARLOS Dec 21, 2015 ]
I put 4 in a 20 x 25 pool house patio. They sound awesome. You won't be disappointed. [ STEVEN Feb 19, 2018 ]
Two would be plenty. I have two mounted on my shop which 40 foot wide when you turn the volume up. You can hear them over 100 feet away. [ travis Feb 19, 2018 ]
Two will work, but four will work better, assuming your receiver can do a true 4 speaker. They sound fantastic (2) in our metal building used as a weight room. 60 x 40 [ Rheynard Feb 19, 2018 ]
2 is more than enough. They are wide angled sound proj [ ROGER Feb 19, 2018 ]
I only have two! [ Chad Feb 19, 2018 ]
My backyard is almost 1/2 an acre and it fills my yard with sound. [ Chad Feb 19, 2018 ]
Depends on how loud you want I guess. They have no bass sound to them. But are excellent out speakers. I have 4 on my shop. Two facing the driveway and two facing the backyard. They can be heard from over 100 feet away at 3/4 volume. [ travis Nov 14, 2017 ]
4 - it would give you great sound in entire area. [ Kim Nov 14, 2017 ]
You need only four speakers to provide an optimal sound. [ chris Nov 14, 2017 ]
No. Hard wired. [ Joe Jun 13, 2016 ]
No they require wire [ DAN Jun 13, 2016 ]
No. You can only connect them with speaker wires. [ CHARLES S Jun 13, 2016 ]
I live in Tennessee where the temperature can be 105 or -5. I have had a set of 251 exposed to this climate for 10 years without any issue. Love these speakers. [ Kim Nov 14, 2017 ]
I live in Rockland County. NY where the temperature gets below freezing in the winter. These speakers can withstand cold temperatures so I do leave these Bose speakers outside all year long. [ CHARLES S Dec 26, 2015 ]
I did take them down. I didn't see any need for them to suffer through the weather. Mine were in an easy place to get to. I'm in northern NY. [ Alan Dec 26, 2015 ]
I really don't know. My Bose-251 speakers are mounted outside on my deck exposed to the weather and do fine. I had a previous set of Bose-251 speakers outside on my deck for over 15 years with no problems. They started experiencing issues last year so I bought a new set. I am not sure about the effects of the marine environment salt water etc. [ David Apr 04, 2017 ]
Speaker wire. They will not connect directly to a phone or mp3 player. They must be hooked to an amplifier via speaker wire. [ John Jul 18, 2016 ]
The don't need a Bose amp - just regular speaker wire hooked up to a receiver or external amp for a second zone. Powerful speakers that disappear on a house with white trim boards. [ CHRISTOPHER Jul 15, 2016 ]
They run off of whatever wattage your receiver is sending them through the speaker wire. [ Eric Jul 15, 2016 ]
I actually returned these speakers as I decided to get Rock speakers instead. I am not sure I understand your question. These would be connected via speaker wire, but would need some sort of power source, ie Sonos Connect Amp, or to be hooked up to your receiver. They are not self powered if that is what you were asking. [ Andrew Jul 15, 2016 ]
Just 18/2 speaker wire to a basic Onkyo amp. They're on my friends huge house facing the water. The sound is unreal, you will not be disappointed. [ jamie Jul 15, 2016 ]
You definitely need an amplifier. [ John May 07, 2016 ]
You definitely need an amplifier. [ SCOTT A May 06, 2016 ]
They require an ampliier or receiver. Yes [ Jon May 06, 2016 ]
Yes, The bigger the better, I'm throwing 140W per channel at them. FYI, you might want to pick up a subwoofer as well, they don't have much base. Look at the JBL Xtreme speaker on here if your looking for iPod outdoor'ish speakers. [ Eric May 06, 2016 ]
It gives you the dimensions right on their website 4 & 9/16 inches tall 12 & 5/16 inches wide 6 & 1/16 inches deep [ Bagel Works, Jul 25, 2016 ]
not sure i understand the question, the size is shown , i have 3 sets . 2 on porches and one set hung off my roof over hang . they work great and cover large areas [ Jon Nov 23, 2015 ]
All-weather indoor/outdoor speaker with selectable stereo input mode