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Bose® 301® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system

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Love the idea of a room filled with music? Sounds like you're ready for classic Bose sound, from one of the most popular speakers ever made. The world-renowned Bose 301® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system delivers the spacious, open sound Bose is famous for. How do they do it? With two high-sensitivity 2" Stereo Targeting® tweeters teamed with a long-excursion 8" woofer, and 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." Huge numbers of people have found this the best way to enjoy stereo music — and it's great for home theater as well.

Love the idea of a room filled with music? Sounds like you're ready for classic Bose sound, from one of the most popular speakers ever made. The world-renowned Bose 301® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system delivers the spacious, open sound Bose is famous for. How do they do it? With two high-sensitivity 2" Stereo Targeting® tweeters teamed with a long-excursion 8" woofer, and 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." Huge numbers of people have found this the best way to enjoy stereo music — and it's great for home theater as well.

Worried about space? Don't be. Bose specializes in compact speakers that can fit unobtrusively into most rooms, and the 301® system is a prime example. The horizontal design makes it easy to place on bookshelves, too. And it's flexible — a pair of these speakers is exceptional as front left and right speakers in a small home theater setup, or as high-quality surrounds for Bose home theater in a large room.

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

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I am very happy with these. The sound is great and we mounted them on the wall.

Anonymous, Ft Worth, TX

What's in the Box:

  • 1 Light cherry left-channel bookshelf speaker
  • 1 Light cherry right-channel bookshelf speaker
  • 8 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's Guide
  • Bose Product Registration & Warranty Information (not for US and Canada)
  • Bose Product Registration and Warranty Information (for US and Canada)
  • List of worldwide Bose corporate contacts
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter
  • Information sheet

Product Highlights:

  • bass-reflex design
  • recommended power 10-150 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms
  • removable grille
  • black or light cherry vinyl finish
  • 14-3/8"W x 9-13/16"H x 9-15/16"D
  • warranty: 5 years
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Bose® 301® Series V Direct/Reflecting® speaker system Reviews

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Features and Specs

Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded No
Tweeter Type Cone
Tweeter Size (inches) 2
Midrange Size (inches) ---
Woofer Size (inches) 8
Woofer Composition Paper
Woofer Surround Foam
Power Range 10-150
Sensitivity N/A
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Frequency Response N/A
Connector Type Spring clip
Bi-amp Inputs No
Height (inches) 9-13/16
Width (inches) 14-3/8
Depth (inches) 9-15/16
Weight (pounds) 12.5
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 21-36
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years

Product Research

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.

Long-excursion 8" Woofers: The long-excursion 8" woofers allow you to experience the remarkable effects of the lowest notes and balanced sound throughout the listening area.

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 301 Series V, they help create a sense of lifelike spaciousness and let you hear full stereo throughout the listening area.

Rear-firing Tweeters: A rear-firing tweeter sends sound from the back and side of each speaker for a balance of reflected and direct sound that is spacious and natural, like a live performance.

Enclosure Design

Tuned Port Enclosures: The unique port geometry enables cleaner and deeper performance for 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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Why did you buy this?

I am renovating a basement family room into a media center/practice room/studio. Need powerful bookshelf speakers to go with my Yamaha home theater system speakers for my A channel to listen to music and watch tv. [ John  Jun 12, 2017 ]
Easy [ Edward  Apr 23, 2017 ]
Personal experience. I have a pair. [ Michael  Mar 10, 2017 ]
Always wanted a nice set of BOSE speakers [ Will  Mar 06, 2017 ]
already had a pair. quite satisfied! [ Keith L.  Dec 26, 2016 ]
Always been a fan of Bose products. [ Sunil  Dec 16, 2016 ]
Quality and Price [ James  Nov 27, 2016 ]
trusted site trusted product [ Carl  Nov 25, 2016 ]
I already own a pair of Bose 301, Series II speakers and these will complement the older set with the new Onkyo receiver I purchased from Crutchfield last week, and an Onkyo CD player that just arrived from Crutchfield this afternoon. [ Duncan  Oct 04, 2016 ]
I use them as suround sound side speakers they are a great match with my klipsch Towers and center speaker. [ Richard  Aug 15, 2016 ]
I read the reviews [ matthew  Feb 18, 2016 ]
Just love these. They provide a musicological listening experiences. Superb frequency range. BIG bass sound from a bookshelf. Won't take up lots of space. [ robert  Jan 27, 2016 ]
I have b0se 201's they have been super. they are going to my woodworking shop, new ones will go in the house with the sansui speakers & my Yamaha 700. thanks Crutchfield for the good service. I will be a slave on to honey due list for the next six months [ JAMES  May 25, 2016 ]
Advice of Kay at Crutchfield that these speakers would improve my listening experience. Replace Bose 201 with these Bose 301 speakers. Kay's Bio: [ Gary A.  May 13, 2016 ]
reputation, reviews, looks, price [ George  May 07, 2016 ]
Can't beat Bose and can't beat Crutchfield prices.. These speakers complete my surround sound system. They are my rear speakers. [ ROGER  Mar 02, 2016 ]
What I am looking for. [ James  Feb 28, 2016 ]
Great great sound from a bookshelf speaker. Well worth the money for the serious musicologist. [ robert  Jan 27, 2016 ]
for you sound in small room [ Luis R.  Dec 13, 2015 ]

10 questions already asked

As for center I have Klipsch RP450-CA. They work great together with the bose 301 as surround Left & Right! [ Richard  Feb 21, 2017 ]
I use two of the bose 301 as surround left & right On my Marantz SR6010 AV Receiver [ Richard  Feb 21, 2017 ]
Hi I have my 301s hooked up for Tony channel stereo I use them for stereo music mainly . I would recommend you call Crutchfield tech-support as I'm sure they'd be able to help you [ Bruce  Feb 20, 2017 ]
Although I am not that familiar with center channels on home theatre sys. but don't think they are meant as solo center channel speaker. The way I have them is that they are coupled to a vintage Kenwood KR -6050 reciever I've owned since new in 1980 and the bass is amazing for a bookshelf type speaker deal. I spent the dough on the Bose stands as well for them matching. But I do love their sound for a lower cost range bookshelf. I've Bos 901s too and OLD vintage Pioneer CS 88A's which just flat out rock. I joust back and forth over the 901's with my buddy. He thinks they are the cat's meow, I feel they are a bit pitching and bass is slightly lacking. I do not run any subwoofers as I do not believe in them. Hope this helps. Any other questions I am glad to help. [ robert  Feb 20, 2017 ]
Yes you should hook them to the b Chanel that way you will be a olé to select which set you want or both. Happy listening.. DS [ Sherry  Feb 02, 2017 ]
I also love these speakers and they seem to have ohms and power for my purposes. Michael [ Michael  Feb 01, 2017 ]
The Bose 2.2 Series are great speakers, but if you like more bass on the speakers. Go with the Bose 301. I have both and satisfied with both. Hope this helps. Good day.. [ GERRY A  Jan 08, 2017 ]
I have a new set of 301s from crutchfield. They are very clean sounding no distortsion at high levels . Highly recommend them I have 201s &601s also all great love Bose [ Bruce  Jan 06, 2017 ]
Thanks for your question. No, they are not wireless. They have spring clip connectors on the back so wire will be necessary. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Dec 17, 2016 ]  Staff
I have a much older version of the 301's and I use them for this exact purpose. They do a great job as rear's in providing a depth of field for the surround sound of a good movie. You should be pleased. [ Barry  Dec 19, 2014 ]
Rhonda, I have used the Bose 301's as additional speakers on a 600 watt Sony surround system in my 24x30 home theater. Very clean, great frequency response...great performers for the price. BTW now using them as stereo speakers and cant believe the terrific bass out of such relatively small units. [ WILLIAM  Dec 17, 2014 ]
They sure will! That is how I use them at the bar. They sound great and can always be used as your mains if you ever changed it up down the road. [ Michael  Dec 17, 2014 ]
The Bose 301 has an 8" woofer in each speaker, so bass is pretty good. Would recommend the 301 over the 201 if you want bass, as the 201 only has a 6.5" woofer [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Hi Pauline, the Bose 301V don't need a subwoofer or a center speaker. They sound great to me and all good.... smile :) gap [ GERRY A  Dec 13, 2013 ]
No subwoofer or center speaker needed with these speakers. The sound is rich, clear and full. When I first purchased them, I was listening to talk radio at low volume, & I left the room for a while. When I passed the room sometime later I was frightened out of my wits because I had forgotten I left the system on, & it sounded like actual people were in my living room having a conversation! I can drive the speakers at a high volume & still no distortion. Also crystal clear at low volume. Listening to a digitally re-mastered CD is the closest sound to a live performance you can get. Worth every penny. The Bose 301 series is by far the best speakers I've ever owned. Also I guess it also depends on what type of receiver you own. I have an RX-797. [ QUINCY R  Dec 13, 2013 ]
I purchased my Bose 301's strictly for music listening. In that regard, I would say a center speaker is not necessary but a subwoofer would be greatly desired. The 301's are great high end, fairly good mid-range but not much on the bass - and I LOVE bass. In general I am happy with the 301's. [ RICHARD D  Dec 13, 2013 ]
I also have a Samsung TV. Do you have a Bose sound bar? If not what brand and do you like the sound? [ Pauline  Dec 12, 2013 ]
We have the speakers connected to a new receiver system we had installed. They are in a large living room, on a shelf unit on each side of our fireplace. There are no central speakers or subwoofer connected to it. We do have an additional and separate sound bar connected to our Samsung TV with a subwoofer, but they are separate units. The new Bose speakers are great! Our radio (local and internet) as well as a Bose wave radio and CD player sound wonderful with them. [ LINDA L  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I bought 4 , dont think you need a sub woofer at all because they bounce off the back walls , my amp will give more base than I need or want . I would recommend the stands the offer look good and work well [ CHARLES M  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Hi If you want to use it with soround sound system then yes minimum 5.1 channels speakers That's 2 front one center 2 rear and the point one is the sub. If just for regular stereo music listening this are great too(2 channels) I'm currently using this speakers on surround sound system Good luck Yair [ YAIR  Dec 12, 2013 ]
No. They are used on their own with no problem. I put four in a restaurant. They are incredible for the cost. [ Andrew  Dec 12, 2013 ]
I would not because the Bose301V has the correct amount of highs, mid and lows to make a in incredible sound. It will be over kill in my opinion. [ SHANE  Dec 12, 2013 ]
Hi, thanks for your question. These speakers are manufactured in Mexico. Weighing in at 12.5lbs. The dimensions are 14.375w, 9.785h, 9.9375d. Hope that helps. [ Kenny  Feb 05, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes these are great speaker sound loud and clear.Go for it.Be sure it for home used Not for event in big spaces. [ EDWIN  Feb 03, 2016 ]
Yes, they will work fine assuming your karaoke system can handle a normal impedance of 6-8ohms [ JAMES  Feb 02, 2016 ]
I love these speakers as my main front speakers for my amplifier for music, but I also run my TV sound through them along with a Bose center speaker. I would guess that they would make excellent karaoke speakers because their reproduction of sound, including music and voice, is so clear and full. I think they'd be great for karaoke. [ Rodney  Feb 02, 2016 ]
No--you'd need an integrated amplifier with a built-in DAC (digital to analog converter). These are sizable speakers that also work best away from the wall--not for a desktop if that is what you have in mind. [ Dan  Feb 09, 2015 ]
dont think it has enough power to make them sound very good ,these are high performance speakers [ CHARLES M  Feb 09, 2015 ]
I hooked these up to my stereo system so not sure about a laptop connection. Each speaker requires its own wiring. [ JEFF  Feb 09, 2015 ]