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Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers


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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

What's in the Box:

  • 2 White 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

Bose® 151® SE environmental speakers Reviews

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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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Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Reputation of BOSE..!! [ Ralph  Aug 11, 2018 ]
Small size [ D  May 10, 2018 ]
We had bought some for the shed and my husband wanted some for outside for the pond [ Deborah  Nov 16, 2017 ]
Bose is a great brand. [ CHARLIE  Sep 08, 2017 ]
Bose quality for my porch sound. [ Gene  May 31, 2017 ]
The reviews online [ Trevor  May 17, 2017 ]
Tried these outdoors, however did not like the tint-e sound. Replaced w/ Klipsch and they are very nice, good bass and overall sound. [ Gregory  Aug 01, 2016 ]
My first experience with Bose was after 9/11. They sent a Bose sound system to every nyc firehouse. It was an awesome gesture. The system was excellent. I have been a Bose fan ever since. I know that when I purchase Bose I'm purchasing great quality. [ Joseph  Jun 04, 2016 ]
Great product! [ S  Mar 28, 2016 ]
I trust the Bose name, good prices! [ ERIC  Dec 27, 2015 ]
Replace old 151 [ Benjamin  Aug 24, 2018 ]
Reviews. Satisfaction with quality of sound from other Bose speakers. [ Cristina  Aug 06, 2018 ]
Have the 151's on my catamaran for 10 years. They finally gave out. Time for a new pair. [ CHARLES A  Jul 01, 2018 ]
I don't need a lot of power on my patio (don't want to disturb the neighbors). I've always had Bose for my outdoor and in-ceiling speakers, so this purchase made sense [ Robert  May 25, 2018 ]
A gift for my husband; he told me what to order. [ LYNNDA R  Nov 21, 2017 ]
great honesty by your teck support when i called about 4:45 pm on monday california time 8:45 your time [ Charles  Sep 11, 2017 ]
Good reviews and we have never been disappointed with Bose speakers. [ mark  Jul 11, 2017 ]
Great sound,durable [ P  Jul 10, 2017 ]
Match existing [ kevin  Jul 01, 2017 ]
Replacing my current Bose 151 SE's as they have suffered through 10 years of NW Ohio weather. [ james  Jul 01, 2017 ]
Space available to install, quality product and manufacturer, customer reviews, met price range vs quality goal. [ William  Jun 04, 2017 ]
I am replacing the speakers on my sailboat with the same Bose speakers that that have been on it for a number of years. These speakers are mounted in the cockpit under the "princess" seats and are constantly exposed to the elements and to the sea. They have served me well under the most hostile of environments. I could not be more impressed with their quality. [ Wendell T.  Feb 10, 2017 ]
Bose reputation. [ Allan  Jan 09, 2017 ]
Size of speaker with the curved front appears smaller for the design. [ Jason  Dec 02, 2016 ]
for my back deck [ james  Nov 28, 2016 ]
replacing original speakers [ Chad  Oct 08, 2016 ]
Quality [ ROBERT  Sep 07, 2016 ]
Wide sound field for outdoor sound around pool. Quality sound with a low wattage receiver...good for 10-100 watts per channel. White color matches with where they will be mounted. Includes wall mounting brackets. Bose quality with 5 year warranty. [ Kevin  Jul 18, 2016 ]
Bose name and Patrick's endorsement Patrick's Bio: [ DONALD  Jun 06, 2016 ]
Quality [ Charles  Apr 17, 2016 ]

10 questions already asked

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 ]
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! [ Larry  Feb 09, 2018 ]  Staff
Yes! [ 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 ]
No [ James  Jun 10, 2017 ]
No, they're hard wired [ Jeremy  Jun 10, 2017 ]
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: [ Krissy  Jul 29, 2016 ]  Staff
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: [ Paul  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 ]
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 ]
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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