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


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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

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

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

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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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Why did you buy this?

I had a series 2 but were lost in a flooding, so I decided to try Bose again. Bass is great. [ David  Jul 22, 2018 ]
Front speakers for home surround sound. [ Jeff  Nov 26, 2017 ]
Have a pair in sunroom and love the sound. Buying another pair for basement\gameroom and eliminating old bulky speakers which don't sound as good and create eyesore. [ Keith  Aug 09, 2017 ]
needed a set of speakers that would fit under my TV stand. how ever the base is not as good as I thought it would be. [ JOHN  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Would like to secure speakers to wall . Don't have the shelf room. [ Richard  Jun 05, 2017 ]
Good brand at good price. [ E  Apr 12, 2017 ]
Fits well in kitchen [ BILL  Feb 22, 2017 ]
These are the best speakers at this price range. [ apalmtree  Jan 30, 2017 ]
NEEDED BOSE SPEAKERS [ radford  Dec 07, 2016 ]
I wanted the best speakers for my tv . [ roger  Sep 01, 2016 ]
Because they are Bose, I have been want Bose for 20 years. [ richard  Feb 03, 2016 ]
Perfect for big sound in a small room. Bose 201's and/or 301's are the best bang for your buck. [ robert  Jan 27, 2016 ]
I am impressed with the clean sound of Bose products. A pair of Bose pc speakers are connected to my laptop. [ PAUL E  Dec 18, 2015 ]

7 questions already asked

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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
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 ]
The price for a pair of these speakers (as of 12.28.2013) is: $218.99 [ Jeff  Dec 29, 2013 ]  Staff