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

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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
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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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Bose 201 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system

Crutchfield customer from Bremerton, WA on 4/22/2019

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I've heard Bose systems before so wasn't too surprised how well these sound.

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Matthew from Howell, MI on 3/3/2019

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Bose has a great bookshelf speaker here. Great design and great sound. Added these speaker in my gym to a Sony ES receiver and the sound is amazing. Rich sound fills the entire room. Thanks Crutchfield!

Pros: Sound

Cons: Cost

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Crutchfield customer from Guyton, GA on 1/21/2019

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good people,good product good timing.

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Baby BOSE

Woody from Arizona on 12/14/2018

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Bose always makes a great product. Remember the 901's? These compact speakers put out a great sound. Bose quality for only a couple hundred bucks, how can you go wrong?

Pros: Quality, Price

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Oracle, AZ on 10/4/2018

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I am not a die hard audiophile but I am very pleased with the sound of these speakers.

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Great sound

Erick from Clinton, UT on 10/4/2018

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Great sound from such a small speaker. Bass could be a bit better

Pros: Great sound overall

Cons: Bass could be a bit better

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Bose 201 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system

Crutchfield customer from Ivoryton, CT on 1/15/2018

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Bought 2 sets of the Bose 201 Series V speakers. One set for the den, approximately 12'x12', and one for the living room, approximately 20x30 with 18' ceiling. In both cases the Bose 201's met my expectations and deliver very good sound quality for the price. Running these off of a Yamaha R-S500 receiver and remote wireless unit. For the money, I would certainly encourage these to be considered.

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Crutchfield customer from Rockville, MD on 10/5/2017

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It's great sounds with the price. I've recommended.

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Matt from Rifle, CO on 6/20/2017

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The best speakers I've ever had!

Pros: The speakers are small, with huge sound

Cons: They are loud, but could be louder, because I'm old!

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John from Fredericksburg, VA on 6/15/2017

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I bought thes 201s because they fit under my new tv console perfectly. They look great but not the sound I was expecting from a Bose product.

Pros: Looks

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Crutchfield customer from San Jose, CA on 5/29/2017

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Outstanding product for the price. Great value.

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Bobby from Punta Gorda Fl on 5/9/2017

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Great sound in a small package.

Pros: Nice fit for a small area with great sound

Cons: None

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Crutchfield customer from Kansas City, KS on 3/20/2017

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Well worth it! They compliment my 4 Bose 301's very well. Excellent sound.

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Angel from San Juan, PR on 1/23/2017

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excellent

Pros: Excellent speaker, I recommended this....

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Crutchfield customer from Ft Worth, TX on 1/5/2017

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Guess I expected better sound from Bose but still I'm satisfied

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Crutchfield customer from Clearwater, FL on 11/27/2016

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I'm very happy with these tried & true speakers.. I'm listening to them now....

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George E. from Chicago, IL on 10/15/2016

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I love this product. This is my second set. The sound is top notch. I recommend it highly.

Pros: Small, light, great sound.

Cons: None.

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great speakers

Franciscus from Dallas, PA on 10/2/2016

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I enjoyed my Bose hi-fi equipment that I bought 15 years ago. I decided to purchase a small h-fi system for the first floor and bought a Denon. I was not happy with the loudspeakers that I ordered with it. So I replaced them with Bose 201 speakers I am happy with the sound that come out of it.

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Great Speakers!

JoeMc25 from Philadelphia, PA on 7/27/2016

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Absolutely love my new Bose 201s! This is the fourth set of Bose speakers in my house, and I couldn't be happier with the sound. They are set up in my family room, no AV, and really fill the room with fantastic tunage!

Pros: Perfect for a 10x25 space!

Cons: None

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Brian from Concord, NH on 4/17/2016

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Crutchfield fill my order and set it in record time (3 days) The speakers arrived in A-1 condition and were easy to install, replacing a 30 yrs old pair. They sounded great and very happy with the choice.

Pros: Sound great, easy to install

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Bose 201

Dayglow from laguna niguel, CA on 3/18/2016

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These Bose 201 bookshelf speakers replaced an older pair (circa 1980) of same type in our bonus room. They are arranged across the narrow side of the room allowing nice reflex throughout the area. They are a good fit for the size and shape of the room. Sound is crisp and clear, bass is adequate.

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Bose 201 series v

Crutchfield customer from Brunswick, OH on 3/3/2016

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Excellent sound disbursment!

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Bose 201 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system

Crutchfield customer from key west, FL on 2/22/2016

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Great sound at a very reasonable price.

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Ric from Eustis,Fl on 1/20/2016

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Fast shipping.Easy hook up...awesome sound..excellent companions to Bose 161's already installed.

Pros: Great sound..attractive design

Cons: none

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Great sound for our new student center!

CoachM from Arkansas on 8/24/2015

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We needed a new stereo system in our new student center game room. I chose these speakers, and they have plenty of sound!

Pros: Very attractive looking in our room, mounted above near ceiling.

Cons: Not a huge amount of bass, but it is sufficient!

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Great Speakers!!

Happy Customer from California on 8/21/2015

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Bought these to replace large floor standing speakers Sound is great for Book shelf speakers

Pros: Small size Big sound Bose quality

Cons: None

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Bose 201's

David W from Michigan on 7/3/2015

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Excellent sound quality for a set of bookshelf speakers. I would recommend to anyone who is looking for excellent sound without taking up a lot of room

Pros: Size and sound

Cons: None

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Bose 201 V

Bosethebest from Georgia on 4/22/2015

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I have the original bose 901"s the first made in the 70's. These add so much more to the sound of anything point blank period. If you do not live in the country where there is no sound ordinance look elsewhere. This is my second pair the first was the series 3 These are killer.

Pros: I have infinity speakers took them out of the box played them for a week put them in the box and they are still there and that was 15 years ago.by the way they are tower speakers. Big comes in little packages.

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Bose 201 series

Jb from 63376 on 3/24/2015

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I'm a musician and these speakers "bose 201series are superb crystal clear sound I've had these speakers for 5 years n the name itself bose has stood up to its name yet there might other brands etc but I wanted something to sound like as if I was mixing in a studio I hooked up this speakers to my KRK 10S sub from guitar center ,adjusting the frequency n volume on the sub gave this bose 201 series stand out , with a good receiver ,whether u playing any music or movies I have nothing else to say "I love them "

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crispy sound

mango777 from California on 3/8/2015

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I love them, I'm using them with a Denon AVR X1100W amp and as front L-R of a surround system, but i also like to hear music on them, no much low frequencies but you cant expect that with the box that size, I'm using a JBL subwoofer so that isn't a problem. Get the Bose Brackets if you are planing to hang them on the wall.

Pros: crispy sound, you get great mids and highs.

Cons: no much lows, you need a sub

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Bose 201 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system

Centered in KS from Kansas on 12/28/2014

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These speakers were purchased to replace an old set in our kitchen. They were a snap to connect and they sound great!

Pros: Good sound, easy to connect.

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

Jack from Claremont, California on 12/27/2014

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Very clean sound with decent base without a separate sub-woofer.

Pros: Sound and price.

Cons: None

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Bose 201 speakers are a clear winner

MIssabe Fan from Alton, Illinois on 10/19/2014

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These Bose 201 speakers replaced a set of 301 speakers which moved to the living room. We rehabbed our family room and the 301 speakers no longer fit so I bought these 201s. The sound is great and it fills the room very satisfactorily indeed! I've bought from Crutchfield before and this was, yet again, a top quality company with which to deal! I am very happy with the Bose 201s and likewise with Crutchfield!

Pros: Quality construction, great sound delivery, and they nicely fit the space I can allot for these Bose 201 speakers.

Cons: I haven't found any cons yet. I purchased Bose 201 speakers because I've been so pleased with my 301 speakers.

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Great speakers produce high quality performance

Indrakusuma from Indonesia on 8/7/2014

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Just bought this product, utilized with my new Rega Apollo-R and Rega Brio-R. These three are produce perfect sound for my ears. No flashy sound such as those preferred by beginner music listener who adore sounds such as those associated with accenture bass or treble frequencies. Perfect!

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Craig from Rockford Il on 4/18/2014

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Great purchase, already have bose 161 for the surround, and added these for front speakers

Pros: Greta sound

Cons: A little too big

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Bose 201

Crutchfield customer from Grand Isle, ME on 4/3/2014

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Already had a Bose Acoustimass 10 with a pioneer 7.1 receiver pumping 140W per channel. Wanted to add 2 more channels and looks like I made a good choice. Tried sony, pioneer and polk audio bookshelf speakers and had to return all of them. Then took a plunge and bought these bose 201. Could not have been happier. Not that AM 10 was bad setup but these speakers really make the syst much better.

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RONALD from COAMO, PR on 3/23/2014

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The sound quality is excellent, fidelity and much better than others. I like your desing.

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ose 201 Series V direct Speaker system

Uday from Bedford, Ma on 1/6/2014

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The Bose speakers provide excellent sound quality. I particularly like there warrenty as recently I had experience of obtaining a substitute for a damaged speaker after nearly 5 years since purchase. The Bose tech Assistance team is very friendly. I would recommend these speakers to any one not only for their sound quality but also for the aesthetic appeal. Crutchfield from whom I obtained the speakers also provided excellent service.

Pros: Size, shape, sound quality, ease of installation.

Cons: None

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Bose 201 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system

Crutchfield customer from Middlebury, vt on 10/27/2013

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We needed to replace existing speakers with something smaller. The Bose 201 series V have worked very well. The sound is better then what we replaced. Delivery was very fast.

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Al from Rio Grande, PR on 8/14/2013

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Great range and sound for size and price

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bose 201's

JimD from east wenatchee,wa. on 7/18/2013

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needed more than my 161's,and these work great!

Pros: very good sound for my needs.just fm radio and cd's.

Cons: none yet

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Good "Bang" for your bucks!

Poteaux from Lafayette,La. on 7/11/2013

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I use these as the primary front speakers for a Sherwood reciever which produces 60 continuous watts @ 6 ohms. I am quite satisfied with the sound as I have wall mounted these in my livingroom using Bose mounting hardware. I do use a subwoofer but have found that they still perform very well when I forget to turn it on (ha ha).

Pros: Great speaker for the cost!

Cons: None as of yet.

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Outstanding

BucBuc from Myrtle Beach,SC on 4/14/2013

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Great speakers that fill our room with clear, clean music

Pros: Well built; room filling sound

Cons: None

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Great Sound

Fixing up My Home from Illinois on 12/23/2012

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These speakers have great sound quality and are small enough to fit right on my bookcase. The room has cathedral ceiling and the speakers fill the whole room. It's really nice to have music in this room once again.

Pros: Great sound!!

Cons: Nothing I can see.

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Nice Bookshel Speakers

Johnny from Riverside, Illinois on 9/23/2012

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Larger than the aevrage bokshelf speaker, the 201's have decent sound quality and power handling. Unfortunately, they barely fit into the area I had alloted for a living room stereo. These are intended, in my opinion, for more open areas or to be used in a surround capability. As the main speakers in a small environment, they simply take too much space and require to much separation. Going by the recommended spacing in the manual, 18" from a wall and 12' apart, it consumes nearly 15" of space to operate correctly..Not exactly the size of any "bookshelf" I've ever seen. My situation would have been better suited by non-reflecting type speakers. I would recommend them highly if you have the space, but if you live in a dorm or smaller apartment or have limited width or height, I'd go with something else.

Pros: Great sound and handle up to 100 watts cleanly. Not bad looking and the BOSE name always catches the eye of friends.

Cons: Need too much space to be efficient. Speaker hook-ups are spring loaded with out pin or banana connections. I would expect better from these speakers.

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Sound and quality.

Leopoldo from Oakland, CA on 8/17/2012

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My experience is not too vast. But as a dilettante for many years of listening experience, I have had EPI, B&W, Onkyo and last Bose speakers. Never had any problem on accordance with their size or quality. Bose is up there... Good!

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Bose 201 Series V Direct/Reflecting speaker system

CharlotteS from Phillipsburg, NJ on 6/4/2012

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Sound is GREAT. Alittle bigger (size not sound) then I thought they would be

Pros: GREAT sound. Crutchfield was GREAT to do business with. Would recommend them highly

Cons: Believe it or not - I have none.

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series V

sandy from phenix city, alabama on 2/3/2012

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As an addition to my home surround sound with my other bose speakers.. They were alwesome Makes watching movies even better!

Pros: I got them in a timely time, tracking was easy

Cons: Bigger than I thought they would be

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Sound Great

Joe Schmoe from Dallas on 1/21/2012

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These speakers are very good for the price. I use them along with towers that have built in sub woofers. I like them because I have an LG TV that has a tin can sound. I can play them at low volumes and still get that BOSE direct reflecting sound. By themselves they are good but you need a subwoofer to get the full effect.

Pros: Projected sound that works well at low volumes.

Cons: Need subwoofer for full effect.

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most people are using these speakers wrong

Mark from Texas on 10/25/2011

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I have seen all the reviews of this speaker and find the ones who are using them wrong are disappointed ..you CANT use these as the mains on any surround system (501's or 901's only) I have 501's for main, 201's for surround, and 161's for rear surround . these are designed to be easy listening without much bass for an office etc. if you are expecting massive amounts of bass out of these speakers you will be dissappointed ...use them for the intended application and you will be rewarded with true quality reproduction

Pros: everything

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Great surround. Mount to wall.

Adam from Redondo Beach, CA on 6/27/2011

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Like a lot of the other reviewers I am using these as surrounds. I am also using them as surround backs in a 7.1 configuration. My mains are 301Vs. My center is an Infinity Primus C25 (I didn't like the mids or the volume on the Bose center.) My sub is an old faithful Cerwin Vega (next thing to get upgraded.) Receiver is Denon AVR-3310CI. All bought from Crutchfield incidentally (except the old sub.) I really, really like the way these sound at low to medium volumes. I have neighbors so I don't want to go high-high very often. When I have had them as loud as I was willing to go they still sounded great. The one thing I didn't hear any other reviewer mention is that you really should mount these to a wall. I tried everything from setting them straight on the floor (when I first moved in a place,) on bookshelves, and on the stands Bose makes for them. By far and away the best sound comes when you mount them straight to the wallboard (or ceramic, which I have currently, and sounds AMAZING.) Get the Bose brackets and mount them in the center of the wall in exactly the configuration Crutchfield recommends. That what I do, and I refuse to go to the theater any more, because it doesn't please me as much :-)

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Great Speakers!

Gordon from Easton PA on 6/5/2011

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Great Speakers! Great Service! Great CRUTCHFIELD!

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Fair sound, poor build quality.

Niss from Cleveland, OH on 12/3/2009

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This is my first Bose speakers and I'm very disappointed. I got those to replace an old pair of Pioneer floor-standing I was using for the last year. Originally I was using different speakers as the main but they went bad after sitting in the basement and got wet. I had to use the old Pioneer's I own for the last 14 years. mind you, those Pioneers got nothing going for them but the looks... 2 8's and a tweeter. I got those Bose to replace them since I listen to music more then movies. I ran them with Onkyo receiver and a 12" sub. once I hooked those Bose in place of the big pioneers I was very disappointed. the sound is flat and the highs pitchy and they need much more power to push them. the quality of the speaker box and the light weight and the quality of the connectors should turn on a red light right away. I'm going to use those and rear speakers for now and wait till I can afford a real set of speakers.

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Made for music

cthelightnh from NH on 1/14/2008

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I have been using these 201s as my surrounds and have tried them as my mains but find them lacking the crisp, clear highs needed for surround sound. They are some of the best speakers around when using in a music only mode. They have great airy quality which Bose is famous for and which fills your room with smooth clean wall of music. However when expected to provide that crisp, clear definitive sound which surround sound requires they just are not designed for that in my opinion. If you need a pair of smaller speakers for music, I would recomend that you give them a listen but look at other more standard type speakers for your mains in a home theater situation.

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Overpriced, poor build quality, lackluster sound

aaron from Portland, OR on 3/15/2007

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I've been spoiled by a pair of Infinity Primus 150's I bought for almost half the price of the Bose 201 V's. I got a pair of these Bose 201 V speakers from my credit card reward points. Don't get me wrong, these Bose speakers are decent, they are just nowhere near as accurate, clean, and bright as my primus 150s. The build quality is much worse as well: exposed particle board, cheap clamp wire contacts. The Infinity primus speakers on the other hand are a nice walnut finish (laminate?), they have nice rubber feet, gold post connectors, shielding and baffling, and much better sound.

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Worth the $$$

Ronald from Newaygo, MI on 11/8/2006

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I use these speakers as my surround left and right. I have Bose 501's for by main speakers and the bose center channel on my 7.1 system. These compliment my system perfectly. Being a Bose fan and owing their 501 speakers for almost 35 years, how could I go wrong. These are highly recommonded for surround or for main in a small to medium room.

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Good Solid Speakers

Matt from Memphis, TN on 7/20/2005

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Like previous review, I too use these speakers as my surround left and right. I have a pretty even balance between music and movies on my system, which is what initially drew me to these speakers. I had tried some Infinity and JBL's (but not the Klipsch) and though I loved their home theater sound I just personally liked the Bose sound better for my music (not to say that the 201's can't keep up in movie mode). I also have a bose center-channel and 301's as my front L and R. The 201's have plenty of sound to act as bookshelf speakers for a stereo, surround speakers, or front speakers for up to a medium sized room surround system. Highly recommend. My neighbors hate me.

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I am currently using a pair of 201's for my surround left and rights in a 6.1 system. The 5 star rating is relative to the cost of the product, and I feel they are definitely worth the price. It's hard to beat Bose's "stereo everywhere" performance, and for casual listeners these speakers would be an excellent choice for left and right mains in either a stereo or surround sound application, with clear highs, and reasonable bass performance. Another great feature, no matter where you sit in the room you hear both speakers clearly.

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

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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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Crutchfield asked: Why did you buy this?
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BRAND, Price and good fit for location [ G  Mar 30, 2019 ]
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Bose reputation and positive reviews. These are going in a restoration project of an old console stereo of my grandmother's. [ Dennis  Mar 11, 2019 ]
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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 ]
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Front speakers for home surround sound. [ Jeff  Nov 26, 2017 ]
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EASY SET UP - HOPEFUL WILL WORK IN KITCHEN. [ karen  Oct 01, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Would like to secure speakers to wall . Don't have the shelf room. [ Richard  Jun 05, 2017 ]
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Good brand at good price. [ E  Apr 12, 2017 ]
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Fits well in kitchen [ BILL  Feb 22, 2017 ]
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These are the best speakers at this price range. [ apalmtree  Jan 30, 2017 ]
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NEEDED BOSE SPEAKERS [ radford  Dec 07, 2016 ]
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I wanted the best speakers for my tv . [ roger  Sep 01, 2016 ]
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Because they are Bose, I have been want Bose for 20 years. [ richard  Feb 03, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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9 questions already asked

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How can I connect My speakers to my smart TV?
[ Robert  May 20, 2019 ]
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You cannot directly connect your speakers to your TV you will have to connect through your receiver
[ ERIC  May 20, 2019 ]
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can be wall moouned for back surround in a 9+2 system?
[ Carlos  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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THEY DO NOT COME WITH WALL MOUNTING BRACKETS, BUT YOU COULD ADD YOUR OWN. THEY ARE PRETTY HEFTY THOUGH
[ Herman  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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I don't see why not. I'm using as the back in a 7-1 system.
[ Robert  Jan 28, 2019 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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I don't know However you can always go to the Bose web-site And get additional details Good Luck!!
[ Pauline  Jun 03, 2017 ]
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What kind of amp do I need for a turntable using the boss 201 series speakers?
[ Michelle  Jan 29, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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can i hook them up to my pc i have a3 in one dell isprion 24?
[ ANDRE D  Dec 30, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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No, You would need am amplifier to attach the same RG
[ ROHIT  Dec 31, 2015 ]
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What center speaker would match (specs) with these speakers because Bose no longer makes a center speaker?
[ Todd  Nov 26, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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I have a Bose center speaker. I would go with Polk.
[ Buddy  Nov 28, 2015 ]
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Can these speakers be used as is? Or do I need to hook them up to an amplifier?
[ Ron Jeremy  Nov 16, 2014 ]
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I did not hook mine up to an amplifier and they sound great .
[ Ghislain  Nov 19, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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Hello, You would need an amplifier...
[ GERRY A  Nov 17, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Need to hook them to an amp. Just be very careful not to overdrive them.
[ KEVIN  Nov 16, 2014 ]
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Would need an amplifier RG
[ ROHIT  Nov 16, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Bose offers these stands for 201/301: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_018FS01/Bose-FS-01-bookshelf-speaker-floor-stands.html
[ KEVIN  May 17, 2014 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Are you saying that these speakers cost $218 per pair?
[ Rex  Dec 28, 2013 ]
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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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