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Bose® 251® environmental speakers

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About the Bose® 251® environmental speakers

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.

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.

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Details:

  • recommended power 10-200 watts with receivers rated from 4-8 ohms
  • white or black polystyrene enclosure
  • integrated mounting bracket
  • 13-1/2"H x 5-3/4"W x 8-1/2"D
  • warranty: 5 years

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What's in the box:

  • 2 White indoor/outdoor speakers
  • 2 White metal mounting brackets
  • 4 White knobs
  • Eight 1-1/2" self-tapping screws
  • 8 Plastic wall anchors
  • 6 Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • Owner's guide
  • US/Canada registration and warranty card
  • Foreign registration and warranty card
  • Bose product line brochure
  • "Our Commitment to You" letter

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John from Waterloo, IA on 3/25/2019

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More Bose junk imo...like they say, "No highs and no lows?Must be Bose!"

Pros: Decent looks

Cons: To expensive. Fair to poor sound quality.

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javier from Doral, FL on 3/12/2019

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Great sound & looks amazing on the wall.

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Vincenzo from Pooler, GA on 12/23/2018

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Great sound , great recommendation. Great customer service

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Crutchfield customer from Eagle, WI on 9/10/2018

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Great speakers.....Love them

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very happy with purchase even more so with the team at Crutchfield

Crutchfield customer from Calabash, NC on 8/26/2018

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Needed to replace 2 outdoor speakers from my 18 year old whole house audio system. To my surprise upon removing the old speakers I discovered a modified commercial version of an old Bose outdoor speaker. I was referred to Rob in the commercial audio division who took the time to help me verify what I had, and what I could use to replace the old speakers. He could not have been more helpful. My initial contact with BOSE went nowhere. Rob provided me with the information I needed to make a decision.

Pros: love the sound. some other reviews may have been disappointed with bass response. I am more than happy with it.

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Versatile design, great sound!

Richard from Aliso Viejo, CA on 7/9/2018

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I'm very happy with my new Bose 251 outdoor speakers. Great quality sound, and I especially like the form-factor of the speakers and mounting brackets. Very versatile and easy to install brackets. Installs in almost any scenario and they look great. I had an event in my backyard where I really put them to the test, and I was even more impressed.

Pros: Versatile mounting brackets and form-factor, full range powerful sound.

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Chris from Bakersfield, CA on 6/28/2018

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Amazing sound We put 2 pairs out by the pool Very nice

Pros: Plug & play Very easy installation and set up

Cons: None

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Attila from Barryville, NY on 6/4/2018

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*****

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courtney from Ft Lauderdale, FL on 7/31/2017

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best money i ever spend

Pros: loud and durable

Cons: none

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Crutchfield customer from Newark, OH on 7/8/2017

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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.

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Marcus from Tyler, TX on 6/1/2017

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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.

Cons: None

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Great sound

Eric from Ventura, California on 10/11/2016

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Great product. Love the sound.

Pros: Great speakers. Great sound and compact size.

Cons: None.

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Chad D from Fayetteville, NC on 8/28/2016

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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.

Pros: Clarity

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Excellent Sound

Rob S from Tarpon Springs on 7/10/2016

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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.

Cons: None

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Jonathan from Bellmore, NY on 6/28/2016

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Great quality, just make sure you have an Amp that can power them well :)

Pros: Quality

Cons: None

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Last forever and sound great!

Mick from Amory,Ms. on 6/23/2016

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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.

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Impressive speakers

Jason H from Nevada on 11/11/2015

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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.

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JoeH from Missouri on 8/17/2015

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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

Cons: none

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Absolutely Awesome

jamieT from Portsmouth, VA on 7/19/2015

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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.

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Best speakers ever

Patrick McGinnis from Alpharetta GA on 5/24/2015

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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

Pros: Everything

Cons: None

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Brian H. from Chesapeake,VA on 7/4/2014

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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.

Cons: none

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Bose® 251

Crutchfield customer from Denver, CO on 6/30/2014

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Great Speakers with a nice full sound

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Good outdoor speaker

BobRN from Oregon on 12/20/2013

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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.

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Where's the bass

Real deal from Wayne, pa on 11/21/2013

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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.

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Tony from Massapequa Park on 7/15/2013

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Not what I expected

Pros: Easy installation, great looking.

Cons: Not enough bass or highs, sounds flat.

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Bose

Ricky from Chapel Hill, NC on 5/30/2013

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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

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floridaOutdoors from jacksonville, fl on 5/28/2013

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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

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Crutchfield customer from Staten Island on 5/15/2013

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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

Cons: Pricey

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bose 251 jawdropping sound

marty from stockbridge ga on 9/14/2012

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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.

Pros: Bose

Cons: Only compaint I waited this long to enjoy the music this much.

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Not a good buy

Isaac from Isaac on 5/15/2012

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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

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Bose plus and minus

Bargamon from North Carolina on 4/2/2012

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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

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It was a great purchase

John L. from Marshall, Texas on 11/7/2011

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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?

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Bose is not an outdoor company.

Ray J from Deltona, FL. on 8/11/2008

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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.

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Failure

Mark from Oak Harbor Washington on 7/17/2008

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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.

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Good speakers, need more bass

Doug from Tucson, AZ on 5/2/2008

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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.

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Durable, good-sounding speakers

David from Jacksonville, FL on 7/7/2007

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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.

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Love the Bose 251

Aaron from Shafter, CA on 5/14/2007

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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.

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Not So Great

Dan from San Francisco on 7/20/2006

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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 ... oh yah they're way over priced for paper cone speakers

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Great choice

Don from Blacksburg, VA on 7/16/2006

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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.

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Anthony from New York, NY on 6/27/2006

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Bought these speakers back in 04,for my brothers deck.Just great sounding,clear speakers.

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Good choice

Denny from Titusville, FL on 3/13/2006

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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. 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.

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William from Freeville, NY on 10/31/2005

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Easy to install and set up, excellent sound quality.

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Bose 251 environmental speakers

Bobby from Cambridge, MD on 7/19/2005

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These speakers are fanstastic. I'm very happy with them. Response is perfect. I almost mounted these in my living room.

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Great Outdoor Speakers

TL from Atlanta, GA on 6/4/2005

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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.

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Driver Technology

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.

Enclosure Design

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.

Connections

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 Options

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 have the amp [ Eric Chance  Jan 10, 2019 ]
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Bose reputation [ LYNN  Aug 28, 2018 ]
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Bose reputation for quality [ Randall  Aug 06, 2018 ]
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They bestia sound [ juan escobar  Mar 29, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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Recommended [ Carlos  Feb 02, 2018 ]
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New house [ Robert  Sep 12, 2017 ]
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Look, previous experience with brand, quality. [ Seth  May 08, 2017 ]
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Good reviews and excellent description of specs. Good price for the quality of the product [ Randall  Dec 12, 2016 ]
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Like Boise products [ Judith  Nov 28, 2016 ]
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quality of reviews [ ROGER  Jun 14, 2016 ]
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Great outdoor speakers [ Steve  Apr 12, 2016 ]
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Bose has terrific sound, competitively priced, and offers the best, trendiest sound solutions to any home theater or outdoor party! [ Eric  Mar 07, 2016 ]
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Replacing a Bose speaker I had outdoors for 10 years. Same pair. Love them [ rowell  May 18, 2019 ]
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Bose Reputation, weather proof, 5-1/4" woofer and two 2-1/2" Twiddler drivers, YES! [ Paul  Jan 08, 2019 ]
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Quality, quality, quality. [ Michael  Jul 04, 2018 ]
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i love bose [ denise  Jun 23, 2018 ]
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I chose the 251 due to their unique physical form factor. While this is surely not how to choose audio equipment, other models I was considering sounded similar. In fact, the 251s sounded better than most, but I had a unique location where they would be mounted. I found the 251 mounting brackets to be more usable than the others and the vertical orientation was perfect. Great design, and the great sound is included. [ Richard  Jun 16, 2018 ]
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Sound [ JAMES  May 02, 2018 ]
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Supposed to be good base and quality, I live in Maine, the weather element rating was a huge factor. [ Charlene  Dec 16, 2017 ]
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Best in acoustics [ WINSTON  Jul 31, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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Bose quality and sound. [ Mark  Mar 12, 2017 ]
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outside use -- they are great [ david  Nov 25, 2016 ]
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Outdoor function [ C  Oct 31, 2016 ]
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bose best [ Barbara  Jul 11, 2016 ]
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previous positive experience [ Peter  May 18, 2016 ]
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sound performance [ kevin  May 12, 2016 ]
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Love Bose !!! Great item for outdoors [ CARLOS  Dec 21, 2015 ]
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9 questions already asked

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How do I power these? I am connecting lights through a 12v transformer. Can these draw enough amps from that current or do they require 110v?
[ Laura  Sep 07, 2018 ]
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No AC or DC power required. You just plug nbyour speaker wire that connects with a normal audio amplifier.
[ Scott  Sep 08, 2018 ]
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I am not sure if install 2 or 4 in a 40x19 feet? deck? thanks in advance for your advice
[ Luca85  Feb 18, 2018 ]
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I put 4 in a 20 x 25 pool house patio. They sound awesome. You won't be disappointed.
[ STEVEN  Feb 19, 2018 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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2 is more than enough. They are wide angled sound proj
[ ROGER  Feb 19, 2018 ]
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Should be fine with 2 provided you have a decent enough receiver driving them. I have 2 for a 30 by 30 pool deck and they are more than sufficient to lay a good beat down
[ daryl  Feb 19, 2018 ]
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I only have two!
[ Chad  Feb 19, 2018 ]
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My backyard is almost 1/2 an acre and it fills my yard with sound.
[ Chad  Feb 19, 2018 ]
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How many 251 speakers would I need for a 40' by 60' area?
[ JFloy  Nov 13, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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4 - it would give you great sound in entire area.
[ Kim  Nov 14, 2017 ]
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You need only four speakers to provide an optimal sound.
[ chris  Nov 14, 2017 ]
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Are they bluetooth?
[ patti  Jun 13, 2016 ]
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No. Hard wired.
[ Joe  Jun 13, 2016 ]
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No they require wire
[ DAN  Jun 13, 2016 ]
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No. You can only connect them with speaker wires.
[ CHARLES S  Jun 13, 2016 ]
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live in the northeast - should i take these in during the winter? thanks
[ thomas  Dec 25, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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will these work for the front of a sailboat exposed to heavy weather? are they that weather resistant?
[ Sanjay  Apr 04, 2017 ]
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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 ]
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Do they need a power source, or run off speaker wire?
[ Joe  Jul 14, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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They run off of whatever wattage your receiver is sending them through the speaker wire.
[ Eric  Jul 15, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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Do I need an amplifier with these speakers or can I connect my iPod to them directly?
[ Lori  May 06, 2016 ]
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You definitely need an amplifier.
[ John  May 07, 2016 ]
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You definitely need an amplifier.
[ SCOTT A  May 06, 2016 ]
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They require an ampliier or receiver. Yes
[ Jon  May 06, 2016 ]
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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 ]
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What dimensions per speaker?
[ Raymond  Nov 21, 2015 ]
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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 ]
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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 ]
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