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Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system
- Each 201 speaker includes a long excursion 6-1/2 woofer and a highly sensitive 2 Stereo Targeting tweeter;Syncom computer tested to ensure one of the highest levels of quality and reliability in the audio industry
- Proprietary Stereo Everywhere technology combines direct and reflected sound to deluge the room with beautiful sound
- Unique port geometry for clean bass.Compact size and horizontal for flexible placement options
- Perfect as front or rear home theater speakers, along with a BOSE VCS-10 center channel & BOSE 161 surrounds ? or a second pair of 201s
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The world's best loved bookshelf speaker / Now redesigned, with even better performance / For music or home theater
The trim, stylish 201-V speakers from Bose are ideal for your den, dorm room, office, or small-scale living room. Their sleek design makes them welcome in any décor. Sold in pairs, the 201-Vs work well with either your stereo components or your home theater, elegantly handling either front- or rear-channel surround sound (use 2 pairs for both).
You'll enjoy lifelike, spacious stereo sound from these compact yet versatile bookshelf speakers. In a concert hall, listeners hear a mix of direct and reflected sound arriving from different directions and at different times. Bose's proprietary Direct/Reflecting speaker technology uses the walls and flat surfaces of your room to more closely approximate the sound in a concert hall. From cutting-edge DVDs to your vintage records, you'll enjoy larger-than-life spaciousness in nearly all you listen to, thanks in part to Bose's precisely angled, 2.5-inch proprietary Stereo Targeting tweeters.
The speakers' broad-dispersion Stereo Everywhere design lets you enjoy full stereo sound throughout the listening area, no matter where you sit or stand. Instead of concentrating the stereo effects into a single "sweet spot," the 201 bookshelf speakers are engineered to deliver realistic performance almost anywhere in the room.
The speakers each use a single 6.5-inch woofer and a flared-slot port--a specially engineered design wherein woofer and port geometry complement each other to reduce air turbulence. The ports ensure clean, deep bass, particularly when you're listening at high volumes.
What's in the Box
Two speakers, self-adhesive rubber feet, a user's manual, and warranty/registration information.
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When the speakers arrived from Amazon they arrived in a large Bose box, so make sure you leave a note for special delivery if you are worried about your neighbors seeing a huge box that obviously contains Bose speakers on your doorstep. Inside the box were simply the speakers and some documentation, so be sure to order some speaker wire if you don’t have any. I used Amazon brand speaker wire and got some banana plugs to make the connections easier. The banana plugs work just fine with these speakers and make connecting/disconnecting the wires much easier, which is convenient for moving them around when trying to find the best spot for them in your room. Installation of these speakers is essentially the same for any speakers, just plug in your banana plug or feed the bare wire into the inputs on the back of the speaker.
One thing I love about these speakers is that they look great in my room. I have them located within 5 feet of my TV, and they are very aesthetically pleasing. Of course they have the coveted “Bose” logo on the front of them, which is sure to impress some people although was not a factor at all when I purchased these. The black/sliver, slightly curved design is just very easy to look at and you can tell they are high quality. Now as for the most important factor…how they sound. These speakers sound beautiful. I listened to quite a few brands of bookshelves at Best Buy and these blow the rest out of the water. I listen to a wide range of music (country, rap, rock, acoustic) and I have never been let down. Where I personally think these really excel is when I use them for watching TV/movies. I paired these speakers with a Pioneer Andrew Jones subwoofer and the result is amazing. Dialog sounds crisp, sound effects are realistic and the range is incredible. In scenes when things go from very quiet to very loud it just sounds great with these. One thing is for sure; I will never be able to use TV speakers to watch movies with again. Listening to music with these is a great experience as well; I typically use them for music while I work for a few hours every day. One thing they lack is a lot of bass, thus I paired them with a subwoofer. Other than that, these speakers handle every genre of music I throw at them very well.
If you are looking for a set of mid-range speakers that will last a long time, these are a great choice. My parents have had a version of these for over ten years and they still sound fantastic. I use them for listening to music as well as watching movies, and in both instances they blow me away. They do not have a ton of bass, so if that matters to you I would suggest pairing them with a subwoofer (I choose the Pioneer Andrew Jones sub and am happy with the setup). The bottom line is these speakers look great, are not terribly expensive, and sound amazing whether you’re listening to The Doors or watching Family Guy.
1. Bose intentionally make 201's twitter axis toward differently from woofer's one. Combined with 201V's unique waveguides, I could obtain good quality of spatial perception and stereo imaging. Radiation range is wider than expected. Overall, 201V's sound was robust enough for desktop use.
2. Tonal balance of 201V is clearly colored. Both my listening and measurement showed that they don't have very flat quasi-anechoic response. But to my ear, they are very musical. They are quite lenient toward low-quality recordings, too. They may not be recommendable for studio use, but this is hardly a weakness IMO.
3. Regardless of 6.5 inch woofer and ported design, 201V lack bass. I overcame this weakness by pairing them with a subwoofer.
In Actually the 301's are only a tiny bit better. I love both!