Bose 161 Speaker System (Pair, Black)
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- Versatile speakers in black for music and movies, ideal for use in bookshelf or wall-mount applications
- Performance rivaling much larger home stereo speakers
- Stereo Everywhere speaker performance produces balanced stereo sound over a wide area
- Magnetically shielded speakers allow for speaker placement in close proximity to your TV
- Custom mounting brackets included for additional placement options. Be sure to use the proper gauge (or thickness) of wire or speaker cable for the length required to run the distance between your amplifier and your speakers
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- Brand Name: Bose
- Model Number: 27027
- Color: Black
- Speaker Type: Bookshelf Speakers
- Speaker Amplification Type: Passive
Enjoy rich, full sound from music or movies with this compact pair of sleek Bose speakers. Whether placed on a desk or bookshelf or mounted on a wall for use as surround speakers, these speakers are designed to deliver balanced, spacious sound with minimal or moderate amplifier power (10 to 100 watts per channel). Automatic protection circuitry keeps the speaker drivers from being overdriven, heightening the speakers' reliability without interfering with your listening.
If you'll be using them in a home-theater capacity, keep in mind that they're designed to blend seamlessly with the Bose VCS-10 center-channel speaker and any Direct/Reflecting Bose speaker system.
Unlike conventional speakers, which radiate sound in a single direction, these speakers use Articulated Array driver positioning and Stereo Everywhere technology to deliver balanced sound throughout your listening area. Further, Bose's two 2.5-inch proprietary Twiddler drivers per speaker move more air from their small enclosures than similarly sized conventional drivers, creating a sound you'd expect from much larger speakers.
Be sure to use the proper gauge (or thickness) of wire or speaker cable for the length required to run the distance between your amplifier and your speakers. If the length is 30 feet, use a minimum of 18 gauge (.75 mm); use 16 gauge (1.5 mm) for 45 feet or 14 gauge (2 mm) for 70 feet. Supplied custom mounting brackets offer a range of placement options.
What's in the Box
Left speaker, right speaker, mounting brackets, self-adhesive rubber feet, user's manual.
Top Customer Reviews
Although we are longtime Bose fans, we decided to audition these in an audio store as we had been disappointed in a Bose center channel speaker we had purchased previously, (based on reputation, we didn't listen first!). We were favorbly impressed in the store and have been very pleased with them in our home. Regardless of room decor, the speakers produce clean, stereo sound. (Its possible to identify orchestral instruments and their location!)
These speakers are very linear above 80-90Hz, to the audible limits. They drop off rapidly below about 80Hz. Bass frequencies are adequately reproduced for orchestral music but will need to be augmented for heavy bass or special cinematic effects. (sub-woofer)
These speakers are intended to be wall mounted and are easily installed with the included brackets. They do not sit well on a shelf!
I'm not sure I'd use these as my primary speakers in my living room, but for surround applications, or small stereo needs, they fit the bill perfectly. They're attractive, solidly built, and easily mount to walls using the included wall brackets.
If you want unabtrusive speakers to provide clean and spacious background music with a decent base response these are perfect (Eagles, Carley Simon, Joni Mitchel, Miles Davis etc.) If you want speakers to play at volumes you need to shout over and rattle the fillings out of your teeth (Zep, AC/DC, Sabbath), look elsewhere.
These are perfect if mostly used for providing background mood music in rooms when entertaining, such as for the holidays. We have 2 pair we have been using for 5 years in a 23'x16' LR and 28'x14' kitchen and they still sound like new. We are adding a third pair in the dining room and a 4th on the porch.
Well made wall mounts as well.
I can't testify to the performance of these speakers as primary speakers. Some people have used them this way with apparent success, but Bose really did intend these as surround speakers and for those on a budget or dealing with limited space they are ideal for the intended purpose. As surround speakers I rate them 5 stars.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bose gets a lot of poor reviews from the audio world, and I will admit many of their products are overly marketed and under engineered. Read morePublished 20 days ago by David Mulligan
DISCLAIMER: I didn't buy these from Amazon. I once owned Bose Acoustimass speakers and loved them. Wish I'd kept them. Based on that experience, I bought these from HH Gregg. Read morePublished 2 months ago by John C. Lobert
I'm giving these guys 5 stars but not on a wim. I have always had them around for assist speakers over the years (What they are meant to do) and they have been perfect. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer