Bose® - 161™ Speaker System - Black

Stereo or surround, these speakers offer high performance in a slim, elegant design. High-excursion Twiddler drivers in an Articulated Array® provide efficient Stereo Everywhere® performance.
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Excellent direct connect speakers WOW! Posted by: from: on Greetings! So I already have a set of Accoustimass 10 speakers in my home and decided to upgrade my Home Theater system from 5.1 to 7.2. surround sound. I needed one extra set of speakers and wanted the excellent sound of BOSE! These speakers are stand alone and hook directly into the receiver and NOT to an accoustimass or sound processor. I used them as my rear set of speakers (separate) from my Accoustimass 10's. WOW the sound is fantastic. And because they are a little bit bigger they really kick the deeper sounds needed for the rear sound. They are clear and very clean sounding as you would expect from Bose. The price I thought was a little cheap for what your getting. Very nice and attractive set of speakers for the money!

4 out of 4 found this review helpful.

Front Speaker Replacements and They Work Great! Posted by: from: Raleigh, NC on I realize that these units are specifically engineered to be rear and side surround satellites when interfaced with other Bose hardware; however, that comes at a high price. Since I needed to replace my receiver with an HDCP 2.2 unit, I decided to go ahead and change out my front speakers from my surround sound system with these. I also purchased a new center speaker (Polk Audio) with another sub woofer (Yamaha). My 13 year old speaker system (5.1) was included with a receiver package and I have no complaints whatsoever but these new Bose units are notably crisper, clearer and more dynamic. I left my old speakers as the 2 rear channel components. Even Bose claims that these speakers can be used for front or rear applications. That statement is certainly valid from my experience. Moreover, if they can be used for a 2.1 system, why can't they be used as front channel for surround sound? Don't get me wrong, having a $1500, or more, home theater audio system is fantastic but if you're looking for mixed and matched hardware that does the job and sounds terrific, these can be part of that system.

2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

Superb Bose sound for the average user! Posted by: from: Los Angeles on If you want top-notch, immersive sound but you don't have the space or the budget for a state-of-the-art, high-end home theater system, pick up a pair of these babies and you will be amazed at the results. Simply using them as the left and right channels for our basic stereo TV has enhanced our entertainment experience 1000%. They are an ideal, affordable option for any would-be audio connoisseur, and they are more than adequate for almost anything the average user might want them for. Best of all, if you have ambitions for growing into a more elaborate system, these are an excellent entry-level choice, because they are fully capable of delivering outstanding audio on their own and are still integratable into a larger, more complex home theater later on. There are less expensive speakers out there, but come on- these are BOSE! And if you're going to buy some nice speakers, why not do it right? The best value for your money, without doubt!

10 out of 11 found this review helpful.

No definition, distorted sound, feeling ripped off Posted by: from: Minnesota on Out of the box, these speakers look funny, but the looks grow on you. The design seems solid, but the build quality feels sub-par for a brand which carries such a following. They sound alright, but there is no definition in the sound. If you get these speakers, plan to use them with a subwoofer if you want to feel the music, or be in the movie. I tried first without a subwoofer, and almost all the music in my library sounded anemic. Added my cheap Yamaha subwoofer to the mix, and it got marginally better. I don't know if I just got a bad set, but when you turn the volume up when your favorite song comes on, or your favorite scene comes up in a movie, the 161's started to distort very badly, almost like the drivers inside were blown. I didn't turn the volume to Maximum, and before halfway, they began terribly distorting the music I was listening to. I tried adjusting everything I knew to adjust and nothing helped. I wound up returning the Bose 161's and left with a set of Klipsch Quintets. SO far, I am very pleased with these.

13 out of 20 found this review helpful.

Nice Rear Speakers Posted by: from: Kansas City on These are great little speakers for the money. I normally roll with JBL. Have all Jbl speakers however Best Buy does not carry em anymore. So I gave these a shot because I wanted something small, They are my 6th and 7th speaker for crying out loud! Great purchase. Sound you expect from bose in a small speaker. They might not do the job by them selfs. but as the "extra" speakers they are awsome, my stereo is rated at 130 watts per channel and these little bad boys are rated at 100 watts. So they sound great! Not lacking power! Makes a diff., Would buy them again, no regrets. AS far as the review that bashes the mounting hardware, if you put it together right it is EASY AS PIE. You first determine where you want them. there is a left and right. Mount the speaker bracket to speaker, wall bracket to wall. Plug your speaker wire in and then hang them on the ALLREADY MOUNTED WALL BRACKETS. After you simply hang them on the wall bracket, attatch the provided screw to tighten, Cmon.

4 out of 5 found this review helpful.

Perfect speaker...for the right scenario. Posted by: from: on I picked up a pair of these to use as rear surround speakers. These speakers, although larger than the cheap "cube" surround speakers you'll find in some surround kits, are made to be configured as "small" speakers (confirmed by the manual). Take this note as a're not going to get a load of bass out of these speakers. Mids and highs? Absolutely, and they're crystal clear. Cranked to uncomfortable levels I've not been able to cause them to distort. Highs are clear without being tinny. Overall a very solid platform, and the design allows for broader broadcast of the sound across the room. The included brackets are well thought out, but be aware that they only pivot in two directions (if mounted horizontally, they'll pivot up and down). If you need more articulation than that, you'll need to buy a different set of brackets. These brackets are sturdy, and once adjusted to the desired angle, they can be locked into place via Phillips head screw. BEAR THAT IN MIND WHEN MOUNTING! If you place the speaker too close to the wall, you could leave yourself no room to insert and tighten the screw. As far as speakers go, you'd be hard pressed to find a better set for the money, or even double the money. I'm no Bose fan boy...I've always leaned more towards Polk and Klipsch for home audio, but these two have made a believer out of me. If you're expecting these to rattle the windows, you'll be disappointed. If you're looking for a solid speaker with great range and excellent clarity to use for surround speakers, you'll be impressed.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

great speakers!!! Posted by: from: chicago,il on i have purched two sets of these speakesr, i use them for my front, and rear, and let me tell you they sound great!!! my boys and i have these set up in our man cave in our basement. You do have to have a good sub and a good center channel speaker, and trust me you will be happy!!!

7 out of 7 found this review helpful.

Extremely disappointed Posted by: from: San Jose, CA on I've always loved the sound of Bose products. A while ago, I went to buy a portable speaker for my phone, saying I would not spend THAT much money on a speaker, but buying the Bose because it sounded SO much better than anything else. I can't even describe how disappointed I was in these (I couldn't listen to them in the store). They sounded way worse then a cheap pair of speakers from some old boombox unit I had been using. They sound like $20 speakers. I have no idea how anyone is saying they are good. I exchanged them for a set of Klipsh speakers that were on clearance. The Klisph sound amazing. I never thought I would say it, but this Bose speaker is horrible.

1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

Perfect speakers - looks small sounds big Posted by: from: Philly on Tested out this speakers as front speakers at home. Contenders were Bose 201 series V and Definitive Pro Monitor 800. The speaker sounded as good as the other two supposedly superior products. I connected the speakers to a high current receiver, set the speakers to large to allow full range sounds to be passed to the speakers. Bose sounded more clearer than Definitive. The Bose 201 series V had more bass. I then set the speaker setting to small in the receiver. And Lo there was no difference between the two Bose. Another thing to note is the Definitive although had been rated a low bass frequency, I couldn't find any difference between settings of large and small in the receiver. This is strange because the receiver has a cut off of 100 Hz when the speaker setting is set to small. The Bose 161 like the Definitive did not have any sound difference between the receiver settings of large and small. Since Bose 161 worked similar to Defnitive, I deceided to keep it. Only issue was the shape was awkward. As surrond speakers these are great and a must for every custom configured Home theater.

9 out of 14 found this review helpful.

Small , nice design for speakers Posted by: from: on I wanted this speakers for a while and I went to the store they were sold out. I couldn't wait and ordered them on line. They are great looking and function perfectly for a small speakers, very satisfied with my purchase.

1 out of 2 found this review helpful.

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