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    Is the price listed for one speaker or for a pair?   (2 Answers)

    By Anonymous February 1, 2012.

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      The Bose® 161™ Speakers are sold as a pair. Thanks!

      By Bose support February 1, 2012.

      • Bose Representative
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    are these speakers wireless   (2 Answers)

    By Anonymous November 6, 2011.

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      Thanks for the question. The Bose 161 speakers require a speaker wire connection to an amplifier or receiver in order to power the speakers. This is true of any speakers that are not self powered.

      By Bose support November 7, 2011.

      • Bose Representative
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    Will it plug directly into your TV?   (2 Answers)

    By Anonymous November 28, 2011.

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      In order for these speakers to play the sound from your TV, you will first need to purchase a stereo or home theater receiver. The receiver would provide power for the speakers and it will also allow you to connect your TV sound so that it plays through the speakers. You will need to make sure that your TV has an audio output and also that the receiver has the same type of audio input connection. Thank you for the question!

      By Bose support November 28, 2011.

      • Bose Representative
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    Can I use these speakers with an older Sony Stereo system?   (5 Answers)

    By Marie August 25, 2015.

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      Yes, these speakers can be connected to wired stereo units.

      By CommunityAnswer September 3, 2015.

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      replacement mounting brackets   (2 Answers)

      I recently purchased the Bose 161 speakers on Ebay. I do not have the brackets. Can replacement brackets be purchased, or will other brackets work?

      By Cath May 14, 2013.

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        Thanks for your inquiry. Replacement mounting brackets for our 161 speakers are available from our technical support team. They can be reached at 1-800-380-4831 and are available 8:30am-10:00pm M-F, 9am-7:00pm Sat EST. Thank you!

        By Bose support May 14, 2013.

        • Bose Representative
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      Are the 161 wall brackets included in the box?   (4 Answers)

      By Anonymous July 9, 2012.

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        Yes. All mounting hardware and brackets are included with the 161 speakers. Thanks!

        By Bose support July 9, 2012.

        • Bose Representative
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      Can the speakers plug into a desk top computer   (2 Answers)

      By Mike April 1, 2016.

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        Hello Mike. Great question. The Bose 161 speakers need to be powered by an external device such as an amplifier or receiver, otherwise there will be no audio. A computer would not have enough power to drive the 161 speakers. However, you could connect the output from the computer to a receiver and then connect the 161 speakers to the receiver's speaker outputs and use it that way. Thanks!

        By Bose support April 1, 2016.

        • Bose Representative
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      Use of 161 as front speaker with a Acoustimass 10 IV   (2 Answers)

      Since I have a spare set of Bose 161, I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to chance the Dual-cube frontspeakers with the 161's? Perhaps it would give an even better sound?

      By Kim October 4, 2014.

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        The 161 speakers are meant to be used with a 3rd party receiver directly. For the best sound quality we generally recommend that the Acoustimass 10 IV system be used only with the original speakers it was sold with. However, if you do want to try setting the 161's up as your front speakers (or as surround or back speakers) make sure you plug them by standard speaker wire straight into your receiver. Do not connect them to the Acoustimass 10 bass module the way your cube speakers attach. For further setup help with our products, please contact 800-380-4831. Hours are Mon-Fri from 8:30AM to 9PM est & Sat 9AM to 5PM

        By Bose support October 9, 2014.

        • Bose Representative
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      Can I use these as replacements for the front speakers?   (2 Answers)

      I have a 5 year old 5.1 Sony hometheatre set (basic set of around 300 dollar)Never was too happy with the sound.. I don t want to invest too much in something new. When I replace the front speakers will this give a big improvement? Or better save up for a new set?

      By Stepalph March 6, 2012.

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        Hi there, Replacing the front speakers of your home theater will make the most dramatic improvement to the sound quality. The Bose 161 speakers are typically used for surround speakers instead of the mains, though. A better option may be our 301V Bookshelf speakers, since they produce a louder and fuller sound overall than the 161’s. Thank you for the question!

        By Bose support March 6, 2012.

        • Bose Representative
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      Can this speakers be used as ceiling atmos speakers?   (2 Answers)

      By Neker718 June 1, 2017.

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        Yes they can. Sound great too.

        By MadMax June 2, 2017.

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