Questions & Answers
- Answer The Bose® 161™ Speakers are sold as a pair. Thanks!
Questioncan the speakers be used vertically?I have a narrow space on either space of TV. can the speakers be placed vertically and if yes will that affect the sound quality (in manual it says "for Stereo everywhere performance, need to mount horizontally" but not sure what that means. thanks.
- Answer Hello AMM. Great question. For best stereo performance, the speakers would need to be mounted horizontally as the sound travels more to the sides of the speakers. You can mount them vertically, but the stereo effect will be less.
- Answer Yes, these speakers can be connected to wired stereo units.
- Answer 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!
- Answer 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!
Questionreplacement mounting bracketsI recently purchased the Bose 161 speakers on Ebay. I do not have the brackets. Can replacement brackets be purchased, or will other brackets work?
- Answer 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!
- Answer Yes they can. Sound great too.
- Answer No. The only port on the speakers is for standard speaker wire. You cannot use banana connectors on these. The standard is to simply input the bare wire.
QuestionPower and ImpedenceI have an onkyo HT-S8400 home theater system with a 5.1 set-up instead of a full 7.1 that its capable of. The receiver has a 130watt per channel output with 6-16 ohm impedance. I want to replace the original onkyo speakers with new Bose component speakers. I want to purchase the Bose 161 speakers that are rated at 10-100 watts per channel for the surround L/R with 4-8 ohm impedance. For the front L/R speakers I want to buy the Bose 301 speakers rated at 10-150 watts with 4-8 ohms per channel. I will keep the onkyo subwoffer (own power supply) and the onkyo center channel (no bose alternative). BTW the original onkyo speakers were all 6 ohm and 130 watts. My main concern is that the 161 and 301 Bose speakers have a 4-8 ohm rating, does this mean that these speakers will sometimes demand 4 ohms or will they work with the 6-16ohm receiver? Do I run the risk of frying my receiver? The other concern is that the the 161 has a 10-100 watts while the receiver throws 130, can this damage the speakers at high volume? The 301 has 150 watts but the receiver again is only 130watts, does this means I can't use the 301 to their full potential? I am thinking these values are RMS anyway but it doesn't hurt to ask. Also I run 12 gauge wire for all my speakers since wires are 20-30 feet, but I don't think this will fit into the 161 or 301 speaker rear ports. Please let me know if these bose speakers will be a safe purchase with this receiver. My others worry is that since the 301s are reflexcing speakers with a purpose to fill the room with stereo sound, will this be detrimental to a HT set-up as it will make the sound ubiquitous rather than seem as if the sound is coming from the right or the left respective to the onscreen performance? One has to place the 301s at least a foot off the wall perpendicular to them to allow the reflexing technology to work, but what is the best distance? I think I will have to measure the trajectory of the 301 rear speaker sound wave (based on the principle: angle of incidence is equal to angle reflection) and trace the wave to see where is lands on the listening area. Also, the bose floor stands for the 301, will they hide the 12 gauge wire in the shaft? In addition, will the floor stands, with a fixed height of 2 feet, be high enough for optimal listening (Our sofas place our ears at approx 30-36 inches). Based on the 30-36 inches, at what height should I mount the 161 to be used as L/R surround speakers (the room is a perfect rectangle with a horizontal listening area of 30-36 inches in height). Also, what angle below the horizontal should I lower the 161 to face the listening area? Thank you for your time and expertise, Singh
- Answer Hi Singh. The impedance specifications of the 161 and 301 speakers refers only to their compatibility with a receiver. Since the Onkyo is compatible with any speakers rated between 6 and 16 ohms, you will not run into any problems. You are correct in your statement that the receiver is putting out 130 watts RMS. Since the 161 speakers are being used as surround speakers, they will not be playing all the time and not at an extremely high volume level. We don’t see any issues with the setup there, either. Regarding the wattage rating of the 301 speakers, the difference between 130 and 150 watts is extremely negligible. We doubt you’d be able to hear a difference at all. 12 gauge speaker wire is a rather thick gauge for a run of this length. Signal loss is not a concern in this situation, so dropping down to a 16 or 18 gauge wire would be our recommendation, since you may have difficulty connecting a wire of that thickness to the speakers. Although the 301 speakers use our Direct Reflecting technology, this will not impact their quality in a home theater set up whatsoever. The receiver handles the duty of directing sound to the proper speaker positions so therefore the surround sound effect will be preserved. In reference to the floor stands and wire thickness, our suggestion would be to change your wire gauge to something smaller. Due to internal design of the 301’s, the 24 inch height of the floor stands should be sufficient for your listening position. The height of the ceiling in your room should dictate how high to mount the 161 speakers, but the general rule of thumb is about 18 to 24 inches above ear level. At this height, a slight downward angle of 15 to 25 degrees would be acceptable for the rear speakers in your setup. We hope this information is helpful for you. If you are located withing the U.S. and require further assistance, feel free to contact our support group at 1-800-711-5772. Thanks!
- Answer I have a str dh130 receiver that puts out only 10 watts less per channel and the speakers work fine. Don't be intimidated by the small speaker size. They can deliver at a high range of wattage, clear and crisp ~~ easily the equivalent of much bigger traditional "bookshelf" size speakers from the 80s. BOSE quality probably rivals the "big" sound one expects from many pairs of tower speakers.
QuestionUse of 161 as front speaker with a Acoustimass 10 IVSince 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?
- Answer 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
- Answer They are mirror images of each other, but otherwise identical. Looking at each speaker from their front, at one end there is a slot, and on the other end the front surface curves off to the back of each speaker. This curved edge is meant to face toward the center of the room/listener, while the slotted end is on the end away from the center... this identifies the left and right speaker from the listeners perspective. (even better, the speakers are labeled "left" and "right" on the back of the respective speaker).
QuestionCan I use these as replacements for the front speakers?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?
- Answer 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!
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QuestionWill the mounting brackets work for hanging from the ceiling, or are there separate brackets for hanging from the ceiling?These will be used as the rear channels in a 7.1 system, replacing old Bose 201's
- Answer They are for both... Be careful putting the speakers on the ceiling though, they're heavy enough to leave a good mark on your head if you have butter fingers.
- Answer Thank you for the great question! Although you are free to play around with different settings, and decide what sounds best, here is our recommendation: In a stereo-speaker setup, we recommend choosing the 'Large' speaker setting within your receiver's settings. If you are using these in a 5.1 or higher surround-sound setup, we also recommend using the 'large' setting, unless the speakers are being used as the rear-channel speakers, in which case we'd recommend the 'small' setting. We hope this helps! Thank you - Brian
QuestionI have a Bose Wave and want to put speakers out side on my lani. Are these speakers comparable with the wave ?
- Answer Thank you for asking, the Bose Wave Music Systems would only be able to connect with a set of powered speakers. They would need to connect via the headphone jack, which would mute the Wave's internal speakers. You might consider using the Bose SA-5 amp to power your 161 speakers.
- Answer Hello Troyboy, The 161 speakers are compatible with receivers 10-100 W per channel, 4-8 ohms so they certainly have plenty of power. If you have a very large room you might require more than 1 pair.
QuestionCan these speakers be plugged into an old Panasonic stereo?My older parents (70+) have an old portable Panasonic portable stereo that they still use to play cassettes. It is the style where the speakers on either side are wired into the back of the radio (with a little clip that you put the wire into). The speakers are junk and they want good Bose speakers to play with this radio/casette player. Would these be compatible? Wireless is not an option for these peeps. Nor is asking them to convert the cassettes to the 21st century technology : )
- Answer YES! These speakers are direct connect or to be plugged into receptacles in a receiver or stereo. They do need to be driven with some power from the receiver though. But to answer your question, YES! And they sound incredible. Especially for the money!
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