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Bose® - 151® SE Environmental Speakers (Pair) - Black-Front_Standard

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Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 147 reviews

94%
would recommend to a friend

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Rating 4 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pool/Patio Speakers

    Posted
    PowerGuy
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Bought these for an outdoor pool/patio area. Overall I am pleased with the purchase. I decided on Bose after a very positive experience with Bose Customer Service for another product. Given the 5 year warranty I should have nothing to worry about for the next few years. These are paired with a Yamaha AV receiver using 14GA speaker wire. And input is from my cable box but mostly from a Google Chromecast devices. Sounds quality is good but base is a little light. These speakers have a dynamic range given audio characteristics of a pool/patio area. My neighbors directly behind me can hear the music some days. It's clear enough for them to enjoy or dislike depending on the genre. When mounted properly (see below) the entire pool area (and yard) is filled with music without having to blare the volume. Regarding mounting, it's important to follow the install guide and mount these horizontally and not vertically as the pictures depict. And do not to point the speakers at each other. Otherwise, you will not enjoy the "Stereo Everywhere" experience these speakers can produce. Slick mounting brackets (and hardware) are included but was unable to use based on my install location. I found most third-party mounts, given the appropriate weight rating, are compatible. I tried the Rocketfish mounts but given the plastic components (and speaker price) I decided to locate some metal mounts for a more secure connection.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Bad speakers for a Boat

    Posted
    Afairconsumer

    Purchased these speakers for my boat and installed December 2013. Product description indicate application for boat use. Not happy with the bass sound of these but was OK. Speakers are hooked to a power amp. I have been a musician in bands running sound for years so everything appropriate wattage/ohms/amps, etc. Problem speaker went out March 2014. Had to bring into a dealer under Bose direction, they rebuilt and charged me $28. In May 2015 a driver went out again and could not get a part for less than $100. They DID NOT LAST 2 YEARS. I have had cheaper speakers on my boat lasting 6 years. Thought I would enhance sound quality with Bose. Nope didn't happen and so DISSAPPOINTED with product life. I recommend buy something else.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose support

      Hello there. Thank you for taking the time to write a review. we appreciate the feedback. We are sorry to hear about the trouble you have had with the 151SE speakers. They are a great weatherproof option for using outside. For use on a boat, we generally recommend the 161 marine speakers. We are glad to hear that you were able to contact us so that we could repair them for you. If you ever have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 800-380-4831. We are available Monday through Friday 9am to 9pm and Saturday 9am to 7pm EST. Bose

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Speaker with Awesome Design

    Posted
    1234
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I was looking for good outdoor speaker with good sound and Beat Buy had several to choose from. After my review there was only one speaker to choose. The Bose have superior sound with better range. The sleek design sets them apart visually and allows them to mounted is smaller areas. The mounting brackets are a great and easy system to use and look better than the competitors. And lastly they have the best warranty, that I’ll need it with Bose. I’ve had my Bose 301’s for 18 years and they still sound great. Great Purchase

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound, worth the extra few dollars

    Posted
    soundadvice
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    Great sound, Worth the extra few dollars over other mid level outdoor speakers. Powering it with an older analog receiver around a new pool install. Can't wait to hear them when jobs finished and upgraded to new digital receiver. I agree with another reviewer, should come with a bracket to mount under the eaves. Tip for this is a trip to the hardware store for a set of decorative shelf brackets and S/S lag bolts to secure out in the weather,

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very good speakers if you don't mind the price

    Posted
    SirHenrytheSecond
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I purchased the Bose 151 to complement my three season porch. Visually they blend right in and provide an alternative to the traditional box/square looking speakers. Performance wise the sound is very clear and crisp. At higher volume though you can tell a subwoofer is needed to truly complement these speakers. But if you not planning on pushing the limits on your equipment then these should do just fine. The one negative is the price but these are Bose after all so you know what your getting yourself into.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Outdoor Speakers

    Posted
    KOKO
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have chosen BOSE speakers as my first choice for the last 30 years, starting with my BOSE 901s. The BOSE 151SE are an ideal speaker for an outdoor patio environment as we use them for, excellent quality and sound features that are not overpowering. The installation requires little more than mounting a bracket, attaching the speaker and plugging it into your system; I was done in less than 30 minutes. The speakers blend into the environment and are barely noticeable; unless someone is asking where that awesome sound is coming from!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Sweet Sound

    Posted
    RJCowtown
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    I have the BOSE 321 inside, Bose shelf speakers on my desktop and Bose car audio in my SUV. Now, I have Bose outside by my pool. The nice thing about these Bose outdoor speakers are that you do not have to turn up the volumn loud to punch the sound through outside, you can have conversational talk and still get nice quality music and sound. The are easy to set up, mount nicely and sound great! Thanks.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Not happy

    Posted
    Bummer2

    Bought these speakers as a present for my husband. Two years later and only one speaker works. Best buy reviews give this product almost five stars, but other sites average 2 stars. Apparently a lot of people have the same issue. Only one speaker working while the other seems to be blown out or full of static. I would expect these to be top notch speakers since they are Bose brand, but unfortunately these are not quality. Waste of money.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hello Bummer2. We are sorry to hear about your experience. We'd very much like to help you. Please contact our support team to explore available service options. Thanks for sharing your feedback. Have a great day! Best Regards, Greg - Bose Support Bose

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Repeat customer

    Posted
    diverdan
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I recently purchased my second set of Bose 151 speakers. After 15+ years of midwestern year-round climate exposure, one of my previous pair expired (I now have a spare speaker) and I unhesitatingly bought a new pair. The sound quality is excellent and, though they are mounted only 1 foot below the fence top, the sound stays in my yard and does not disrupt the neighbors or attract any passers-by to join the party. Well worth the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great outdoor speakers

    Posted
    Tyler
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have always been a fan of Bose products. We were building a pergola outside and decided to wire a set of these apeakers to the top beams and run them to a bose SA-5 amplifier for soundtouch capabilities. Needless to say, the setup is awesome and it is very easy to control through the soundtouch app. Overall sound is perfect as you can imagine coming from Bose. I highly recommend these outdoor speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Amazing Speakers!

    Posted
    IronBear

    These speakers are great! I have 4 of them, and have them setup to expand my Bose Lifestyle system. I have two of them setup outside in the backyard and the other two I recently moved inside. They work great both inside and outside, only thing is they get dirty pretty quick outside from pollen and dust build up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good Outdoor Speakers

    Posted
    StephenH
    • My Best Buy Premier Silver MemberElite Plus Member

    These replaced some plant speakers that have been been going down hill for years. They installed easily, look good and sound great. Pandora now fills our screen porch and garden pretty much 24/7. I've yet to be disappointed with Bose products...

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Surprising sound

    Posted
    mcarroll
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    I have a pair of these installed by our hot tub and the sound that comes from these little guys is shockingly good. I also have a pair of the 251 series installed on our deck and they are a bit larger so there's more low end. But the 151 series does a pleasantly surprising job of projecting a great sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Love these speakers

    Posted
    tamisue

    I love this product. It has great sound, you can pick it up and take it any where. It has great sound, good volume, ect. I wish it had an option of having batteries so you could take it to the beach or on a picnic with you in case there was no electricity. I use it at work, and at home. Best little system, and I took my time in shopping around, and tested them all out before buying.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Good sound

    Posted
    newtvbuyer
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

    Speakers work fine. The Geek Squad also installed a set of "rock speakers" (Niles) elsewhere outdoors and a speaker selector at the same time. This set up allows all options of indoor/outdoor speakers to be used at any one time. For peace of mind, we also purchased the extended protection plan with these speakers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cheap, cheap, cheap

    Posted
    TonyB
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I bought these and I was able to use them twice before one of the speakers blew. I am only running a Sonos amp that puts out like 60 watts per channel and I never max it out. They sounded great but they look cheap. I always bought Bose for look and quality but I will double think that from now on.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Bose

      Hi TonyB,

      Thank you for providing your review of the 151 SE Environmental Speakers. Sorry to hear about your experience. However, we are concerned to hear that and would like to take a closer look. We encourage you to contact your local Bose technical support team for better assist you. Contact information can be found here - https://bose.life/2qwENj4

      Thank you again,

      Mohsin - Bose Support Bose

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Sound

    Posted
    cc811
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    These speakers sound spectacular on my front porch. I didn't realize that I wouldn't need nearly as much power as these can put out, so I probably could have gone with cheaper speakers. But I'm not complaining. Installation was relatively simple as well.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Bose Outdoor Speaker

    Posted
    lnbadillo
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    The speakers work very well with the Rocketfish wireless system. Very good sound, slightly lack base. Very easy to install. The remote is a plus. Would recommend to anyone. (don't forget to buy speaker wire to connect the reciever and transmitter). Only have had for approximately one month

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Outdoor Speakers

    Posted
    UncleFrank50
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
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    These speakers are excellent and get the job done. I have a larger backyard and the sound is great. I installed these on a ladder with no trouble. Once the brackets are up, the speakers are easy to put up and take down / adjust if needed. Very happy about the purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best sound ever

    Posted
    mercman
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    After considering several brands of outdoor speakers, I settled on this set of Bose 151. Easy install and remember good speaker wire is a must have. Clarity is superb. An inexpensive blue tooth amp and cd play and now my time spent outside is much looked forward to.

    I would recommend this to a friend