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Bose 201

Bose 201
alaScore 83

69 reviews

May, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 69 reviews of Bose 201. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably. Many are less positive about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Speakers the Bose 201 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 48 user reviews of Bose 201 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers on Views about the size and design are overall positive. The price and usability also get good views, but there are some less positive comments about the reliability.

usability, price, design, size


83% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Bose WB-3 Wall Brackets (Pair) Wall brackets for Bose 201 and 301 bookshelf speakersBose WB-3 Wall Brackets (Pair) Wall brackets for Bose 201 and 301 bookshelf speakers

May, 2018

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Bose 201 Series IV Bookshelf Speakers


Kids these are Bose 201's. If you want to get the most out of these speakers, you not only need to understand the specs, but also a little Bose history to understand the true intent of each product they make! Speakers, like cars, are designed for a...

Aug, 2014

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Bose 201 Series IV Bookshelf Speakers


I have Bose 201 IV. I think I paid no more than a price of an average restaurant meal for them. Construction is OK. They are fairly small, so vibrations of thin walls are not as bad as in 301s, especially when seams are missing some glue. 6 1/2" driver...

Jul, 2012

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Bose 201 Series IV Bookshelf Speakers


Bought the Bose 201 Series IV a year ago, they are the predecessor to the current model, Bose 201 Series V. If you are experienced in home audio, its obvious that just picking up one of these 201's feel much lighter in weight than your typical...

May, 2010

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Great set of speakers for the money


We are enjoying the speakers very much. Great sound....and love the much better than my old 80s speakers.

Attractive Design, Crisp Sound, Great Sound Quality, Powerful, Easy To Connect

Mar, 2009

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Bose 201 Series IV Bookshelf Speakers


Picked a pair up at a pawn shop for $20. They were basically straight. I had some high end Optimus book shelve speakers on my back channels of my 7.1 surround.

Feb, 2009

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Excellent sound, well balanced, compact.


Small, powerful, yet not obtrusive in a room.....does not take away from your decor.

Easy To Connect, Attractive Design, Great Sound Quality, Unobtrusive in a room, Compact, Powerful

No drawbacks

Sep, 2008

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Sound is just great


Allows great sound with my iPod

Easy To Connect, Great Sound Quality

Jun, 2008

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Bose 201 Series IV Bookshelf Speakers


Bought these because they fit perfectly mounted below the cabinets in my kitchen. Without running my receivers 'Auto Setup' they sounded really flat (huge middle and no highs). After running the Setup they sounded just OK.

May, 2008

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Old LP's sound great!


After ten years of working and traveling, I finally found time to purchase a new turntable,receiver and the Bose 201's for my near mint collection of jazz and blues LP's.Sounds great! I don't know what I was waiting for!

Powerful, Compact, Easy To Connect, Easy To Connect, Compact, Attractive Design, Great Sound Quality, Powerful, Attractive Design, Great Sound Quality

None so far, None so far

Mar, 2007

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Bose 201 Series IV - (Bookshelf Speakers)

Jan, 2007

Product Specifications

Legendary Bose sound is well within reach with the 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system. These speakers deliver remarkable stereo sound with lifelike spaciousness and can serve as a quality rear channel in a Bose component home theater setup. The 201 speakers offer a combination of performance and style for the music that moves you and the movies that keep you pinned to your seat. They integrate seamlessly with the VCS-10 center channel speaker and the Bose 301, 601 or 701 Direct/Reflecting speakers for a five-speaker home theater experience. Hear 201 speakers for yourself to appreciate this rare package of versatility and affordability. You'll understand why they have long been one of Bose's most popular speakers. At the heart of this system is Bose's proprietary Direct/Reflecting speaker technology, which re-creates a natural balance of reflected and direct sound for an experience similar to that of a live performance. This technology also allows Stereo Everywhere speaker performance to fill your room with the brilliance of soulful jazz or the raw energy of a gripping drama. Each speaker features a Stereo Targeting tweeter to create a sense of lifelike spaciousness and a 6?" woofer to reproduce the low notes with clarity, even at high volumes. From the deep, rhythmic beat of a helicopter cutting across the sky to the uplifting songs of birds at dawn, the 201 speakers present a compelling audio experience. Suitable for living rooms, dorm rooms or most anywhere you'd like to enjoy music and movies, 201 speakers take up minimal space and blend nicely with your decor. You can also choose accessories for even more placement options.

Dimensions & Weight



Model:201/201 Series IV/201 Series V
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Bose


Color:Black/Light cherry

Remote Control

Type: None

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty /5 years warranty

Speaker System

Amplification Type:Passive
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Crossover Channel Qty:2-way
Max (RMS) Output Power:120Watt
Nominal (RMS) Output Power:60Watt
Speaker System Type:Left / right channel speakers/Speaker/Speaker / Left / right channel speakers