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Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speakers

Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speakers
alaScore 83

339 reviews

Jan, 2017

alaTest has collected and analyzed 339 reviews of Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speakers. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Speakers for all reviews. Reviewers really like the size and design. The usability and price are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are some mixed views about the reliability.

price, usability, design, size

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

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 184 user reviews of Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speakers 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 Comments about the size and design are overall positive. The usability and price also get good opinions, but there are some less positive views about the reliability.

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80% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: BOSE 201-V Stereo Loudspeakers (Pair) - BlackBOSE 201-V Stereo Loudspeakers (Pair) - Black

Jan, 2017

Expert review by: (

Bose 201 Series V


Considering these speakers are small, it is a surprise that they can stand next to bigger and more expensive speakers and sound just as pleasant. Some consumers may purchase these speakers with high expectations, so do not let the price tag fool you....

Stylish- robust yet compact shelf speakersRealistic- offers the live performance experienceTrusted- manufactured by audio veteran Bose

Technical- bass frequency and clarity issuesPricey- do not expect too much for the cost

The Bose 201 Series are ideal for small living spaces or your office...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by: Your Electronic Warehouse (

Expert Review


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

May, 2007

Consumer review by: Forbin2 (

Nice Pair Of Speakers


Bought a pair of these to replace an old 1980's pair of inexpensive Radio Shack speakers. Work just fine in the 16 x 20 room I placed them in. At 50watts/ channel I supply them with, (I rarely pass volume setting 2 on a 1-10 scale), they have more than...

Heavy for a bookshelf

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: gbrook (

My girlfriend noticed


They look great and are inobtrusive at the same time. They really do sound great even playing mp3's from the computer through my Onkyo receiver, and can handle whatever the Onkyo throws at them. Seems like a really good price too... although it's been...

My girlfriend who is very sparing in her compliments, showed up at my house this weekend and immediately started loving the music I was playing. I asked her if it was the piece of music (she likes Classical music and it was Dvorak) or the sound of it....

I had to go out to buy $2 worth of speaker wire to get it to work? Actually, I thought I had some in the house, so it was my fault

Dec, 2008

Consumer review by: baus70 (

BOSE® 201® Series V Direct/Reflecting® Speaker System Black


I'm using these as surrounds for my 7.1 surround sound system driven by a Pioneer VSX-817 receiver. For the price you can't go wrong

None so far

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: Hebez1 (

Christmas Gift


I wanted to get speakers that can handle loud music and tv so I looked at these and I know Bose is really good. They can handle any loud music. I am satisfied

Jan, 2016

Consumer review by: Pegleg (



Got my 201's a year ago, by the pool table, there are 301's on wall 25ft away, sound great but we know 301's out play the 201's. So the 201's will go in the other room, I am happy with 6 Bose's purchases. My neighbor works for Harmon/JBL, got to listen...

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: hmb (

i really like my 201 speackers.


I now have had my 201's 3 weeks and the sound is very great.

Nov, 2015

Consumer review by: BrokenArrow (



I purchased my 601's and 201's in the early 90's and had to part with the 601"s because of financial hardship but kept my 201's. I just unboxed them after 20 years and numerous military moves and these baby's still crank out some crisp clear tunes....

Sep, 2015

Consumer review by: KingofIndia (

Couldn't get better than this


I bought them last year...and I have stopped using surround sound fact I didn't have to spend on the Powered sub-woofer I was planning to.. these are more than enough.. plugged into my Onkyo 7.1 but used only the Stereo Option. If you are a...

Aug, 2015

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.


Active / Passive Speakers:Passive
Signal Connection:Wired


Bluetooth: No
Docking System: No
HDMI:Not Applicable
WiFi Connectivity: No

Dimensions & Weight


General Features

Active / Passive Speakers:Single Passive Component
Number of Speakers:Not Applicable
Sound Projector: No
Soundbar: No
Speaker Type:Front / Stereo
System Type:Single Component


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