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Bose 161 speaker system

  • Two 2 1/2"TwiddlerTM drivers in an Articulated Array speaker design help reproduce lifelike stereo over a larger area.
  • High-excursion drivers deliver high performance from a small speaker.
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • RORY B.
  • 6/8/2015 7:55:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsDecent multipurpose speakers

Pros: I have been in the audio business for the majority of my professional career (mechanical engineer), and I bought these out of curiosity. Balanced sound, good casual presentation, and good for background music. I use these in a second zone in my kitchen with a wireless 2.4GHz audio amplifier, and normally I listen to podcasts or moderate-level music. For that use, these are quite good.

Cons: These speakers use a pair of 2.5" full-range "Twiddler" drivers that have greater excursion than the ones used in the Virtually Invisible cube speakers Bose makes, but ultimately their most noticeable limitation is in the bass range. Bass below 80 Hz is essentially nonexistent. Not a problem for voice and even most music, but not what you want for your primary listening speakers. For that use, I have Definitive Tech StudioMonitor 350 speakers and also a few pairs of speakers of my own design. Also, sonic detail is not particularly emphasized with these. That's OK and even somewhat desirable for casual listening, but if you want to really listen carefully and dig into the recording, you'll want speakers with dome or ribbon type tweeters and properly designed crossovers.

Other Thoughts: I could see these speakers being a good choice for surface-mounted whole house audio, distributed audio speakers in a commercial setting, or rear speakers in a home theater system. They replace the old Model 100 speakers from Bose, which used a single 4" driver. They do fine on an amplifier of moderate power. Also, their tonality is very natural. Voices sound nicely realistic. Also these would probably make good garage speakers for listening to the radio (though probably not for rocking out).

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  • kevin m.
  • 10/10/2009 12:37:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: These are FANTASTIC rear speakers in my 7.1 setup.

Cons: Not a con, but not really for front channel use.

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