Bose 161 Speaker System - Pair

Model: 27027 UPC: 017817282994 Item: 759


Color: Black - In Stock

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Bose 161 Speaker System

Bose 161 speakers offer outstanding performance in a design that blends into your décor. Their Articulated Array speaker design reproduces sound over a larger area. Bose Stereo Everywhere speaker performance lets you hear rich stereo sound almost anywhere in the room, instead of one small “sweet spot” as with conventional speakers. Using two proprietary Twiddler drivers in each enclosure, 161 speakers deliver the kind of performance you might expect from much larger speakers. And with their slim elegant design, 161 speakers can be used as part of a stereo system or home theater system. They even include customized brackets for easy installation. Bose 161 speakers. Worth seeing. Worth hearing.


Bose 161 Speaker System Features:

  • Compatible with Bose stereo center speakers to create a seamless five-speaker home theater experience.
  • Two 21⁄2" Twiddler drivers in an Articulated Array speaker design help reproduce lifelike stereo over a larger listening area.
  • High-excursion drivers deliver high performance from a small, easy-to-place speaker.
  • Bose Stereo Everywhere speaker performance lets you hear rich stereo sound almost anywhere in the room, not just one small “sweet spot” as with conventional speakers.
  • Includes custom brackets to easily mount speakers for stereo or surround sound use.
  • Compatible with amplifiers and receivers rated 10 to 100 watts per channel/rated 4 to 8 ohms.
  • Dimensions: 41⁄8"H x 11"W x 5"D (10.6 x 28 x 12.7 cm) each.
  • Weight: 7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg) pair.
  • Five-year transferable limited warranty stays with the speakers even if ownership passes to another person.


Bose 161 Speaker System Specifications:

  • For home theater and music: designed to work as a surround sound speaker with 701, 601, or 301 speakers and the VCS-10 center channel speaker.
  • Articulated Array speaker design features two 21⁄2" Twiddler drivers that are angled to reproduce lifelike stereo over a larger listening area.
  • The high-excursion Twiddler drivers generate more air movement from a small enclosure, resulting in high performance from a small, easy-to-place speaker.
  • Bose Stereo Everywhere speaker performance lets you hear the rich stereo sound almost anywhere in the room, instead of one small “sweet spot” as with conventional speakers.
  • Includes custom brackets for easy mounting in stereo or surround sound use.
  • Excellent for reproducing surround effects in digital formats.


Customer Reviews for Bose 161 Speaker System - Pair

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Well-balanced Versatility
I use a pair of black 161's for left and right surround speakers in our home-theater set-up. They are outstanding in this function. I needed my surrounds to be quite compact in order to sit on top of my CD shelves in the rear of the room and these fit perfectly and still deliver full bodied sound. I have them crossed over to my subs at 110 Hz. Something that I really appreciate about these speakers for surround duty is the "articulated array" design, which gives broad, even coverage without the high-frequency beaming that often occurs in more conventional speakers. On the down-side: I wish Bose made more provision for shelf placement. The speakers seem to be designed almost solely with wall-mounting in mind. The little rubber footers provided are not adequate to level the speakers on a shelf. I had to provide additional support to keep them level and solid. A little shelf stand that would allow adjustable tilt would be ideal. I can't speak from personal experience, but I suspect a well-placed pair of these would also sound very nice in a traditional stereo set-up when used with a good sub or two and crossed over appropriately.
July 31, 2015
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Great little speakers
I bought a pair to use as surround speakers but ended up using them as my L/R front speakers. Great size, great sound - we have a vaulted ceiling so the smaller speakers actually seem to work better than the 201/301. bought a second pair to use for surround. next upgrade will be the center speaker.
September 18, 2016
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Great surround speakers
I bought 4 of these for side and rear speakers in my 7.1 surround system back in 2009. Clear, crisp sound and still going strong after almost 8 years! They are paired with my Bose 301 Series IV (still going strong since 1998), Bose VCS-10 center speaker, and Yamaha subwoofer on an Onkyo 100W/channel receiver.
February 21, 2017
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Great as Ceiling Speakers for Atmos and DTS-X
I bought these a few years ago for front height speakers and recently moved them onto the ceiling to use with my new receiver that has Atmos and DTS-X sound. It really spreads the ceiling sound around the room and works great.
February 18, 2017
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Quality Sound
I have the black 161's as rear surrounds in my 5.1 system, which consists of: Pioneer Elite Receiver, Bose 201 Mains, Bose VCS10 center, Bose 161 Rear, Klipsch Synergy 10 Sub. They are seamless, sound great with movies and music, and are quality built. I have owned the whole set of Bose speakers for 10 plus years, often thought of upgrading for something " new", but there just really isn't a need to because these things just produce day after day....
April 29, 2017
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Excellent features
I bought a pair of bose 161 speakers 8 years ago & I really enjoyed the sound quality but it still works for me. Thumbs up!
September 12, 2016
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Great for a PCaudio system
I bought these speakers around two years ago for my PC. I've them powered by a 2x90W stereo reciever and coupled with a 10" subwoofer. I'm very satisfied with the sound. Good clarity and awesome stereo feel. But keep in mind that if you want powerful bass, you'll need to include a subwoofer. On a side note, this speakers are very useful in my particular application, because I was able to easily mount them on the wall with the included bracket, clearing my desk space.
September 25, 2016
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Great sound for front or suround in gaming.
I bought some 161 speaker 8 years ago when i was in middle school dropped them a couple of time and they still work well to this day. I love them very clear for gaming can hear everything. Awesome.
July 3, 2017
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I purchased 4 pair of 161's in 2009 = 3 pair (with 2 Polk Subwoofers) for my theater and 1 pair for my dining room (with Bose Accoustimass 5 Series). Bose Only = Since 1979 Bose 601's 2 pair, Bose 301's 1 pair, Bose AM 5'system, Bose AM 3'system, Bose 321's 2 systems, Bose Soundlink II's 4 each, Bose Soundlink III's 4 each. Great gifts! Ready to deck out the mancave/lounge. BOSE-BOSE is what Chose!
April 24, 2017
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CanI use these instead of a sound bar for my Oled lg tv?
A shopper on Feb 10, 2018
  No, not really. These are normal passive speakers. You could attach these to an AVR and do a stereo setup, and that would work well. However, a soundbar (generally) has it's own amplifier built in and has direct connections to a TV, which would be a much cleaner installation.
How far from ceiling to wall mount these speakers?
A shopper on Feb 8, 2018
  The speakers will sound the best the closer to ear level that they are. Mounting above ear level is done so that the speakers can be out of the sight line in the room however this sacrifices some sound quality. Your task is to balance the sound you're expecting versus what you're willing to see in the room. The real answer is as low and as close to ear-level that you're willing to mount them.
Can u use them on any surround sound system?
Tonya P on Jan 8, 2018
  Yes, they will work on any system.