Bose 161 Speaker System - Pair

Model: 27027 UPC: 017817282994 Item: 759


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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.



  • Dimensions (H x W x D): 4.17" x 11" x 5"
  • Weight: 3.25 lbs.

What's in the Box

What's in the Box:

  • 161 Speaker System - Pair
  • Wall brackets - Pair


Customer Reviews for Bose 161 Speaker System - Pair

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Fantastic addition to lifestyle system
I bought these 8 years ago to improve my Bose lifestyle system. I love the look and I love the sound. Lifestyle system is 12 years old and both are still going strong
September 12, 2019
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Outstanding Performance
I bought this speaker 5 years ago to use it with my workstation (computer). It is just great. Sound fidelity is the best.
June 24, 2019
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Home theatre surround
I own 4 of these and use them in my 7.2 home theatre set up. They work very well and have no problem delivering the full home theatre experience! I also use two round built in Bose speakers in the ceiling for rear speakers. The combination is terrific!
March 25, 2019
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Very happy with these speakers
I bought a pair of 161's in the Summer of 2016 to use with a Grace Satellite Radio. I have this setup in a spare bedroom that's about 15 X 16'. Initially, I was skeptical about how they would fill the room with sound. But after almost 2 yrs, they're doing the job great... Like all Bose products, they are well made, well engineered and perform well. Yes, it would be nice if they had a little more bass, but then again, I had $$ and space constraints and these speakers addressed this. It's also possible to mount them on a wall using the supplied brackets.
May 8, 2018
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work great as rears
I got these as my rear surround and they work great
February 23, 2018
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Great Speakers
I got the 161 speakers for Christmas this year and I love them. The sound quality is fantastic and I have the hooked up to my fisher CA-270 integrated stereo amplifier. I also have the 201 series V direct/relflecting speakers and I love them too.
January 10, 2018
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Weak mid and low
My father had received these as a gift for Christmas and was very excited to hear them hooked up to our home stereo system. Unfortunately, the first thing I noticed when I hooked them up was that there was virtually no bass and the mid was very weak. The highs however, were clear and crisp making them good for a home theater setup, but not so much for a home stereo system. I have a lot of experience with fine audio equipment, and these did not make that grade.
December 26, 2017
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Balanced mids and highs
I've used these pair of speakers for some time now, and I have used them as stereo as well as surrounds. Currently it is stand mount and meets my surround requirement.
The set up that I currently have is a Yamaha RX -V673 receiver with a Yamaha bluray player. Speakers are Front Right, Left : B&W DM 603S3 Centre B&W LCR 40, surrounds are 161(why ? because i needed them compact as there was no room to accommodate larger speakers), and front presence speakers (which are a feature of the Yamaha receivers) are Bose 201, Sub is Velodyne CHT 10.
I have to say these 161 make an impression of their own, they stand out.
The 7 channel stereo option of the Yamaha when listening to music brings the best out of these 161's.
As I mentioned Ive also used these speakers as front stereo coupled with my Velodyne sub, as the bass is lacking (understandable), but you need to set the crossover right or else the bass of your sub will overwhelm the highs and mids. For that you would have to place your sub and speakers properly(lots of trial and error) till you get what you want.
Once the system is set you will not be disappointed, these little beauties sound very balanced and the soundstage is also great, your sub will provide for the bass and you will enjoy the experience. BTW I was using a YAMAHA AS 500 stereo amp to power them. I was really enjoying my experience, then I upgraded my stereo speakers to Bose 301's and moved the sub and 161's to my home theatre setup.
In conclusion
Pros :1) Compact and easy to handle.
2) Durable.
3) Easy set up
4) Balanced sound, very good mids and highs.
5) Value for money.
Cons: 1) Wire connection is the spring loaded type instead of banana clips.
2) Lacking in bass
3) Cannot be placed on a flat surface, designed to be wall mounted or stand mounted.
August 28, 2017
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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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These speakers sound hollow, tinny and lacking in detail. I returned them for a refund.
May 17, 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.