Product Comparison: Bose 161 vs Bose 201

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General Specifications
About the Product
Dedication to research and excellence has been the Bose approach to better sound since Dr. Amar G. Bose founded the company in 1964. Since those early days, Bose engineers have kept their focus on creating better technology. You'll find that focus exemplified in the Bose 161 speakers.
Dedication to research and excellence has been the Bose approach to better sound since Dr. Amar G. Bose founded the company in 1964. Since those early days, Bose engineers have kept their focus on creating better technology. You'll find that focus exemplified in the Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system.
Key Specs
RMS Power
50 watts
10 watts
Number Of Speakers
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Bose 161
  • I bought these to replace a pair of makers speakers that came with a mini hi-fi and have not been disappointed.
  • Fantastic speakers, great sound
  • Loved the speakers. Sadly, missing wall brackets. It looked like the box had already been opened - a big foot print on the instruction manual.
  • Awesome pair of speakers sound quality brilliant
  • Great speakers for surround system.
Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Black
  • Excellent speakers. This is the second pair I've bought, being so impressed with the first.
  • I ended up choosing these Bose bookshelf speakers because they were cheaper than buying two decent-quality floor-standing speakers by Polk or Pioneer ($300+)
  • I was impresed with the reflection because I took away the satellite speaker since they ended up disturbing my viewing experience.
  • Love these for my living room surrounded sound. So clear and crisp. All my products are Bose, for that reason!
Size & Weight
4.17 in
7.87 in
11 in
13.77 in
5 in
8.66 in
7.5 lb.
12.7 lb.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Bose 161
  • These speakers are slim enough to sit on the window ledge (which it what I needed) and fill the room with sound.
  • Overall a great speaker, could do with updating as they have been on sale for many years now but still very much do the job, the build and weight of the speakers is reassuring too, I believe Bose give these passive speakers a 5 year warranty which gives peace of mind.
  • Great size, great sound - we have a vaulted ceiling so the smaller speakers actually seem to work better than the 201/301.
  • I wish Bose made more provision for shelf placement. The speakers seem to be designed almost solely with wall-mounting in mind.
Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Black
  • A good product; nice sturdy construction and a great sound from such a relatively small speaker, across a full noise spectrum.
  • Inside the box were simply the speakers and some documentation, so be sure to order some speaker wire if you don’t have any.
  • The black/sliver, slightly curved design is just very easy to look at and you can tell they are high quality.
  • If you are looking for a set of mid-range speakers that will last a long time, these are a great choice. My parents have had a version of these for over ten years and they still sound fantastic
  • Smaller speakers generally allow more flexible placement on the desktop, but their acoustic performance is limited in my opinion.
8 ohms
8 ohms
Articulated Array® speaker design, Stereo Everywhere, Twiddler® drivers, Magnetically shielded speakers
Stereo Targeting® tweeters, High-excursion woofer, Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology, Syncom® computer quality control
What customers say about "Audio"
Bose 161
  • The speakers produce a rich sound which could be expected from larger and more expensive equipment - I'm delighted and happy to recommend these versatile speakers from BOSE.
  • Quality speakers that do what they should without distortion.
  • Great Sound Beautiful Design Fitting In With Any Deco, Im Using The In My Gaming Room With Rich, Clear Deep Sound. Come With Very Nice Wall Mounts Too.
  • Fantastic sound for the money. Hooked them up to. Denon CEOL for the kitchen and it works superbly.
  • There is little low end bass but enough to create warm vocals so I would suggest if you like Abit of bass in your music or sound system then buy a separate subwoofer.
Bose 201 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Black
  • Clear sound, good meaty bass and as much volume as you'll need. They fill a big space.
  • Giving a very open sound which is why people go for these speakers.
  • I currently use these in my medium-sized bedroom to listen to music as well as watch movies/TV/Netflix, and they work very well for what I need them to do.
  • These speakers sound beautiful. I listened to quite a few brands of bookshelves at Best Buy and these blow the rest out of the water.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year(s)
5 year(s)
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