Product Comparison: Bose 201 vs Bose 301

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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 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system.
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 301 Direct/Reflecting bookshelf stereo speaker system.
Key Specs
RMS Power
10 watts
10 watts
Number Of Speakers
What customers say about "Key Specs"
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!
Bose 301 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Black
  • Absolutely amazing, full hugs sound from such small speakers, people ask me where I'm hiding the bass bins, but I have none, I use them in my town centre bar, and they give a sound of a professional club sound system.
  • Awesome sound quality from these speakers.
  • They are also very efficient and a 100w of power to each speaker sounds more like 500w, they are small but shue pack a punch
  • The sound stage is excellent, and the distinction between mids, highs, and lows are well defined.
  • Audio is always situational, but I find for most instances these speakers are perfect.
Size & Weight
7.87 in
9.76 in
13.77 in
14.25 in
8.66 in
9.76 in
12.7 lb.
14.3 lb.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
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.
Bose 301 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Black
  • It will amaze you how this size of speakers produce huge sound stage. I personally recommend them of others out there. Get the placement right you will never go back or regret it.
  • They are really nice. Did buy the stands for them, and that only iproved the sound.
  • They're fairly compact, definitely well built, and are very stylish.
  • Opened the box and was a little disappointed in the quality / materials used, seemed a bit cheap for the price bracket - including thin laminate covering (hollow feel), plastic surround is ok but nothing special, cheap spring speaker connectors and basic paper speaker cones (tuned up).
  • Absolutely crap do not buy them. Far better quality speakers out there and a lot cheaper
8 ohms
8 ohms
Stereo Targeting® tweeters, High-excursion woofer, Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology, Syncom® computer quality control
Stereo Targeting® tweeters, Long-excursion woofer, Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology, Spatial Dispersion™ speaker lens
What customers say about "Audio"
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.
Bose 301 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Black
  • Vocals - with two tweeters - positioned front and rear are impressive and bass is quite balanced (experiment with positioning) midrange is ok. I'm using a hybrid valve amp and it seems to work well in a medium size room.
  • These will add to my existing Bose speakers and acoustimass system and will just fill the room with sound. Can't wait until it's all up and running.
  • Great sound from such compact speakers. Fills the room with clear and full-range music.
  • Two angled tweeters one front and one on the rear take care of high notes ,bass is served by eight inch driver to the front and reflex ports to the rear.
  • The sound stage is huge, spatial sound realism, deep bass, clean highs and uniform sound everywhere. I use the Yamaha RN-500 to drive the 301 speakers.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
5 year(s)
5 year(s)
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