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Bose 201 Series V
82 Reviews
rating  3.49 of 5
MSRP  218.00
Description: Exclusive Bose technology delivers remarkably spacious sound. These speakers offer performance and style for the music that moves you and the movies that keep you pinned to your seat. Just listen and youll understand why theyre so popular. <ul> <li>bass-reflex design</li> <li>recommended power 10-120 watts with receivers rated at 8 ohms</li> <li>black or light cherry vinyl finish</li> <li>13-1/2"W x 8-1/16"H x 8-9/16"D</li> </ul>


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by sony6060 a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 16, 2015

Bottom Line:   
I got the Bose 201 series III for free from my BIL. I use the Bose with a Marantz NR1403 surround sound receiver. The Marantz is very good sounding for a SS receiver/amplifier. (I do prefer higher-end tube amps for stereo).
The Bose produces a somewhat diffused, yet warm sound. Taking a look inside I find no crossover for the 6.5" mid-bass driver and a cheap 5uF electrolytic type cap for the paper tweeter. The cabinet is well constructed. So, I got a good set of cabinets.
I removed the tweeter and replaced it with a vintage Audax TM025F tweeter. The difference was huge. Highs became crystal clear and for some reason the mid-bass seem to clear up, yet the tweeter does not play lower than 2000Hz at -12db. I replaced the electrolytic cap with a paper/oil by Obbligato. The is another step up in performance. Now I am hearing good sound.
Not to stop there, I installed a 2nd order crossover and highly regarded Peerless HDS 830874 6.5" mid-bass speakers. For whatever reason, the Bose stock 6.5" mid-bass sounded better. Smoother overall, and a warmer sound. Now, the Bose driver should sound a bit shrill due to no crossover and playing at high frequencies in the speaker break up range. But, the Bose 6.5" speaker is full range like a Fostex FE168EZ and the break up mode is well controlled. It becomes a freak speaker with the mods.
So, buy this Bose 201 used, replace the tweeter with a 1" dome tweeter that can play as low as 2000Hz. Add $10 a pair Obbligato capacitors and enjoy a speaker that sounds as good as $500+ speakers.

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by jimi a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: June 6, 2014

Bottom Line:   
These are Not for a serious sound person for sure, To me they sound kind of flat and muddy. It's true they don't carry much bass. But for the average person in small room their ok . If you added a sub woofer they would sound much better. I personally don't think there worth the price and your paying more for a Name.. I would recommend the Yamaha studio monitors for around a hundred more. their excellent!

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Jean a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: August 15, 2012

Bottom Line:   
Zildjian 102 you surely haven't heard anything but just BOSE have you. 1st of all, 8 inch is not a "subwoofer" but only a woofer. Generally you will need at least a 10 inch to be able to reproduce extra low frequencies. And 6.5 inch doesn't mean its better than 4 inch, for a great midrange the cone has to be light and fast to reproduce mid frequencies accurately without cone distortion especially in high volume...this is what BOSE failed to achieve, if you are saying bigger cones is better than smaller ones than take a look at KEF Blade, one of the worlds finest speaker which only uses 5 inch "woofer". I've audition these 201, 203 and there are absolutely no detail and neither focus at all, and it did struggled to reproduce acoustic guitar notes accurately. Moving on to the tweeter...just excessively bright and unbalanced compared to the mids/lower mids. For the same amount of money, most of us whose understand more about sound reproduction will rather go for Cambridge Audio S30 or Q Acoustic 2010 or stretch a bit more to get Kef q100. BOSE so far is just good at aggressive marketing and advertising, what you are hearing with Bose is the reflective tweeter reflecting in a room inaccurately to give you a fake soundstage and colouration tricking your brain that the speakers are "loud for it's size". The only decent speaker in the BOSE line up is the 901 but then again it's way too overpriced, you can get better speakers at that price.
The only Bose-bashers out there are the ones that listened to other speakers and know what accurate speakers are and not speaker coloration.
The ones that love Bose are the ones that already bought it.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2010



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by David a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012

Bottom Line:   
NIce speakers for my small room.. great sound but needs a sub with the Sony amp I am using. Nice clear highs and good mid range but not much bass. this could be the amps fault and not the 201's.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009



Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Electrojim a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: May 18, 2009

Bottom Line:   
I just replaced a pair of older Polk 8T "towers" with these Bose 201 Series V. The 201s sound less like a 'speaker-in-a-box' than anything I have run across in a system of this size; that is, no audible coloration in the low-mid (voice) range I wall-mounted these with the Bose brackets specified for the 201/301s, but had to modify the bracket so that it would not be visible peeking over the top. The brackets evidently work fine with the 201 Series IV, but a larger connector panel on the Series V forces the bracket to sit too high. A bit of hacksawing and filing fixed this. Very impressed with the sound of these when used in conjunction with a Miller/Kreisel powered subwoofer.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2009




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