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Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black)

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You Pay: $398.00
Product Highlights
  • Two 5.25" 100W Speakers
  • For Outdoor Use

The Bose 251 Environmental Speakers deliver full, rich sound for your listening pleasure on the deck, by the pool or on the porch. Built to withstand the elements, these award-winning speakers provide reliable, year-round performance that will have you humming in the sun or singing in the rain.

Two 2 1/2" Twiddler™ drivers in an Articulated Array® speaker design
Lifelike stereo sound over a larger listening area instead of in one small "sweet spot" as with conventional speakers.
One 5 1/4" woofer in a patented multi-chambered bass enclosure
Uniquely structured, the chambers within this patented design filter out unwanted audible distortion in the low-frequency range. They also improve speaker efficiency, resulting in deeper bass from a small enclosure.
Talc- and glass-filled polypropylene cabinet
Added durability against extreme conditions.
Patented multi-chamber bass enclosure for deep bass without audible distortion.
Engineered to withstand snow, sun, rain, ice and saltwater spray.

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System
Speaker Design Outdoor - Environmental
Power Rating 100 Watts
Impedance 8 ohms
Frequency Response 10Hz - 200kHz (-3 dB)
Sensitivity 88 dB (2.83v/1m)
Crossover Not Specified By Manufacturer
Enclosure Mineral and glass-filled polypropylene cabinet
Shielded Not Specified by Manufacturer
Drivers
Tweeter 2.5" environmental Twiddler
Midrange Not Specified by Manufacturer
Woofer 5-1/4" full-range environmental
General
Connector Type Nickel-plated brass connection terminals
Configuration Pair
Construction Not Specified by Manufacturer
Dimensions (WxHxD) 5-3/4 x 13.5 x 8"
Weight 8 lbs. (each)
Color Black
Warranty 5-Year Parts and Labor
Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black)
  • Mounting Brackets
  • 5-Year Parts and Labor Warranty Card
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    Bose251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black)
     
    4.9

    (based on 8 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Great sound quality (8)
    • Good power output (7)
    • Attractive (5)
    • Easy to connect (4)
    • Easy to mount (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoors (5)
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        • Practical (4)

      Reviewed by 8 customers

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      4.0

      More Bose Brilliance, But No Fifth Star

      By Ron M

      from Sydney, Australia

      About Me Audio Director, Movie Enthusiast, Over 40yrs Location Audio, Practical, Pro Audio / DJ, Sound Supervisor, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality
      • Should Last For Years
      • White Or Black Finish

      Cons

      • Sound Depends On Location

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor entertaining

      Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

      I've spent quite a while agonising over this, but I reckon the five star rating should attach exclusively to things that I can unequivocally recommend, with NO reservations whatsoever.So, even though I am absolutely in awe of my marvellous Bose 251s, they've been robbed of that fifth star by the fact that the results they deliver are SO heavily dependent on the acoustic profile of a given installation.Now that's one characteristic that I feel the 251s share with the majority of Bose's "Lifestyle" equipment ...and to my mind, it's the one that best explains why there's a significant (if small) minority of disappointed purchasers who've subsequently become "Bose-bashers".Putting it as politely as I can, I reckon that Bose are a bunch of oddballs. Audio animals who regularly answer questions that the rest of the industry wouldn't even dream of asking.The question in this case being:"Dear Ron,I don't give a stuff about audiophile-accurate imaging, but I love relaxing outdoors by dining/socialising/partying/entertaining with music. I'm also fed up with having to drag gear outside and pack it away again afterwards. How the heck can I have a permanent (but easy to install) weather-resistant set-up that'll reliably spread an impressive and even sound exactly where I need it?Sincerely yours,Backyard Barbie"The Bose 251s are definitely the answer, but here's another question:Why do some people report such poor results from them?Before I address that, ...if you're a so-called "audiophile" who enjoys nothing better than the detailed analysis of response graphs, polar diagrams and specifications, get off this page right now.There's simply no way that you'll ever have, or ever be invited to, the enjoyable occasions that prompted those fabulous freaks at Bose to come up with these amazing speakers....Right. ...So, ...where was I?Oh yeah...The 251s (along with most of the "audio radiators" in Bose's "Lifestyle" range) are designed with a view to converting adjacent boundaries (known to us "normal" folk as "walls, floors, ceilings and eaves") from being "audio enemies" to being "audio assistants".In other words, they effectively incorporate those hard reflective surfaces into their acoustic design, which is why Bose's "oddball" cabinets radiate via apertures, wave-guiding slots, tubes, vents and ports in ways and directions unmatched by most other manufacturers.Even the overall profile, including fixtures and fittings, gets used to "bend" sound waves by different amounts at different frequencies, (using the physics of "diffraction") with everything having been designed to "come to the aid of the party".So a "free standing" pair of 251s will seem to have much less bass than a pair mounted on a wall, with the maximum bass being evident from a pair that's in corners with hard surfaces on three sides.Being Bose, they've "tuned" the 251 system to sound "flattest" or "most normal" in its most common (and very often, most practical) placement, which (not at all coincidentally) is the one shown in most of their publicity shots, up in the "two-boundary" corners formed by the eaves with the wall.While Bose's beautifully realised hardware allows the inversion of the enclosures, brackets and badges for the free-standing and secure location of a pair on a rail, that location will (as I've already mentioned) undoubtedly yield the "thinnest" sound, however that "thinness" is in the exact region that's most easy to fix with some boost via the "Bass" control (typically centred on 100 Hz) of most amplifiers and receivers.This is where attempts by others to make cheaper "copies" of this design have come unstuck.Although still light, the 251s surprise with a weight that's far heavier than they look. Most of that is magnets and the speaker chassis that support them. Some of it is dense damping material that's literally stuffed into the enclosure.That weight, along with the carefully crafted resonance controls Bose have built into both cones and cabinets, allows the 251s to accept and deliver levels of boosted bass that elicit distorted and garbled garbage from the cheaper "knock offs".Sure, automated assembly in Mexico must yield a great profit margin ...and yes, the Bose 251s are NOT for pampered purists......BUT...A) Nobody gives a stuff about parties for pampered purists andB) Surely anyone that's expended so much research effort for the sake of our "real world" entertainment must be entitled to raise some cash for their own party.(I wonder if this review will be enough to get me my first-ever invitation from the party animals at Bose? ...And ...if it does, would it be the sort of party that's safe to attend?)

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      5.0

      There Bose What Do You Expect

      By Dory

      from Wilkesboro

      About Me Practical

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Easy to Mount
      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Power Output
      • Great Sound Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Basic Systems
        • Home
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

        You pay the price and get good results there Bose # 1 of corse

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Perfect

        By Ramiro

        from Miami, Florida

        About Me Movie Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Mount
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Great Sound Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outdoors

          Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

          Yard and pool

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Stands up to the big guys!

          By Jack of all trades, master of none!

          from STL

          About Me At a Professional Level

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Compact
          • Easy To Connect
          • Great Sound Quality
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Replacing large speakers

            Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

            We're using these in a pro sound project. They're replacing what were originally going to be large over 3ft tall PA speakers. They work better than those and fill the room with beatiful sound. Great through all ranges, not just lows or highs.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great sound and powerfull

            By Cricri

            from Geneva, Switzerland

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attractive Design
            • Compact
            • Easy To Connect
            • Great Sound Quality
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Outdoors

              Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

              So nice to enjoy real great sound music outside !

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              you must have it!

              By Shay

              from Israel

              About Me Practical

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Connect
              • Great Sound Quality
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Yard

                Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

                I installed it by myself,Very easy, The best sound ever...I'm from israel[...]Kol Hakavod

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                "I would recommend these speakers"

                By Tom

                from Ohio

                About Me Audiophile, Musically Inclined, Practical, Professional, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Great Sound Quality
                • Powerful

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Audiophiles
                • Basic Systems
                • Larger Rooms
                • Smaller Rooms

                Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

                These speakers rock, they fill my entire backyard with music

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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Bose 251 Environmental Speaker

                By Shafski

                from Gerrards Cross, UK

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attractive Design
                • Easy To Connect
                • Great Sound Quality
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Bose 251 Outdoor Environmental Speakers (Black):

                    Superb!Huge hit with everyone who has seen them. Easy to fit, look the business, and sound superb.[...]

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