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Bose 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black)

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  • Two 8" 130W Speakers

The Bose 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speakers are designed to work with a variety of stereo receivers and amplifiers as either front or rear channel speakers. The open, spacious performance of these speakers makes them an ideal choice for home theater, or for listening to CD's, tapes, or radio broadcasts.

Direct/Reflecting Speaker Technology
Delivers a blend of reflected and direct sound similar to a live concert. You experience the power, impact and emotion of a concert hall performance in your own home.
Stereo Everywhere Speaker Performance
Delivers balanced stereo sound almost anywhere in your room. Hence it's called "Stereo Everywhere".
Flared Slot Port Design
Enjoying leaner and deeper performance in the lower notes, particularly at high volumes with the specially engineered design where woofer and port geometry complement each other to reduce air turbulence.

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Power Rating 130W
Impedance 4 - 8 ohms
Frequency Response Not Specified By Manufacturer
Crossover Frequency Not Specified By Manufacturer
Low Frequency Driver 8" (mm) Woofer
Shielded Yes
Ported Yes
Enclosure Tuned port, molded ABS resin
Terminals 5-way binding post
Dimensions (WxHxD) 9.7 x 14.2 x 9.7" (246.3 x 360.6 x 246.3mm)
Weight 13 lbs (5.8kg) (each)
Finish and Grille Color Black
Bose 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black)
  • 1 Right speaker
  • 1 Left speaker
  • Self-adhesive rubber feet
  • 1-Year Parts and Labor Warranty
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    Bose301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry)
     
    4.9

    (based on 17 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Well built / quality (8)
    • Good audio (5)
    • Displays books well (3)

    Cons

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        5.0

        Clear Sound

        By AlexB

        from Washington, DC

        About Me Midrange Shopper

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              Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

              I like Bose products in general. I always wanted to try 301 series. They took a couple of days to "burn in", but now they are set and work really well. I am using them in combination with an Onkyo receiver and Sony Subwoofer. Both are on the lower end of the spectrum and are clearly struggling to cope with Bose. Speakers definitely require a higher output amplifier. I knew they were not terribly efficient, but I am surprised how much more power they need compared to 4 PSB surround / BIC center speaker combo I was using in the past. So lesson learned there, I need a more potent amplifier. I would say a higher quality 100W RMS at 8 Ohm per channel would suffice - you definitely need something that gives out a lot of power at lower volume.
              As for the sub, my little Sony sounds muffled and unclear compared with Bose. Again a better defined Sub would pair just fine with 301's.

              As for the "surround effect", I like it (I cannot really wire my new place - so these are a "fix"). It is not a true cinematic experience you could have if you position 5 or 7 speakers around you listening post, but it is not bad at all.

              Sound in general is very clean, crisp, they sound almost industrial - club like - to me. So if you are mainly listening to classical music (string instruments in general), I would go for something with warmer tones. In spite the fact they have dual bass drivers, I would not recommend using them without a subwoofer (but again - you need to spend money there - these speakers exceed an average sub both in speed and definition).
              The only downside to the 301's is that I was expecting a proper banana jack in the back. Not sure what was there on previous series, but these have cheapo spring connectors. They seem to be working well, but it feels that the company accountant had the final word on a design. Which for a $300 plus pair of speakers is rather unexpected. Overall, I like them, I would recommend them to a friend, and they are probably end up being rear pair in a new surround set I am slowly building.

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              5.0

              Great product, great price and great ter

              By T Grant

              from Camarillo, CA

              About Me Midrange Shopper

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              Pros

              • Bose Is A Great Product
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                  I use these speakers as a high source on my surround sound system and for listening to music. They are a great size with great sound.

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                  4.0

                  OK, but...

                  By Bob

                  from Wisconsin

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

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                  Pros

                  • Easy to set up
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Good Audio
                  • Good value
                  • Look nice

                  Cons

                  • Not System Friendly

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                    I'm happy with these speakers as they are. Comments in other reviews (not on this site) that they don't have any midrange are not accurate as far as I'm concerned. They have an adequate amount. Besides, midrange is over rated in my opinion. Any time I've tried boosting it on any system, the sound becomes squawkey (Sp?).

                    What I don't care for about these speakers is more of a gripe with Bose's marketing. If you buy these as a first step toward a surround system, you will not be able to find a Bose center-channel speaker to go with them. Despite the fact that the Bose website has language about these being good when paired with a center-channel speaker, Bose does not currently make a stand-alone center channel speaker. When I brought this to Bose's attention during an online chat, the lady said I would have to go to a 3rd party speaker. I asked for a recommendation, but she said they don't "endorse" any. I then called tech support and basically got as far with them as in the chat session. The tech support lady did admit that she realizes this is a gap in Bose's product line and she said she has brought it to her bosses' attention.
                    Conclusion: If you want them for just stereo, they're fine. If you want them as part of a surround system, you will have to look long and hard, and maybe buy used.

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                    5.0

                    Great Sound in our Choir Room

                    By cecilbdmims

                    from mobile, al

                    About Me Budget Shopper

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                          Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                          The Bose 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System affords us an excellent playback in our Choir Hall which is a fairly large space! The B&H agent suggested these speakers to go with our Onyko Amp and CD Systems.

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                          5.0

                          great sound

                          By BillN

                          from Charlotte, NC

                          About Me Budget Shopper

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                          Pros

                          • Looks good
                          • Quality Construction
                          • Sounds great

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Music

                            Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                            Replaced a pair of 40 + year old Bose 301's with these. The old ones still sound great, but look like an antique train wreck. If these do half as good, I'll be happy!

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                            5.0

                            Amazing sound

                            By pc music

                            from Florianopolis, SC,Brazil

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                            Pros

                            • Easy assembly
                            • Easy To Setup
                            • Great sound

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Stereo System

                              Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                              I use this product in a stereo system with vinyl records.
                              I am surprising with the sound.Wonderful.

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                              5.0

                              Wonderful!

                              By Gord

                              from Rio de Janeiro

                              About Me Midrange Shopper

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                              Pros

                              • Displays Books Well
                              • Quality Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                  It give me a pure sound.

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                                  5.0

                                  Love them!

                                  By Denverite

                                  from Denver, CO

                                  About Me Midrange Shopper

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                                        Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                        My husband and I are very happy with the speakers. We just bought a new house and needed to upgrade our system. I did not want to order the wood finish, but I am very happy that my husband concinved me to buy them. I have always been a Bose fan and will continue to be one.

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                                        5.0

                                        Great Speakers!

                                        By K

                                        from Bellingham, WA

                                        About Me Midrange Shopper

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                                              Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                              I had to scale down in size as my former Bose system with the giant base unit was too big for my new situation. I was hoping to come somewhat close to my former system but was so happy with the performance of these speakers!! I can still "feel" the music with these! And they are beautiful in the cherry.

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                                              5.0

                                              Excellent book shel speakers

                                              By audiophile

                                              from Western Massachusetts

                                              About Me High-end Shopper

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                                              Pros

                                              • Displays Books Well
                                              • Quality Construction
                                              • Supports Weight
                                              • Wide Enough Shelves

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                                  Having remodeled our living room, I was looking for speakers to replace the very large ones we had been using for many years. They had 15 inch woofers and I was skeptical that book shelf speakers coud provide the same level of sound quality we were used to. The Bose 301 speakers proved me wrong. They have been mounted in a true bookshelf setting about 6 feet apart and 4 feet off the ground. While the bookshel location does not take full advantage of the direct reflecting feature of the speakers they have proven well worth the modest cost. Clean highs, full mid range, and surprisingly rich bass despite only 8 inch woffers were a pleasant revalation. If placed on stands to take full advantage of the direct reflecting design I'm sure they would adequately fill any medium to large residential room. The design and finish are also very attractive. I would definitely recommed these to anyone looking for a bookshelf installation.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Excellent speakers

                                                  By WickedHangover

                                                  from CT

                                                  About Me High-end Shopper

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                                                  Pros

                                                  • High Quality Sound
                                                  • Quality Construction

                                                  Cons

                                                    Best Uses

                                                    • Stereo Speakers

                                                    Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                                                    This is the second pair of these speakers I have purchased. The first set were for a party room and I've recently setup a stero system in the living room for playing vintage vinyl and these are the best speakers for the money.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    Bose Stereo speakers

                                                    By 2biopino

                                                    from San Jose, CA

                                                    About Me Budget Shopper

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                                                    Pros

                                                    • Quality Construction

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                        Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                                                        Sound is so great for listening music.

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                                                        5.0

                                                        I am pleased to have them

                                                        By Margarita

                                                        from Santa Ana, CA

                                                        About Me Budget Shopper

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                                                        Pros

                                                        • Displays Books Well
                                                        • Quality Construction
                                                        • Supports Weight
                                                        • Wide Enough Shelves

                                                        Cons

                                                          Best Uses

                                                            Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                                            They are great for just music, not great for karaoke. So that I prefer them for my favorite speakers.

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                                                            5.0

                                                            Great used as rear speakers

                                                            By Jim

                                                            from Vancouver, WA

                                                            About Me Midrange Shopper

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                                                            Pros

                                                            • Great sound

                                                            Cons

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                                                                Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                                                They're used as rear speakers and they put out clean, crisp sound

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                                                                5.0

                                                                speakers are great,my 2nd pair.

                                                                By movie enjoyer

                                                                from Lancaster,PA

                                                                About Me Practical

                                                                Verified Buyer

                                                                Pros

                                                                • Quality Construction

                                                                Cons

                                                                • Can't find any

                                                                Best Uses

                                                                • Primary and surround

                                                                Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                                                                sound is very crisp and at a great price.Use as primary or surround speakers. I still use the set I purchased 20 years ago and still sound great.

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                                                                4.0

                                                                Valuable for Music and Karaoke

                                                                By Huu Pham

                                                                from Alpharetta, GA

                                                                About Me Bargain Hunter

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                                                                Pros

                                                                • Attractive design
                                                                • Compact
                                                                • Easy To Connect
                                                                • Great Sound Quality

                                                                Cons

                                                                  Best Uses

                                                                  • Audiophiles
                                                                  • Karaoke
                                                                  • Smaller Rooms

                                                                  Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Black):

                                                                  Since purchasing the Bose 301s, I've had the chance to play everything in my music library through them. My conclusion is that they are not for every one. If you listen to heavy metal or hard rock forget about them. If you listen to classical, acoustic, jazz or bluegrass you'll love these speakers! The direct/reflecting system works if they are set up correctly. I often use this speaker for karaoke as well

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                                                                  5.0

                                                                  Great for classical, acoustic or jazz

                                                                  By Morrell

                                                                  from Oxford New York

                                                                  About Me Audiophile, Tech Savvy

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                                                                  Pros

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

                                                                  Cons

                                                                    Best Uses

                                                                    • Audiophiles
                                                                    • Smaller Rooms

                                                                    Comments about 301 Series V Direct/Reflecting Speaker System (Cherry):

                                                                    Since purchasing the Bose 301s, I've had the chance to play everything in my music library through them. My conclusion is that they are not for every one. If you listen to heavy metal or hard rock forget about them. If you listen to classical, acoustic, jazz or bluegrass you'll love these speakers! The direct/reflecting system works if they are set up correctly. I have them about 6ft apart on 2ft speaker stands and 1ft away the wall. The angled tweeters and rear firing drivers bounce sound off the walls adding realism to live performances and widen the listening range. I can actually stand to the side of the speakers and still hear both channels well. The 8in woofer and ported enclosure produce a good amount of smooth bass. I think they are perfect for the type of music I listen to and the environment I have them in. All something to consider before buying the 301s.

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