Bose 201 Series IV Main / Stereo Speakers Reviews
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Bose 201 Series IV Main / Stereo Speakers

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  • "Bose Bookshelf Speakers Are Sufficient, Not Great!"

    Dec 19, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: As a moderately priced speaker, Bose will achieve a fairly good sound.
    Cons: Not as good as my Fishers.

    Summary: After making the purchase of our Hitachi Ultravision 50 Big Screen Projection TV, we needed to purchase a set of rear speakers in order to get the full sensation of watching TV and movies in surround sound. We already had two, floor standing Fisher ... read more

  • Worth A Listen Anyway.

    Dec 17, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good spacious sound!
    Cons: While a bit smaller than the 301 it falls short of latter's sound quality!

    Summary: The Bose 201 SERIES IV consists of a six inch woofer and an angled tweeter targeted for spacious sou ... read more

  • Nice little speaker...for the money

    Aug 24, 2002 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Good looks, small, very lifelike sound at higher listening volumes, price.
    Cons: Poor-quality build materials, very lacking lower-end, shy mids, no good for low-level listening.

    Summary: This review will be on the Bose 201's as stereo sound goes, not home theater. As most of us know, home theater sound with speakers, players, and receivers is hugely different to stereo sound, so one product that's a fantastic home theater product may be ... read more

  • BOSE 201 IV speakers and how they should be used.

    Jun 12, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Small in size, Large in sound, Low price
    Cons: good speaker placement is needed, just average bass

    Summary: These speakers can be under estimated at, because of the fact that there a small book shelf speaker. Well, lets just say this small bookshelf speaker, gives off some loud, rich, air filling sound! These speakers are built with a 2-way design. This ... read more

  • Customer Service was Horrible

    May 18, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: None
    Cons: Amplifier problems caused by speakers or supplied cable. Customer service did not satisfy

    Summary: This is a customer service review, not for the specific product, because I returned the speakers after having a very bad experience with them. The event took place a few years ago, but now that I know about epinions, I now have a place to publicly ... read more

  • Used in a Recording Studio

    Apr 4, 2002 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: Good overall sound. Excellent contruction.
    Cons: Spring Clips.

    Summary: I use these speakers in a Recording studio to A/B mixes while mastering audio. These speakers sit on top of Studio Monitors 3x their cost. The sound quality is very smooth. The frequencies around 8K-16k are not harsh, but rather calm. You can also ... read more

  • Small Speakers; Big Sound!

    Aug 30, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: They are small in size, have a big sound, and have been reliable over time
    Cons: None

    Summary: We actually have the 201 series III of these speakers, but I thought it would be helpful for me to review this product under this category so that readers could see that these speakers still perform over time. We have had these speakers for about seven ... read more

  • Baby Boomer

    Jul 23, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Crisp high's, nice styling and good power handling.
    Cons: Weak bass. Woofers bottom out on low notes. No binding posts.

    Summary: I bought these speakers for use in an apartment. I liked the crisp highs in the showroom but was a little worried about the bass response. I bought them anyway based off of the amazing clarity. I used them for a while soley for the purpose of ... read more

  • Bose 201 speakers...sound just as good as the 301's!

    Jun 20, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Excellent rear speakers for home theater set up!
    Cons: none, ok maybe a tad bit expensive?

    Summary: Wandering around the mall the other day, (the Misses was doing her shopping at the 1/2 year sale at Nordstroms) I decided to visit Pete at the Bose Store. I was told by Pete that the 201's were on sale. I have the 301's for my rears, so I didn't think ... read more

  • Shopping for Bose? Please research before you buy!

    Jan 21, 2001 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Speaker name impresses some.
    Cons: Untreated paper cones. Particle board enclosures. Spring clip bindings. Muddy sound.

    Summary: In college, I wanted a "cool" setup. I went to the local electronics store and was convinced before listening, researching, or looking at the build quality (or lack thereof) that I wanted Bose speakers. Not exactly an educated decision. ... read more

  • Sufficient

    Oct 2, 2000 by
    Rated a Helpful Review
    Pros: the mere name Bose, fairly inexpensive
    Cons: not strong enough

    Summary: The Bose 201's feature a eight-inch woofer and a 2 inch tweeter. The bass response is nice, however, the highs seem to hiss a little. The 201's are decent, don't get me wrong. I currently have my 201's serving as my surround speakers, and I must say ... read more


    May 13, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Price and Sound Quality
    Cons: None

    Summary: I have purchased a pair of Bose 201 reflecting speakers for my home theater system. These speakers have been tried on both a Pioneer VSX454 and a Sony STRDE325 Dolby Prologic system. The Pioneer receiver is located in my upstairs bedroom. ... read more

  • Excellent Entry Level Speakers

    Apr 27, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: balanced sound, good quality for the $
    Cons: none at this price!

    Summary: 12/27/01 These speakers are available for $178 (pair)...shipping included at I just purchased another pair for my other son. was great to deal with...received them in a timely fashion at a fantastic price! The Bose 201 ... read more

  • Bose 201 Are Incredible!

    Feb 4, 2000 by
    Rated a Very Helpful Review
    Pros: Great Sound, Affordable, Sound Great anywhere
    Cons: Lacks some of the bass of the 301's

    Summary: The Bose 201 Series is a great speaker for anyone who wants to hear superior sound quality. I received my speakers after a deal with my older brother where he got the next series up, the 301's, and I got his older 201's. We went to the Bose Factory Store ... read more

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  • You pay for the name

    Apr 14, 2006 by
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    Pros: good size, decent sound image
    Cons: over priced for what you get.

    Summary: These speakers are fine if you are not interested in great sound. Compared to the speakers that Bose built their reputation on, these fall short. The highs are just not there compared to other speakers in the price range. The midrange is passable, ... read more

  • pretty good, but listen around

    Jul 19, 2005 by
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    Pros: looks, dipole
    Cons: cost, better options out there.

    Summary: Purchased from BB about three years ago. I've read a lot about the Bose Bashing and I've got to agree that at least 1/2 of the Bose mystique is exactly that, mystique. I didn't really listen around, but now that I have I've got to say I'm not as ... read more

  • Simply the best

    Sep 18, 2004 by
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    Pros: they sound terrific to my ears
    Cons: none

    Summary: These aren't so little bookshelf speakers after all. They do reproduce very generous high's, very good mid's, and last very complimentary low's. I truly love these kind of bookshelf speakers. I do not own the faux wooden top.(shown above)but I will say I ... read more

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