Reviews and Problems with Bose 201 DIRECT/REFLECTING speakers
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A review from a Bose hater
Daniel Charles, Amazon
26 September 2013
Summary: I am a car audio guy, and my first inclination when seeing Bose products in a car is to take them out. There is much better to be had, and the stock Bose systems just don't sound very good. I ended up on this pair of bookshelf speakers for free, and i am powering them with the Lepai 2020+ mini t amp. On only 15 watts each, these sound INCREDIBLE. Granted, i got them for free, but they sound really, really good. I am really happy with them.
Summary: The Bose 201 series speakers have served me well for almost 10 years. I've had them paired with a Bose center-channel and rear speakers. The high end sounds coming from drum cymbals and guitar solos in rock music, clarinet, trumpet and flute for classical - are all crisp and clear. The mid range has a warm quality that comes from the (relatively fragile) paper cones.
Summary: I was really dissapointed in the Bose 201 IV. They seemed to be built really cheap. Within the first several months of purchasing these speakers, the laminate started to peel off and leave the particle board exposed on 20% of the speaker. The sound quality is also not very good.
Summary: Great sound from small bookshelf. Being hard of hearing, my previous speakers sounded a bit muffled. Maybe it wasn't just a result of my hearing. With the Bose, the dialogue is 100% clearer. The highs are now very crisp, but if you expect booming bass, forget it. I would have given the speakers five stars, but the case construction if cheap. I don't thing Bose even went as far as using particle board- anyhow, it sure doesn't seem like it.
Summary: I have had a pair of these for about 7 years. I use them everyday and they are great. Don't believe the BS that the anti-bose crowd spews (also look into the other speakers etc. that the nay-sayers recommend, usually the products are 2 and 3 times more $$$$$). These are well-made, small, powerful. They are designed to be used in a bookshelf etc. They don't work as intended if they are not set up properly (read the instructions....
Not a quality audio product, by any means of the imagination.
A. Soler, Amazon
17 February 2010
Summary: Bought the Bose 201 Series IV a year ago, they are the predecessor to the current model, Bose 201 Series V. If you are experienced in home audio, its obvious that just picking up one of these 201's feel much lighter in weight than your typical higher-end bookshelf speakers, of comparable or even smaller size. Cheap construction, the cabinet was only partially laminated, leaving exposed fiberboard.
Summary: You read a lot of technical jargon in these things. Listen, if you want a good stereo sound at a decent price - these SOUND good. They are full and responsive to almost every type of music you play through them. If you are looking for super Bass response you need a subwoofer but these suffice fine without one. Cheap but sound awesome. 301s are even better and 501s are better yet but these are great.
Summary: These speakers are truly amazing. The sound is so crystal clear and really makes it feel like the concert is in your living room. The vocals really come to life. These speakers are a great buy.