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bose 201 series 2 manualLearn more or change settings here. Just type your request belowQuick tip: Try searching for just one or two words (e.g., connection help). Please try again.Please try again.Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Register a free business account If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support ? Amazon calculates a product’s star ratings based on a machine learned model instead of a raw data average. The model takes into account factors including the age of a rating, whether the ratings are from verified purchasers, and factors that establish reviewer trustworthiness. AK, HI and territorial shipping may be more - please ask. Any questions, or offers. Please let me know. Thanks for looking. Dimensions of each speaker is: 14.Please contact them to ask about shipping. These are a well cared for used vintage pair that sound as great as they look. The wood finish veneer cabinets are in excellent condition, and show almost no wear. The drivers are great, and the fabric rubberized surround are fine and flexible, and will not rot like many speakers of this era. The fabric and grill frames are in great shape with only one minor small cloth dig visible on one of them. The tweeters are classic paper cone construction and mounted in Bose's direct reflecting open placement in the cab structure. The drivers are also protected by a 1.5amp fuse circuit inside each cab. The sound is really great, with great room dispersal with focused mids and bass. These old school 201s punched well above their weight when compared to other bookshelf rigs that were around at the time. They are in great shape and ready for a new home. The 201 speakers are still available from Bose but with the newer plastic-y black vinyl style cabs. I think these vintage style cabs look a lot cooler. The Series II speakers were available from 1984-1991.http://esareunion.com/en2mots/fichiers/uploads/bosch-iron-sensixx-b7-manual.xml
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Due to customs issues, I prefer to ship only to the US. Dimensions of each speaker is: 14.Please check the fields highlighted in red.Currency. Yesterday, I met with the Craigslist seller.But, I know from experience that with an appropriate pair of speakers, that's plenty of power to sound great. I own several pairs of very-good-to-excellent speakers, and I figured that my Yamaha NS-6390s would be a good match. That's what I hooked up first, along with my iPhone 6s as a music source (since that's really all I have to play music from right now -- there's no antenna line to the basement yet). Boy, was I wrong. The Yamaha's sounded okay, but relatively lifeless. The highs were nice, but the mid-range was muddy and the lows were pretty flat. Ugh. This is not the sound I remembered, either from the receiver or the speakers. Hmm. Now I was hoping there wasn't a problem of some sort with the amp. Next! I even have the original instruction booklet for them (in four languages), which looks like it just arrived from the printer. Bose 201s are a deceptively simple-looking speaker. Whoa! Where did all that music come from. I'd always poo-pooed the 201s, thinking that a little box like this couldn't produce good sound, despite knowing full well that Acoustic Wave radio thing always sounded amazing (remind me to tell you sometime about the first time I heard one of those), and that the folks at Radio Shack had blown everyone away for years with the little Minimus 7 speakers (heck, I own a half dozen of those!). In fact, until today I don't think I'd ever listened to a pair of 201s. And, I've never cared for the Acoustimass sub-woofer-and-satellite systems -- I think Bose has the crossover frequency all wrong.http://perles-del-beya.com/userfiles/bosch-iron-manuals.xml As far as I'd always been concerned, the only Bose speakers worth considering were the 501 Series II floor speakers (I really wanted a pair of those), or that the 301 Series II bookshelf models would be good (I've never cared for any version of the 901s and all the extra baggage they carry). Along with the drivers and crossover, there must be a good bit of magic stuffed into those little boxes, because the low end is full and warm, yet still punchy, and cross over beautifully into a high end that is bright and transparent without being harsh. I'm not even going to mess with any of the other speakers I have laying around, at least not as primary speakers. I might see if I can find a good deal on a 301 Series II or III set, but I'm not sure I'll really want or need to. The next part of the stereo project is to find an appropriate turntable. In searching eBay and Craigslist, there's a decent selection out there, but the prices on vintage models in good original shape or nicely restored are approaching those of some of the modern boutique models. What I'd like to find in a vintage model is a Pioneer PL-518 direct drive, semi-automatic turntable. The comparable Radio Shack would do (it was a re-badged Pioneer at that time), as would a Technics model. Otherwise, I may bite the bullet and get a new Orbit from U-Turn Audio. BTW, those Yamahas are up for sale (as is an AudioSource SW6.5 powered subwoofer ) if you or someone you know might be interested. They sound sweet with a 50-100 watt amp. I'll have a couple of more modern receivers up for sale soon. Reasonable rental rates and fantastic customer service is the rule at Lensrentals. Please check them out. C lick here for more information on the types of cookies we use and how to change your cookie settings. Use these speakers for music, or film sound—they can be used as main, secondary or surround home cinema speakers. They replaced my 301s. The 201s are outstanding and I would not buy any other brand of speaker.http://schlammatlas.de/en/node/17741 When someone mentios the word speaker Bose comes to mind. They are an excellent bookshelf speaker. The range is dynamic and faithfully reproduce the whole sound spectrum of whatever you might listen too. I listen to most types of music and I can say that these speakers are a pleasure to hear. I plan to buy a new pair of 301s in the future. Highly recommended. It's the best sounding speaker for the money. C lick here for more information on the types of cookies we use and how to change your cookie settings. They can fit comfortably on a shelf or in an entertainment centre, yet use proprietary Bose technologies to convey much of the power of a live performance. Proprietary technologies built into these bookshelf speakers let you enjoy balanced stereo sound almost anywhere in the room, not just in one “sweet spot”. Woofer and port geometry complement each other so you can enjoy cleaner and deeper performance in the lower frequencies, particularly at high volumes. Enjoy a balance of reflected and direct sound for a spacious, natural experience much like a live performance. Use these speakers for music, or film sound—they can be used as main, secondary or surround home cinema speakers. Went to a apartment that belonged to the sister of a friend of mine. We were just hanging out and she turned on some music. The sound i heard coming from those 301's was unlike any i had heard. It was then I knew I had to have that sound and although I still haven't purchased a pair I've put together a couple of nice stereo systems that have satisfied my music fix. I think I'll order a pair just to relive that experience so many years ago. Cheers and enjoy the music, bring back the memories Great base, solid units and look just a good. I also purchased the stands and that enhanced the beauty and sound quality because of the reflective variance vs sitting flush against a back wall or bookshelf. Something went wrong.This amount is subject to change until you make payment.http://askueandco.com/images/bose-2683-subwoofer-manual.pdf For additional information, see the Global Shipping Program terms and conditions - opens in a new window or tab This amount is subject to change until you make payment. If you reside in an EU member state besides UK, import VAT on this purchase is not recoverable. 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BOSE 201 SERIES III OWNER'S MANUAL Pdf Download manualslib manual 217942 Bose 201 Series Iii View and Download Bose 201 Series III owner's manual online (9 pages) Speaker System Bose ACOUSTIMASS 3 SERIES IV Owner's Manual (22 pages) Be sure to respect the publisher’s and the author’ s office file copyrightBe sure to respect the publisher’s and the author’ s office file copyright. Mesh covering over woofer and tweeter. Each speaker (left and right) has one 6” forward-facing woofer, one 3” free field tweeter, nominal impedance 8 ohms, power rating is 5 watts minimum and 60 watts RMS maximum. Dimensions of each speaker is: 14 ?” wide, 7 ?” deep, and 9” high. Each speaker weighs about 10 pounds. The speakers are also built with a dual frequency crossover network, and automatic system protection circuitry.windcampus.com/wp-content/plugins/formcraft/file-upload/server/content/files/1626a96d8d4c82---compaq-dl380-g1-manual.pdf You can download the manual here at the official Bose website, where they also inform us that they were sold from 1984 to 1991. The manual also repeats the specification information above about the components, and electrical and physical properties. I decided to research these (above) today, because I just picked up a single one (not a pair) at a junk sale for five bucks. It was a bit beat-up but I restored it, and am testing it now to make sure it's good. This unit was cheap because some complete bozo had glued the grill cover to the speaker, and then bozo two had later pried it off. So the effect of two bozos was that one of the peg feet was broken-off and embedded with glue into the hole and the plastic frame of the cover was cracked through on two corners. Comments Cool. I dug up a pair of these in my basement. My dad had purchased them new when he was 23. So they seem in almost perfect condition. Curious, the speakers in the picture are horizontal, but mine are in a vertical setup. Does it make a difference. Ted Morin - 12 Dec 2009 Either way Ted. It doesn't affect the sound quality (to most ears), it's more the aesthetics. That is, which way looks best to your eye. Will Johnson - 12 Dec 2009. Virtual Systems Let the world see what you've built. Bluebook The right price. Every time. Merch Rep the community and hobby you love so much. SIGN UP LOG IN Audiogon The world's largest high-end audio community Virtual Systems Let the world see what you've built. Through pervasive marketing, they’ve successfully positioned their products as the finest in the industry, at least in the minds of average consumers. Because of that, any review of a Bose product, at least in an audiophile forum, must take into account the company itself and its highly successful marketing efforts. They’ll simply buy Bose thinking they’re getting the Rolex of speakers, and also, let’s face it, because they want to impress their friends. As such, I’ve never really been able to add anything of substance to the debate until now.They simply want a nice-looking (or completely concealable) speaker or complete system that throws a wide soundstage and sounds decent. Bose products, while not for the audiophile per se, exceed their expectations by a good margin, providing fuss-free music reproduction that’s well above average. Of course, there’s more.Certainly it didn’t go into the materials, as the 201s don’t seem exceptionally solid or richly constructed. Definitely not into the drivers (cheesy paper cones with foam surrounds) or speaker connections (spring terminals that accept only bare wire or pins, though some bananas can be made to fit). I couldn’t see into the cabinet well enough to assess the crossover, but I wouldn’t expect it to be anything elaborate. And as far as Bose’s patented “Stereo Everywhere” technology goes, well, it doesn’t seem to have come a long way since the 201 Series II. So what’s with all this research we keep hearing about. As a veteran of the advertising industry, I’m particularly impressed with the lengths Bose goes to in order to understand their customers. Case in point: I recently registered for the “Bose Idea Exchange” on the company’s website. During that process, they go so far as to ask what year, make and model of car you drive. Should you think this is a forum for music lovers to freely exchange ideas, you’ll quickly find out it’s mostly about gathering data. This is America, after all. By reading between the lines of website’s content and PDF product guides, you get the impression that engineering doesn’t drive product at Bose, marketing does. Why that surprises audiophiles, I don’t know. Little companies that build esoteric SET amps and weirdo speaker designs go in and out of business all the time, mainly because they’re designing products from the heart and not for the purpose of meeting an identifiable consumer demand. For those who believe Bose is evil, well, they are certainly litigious. As a recent post on AudioAsylum.com noted, “Having deeper pockets than everyone they sue, Bose creates a fearful environment and an unfair place in the market.” The post goes on to remind us that Bose has “sued everyone from Thiel to Consumer Reports.” Behavior like that isn’t exactly in the spirit of community. However, part of my job is protecting intellectual property so I can understand, if not completely agree, with Bose’s position. On a more positive note, be reminded that Bose is a private company. Unlike public companies, it’s free to reinvest profits in varied ways rather than making the payment of dividends its first priority. No shareholders means no one is screaming for blood if quarterly profits are down, and hopefully, that translates to a less brutal and more creative corporate culture. In fact, if the website is to believed, the company offers a great working environment for engineers along with all employees, going to far as to provide reimbursement for adoption costs and even health and insurance benefits for same-sex domestic partners. With all that in mind, I figured it was high time I take one for the team and give Bose a second shot. Not in my main system, of course, but in my bedroom. At the very least, maybe my money will go toward some of those adoptions. BUYING BOSE It’s easy to buy Bose, and the in-store experience ranges from poor (at Best Buy) to very pleasant (at Bose stores). While shopping for my 201s, I visited a range of stores, mainly because summer is a nice time to peel back the sunroof and go for a ride. (It would have been especially apropos had I a Bose system in my car, but it’s actually Monsoon.) Best Buy’s Bose demo is hopeless. It’s a big open room with 50-foot high ceilings of corrugated metal, looking for all the world like some kind of futuristic feed store. It houses roughly 40 speakers playing at the same time. Good luck choosing between them. Circuit City fared much better, thanks to their enclosed listening room (with a door that shuts and a comfy leather bench). But overall, this is not the worst place in the world to audition speakers. The kid even suggested I come back with some CDs and take my time. Even more encouraging, he immediately pegged me as a music lover and pointed me toward the Polks and Infinitys. (I guess some good has come out of Circuit City’s decision to stop hiring commissioned salespeople; in the old days, Bose was practically forced down your throat.) My last visit was to the local Bose store. It’s a reasonable facsimile of a high-end audio store, but more inviting. (The 901s were suspiciously absent.) The demos were decent enough and the program material carefully chosen: well-recorded music and movies that highlight the products’ strengths while downplaying their inherent weaknesses. I didn’t bring any CDs, so I don’t know if they’d let you try your own music, though I didn’t see any indications to the contrary. In addition, they seemed to have limited knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, the hi-fi hobby in general. What did I expect? After all, customers who wander into a Bose store are unlikely to inquire about how to include a pair of 901s in their Meridian multichannel DVD-A systems. Note that you won’t find any great factory-direct deals by going out of your way to visit a Bose store. Mine, which is located in a large factory outlet center about 40 miles from my home, does in fact offer “Factory Refreshed” products at reduced prices. One could easily find a similar pair for about the same price at most mass market electronics stores. That’s the smell. I don’t know if it’s the 201’s chemically treated wood, the vinyl veneer, glue, paint or what, but it’s a cheap and nasty aroma. Removing the speakers from their plastic bags, I found the cabinet backs resemble those on speakers you get free with a low rent rack system: cruddy painted particle board, with rough and unfinished edges. In fact, the speakers I got free with the Initial mini-system were finished to a higher standard, as are similarly priced JBL, Polk and Athena models, not to mention PSB or Paradigm. No wonder some people hate Bose. On the Bose website, you can use their “Sound Advisor” feature to design a room as though you were creating an architectural plan. Pre-drawn icons of items like couches, tables and even turntables can be selected with a click of your mouse and situated anywhere on the “blueprint.” The idea is to anticipate and correct for sound-absorbing items or potential reflectivity (other than that which is intentional). It’s a neat feature. Plus, when you’re done, you can e-mail your room layout to a Bose customer service associate for advice. I did, mostly for shits and giggles. The e-mailed response read in part, “We have reviewed the room layout and information that you have provided. Your room design looks great and should provide you with excellent sound.” Flattering, but I imagine they say that to everyone because my room is less than ideal. However, the scripted guidelines that followed, while obvious to audiophiles, would probably be very helpful to the uninitiated. (“Place the speakers 4 - 12 feet apart with the back of speakers no more than 18 inches from the rear wall. Choose a stable and level surface for each speaker, and attach the rubber feet. Leave at least 12 inches of space from the end of a speaker to the side wall. I also chose my favorite cheap speaker cable, Radio Shack MegaCable. For the time being, I went without terminations simply because Bose, in the commendably well-written instruction manual for the 201s, says to strip the wires, twist the ends, and insert the bare wires directly into the terminals. (Hey, it was good enough for our dads’ Klipschorns.) I got the best imaging with the 201s placed roughly 13” from the back wall. They were spaced about six feet apart. I would’ve liked to space them eight feet apart, but was limited by a lack of space. While Bose recommends leaving at least 24” between the speakers and any video monitor, I think that has more to do with their lack of shielding than sound quality. I was worried at first because I don’t have 24 inches to spare, but found I could place the speakers (tweeter end facing inward) almost right next to my bargain Apex TV without interference. The Series V is handsome and modern looking, without appearing silly or sci-fi. I’m not sure it has “classic” looks like the older 201 and 301 models did, so I question whether the new models will be as desirable on the used market as the Series I through IV. But for now, they’re quirkily handsome, attractive even, though I’d opt for the black cabinets over the light cherry finish. The wood looks a little on the artificial side, unlike that of my departed Series II units. POWERING THE 201s Bose claims their 201 speakers can be effectively driven by any 8-ohm amp pushing 10-120 watts. I took them at their word and hooked the 201s up to my Initial DMA-710 DVD mini-system. It’s rated at 15wpc, which is probably somewhere between optimistic and highly creative. But again, Bose products are marketed to people who wouldn’t necessarily know that. If the engineers did their jobs, a little less power shouldn’t be a problem. Because I listen at moderate volumes during the late hours I’m in my bedroom, I figured 15 watts should be fine most of the time. About the only problem I worried about was clipping, but Bose says there’s built-in protection (of some kind; typical of Bose, details are sketchy). If the Initial couldn’t cut the mustard, I was prepared to uncrate an old receiver. I’m sure I only have two or three lying around in the attic, along with some pre- and power amps and maybe an integrated or two. Incidentally, cabinet dimensions and power handling are about the only specs Bose publishes. It allows people to focus on what they experience, without being unfairly biased by specs that can be manipulative or misleading. As we all know, especially those of us with tube gear, numbers only tell half the story. On the other hand, judging by independently obtained measurements of some other Bose products, it may simply be a clever way of covering up. BREAK-IN? WHAT BREAK-IN? Nowhere in the instruction manual does it say the 201s must be broken in, and most people who buy them likely wouldn’t think to do so anyway. So I started listening and making mental notes right away. While the DVD player that’s built into the Initial DMA-710 is acceptable, the unit’s CD performance is a bit harsh, so I used a separate RCA DVD player from 1998 for CD playback, reverting to the Initial’s player only when the RCA couldn’t read the CD layer of my dual-layer SACDs. The RCA is hardly a mid-fi unit, let alone hi-fi, but it’s more than adequate in this setup. I then went easy on the Bose 201s for starters, playing mostly sparsely arranged music from Mark Knopfler, Randy Newman, Dar Williams and also some solo string and piano recordings by Michael Hedges and Bill Evans. You know, great music to fall asleep to. Except I didn’t, because the 201 makes a credible and surprisingly detailed presentation. But I did get really relaxed thanks to the 201’s sublime midrange. Vocals, particularly female vocals, were balm-like and soothing. And strings? Wow! Nickel Creek’s debut, along with their follow up, “This Side,” were both fantastic, with Chris Thile’s mandolin sounding nearly as good as I’d ever heard it. These aren’t lively speakers. On the contrary, they’re way laid back. Bose, it seems, are speakers for people who hate speakers and everything about them: their size, the complication of placing them properly and the effort that comes with auditioning them before purchase. But some good things come out of the company’s McDonald’s-like approach to speaker design. You do end up with a design that nearly everyone likes (or at least tolerates). Just like McNuggets. Bose seems to have gone out of their way to design a speaker that’s involving when you want to get involved, but never in your face. As a result, I can’t imagine any non-audiophile being dissatisfied with them. People often complain that Bose speakers have no highs and no lows. The highs on the 201 model are rolled off, no question about it. What can you expect from a tweeter that’s nearly the size of a midrange driver. But considering the quality of the equipment it will likely be used with, that seems like a smart decision on the designers’ parts. As for the bass, well, below about 80Hz, maybe higher, it’s just not there. Truly usable bass (bass you can feel) is long gone by about 90Hz, at least by the guesstimates of this liberal arts grad with no engineering background whatsoever. Still, the Bose 201’s have a fullness that makes the lack of low frequencies less bothersome. The lack of bass meant that rock and electronic music lacked weight. Various CDs by The Clash, Bruce Springsteen and the Rolling Stones were a bit thin and sharp. After awhile, I found that I got the best balance by goosing the mini-system’s bass and treble very slightly. Aside from those minor adjustments to compensate for the Initial’s weak-willed amplification, no other tweaking was necessary. Even at their best, the 201s made me aware of their cabinets. However, I’ve heard a similar effect in other entry-level models. It’s just slightly more pronounced with the Bose speakers. Classical music was a pleasant surprise. Yes, some information was omitted, lots actually, but it was information that would be difficult to enjoy anyway. Plus, the “stereo everywhere” effect was particularly enjoyable with classical CDs. Less of a surprise was how well the 201s handled movie soundtracks. In the end, I didn’t need it anyway. Strangely, when I switched to higher quality amplification and sources, everything changed. As a test, I swapped speakers again, moving my reference ProAc Tablette 2000 monitors into the bedroom and hooking them up to the Initial mini-system. Ridiculous? You bet. The Initial had a hard time driving the ProAcs, and the result was pretty lifeless (though the sound was much fuller, and closer to full range, than with the 201s). Finally, I played back some CDs on the 201s while wandering around from room to room. With a really good pair of speakers, I believe you can trick yourself into thinking there are real live musicians in the next room. My ProAcs, on the other hand, have passed this test time and again with everything from small classical ensemble pieces to arena rock. STEREO EVERYWHERE? Can Bose 201s really provide a lifelike stereo image throughout the listening area. Well, sort of. With the Bose 201s, there IS music everywhere, diffuse and unnatural though it may be. It’s not exactly stereo, but it does in fact allow you to switch listening positions and still hear basically the same spacious sonic characteristics, even at the extreme left or right corners. Forget about enjoying a realistic soundstage though, and also about pinpoint imaging. It kind of sounded like my favorite CDs were being re-broadcast in FM stereo on an old Marantz receiver. I found myself concentrating less on detail and more on the music itself and its artistic merit. That alone made the Bose 201s worth the price of admission, but it’s also not a trait that’s exclusive to them. As an avowed headphone lover, I’ve learned that soundstaging isn’t everything. I have to admit, it is very nice to be able to change seats without being out of the sweet spot. That particular Bose trade-off wouldn’t suit my mood all the time, just as headphones don’t, but in the bedroom it did the trick nicely. As it happens, I only have my ProAc Tablette 2000 speakers on hand. They’re similar in size, with a similar size bass driver. I switched between the living room system and the bedroom system anyway, playing the same tracks on both for comparison. As you’d expect, the ProAcs embarrassed the Bose 201s in every conceivable way. I won’t even waste your time going into detail. WHAT ARE THE 201s GOOD FOR. It’s no secret I like the cute little Initial DMA-710 DVD mini-system. And by extrapolation, I’d imagine mini-systems from Denon, Yamaha and others would probably trounce its pleasing but modest performance by a fair margin. I’m equally sure that Bose has considered all that and decided, based on their market research, that costly improvements would yield little in the way of noticeable improvement for the vast majority of customers. In fairness, some of my favorite speakers of all time used paper cones and modest connection terminals. Still, I remain gravely concerned about the durability of the 201’s paper cones and surrounds over the long haul. CONCLUSIONS Bose haters complain that the company dishonestly bills its speakers as the finest available. Well, what company doesn’t claim their products are the best. In a competitive marketplace, it would be stupid not to. In the case of the 201s, Bose doesn’t promise a life-changing listening experience. All they claim is that they are a good choice for the bedroom, dorm room, garage or vacation home. They are. Are the 201s overpriced. Depends on how you look at it. For example, the Volkswagen GTI VR6 and Ford Crown Victoria cost about the same. One is fast, precise and high-tech; the other, big, comfy and technologically challenged.