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bose 301 music monitor 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). 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. The Series 2 had 2 Tweeters and no adjustable baffle. The others Series had different designs and enclosures and are easier to identify. You can download the service manual from this site. Mine are the original 301's.don't think the newer models are a whole lot different. This is sleeper in the Bose line.The right size for a book self speaker.http://www.radicalsport.com.br/datamont/userfiles/bosch-kl-1204-manual.xml
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It is speaker that uses direct and reflection of sound off the wall so speaker placement is critical. I myself use them in a small den on speaker stands so volume levels are not too high(they could go much higher if one was so inclined). 3 tweeters with an 8 inch woofer is just about right in a small to mid size room. They compare quite favorably to my Snell K's which are in another room. Appliances All Appliances Large Appliances Small Appliances Vacuum Cleaners More categories. Wirecutter is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more Photo: Rozette Rago Electronics Audio The Best Bookshelf Speakers for Most Stereos Updated March 1, 2019 After testing new versions of our top and runner-up picks, we are updating those picks to the Q Acoustics 3020i and ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2, respectively. Your guide Chris Heinonen Share this review We've found a pair of bookshelf speakers that sound great and can serve for years as the centerpiece of a stereo music system or a multichannel home theater setup. The Q Acoustics 3020i speakers stood out from more than two dozen pairs we tested because their audio and build quality is better than anything else in their price range. Our pick Q Acoustics 3020i The best bookshelf speakers The 3020i speakers deliver great detail and a wide soundstage, and their design and build quality are better than that of most speakers in their price range. This pair reproduces music of all genres with great detail and clarity on a wide soundstage, and despite the compact design, the system delivers both strong bass and accurate vocals. The 3020i is a well-built speaker, with high-quality binding posts for securing the wires, nicely rounded corners that resist chipping, and a magnetically attached grille. Q Acoustics offers four finish options as well as a matching center channel to create a home theater system. Advertisement Runner-up ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.http://www.meress.sk/userfiles/bosch-kl-1206e-manual.xml2 Great performance, dull design The ELAC B6.2 set offers comparable sound quality to the Q Acoustics 3020i, but these speakers are much larger, and the finish is not nearly as attractive. If the Q Acoustics 3020i set is unavailable, the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 pair is a close runner-up. The B6.2 speakers sound very similar to the 3020i pair; they deliver a bit more bass, but they have a slightly smaller soundstage and reveal less background detail. Also, the larger ELAC speakers take up more space and don’t look as nice. ELAC does offer matching add-on Atmos speakers, on-wall surround speakers, and center channels, so someone who is looking to build a home theater setup might prefer the flexibility that this pair offers. Upgrade pick KEF Q150 A step up in sound quality The KEF Q150 is our favorite-sounding bookshelf speaker, but it has a higher price tag than most of the competition. If you want to go for an upgrade, the KEF Q150 bookshelf speakers were the overwhelming favorite in our tests because they delivered more detail and clearer sound than the other speakers we reviewed, but they cost a good bit more than the Q Acoustics 3020i. The Q150 comes in two different finishes, and the KEF Q Series includes a matching center channel and add-on Atmos speaker for home theater use. Budget pick Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Good sound at a bargain price The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers offer the best performance for the price, but they don’t sound as detailed as some of the more-expensive speakers. If you want a decent pair of speakers on a tight budget, check out the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR set. Although they’re good for the price, we recommend upgrading if you can afford to do so. Everything we recommend Our pick Q Acoustics 3020i The best bookshelf speakers The 3020i speakers deliver great detail and a wide soundstage, and their design and build quality are better than that of most speakers in their price range.http://superbia.lgbt/flotaganis/1649296826 Upgrade pick KEF Q150 A step up in sound quality The KEF Q150 is our favorite-sounding bookshelf speaker, but it has a higher price tag than most of the competition. Budget pick Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Good sound at a bargain price The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers offer the best performance for the price, but they don’t sound as detailed as some of the more-expensive speakers. The research Collapse all Why you should trust us Who should get this How we picked and tested Our pick: Q Acoustics 3020i Flaws but not dealbreakers Runner-up: ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Upgrade pick: KEF Q150 Budget pick: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR What to look forward to The competition Why you should trust us I’ve been a die-hard audiophile since my teenage years and a professional audio reviewer since 2008. I’ve heard hundreds of speakers, reviewed dozens, and spent hundreds of hours listening. I’ve also taken training courses from Audio Precision and talked to speaker designers on the best ways to objectively measure speakers to supplement my subjective opinions with data. Who should get this Bookshelf speakers are great for anyone who enjoys listening to music and is willing to tolerate a bit more complexity in the setup than with typical Bluetooth speakers or multiroom wireless speakers. Bookshelf speakers can also perform almost identically to much larger tower speakers, with the exception of the lowest bass octaves, where a tower’s additional drivers kick in. You can remedy this shortcoming by adding a subwoofer, and in many cases, the resulting setup will outperform a set of tower speakers. A pair of passive bookshelf speakers will never become obsolete. When paired with the right stereo receiver or AV receiver, bookshelf speakers let you listen to any source you want. You can enjoy analog playback from vinyl, high-resolution digital audio from a computer or a media server, and lossless Blu-ray soundtracks.http://www.chourouk-voyages.com/images/bose-3-2-1-system-manual.pdf Even if you listen exclusively to streaming audio sources such as Spotify, a stereo setup using bookshelf speakers might still be better than wireless speakers. For instance, you can choose a stereo receiver that provides integrated Spotify or Bluetooth support, like the Sony DTR-DH190 or Yamaha R-N301. You can integrate the speakers into a Sonos setup with a Sonos Amp. If you know from the start that you want to build a multichannel home theater system, you should also check out our guide to the best surround-sound speakers for most people, where we test complete systems that include a center channel, surround speakers, and subwoofer. The Best Surround-Sound Speakers for Most People Stylish design and great sound make the Polk Signature Series S15, S10, and S35 combo our pick for the best surround-sound system. The Best Speaker Cable Through testing we found that speaker cable doesn't actually matter much. That said, the Monoprice 2747 has high value-per-foot per gauge and is the safest bet for most people. If you want to cut down on components and wires, a set of wireless powered bookshelf speakers can serve the same purpose. You don’t need a receiver or amplifier at all, but you can’t hook up as many sources or expand to more channels down the road. A good set of speakers is an investment that will last longer than than any other piece of gear you could buy today. A pair of passive bookshelf speakers will never become obsolete. Speakers from 30 years ago still work today, and you can find many people still using speakers from over 50 years ago with modern electronics to power them. While modern speakers may benefit from advances in driver and crossover design, an older speaker will usually still work. Some speakers use a three-way design, which separates the tweeter, midrange, and bass drivers. Systems with more drivers can create better sound because each driver can be optimized for specific frequencies, but they usually cost more.www.cir.cloud/wp-content/plugins/formcraft/file-upload/server/content/files/1626b9b2d28f88---cascade-fork-positioner-manual.pdf In evaluating each pair of speakers, we considered the following attributes: Primarily we listened for a balanced, neutral sound. Research from Floyd Toole and other scientists has shown that most people prefer a flat frequency response, in which certain frequencies aren’t unnaturally emphasized over others. Many speakers are designed that way, but others have tweaks intended to produce a sound that the designer prefers, such as boosted treble or midrange. An ideal bookshelf system will reproduce bass that’s deep enough to provide a nearly full-range listening experience without straining to reproduce those lowest notes—and end up sounding flabby or uncontrolled. Since a larger cabinet helps create more bass, the larger the bookshelf speaker, the more bass we heard. Another critical element of speaker performance is the soundstage, or the perceived size of the sound that the speaker can produce. When set up in a stereo pair, speakers project an image that varies in width, depth, and even apparent height. In ideal soundstage reproduction, the music takes up the front of the room, extends beyond the width of the speakers, and exhibits some depth, recreating the experience of hearing live music. We listened for a large soundstage in which we could hear the positions of the instruments. Driver material and cabinet construction also play a large part in speaker performance. Cheaper speakers may be thinly constructed and prone to resonance, while better speakers remain rock solid at any volume. Cabinets also come ported or non-ported. Each design has its benefits and drawbacks, but speakers with rear ports need more space behind them than ones that are in sealed cabinets or have front ports. Finally, we considered other design elements. How attractive is the speaker, and is it available in multiple finishes to suit different rooms? The ability to attach the speaker cable through binding posts instead of spring-clip connectors makes it easier to connect the cables of your choice, whether they terminate in bare wire, banana plugs, or spades. During our research, we looked at all of the professional reviews we could find (and trust) plus customer reviews to eliminate models that might have problems in real-world use. With so many models available, we kept our focus only on the ones that received excellent scores across the board. Once we selected our finalists, we assembled them in my listening room for evaluation. We left them with music playing for several days to ensure they were properly “burned in” (even though we believe that the need to burn speakers in is mostly a matter of placebo effect). We placed them all at our listening height at least a foot away from each wall to prevent excessive bass buildup, and we regularly rotated their positions to ensure that placement was not an influencing factor. For the source, we played selections from Tidal and Spotify using a Sonos Connect and also played lossless files through an Anthem MRX 1120 receiver. We used Monoprice for all the speaker cables. Our pick: Q Acoustics 3020i Photo: Rozette Rago Our pick Q Acoustics 3020i The best bookshelf speakers The 3020i speakers deliver great detail and a wide soundstage, and their design and build quality are better than that of most speakers in their price range. This pair also features the best build quality we’ve seen in a speaker set of this price, with high-quality binding posts (as opposed to cheaper spring-clip attachments), magnetically attached grilles, and nicely rounded corners that resist chipping. The 3020i set comes in a variety of finishes to match your decor, and Q Acoustics sells a matching center channel for use in a home theater system. The 3020i is a bit larger than the prior 3020 (which was our previous top pick), but we still consider it to be fairly compact. The 3020i (right) is a bit larger than its predecessor, the 3020 (left), but still fairly compact. Photo: Rozette Rago The 3020i combines a 0.9-inch tweeter with a 5-inch woofer. In our listening tests, what came across most was the amount of detail and clarity that these speakers brought out in every recording. They also created a wide and deep soundstage that made it easy for us to pick out instruments, re-creating the feeling of a live show. Listening to Miles Davis’s “ So What ” for perhaps the 4,354th time as a reviewer, I could pinpoint every instrument in the mix. As the musicians moved from solo to solo, each instrument came to life without overpowering the rest of the band. Another track I’ve pretty much run into the ground over the past two decades is “ Carnival ” from Natalie Merchant. The 3020i speakers handled the opening drums with aplomb and didn’t suffer with the vocals. The frenetic energy of Nina Simone’s “ Sinnerman ” came across well. Compared with its predecessor (and our former top pick), the 3020, the 3020i sounds cleaner, with less harsh treble and better bass response (due to its larger cabinet). The 3020i uses binding posts instead of spring-clip connectors to attach the speaker wire. Photo: Rozette Rago The 3020i set looks much nicer than you might expect for the price. Each speaker’s cabinet is made of MDF and finished in a glossy plastic that looks far better than the faux wood grain you usually see at this price. The availability of four different finishes (white, black, grey, and walnut) makes this set easier to match with your room. The grille uses magnets instead of (easily breakable) plastic tabs, which gives the front of each speaker a clean look when the grille is not attached. The 3020i’s cabinet is made of MDF and finished in a glossy plastic. Four color options are available. Photo: Rozette Rago If you’re interested in building a home theater surround-sound system, Q Acoustics offers a center channel to match the 3020i pair. You can easily use a second pair of the 3020i speakers for surrounds, as well. While there’s no matching Atmos module to reproduce the overhead effects, very few people are running Atmos systems, so we don’t think this is a huge issue. Ty Pendlebury at CNET is a fan of the 3020i and said it offers “a smooth, rich sound” with “excellent sonics.” What Hi-Fi gave the 3020i a perfect 5-star review and said “these standmounts will make great first speakers” with no major negatives. Flaws but not dealbreakers The Q Acoustics 3020i improves upon the bass response of the prior 3020, but people who like extra bass with music or want to reproduce the deep bass in movie soundtracks will want to pair these speakers with a budget subwoofer. The binding posts are very compact, which makes it more challenging to fit in bare speaker wire any larger that 14 gauge than it is with some other models. I was able to do it without a problem, but other speakers make it easier. With a rear port instead of a front port, the 3020i speakers can suffer more if you place them up against a wall. The speakers come with foam plugs for those ports if you do need to place them next to the wall, but that will reduce the bass output. Runner-up: ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Photo: Rozette Rago Runner-up ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 Great performance, dull design The ELAC B6.2 set offers comparable sound quality to the Q Acoustics 3020i, but these speakers are much larger, and the finish is not nearly as attractive. If the Q Acoustics 3020i set is unavailable, the ELAC Debut 2.0 B6.2 pair is a close runner-up. The sound quality is virtually the same as that of the Q Acoustics set, but the B6.2 delivers a bit more bass while creating a slightly smaller soundstage and quieter backgrounds. The B6.2 speakers are physically larger, and their veneer finish is not as polished, so they aren’t as attractive in a room. The B6.2 uses high-quality binding posts to connect the speaker wire. Photo: Rozette Rago The value and quality of the ELAC Debut B6.2 speakers come as no surprise. The cabinet is larger than some other bookshelf models, and the finish isn’t attractive, but the set is a terrific value. And if you want to upgrade later to a surround-sound system, the Debut 2.0 series includes a matching center channel, tower speakers, on-wall surrounds, and add-on Atmos modules. Upgrade pick: KEF Q150 Photo: Rozette Rago Upgrade pick KEF Q150 A step up in sound quality The KEF Q150 is our favorite-sounding bookshelf speaker, but it has a higher price tag than most of the competition. The Q150 speakers sounded superior in every respect, from soundstage and detail to bass response and vocal clarity. The speakers are available in a white or black finish, and KEF sells a matching center channel and add-on Atmos speaker. Speaker grilles are not included, but magnetic grilles are available for an additional cost. KEF uses its own Uni-Q driver design, which positions the 1-inch tweeter inside the 5?-inch midrange driver. The timing difference between the separate tweeter and midrange drivers used on other speakers might be a fraction of a millisecond, but it’s a difference the brain can detect. In real life, voices and instruments originate from a single point, and the KEF driver better mimics this effect than a conventional two-driver system does. A look at the KEF Q150’s rear-panel binding posts. Photo: Rozette Rago As a result, music sounded more refined and defined through the Q150 set compared with cheaper models; you can easily listen to these speakers for hours without your ears growing fatigued. During complex test tracks like Beck’s “ Lost Cause,” the Q150 set made it easy for us to pick out individual instruments—even easier than with the Q Acoustics 3020i. On tracks like “ Giorgio by Moroder ” from Daft Punk, the rear-ported Q150 pair reproduced the bass line with a depth and detail that was missing from other speakers. Overall this set captured more of the music than the less-expensive speakers did. Budget pick: Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Photo: Pioneer Budget pick Pioneer SP-BS22-LR Good sound at a bargain price The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers offer the best performance for the price, but they don’t sound as detailed as some of the more-expensive speakers. The build quality was better, too, with binding posts, a more solid feeling and sounding cabinet, and a nicer veneer finish. While this pair is the best budget option, stepping up to the Q Acoustics 3020i or ELAC B6.2 will provide easily noticeable benefits in performance and build. The Pioneer SP-BS22-LR speakers were also designed by Andrew Jones, before he left Pioneer and moved over to ELAC. They have a generally clean, neutral sound with good bass response. However, they did sound a bit dark—voices and other instruments could sound muted, as if they were coming from behind a screen. In addition, the finish of these Pioneer speakers looks bland, with a faux wood grain and curved sides, and the cabinet feels lightweight and hollow compared with the higher-priced competitors. Pioneer sells a matching center-channel speaker and add-on Atmos speaker if you wish to build a home theater system around this set. The competition We’ve tested over two dozen pairs of speaker for this guide over the course of several updates. Here are some competitors that are still available: The Dayton Audio B652-AIR set had good upper-octave clarity thanks to a ribbon tweeter but offered virtually no bass. Listening to the opening of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop,” we almost couldn’t hear the bassline. This is also the only speaker set we reviewed that used the cheaper spring clips that don’t accept banana-plug connectors. The ELAC Debut B6 is a former runner-up pick that has now been replaced by the Debut 2.0 B6.2, so its availability is limited. The ELAC Uni-fi UB5 pair offered very good bass response and detail but with a smaller soundstage. These speakers also had a less attractive finish and were harder to drive than some other models. The Fluance XL7S pair produced a good soundstage but lacked bass, and the treble might be too bright for some listeners. We used KEF’s LS50 mini-monitor speakers as a reference for our tests. These speakers are more widely acclaimed than any other bookshelf speakers released in the past decade—and we think they live up to the hype. From the construction to the sound reproduction, the LS50 set easily outclassed every competitor we tested. The soundstage was larger and more detailed, and the bass was deeper and better defined. The LS50 model ranks far beyond other speakers in build quality, as it’s very heavy and more solid, with virtually no resonance when you knock on the cabinet. The LS50 pair is the best bookshelf speaker set we listened to. It’s expensive, but it offers an audible difference. It’s also available in a powered wireless version, the LS50W. Micca’s MB42X set is small and compact, but this pair sounded poor next to all of the other contenders. The bass was lacking because of the small woofer, and the treble had a harsh, metallic sound. Beck’s voice during “Lost Cause” sounded different here than on everything else, as if the tonal balance of the speakers was wrong. The Monitor Audio Bronze 1 pair offered good bass response and a large soundstage, but the treble was muted next to that of other speakers, which made recordings sound dull. The Monoprice Monolith Air Motion Cinema 5 set uses a ribbon tweeter instead of a dome, but this pair lacked the bass response of the other speakers. Monoprice’s Monolith K-BAS speakers use a bass port design that allows for extended response. They’re fairly tall black boxes that aren’t attractive, and while the bass was present, it wasn’t tight or detailed. Recordings sometimes sounded hollow, as if recorded inside a box. Polk Audio’s RTI A1 speakers produced a large soundstage and lots of detail, but they had a particularly bright, forward treble that over time became hard to tolerate. We liked the performance of the Polk Audio TSi100 a lot. Polk has now technically discontinued this speaker, so it sells for a lot less, but its availability is limited. If you can find the TSi100 speakers for a good price, we recommend them. The Q Acoustics Concept 20 speakers had bright, clear treble but lacked authority in the bass department. The build quality is great, but we don’t see much need for bi-wiring speakers in this price range, and the included binding post connectors made it hard for us to use some banana plugs we had. The Q Acoustics 3020 is a former top pick that has been replaced by the 3020i, so its availability is limited. The new model offers some clear performance improvements and more finish options, but the 3020 is still a great speaker. The SVS Ultra Bookshelf speakers’ extra-large, 6?-inch woofers produced a room-filling bass that the other speakers simply could not touch. This SVS pair’s bass went deeper, had better definition, and helped the speakers create a larger soundstage than their rivals mustered. If your tastes run more toward rock or hip-hop and less toward jazz or other acoustic music, or if you want impact from movie soundtracks without a subwoofer, the SVS set might be your best option. But most listeners will get more out of the KEF Q150’s superior midrange and treble performance. Wharfedale’s Diamond 220 set had good detail and nice bass but sounded boxed in. These speakers produced a soundstage that was narrow and confined to the center of the room, while other speakers created a more expansive stereo image. Aside from the soundstage, the quality of the sound was good, and we liked the build of the speakers, but we all preferred a sound that was more open. Other speaker models failed to make the cut early on: Audioengine’s P4 pair is attractive and based on the company’s popular A5 set, but reviews say this passive pair works better for near-field listening (such as at a computer) than in a living room as bookshelf speakers. People recommend the active A5 speakers instead. The Bose 301 Series V design has a rear-facing driver that creates a large but diffuse sound. Reviews say this design generates a large soundstage but produces muddy results, so we weren’t interested. Cambridge Audio’s SX-50 speakers have good customer reviews, but professional reviews describe this set as “more functional than special.” In a category crowded with well-reviewed products, that assessment wasn’t enough to make us want to evaluate this pair. We thought that the Dayton Audio B652 set, which had no ribbon tweeter, was worse than the more recent version with the ribbon tweeter, so we excluded it. Reviews note that Sony’s SS-CS5 is better than the Pioneer SP-BS22-LR but not up to the level of other models. At the time of our research, this set was too expensive relative to the Pioneer pair to compete as a budget pick, and the reviews we saw were not good enough for us to include it as a finalist. About your guide Chris Heinonen Chris Heinonen is a senior staff writer reporting on TVs, projectors, and sometimes audio gear at Wirecutter. He has been covering AV since 2008 for a number of online publications and is an ISF-certified video calibrator. He used to write computer software and hopes to never do that again, and he also loves to run and test gear for running guides. Further reading The Best Record Player Setup for Beginners by Adrienne Maxwell Start your vinyl music journey here with our picks for turntable, receiver, speakers, and more. The Best Computer Speakers by Daniel Varghese and John Higgins The Mackie CR4BT computer speakers sound great, are simple to set up and use, and include Bluetooth to easily connect mobile devices. The Best Surround-Sound Speakers for Most People by Brent Butterworth Stylish design and great sound make the Polk Signature Series S15, S10, and S35 combo our pick for the best surround-sound system. The Best Wireless Powered Bookshelf Speakers by Brent Butterworth After multiple blind listening tests, we picked the Edifier S1000DB as the best wireless active speaker pair to easily build a simple stereo system.