Bose 161 (R) Black (Pr.) User Manual

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Bose® 161Speakers

Owner’s Guide

Declaration of conformity

We, the offerer,

Bose Corporation, The Mountain

Framingham, MA 01701-9168USA

acknowledge our sole responsibility, that the product,

Kind of equipment: Loudspeaker

Type designation: 161loudspeaker

in accordance with EMC directive 89/336/EC and article 10(1) of the Directive, is in compliance with the following norm(s) or document(s):

Technical regulations: EN 50081-1, EN 50082-1

Accredited by Bose Corporation

1 May 2001

Bose Products B.V.

Nic Merks,

Nijverheidstraat 8,

Vice President, Bose Europe

1135 GE Edam,

Manufacturer’s authorized

The Netherlands

EU representative

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Where to find …

Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Unpacking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Placing your Bose® 161speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4Choosing speaker cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Preparing speaker cord . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Connecting speaker cord to the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Connecting speaker cord to your receiver or amplifier . . . . . . . 5 Testing speaker connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Mounting your speakers on a wall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Reference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Cleaning your speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Technical information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

Before you begin

Thank you for purchasing Bose 161 speakers. Their advanced design and quality construction are intended to provide long-termlistening enjoyment in your home. Your 161 speakers are engineered to provide quality Bose speaker performance from a simple, elegant design. Unique Bose technologies, including Stereo Everywhere®, deliver performance usually associated with much larger speakers.

For your records

Serial numbers are located on the label on the back of each 161 speaker.

Serial numbers: __________________ and ____________________

Dealer name: _____________________________________________

Dealer phone: _______________ Purchase date: _______________

We suggest you keep your sales receipt with this owner’s guide.

©2001 Bose Corporation. No part of this work may be reproduced, modified, distributed or otherwise used without prior written permission.

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Setup

Unpacking

Unpack the carton carefully. Save the carton and packing materials for possible later use. If either speaker appears damaged, do not operate either one. Repack both speakers in the original carton and notify your authorized Bose® dealer immediately.

Placing your Bose 161speakers

Note: Your 161 speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with most television screens.

For best acoustic performance, place the left channel speaker on the left side of the room and the right channel speaker on the right, at least 5 feet (1.5 m) apart. (Refer to the label on the back of each speaker.) Make sure the back of each speaker is parallel to the front wall.

For rear channel use in a home theater surround sound system, put the speakers near the back of the room, behind or to the sides of the listening area.

Attach the supplied self-adhesivefeet to the bottom surface of each speaker for greater stability (Figure 1).

If you want to mount your speakers using the supplied wall brackets, see “Mounting your speakers on a wall” on page 6.

Figure 1

Locations for attaching rubber feet to the bottom of the speakers

CAUTION: Do not install near any heat sources, such as radiators, heat registers, stoves, or other apparatus (including amplifiers) that produce heat.

Choosing speaker cord

Be sure to use the proper gauge (thickness) of speaker cord. Standard zip cord (2-conductor,18-gauge[0.75 mm2] wire found at electrical and hardware stores) works for most applications. If the length of speaker wire extends more than 30 feet (9 m) from a receiver or amplifier, refer to “Wire recommendations” on page 7 or contact your authorized Bose dealer for more information.

CAUTION: Before making any connections, turn off your receiver or amplifier and unplug it from the outlet (the AC power mains).

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Setup

Preparing speaker cord

Speaker cord consists of two insulated wires. The insulation around one wire is striped, collared, or ribbed. This marked wire is always positive (+). The plain wire is always negative (–).These correspond to the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals on the back of each speaker, receiver, or amplifier. Be sure to connect each wire to the proper terminal (+ to +, – to–).

Note: Be sure to cut enough cord to reach from the receiver to each speaker.

At the ends of each cord, strip approximately 12 inch (1.3þcm) of insulation from both wires. Twist the bare ends of each wire so there are no loose strands.

Connecting speaker cord to the speakers

Figure 2

Making speaker wire connections

Locate the terminals on the back of each speaker. Depress the red terminal button (Figure 2), insert the marked (+) wire and release the button. Depress the black terminal button, insert the plain (–)wire and release the button.

Black (–)

Red (+)

Connecting speaker cord to your receiver or amplifier

Connect the left speaker cord to the left channel speaker output of your receiver or amplifier. Attach the marked wire to the red (+) terminal and the plain wire to the black (–)terminal. In the same manner, connect the right speaker cord to the right channel speaker output.

CAUTION: Make sure no loose strands of wire touch across terminals. This could create a short circuit that can damage an amplifier or receiver. Secure any loose wires before you plug in the receiver or amplifier.

Note: If these speakers are used for the rear surround channels in a home theater system, choose the “SMALL SPEAKER” setting.

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Setup

Testing speaker connections

1.

Center the balance control on your receiver or amplifier. Set it for MONO, if you have that option, and turn it on.

2.Place the 161speakers less than 6 inches (15 cm) apart, facing each other.

3.

Play some deep bass passages of music.

The sound should seem to come from a point between the two speakers. The bass should be full and natural. If not, your connections may be reversed, causing the speakers to play out of phase. To correct the problem, make sure the speaker wires are connected + to + and – to –.Then repeat steps 1 – 3.

Mounting your speakers on a wall

See the back pages of this guide for a mounting template and mounting hardware information.

CAUTION: Do not mount the brackets on surfaces that are not sturdy enough, or that have hazards concealed behind them, such as electrical wire or plumbing. If you are unsure about installing the bracket, contact a qualified professional installer.

CAUTION: Do not hang items from the brackets or speakers. The brackets were designed to support the weight of the speakers only.

Note: For vertical mounting, mount part A with the hole for screw C at the bottom. Be sure to tighten all screws.

Note: For Stereo Everywhere® speaker performance, horizontal mounting is required.

1.

Hold the mounting template in position and mark holes for the mounting hardware. If you plan to feed wires through the wall, mark the speaker wire pilot hole also.

2.

Drill holes for the chosen mounting hardware.

3.

Mount bracket part A to the wall and mount bracket part B to the rear of the speaker (Figure 3).

4.

Secure the speaker with bracket part B to bracket part A using screw C. To adjust the angle, loosen screw C slightly, move the speaker up or down, and retighten screw C.

Figure 3

Speaker-bracketinstallation

A

B

 

C

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Reference

Cleaning your speakers

Use a damp cloth to clean your 161speakers. Do not use harsh chemicals or household cleaners. Do not apply liquids directly to the speakers. If you vacuum the front grille of the speakers, do so carefully.

Troubleshooting

If you experience problems with your 161 speakers, the following suggestions may help. If you need additional help, contact your authorized Bose® dealer, or contact Bose directly.

Problem

What to do

 

 

Neither speaker

Check the settings on your receiver or amplifier. Refer to the owners

plays

guide that came with it for instruction on settings.

 

 

Bass or treble is

Check the tonal balance setting on your receiver or amplifier.

weak

 

 

 

Only one speaker

• Check the balance control on your receiver or amplifier.

plays

• Check the wires connected to the speaker that does not play. Make

 

sure the wires are in good condition and are firmly connected. See

 

page 5.

 

 

One speaker still

• Disconnect the wires from both the speaker and the receiver or

does not play

amplifier. Disconnect the other cord from its speaker, and connect

 

that end of the cord to the speaker that doesn’t play.

 

• If the speaker still doesn’t play, the problem is in the speaker. If the

 

speaker now plays, continue checking for the source of the problem.

 

• Disconnect the same cord from the amplifier or receiver. Connect it

 

to the other outputs on the amplifier or receiver.

 

• If the speaker plays, the problem is in the original cord that was con-

 

nected to that speaker. If the speaker does not play, the problem is in

 

that channel of the receiver.

 

 

Technical information

Quality standard: Syncom® computer quality control

Driver complement: Two (2) 2.5" (6.3 cm)wide-rangedrivers per speaker

Enclosure: Tuned port, molded ABS resin

Dimensions: 4.17"H x 10.93"W x 4.98"D (10.6 cm x 27.8 cm x 12.6 cm)

Compatibility: Rated 50W IEC; compatible with amplifiers or receivers rated10-100watts per channel, rated4-8ohms

Wire recommendations: Based on a maximum frequency response deviation of ±0.5 dB.

Gauge

Length

18

(0.75 mm2)

30 ft (9 m) maximum

16

(1.5 mm2)

45 ft (14 m) maximum

14

(2.0 mm2)

70 ft (21 m) maximum

Weight: 8 lbs. (3.6 kg) per pair, in the carton

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Reference

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©2004 Bose Corporation

The Mountain, Framingham, MA 01701-9168USA

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