Bose 161W User Manual
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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








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.


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.


What to do



Neither speaker

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


guide that came with it for instruction on settings.



Bass or treble is

Check the tonal balance setting on your receiver or amplifier.





Only one speaker

• Check the balance control on your receiver or amplifier.


• 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.




(0.75 mm2)

30 ft (9 m) maximum


(1.5 mm2)

45 ft (14 m) maximum


(2.0 mm2)

70 ft (21 m) maximum

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




©2004 Bose Corporation

The Mountain, Framingham, MA 01701-9168USA

257524-ENGvoAM Rev.00

Bose® 161Speakers

Notice d’utilisation

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.

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Vice President, Bose Europe

1135 GE Edam,

Manufacturer’s authorized

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EU representative