Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers Reviewed

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High Points
• The 301s throw very big sound with wide dispersion, which is pleasing to the listener.
• The 301s fit into many different decors, and come in Light Cherry or Black. These aren't the largest amount of finishes, but the ones they have are pretty good.

Low Points
• The Bose 301s offer sound lacking in focus and detail, as compared to more audiophile speakers in their price category.
• The soundstage smears and the overall sonic picture lacks coherence, musicality and palpability when compared directly with the likes of B&W, Paradigm, PSB, Orb Audio and many others in their price category.
• For movies and games, the lack of bass requires a subwoofer, and there is a possible need for inconvenient placement due to the lack of magnetic shielding. The last thing you want is to have your TV looking purple because of gaussing.

Conclusion
The Bose 301 provides big, expansive sound within a relatively small footprint, and fits into many space-conscious home environments. However, its sonic properties lack the raw frequency response, dynamics, imaging and soundstaging necessary for higher-end music listening or home theater applications. At a lifestyle level, you can be very happy with Bose 301s. For the critical listener, you can get a much more accurate, low-reaching, powerful speaker for the same money.

Additional Resources

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HTR Product Rating for Bose 301 Bookshelf Speakers

Criteria Rating

Performance

2

Value

2

Overall

2

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