How to Set Up Bose 161 Speakers

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How to Set Up Bose 161 Speakers
Bose 161 speakers can offer expansive stereo sound when set up properly. (stereo seperates image by Nicemonkey from

Bose has a reputation for making good-performing small speakers. Ideal for making big sound in a discreet manner, the Bose 161 speakers are compact bookshelf models that combine to create an expansive sound field. However, the owner must pay close attention to set-up and speaker alignment. Once executed, the speakers offer quality sound while taking up minimal space.

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Things you need

  • Bose 161 speakers
  • Stereo
  • Speaker wire
  • Wire strippers
  • Wire snips

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  1. 1

    Cut two lengths of speaker wire sufficient to reach from the stereo to the intended speaker installation location, using the wire snips. Strip off 1/2 inch of insulation from each end of both runs using the wire strippers. Twist the ends of the wires tightly.

  2. 2

    Connect the wires to the receiver's left and right speaker terminals. Unscrew the binding posts on the speaker terminals until the holes are exposed on the posts. Insert the wires into the proper terminals, then screw the post nuts back down until the wire is secured.

  3. 3

    Push down on the plastic tabs on the rear of the 161 speaker. Insert the speaker wires, then release the tabs. Do this for both speakers. Turn on the receiver and play your favourite content.

  4. 4

    Toe-in the speakers until the amount of room coverage is satisfactory. Toe-in is the process of angling the speakers in toward the main listening position. For best results, the speakers should be at least 5 feet apart.

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