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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

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A little off topic. I like music and I like good sound. I was about to rig a wired sound system into my boat and paused and decided to take a reluctant step into the 21st century. I got a boom box type thing from Creative (not the old style boom box - no radio, just speakers) that has blue tooth. Mine runs on 4 double A batteries and can also plug in to boat elec. In the cabin, it sits on a shelf and sounds great. I can bring it out to the cockpit, or cabin top (lashed, if necessary). The blue tooth allows me, or any visitor, to connect wirelessly from anywhere on the boat, play off stored songs or off Pandora through cell phone. You can control it, obviously, from wherever you have your cell phone or other mp3 player. Can be taken to the beach, etc. It has worked out real well. A lot of flexibility. I know there is sacrifice in sound quality using mp3 to blue tooth, but I think when outdoors, the speakers are more important than the source.
I did something similar last Spring. I already have a wired system but my head unit was shot. So a bought a new Sony head unit with Bluetooth A2DP built in. I installed an external antenna to extend the reach of the bluetooth as it got a little weak out in the cockpit. Now I can listen to any music on our ipad, Nexus 10 or our cell phones from anywhere near the boat. The radio also supports phone connection so we use it as a speaker phone. Also use internet radio, Pandora. Have not signed up for Spotify yet but plan to.

BTW, human bodies block BT signals pretty well.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

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One word SPOTIFY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If you like music there is simply nothing better.it is basically iTunes with unlimited music at your finger tips to play when you want, how often you want and when you want. You can create playlists or even see your friends playlists and play them.. Yes it costs a little money but is sooooooooooo worth it.. Listening to a guys bluegrass playlist right now that has not had a bad song in over an hour.... I could NEVER afford to have the MILLIONS of CD's or downloads available on Spotify, never...
Yup, Spotify is very cool. Been using the Premium service for months. Listen to it at work, home, the boat and while traveling. Well worth the cash.

Now to upgrade the crappy speakers.
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I have a Poly Planar system, I really love it. It is fairly new so I can't speak to the endurance of the system. Nice quality though.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

Two season ago I mounted Poly Planar small box speakers in my jib sheet boxes in the cockpit combing. They were the smallest outdoor speakers I could find at the time. I'm probably a "tin ear" but I've been very happy with the way the project turned out. The speakers are out of the way and protected from the weather and I didn't have to cut any big holes in the cockpit.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

The 151's are 8 ohms where most 12v stereos are 4 ohms so the sound will be quite different from a home based system that is 8 ohms.

I use component Polk speakers below with a Bazooka tube sub and two Bazooka Tubbies for the cockpit driven by an Alpine head unit.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

Spotify, millions of CDs...nice concept but then again, you can fit 800-900 albums on a 64GB data card with is only about $64 these days. Throw in a Jambox or other Bluetooth speaker box, and you can take the speakers where you need them, and stow them below when it blows real stink. Keep 'em in a plastic bag when on deck if you want.

I have the older Bose 101's, not permanently mounted, no porting to worry about, but IIRC Bose only calls them water-resistant, not designed to be used under green water. Wouldn't call the exceptional sound, would't call any Bose device really exceptional, but like anything from Bose they're not too shabby compared to a lot of what else is out there.

These days? really, who wants to run wires? You need really young good ears to hear any difference.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

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The 151's are 8 ohms where most 12v stereos are 4 ohms so the sound will be quite different from a home based system that is 8 ohms.

I use component Polk speakers below with a Bazooka tube sub and two Bazooka Tubbies for the cockpit driven by an Alpine head unit.
Well, Bose do tend to be lower impedance than typical home speakers, this is one reason they tend to be louder, as they can pull more power out of an amp. (not really literally, but in auto competition one of the things they do is run at around a .5 ohms) As long as you don't go too far below the system rating, you will not have an issue. If you go to far below the rating you can run into amps shutting down and over heating.

just keep in mind these are really just 2.5 inch full range speakers, with no tweeter, so don't expect too much sound wise. I think you can do better for the same money or less. You might want to check these out:

General out door selection:
https://www.parts-express.com/cat/pa...ck-speakers/97

About the same price as the 151's at BJs:
https://www.parts-express.com/pe/sho...number=310-058

These look good for cheap ones:
https://www.parts-express.com/pe/sho...number=303-527
https://www.parts-express.com/pe/sho...number=310-069

I have had good luck with parts express speakers (Dayton Audio is there house brand) in the past, but have not heard these. I have heard the Bose and was not impressed, but in general I don't like the "Bose sound," well perhaps the 901s but that is it. I used to have a wave radio that I thought was awful.
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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

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The 151's are 8 ohms where most 12v stereos are 4 ohms so the sound will be quite different from a home based system that is 8 ohms.

I use component Polk speakers below with a Bazooka tube sub and two Bazooka Tubbies for the cockpit driven by an Alpine head unit.
Both pairs or 151's I have are rated at 4 Ohm nominal, both are ported but one has a treated paper cone and the other pair has a plastic cone....

There seems to be a lot of confusion in this thread thanks to Bose. The 151 model at Sam's Club and BJ's are not the same speakers as the 151 SE.

The 151 SE has a 2.5 inch driver and the 151 has a 4.5" driver. The 151 is ported and is a 4 Ohm nominal speaker..


The 151 and the 151 SE are totally different..

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Re: Bose 151 Speakers... Opinions

"I used to have a wave radio that I thought was awful."
Jeez, Paul. And here I thought I was a hard customer.
I have to think Bose makes the finest clock-radio out there.

Replacement for a rack of stereo equipment and a couple of yard-tall speakers? Hell no, but the finest clock radio on the market.
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Replacement for a rack of stereo equipment and a couple of yard-tall speakers? Hell no, but the finest clock radio on the market.
Problem is that their entire line up, not just the wave clock radio, sounds about as good as a clock radio...



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