Bose Virtually Invisible 191 Speakers


When it comes to speakers, the audio quality is most important, but depending on where you want to use the equipment, the design aesthetics are pretty important as well. A pair of big, impressive-looking speakers will undoubtedly draw attention, but these do not always fit the decor of a room.

If you want impressive audio quality from a pair of speakers that discreetly blend in with your decor, then the Bose Virtually Invisible 191 speakers are a good choice. As the name suggests, these are the type of speakers that, when mounted correctly, will leave your guests wondering where the music is coming from.

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Sound Quality

All too often, it comes down to a compromise when choosing discreet speakers with good sound quality. Bigger speakers offer the best sound quality but are usually very present. A large pair of speakers installed in a tasteful, contemporary living room tends to stick out like a sore thumb. On the other hand, smaller speakers can be tucked away out of sight, but you might end up with a tinny sound that won’t do your music or movies justice.

To get the most out of these Bose speakers, you will ideally want two pairs and a subwoofer, but even on their own, they perform admirably. Thanks to the “Stereo Everywhere” technology from Bose, these speakers allow you to hear balanced audio no matter where you are in the room, which is not something all speakers can do. The Bose speakers have two full-range drivers, using what they call an “Articulated Array” to deliver audio that can fill a room. The angled drivers are much more effective at dispersing the sound throughout a room than just hitting one sweet spot. The highs and mids from these speakers are very nice, but, as I mentioned earlier, you will want to add a dedicated subwoofer if you care about good bass.

Bose Virtually Invisible 191 Speakers Design

The Bose Virtually Invisible 1919 speakers have been designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. Big, bulky speakers might be great for a bachelor pad or man cave but not a tastefully decorated living room. With the flush-mount design of the Bose speakers, you can install them in a ceiling or wall and not sacrifice any valuable floor space or draw attention.

The speakers have been designed to be inconspicuous and have a very basic look. The speakers ship with a rectangular and circular grille, so you can choose which to blend best with your wall or ceiling. The grilles are also designed to be painted so that you can match them up with walls or ceilings. When properly installed, the speakers will be hidden in the wall or ceiling with only the grille visible. A nice thing about the design of the speakers is that they come with enclosures that focus the audio into the listening area without bleeding through into adjacent rooms.


As the Bose Virtually Invisible 191 speakers are designed to be used safely tucked away inside a wall or ceiling, there shouldn’t be any durability issues. There are some special considerations when using these speakers in cold climate regions, and you will have to take care not to install the speakers upside down, but overall, installation is relatively straightforward.  The speakers come with a 5-year warranty, but they should last a long time with proper installation and care. And there is no risk of someone tripping over the wires or knocking the speakers over.


As the Bose 191 speakers are optimized for in-wall use, they require more time to set up than typical speakers. The owner’s guide will walk you through installing the speakers properly, and as long as you can follow instructions, you will have everything set up in no time. You get a template that helps install two rectangular and two round speaker grilles and your two speakers. The speakers have rectangular frames attached, but you get two separate round speakers,  which you can attach if you want to use the round grilles. You even get a round and rectangular paint shield to aid you if you plan on painting the grilles to blend in with the color of your walls.

Installing these speakers is easiest in a room that has been pre-wired, but the owner’s guide will walk you through all the steps. If you are not DIY-inclined, you might ask a friend for assistance before drilling holes in your wall.

Pros and Cons

If you are looking for discrete speakers that do not compromise sound quality, you can’t go wrong with the Bose Virtually Invisible 191 speakers. Bose is known for its great products; the 191 speakers are no exception.

Bose Virtually Invisible 191 Speaker Pros

  • Discrete speaker design that blends in with your wall or ceiling
  • Proprietary enclosure technology
  • Includes Bose Stereo Everywhere speaker performance
  • Interchangeable speaker grilles
  • Great sound quality

Bose Virtually Invisible 191 Speaker Cons

  • Installation is a bit more tricky than free-standing speakers.
  • The price is a bit more expensive than free-standing speakers.

The Bose Virtually Invisible 1919 Speakers are not for people uncomfortable with performing a bit of DIY. You will have to cut into your walls or ceiling to install these speakers properly, but it is worth the effort. The Stereo Everywhere technology is perfect if you don’t want to spend hours figuring out the optimal placement for your speakers. The proprietary enclosure technology ensures that your audio is confined to the room where it is intended to play.

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  1. Bose 191 ceiling speakers are still kicking out perfect sound after 14 years and still look new. I have a set of Bose 301 shelf speakers(mounted on floating shelves)on the opposite wall. With the 4 Bose integrated into my surround sound system makes for a perfect blend of sound anywhere in the living room.


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