FreeSpace® DS 16SE

FreeSpace® DS 16SE

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Overview

Overview

Entry-level, full-range, surface-mount loudspeakers designed for background music and speech reproduction in a wide range of installed applications. Broad 170° x 160° coverage pattern and frequency range down to 80 Hz.

The DS 16SE is for indoor and outdoor applications.

EN 54-24 compliant DS loudspeaker models are also available for use in Voice Alarm (VA) systems. Please contact your local Bose team for availability information.

Features

Features

Full-range loudspeaker with a single 2.25" (57 mm) full-range driver in a ported enclosure designed for surface mounting in background music and paging applications

Simple 1->2->3 installation system. Mounting hardware allows for horizontal and vertical orientation with adjustable pitch or yaw

Integrated multi-tap transformer with innovative thumb wheel adjustment for easy-to-change tap settings from under front end cap

Shared voicing across entire FreeSpace DS product family enables DS 16, DS 40 and DS 100 loudspeakers to be integrated on the same system and maintain consistent tonal quality

Can be combined with either surface or flush-mount FreeSpace 3 Acoustimass® module for extended bass response

Supported by a suite of accessories, including wall-mount bracket, ceiling-mount bracket, pole-mount bracket and junction boxes

Applications

  • Retail stores
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Concourse
  • Transportation facilities
  • Resorts and hospitality venues
  • Houses of worship
Specs

Specs

Technical Summary

Frequency Response (+/-3 dB)
95 Hz - 17 kHz

Frequency Range (-10 dB)
80 Hz - 19 kHz

Nominal Dispersion
170° H x 160° V

Long-Term Power Handling
16 W (64 W peak)

Sensitivity (SPL / 1 W @ 1 m)
84 dB SPL

Maximum SPL @ 1 m
96 dB SPL (102 dB SPL peak)

Nominal Impedance
8 Ω (transformer bypassed)

Mechanical Diagrams

Front View

Side View

Product Codes

Black
040785

White
040786

Downloads Accessories FAQs

FAQs

What is the Bose® FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family?

The Bose FreeSpace DS family is a line of high-quality loudspeakers engineered to provide three distinct levels of audio performance for a wide range of background and foreground music applications. These versatile surface-mount and flush-mount loudspeakers easily integrate into sound systems—indoors and outside—with flexible mounting hardware and optional installation accessories. Complete entire projects with a single family of Bose loudspeakers that deliver consistent high-fidelity sound, installation methods and contemporary styling.

What are the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE are high-fidelity loudspeakers that reproduce background music and speech with clarity and detail for business applications. These 16-watt loudspeakers are designed to be surface-mounted at heights up to 20 feet (6 m). They meet numerous standards for combination music and evacuation systems around the world.

Why did Bose make the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The product goal was to make loudspeakers that meet the requirements of background music and paging applications. These two products provide the audio performance, installation flexibility and contemporary styling needed for a wide range of business music installations.

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE surface-mount loudspeakers were also created to be counterparts to the FreeSpace DS 16F flush-mount loudspeaker.
 

How do the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers fit into the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family?

The FreeSpace DS family offers loudspeaker models that provide three distinct levels of audio performance appropriate for different business music system applications:

  • DS 16: Background music, paging
  • DS 40: Background and foreground music, paging
  • DS 100: Foreground music, paging

Detailed information about the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family can be found on page one of the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family comparison guide.

 

For what types of applications are the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers designed?

They are designed for background music and speech reproduction sound systems indoors (DS 16S) and outdoors (DS 16SE). These loudspeakers are intended for applications that require easy surface-mount installation. Engineered for mounting heights up to 20 feet (6 m), they are also designed for applications that require life safety compliance.
 

For what types of venues are the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers well-suited?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers are well-suited for retail stores, restaurants, patios/outdoor dining (DS 16SE), hospitality venues, public spaces, offices, meeting rooms, hallways, entrance ways and lobbies.
 

Where can I install the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

They are designed for surface mounting indoors (DS 16S) and outdoors (DS 16SE) and are engineered for mounting heights up to 20 feet (6 m).

In addition, they provide flexible installation options for various applications. These loudspeakers are designed for mounting to vertical surfaces (walls) with a wall-mount bracket. This wall-mount bracket is also designed to mate with the Bose on-wall and in-wall junction box accessories, as well as with some standard US Steel 4" x 4" junction boxes. The wall-mount bracket will mate with the Bose pole-mount kit accessory for attaching the loudspeakers to poles.

The Bose ceiling-mount bracket accessory is designed for mounting these loudspeakers to horizontal surfaces (ceilings).
 

How do I install the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers are installed using 1→2→3 installation:

  • Wire and attach the bracket
  • Secure the loudspeaker to the bracket with one screw
  • Snap the loudspeaker wire connector into the bracket

These loudspeakers can be mounted directly to walls or to junction boxes with the wall-mount bracket. Optional Bose on-wall and in-wall junction box accessories are available, and some standard US Steel 4" x 4" junction boxes can also be used. The Bose ceiling-mount bracket accessory is designed for mounting these loudspeakers to horizontal surfaces (ceilings).  

How do I install the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers using the pole-mount kit?

The pole-mount kit accessory is required. Attach the pole-mount bracket to a pole 4" – 8" (101.6 mm – 203.2 mm) in diameter using the included clamps. If attaching to a smaller pole, the pole-mount bracket can be mounted to poles 1.5" – 4" (38.1 mm – 101.6 mm) in diameter using standard machine screws (bolts). Once the pole-mount bracket is attached to the pole, connect the input wire to the wall-mount bracket terminals, and use the included hardware to mate the wall-mount bracket with the pole-mount bracket. Then secure the loudspeaker to the wall-mount bracket.
 

What are the standards for the US steel 4" x 4" junction boxes approved by Bose for use with the FreeSpace DS 16S and 16SE loudspeakers?

Steel City: 52151-1/2 and ¾ EW, 52151-V-1/2 and 3/4, 52151-CV-1/2 and ¾
Raco: 232, 8232, 235, 8235, 237
 

What comes in the box with the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers come with a wall-mount bracket and an installation guide.
 

What accessories are available for the FreeSpace DS16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE are compatible with the following optional accessories:

  • Wall-mount bracket assembly (black): PC 315253-001
  • Wall-mount bracket assembly (white): PC 315253-002
  • Ceiling-mount bracket assembly (black): PC 323206-0110
  • Ceiling-mount bracket assembly (white): PC 323206-0210
  • Pole-mount kit (black): PC 323208-0110
  • Pole-mount kit (white): PC 323208-0210
  • Trim plate kit (black): PC 315266-001
  • Trim plate kit (white): PC 315266-002
  • On-wall junction box (6-pack, black): PC 041865
  • On-wall junction box (6-pack, white): PC 041866
  • In-wall junction box (6-pack, black): PC 041867
  • In-wall junction box (6-pack, white): PC 041868
  • Ceramic terminal and thermal fuse kit: PC 326668-0010

Detailed information about the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family accessories can be found on page two of the FreeSpace DS loudspeaker family comparison guide.

 

What are the connectors on the loudspeakers?

The included wall-mount bracket features a three-terminal barrier strip. These connectors are designed to work with 18 AWG (0.8 mm) to 14 AWG (2.0 mm) size wire only. The loudspeaker has a pre-wired connector that snaps into the bracket base to complete the wiring.

Optional accessories can provide a ceramic connector and a thermal fuse for use when required.
 

What are the available tap settings?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers feature an integrated transformer that allows for 70/100V operation.

  • The tap settings at 70V are: 1W, 2W, 4W, 8W and 16W
  • The tap settings at 100V are: 2W, 4W, 8W and 16W

There is also a bypass setting that allows for 8Ω operation.
 

How do I change the tap setting for the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

Remove the loudspeaker end cap to expose the thumb wheel. Then, simply turn the rotary switch to the desired tap setting. No tools are required. Replace the end cap.
 

What other loudspeakers can I use with the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE are designed to be used on the same loudspeaker line with the flush-mount FreeSpace DS 16F.

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE also share the same voicing, installation methods and contemporary styling as the other loudspeakers in the FreeSpace DS family (DS 40, DS 100). These shared qualities allow different DS loudspeaker models to be used throughout a facility to maintain consistent sound quality and overall appearance.
 

What bass loudspeaker is recommended for projects where extended bass response is needed?

In systems that require extended bass response, the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers can be used with a FreeSpace 3 Acoustimass module. For wall mounting, a FreeSpace 3 Acoustimass module can be used with its surface-mount accessory kit. For ceiling mounting, a FreeSpace 3 Series II Acoustimass module can be flush mounted or pendant mounted using a pendant-mount kit accessory
 

What colors are available for the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

They are available in black or white, and can be painted.
 

What are the construction features of the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE feature a PC/ABS (white) or polypropylene (black) enclosure and a powder-coated steel grille. The DS 16SE features an outdoor weather-rated driver.
 

What is the driver compliment for the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE feature one 2.25" (57 mm) full-range driver. The DS 16SE driver is outdoor weather-rated.
 

Do the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers require active equalization?

No. They can be used without equalization. However, performance can be maximized by using the recommended Bose loudspeaker equalization resident in select Bose electronics, or by using other equipment with parametric equalization. A high-pass filter at 80 Hz is required for general use if the recommended equalization is not used.
 

What Bose electronics can provide the loudspeaker equalization Bose recommends for the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

The loudspeaker equalization Bose recommends for all the FreeSpace DS loudspeakers can be provided by the following Bose electronics:

  • FreeSpace 4400 business music system
  • FreeSpace DXA 2120 digital mixer amplifier
  • ControlSpace systems engineered sound processors
  • Panaray system digital controller II

 

What is the warranty for the FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers?

Bose Professional Systems loudspeakers and electronics are designed to deliver years of superb performance in demanding applications. Detailed information about our product warranty is available on our website.

What standards do FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE loudspeakers meet?

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE have passed extensive testing and comply with the following specifications and uses:

  • Listed to ANSI/UL 1480-2005
  • Fire protective signaling use – UL Category UUMW, File Number S 3241. Control Number 42S9 when installed with a junction box (on-wall or in-wall). Not for use with DC-supervised systems
  • The DS 16SE is suitable for use outdoors in wet locations.
  • The DS 16S is suitable for use indoors in damp locations.
  • Suitable for installation using Class 1, Class 2 or Class 3 wiring methods in accordance with NFPA 70, National Electric Code, 2002, Article 640

The FreeSpace DS 16S and DS 16SE also have been designed to the requirements defined in the following European regulatory specification for combination systems:

  • British Standard Code of Practice BS 5839, Part 8
  • Tested to IEC60268-5