1961 Bookshelf

Welcome to serious stereo listening

Power. Performance. Presence. The 1961 bookshelf reads the room, and responds with phenomenal soundstage capabilities. With your eyes closed, you’d be forgiven for thinking this little beauty was a behemoth. Snuggles up superbly with the Subwoofer 1S.

1961 Bookshelf

Slim design

With 15cm in-depth, the 1961 Bookshelf can be used in multiple installations with its space-saving design. On stand. On-shelf. On-wall. On-ceiling. No limits.

1961 Bookshelf


On-wall? No problem. Use our optional VESA 100 bracket kit for a sleek wall mount option.

1961 Bookshelf


We don’t use cheap pins. All our speakers have magnetic grills with a perfect fit and HDF Premium quality cabinets.

1961 Bookshelf


Quality sound starts with quality drivers. High-performance tweeter in custom waveguide backed up by powerful 5.5″ woofer.

Professional reviews

"At their current price, the 1961 is built to a higher standard than some higher priced speakers that we've tested."

Andrew Robinson

This speaker exceeded my expectations so much that they are a potential product of the year!

Nemo Propaganda

I just really do like the speaker. This is one of the better speakers that I’ve tested in this regard.

Erin’s Audio Corner

Arendal continues to deliver interesting home cinema products, but they play music just as impressively. Even if the speakers in this case are very compact there is still a lot of, and cool sound to hear.


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Technical specifications

28 mm
High Density Fiberboard (HDF)
75-20KHz (+/-3dB)
4-ohm nominal
Grilles. Manual. Rubber pads.
28.7H x 16.3W x 15D cm
4.9 kg
50 hours
Up to 180W RMS

Frequency response

Frequency response does not reflect maximum output but shows its true response in a anechoic chamber. Typically you will see an elevated response in the bass response below 40Hz in room due to room gain, which can add around 6dB pr. octave under 40Hz depending on the size of your room.

Polar response

The charts display frequency response measured at different angles, the sum of which is referred to as power response. Much scientific research has been undertaken on this subject and a linear power response has proven a substantial impact on the overall sound, because the frequency response is more even in all directions. This means an Arendal Sound speaker will be more tolerant of differences in room shape, size, construction and materials.

Impedance response

The impedance charts are electrical measurements of the loudspeaker’s resistance vs frequency.

Product compliance

CE marking is an administrative marking with which the manufacturer or importer affirms its conformity with European health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA).
RoHS is an abbreviation for “Restriction of (the use of certain) Hazardous Substances in electrical and electronic Equipment”. This directive restricts the use of ten hazardous materials in the manufacture of various types of electronic and electrical equipment. It is closely linked with the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) 2002/96/EC which sets collection, recycling and recovery targets for electrical goods and is part of a legislative initiative to solve the problem of huge amounts of toxic electronic waste.