|The Bose 901 Series II Main/ Stereo Speaker is a testimony to the Â“high-fidelityÂ” or Hi-Fi technology that Bose patented in 1968. Bose Speaker systems are engineered to give you unparalleled sound and a concert-hall experience right inside your own home. These Bose stereo speakers are available in two attractive colors - black and brown to match every home decor. The Bose 901 Series 11 Main/Stereo Speaker comes with two speakers, an active equalizer and cables that connect Bose stereo speakers to give you optimum sound. All said Bose Speaker systems are a class apart not only in terms of technology and design, but also the way you hear music.|
|Model||901 Series II|
|Speaker Type||Main / Stereo Speakers|
|Peak Power Handling||400 W|
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these are quite honestly like nothing i have ever heard !and i have heard a few serious systems (mobile and home). the 901 for those who don't know , has 9 - 4.5 inch full range drivers in each cabinet. 8 fire at the wall behind and number 9 plays to the listener from the front .the bass , the quality, and the over all quanity of sound is truly amazing. the drivers being 4.5 inch makes for lightning fast and ultra clean response . now the draw backs , speaker placement is CRITICAL and so is the room as these MUST have a wall or something to reflect the sound as 8 out of 9 drivers are firing out the back of the cabint. also if you enjoy listening to music softley as say your 2 year old snoozes you may want some bookshelf speakers as 901's tend to play louder than you might guess.and finally ,smallfull range speakers all have a similar audio response curve . these types of speakers require equalization mostly up high and downlow bass and treble .901's are no exception this being said if wish to have a hometheater this could be a problem if you intend to use 901's as you front main because of the equalizer curve for them will make your other speakers sound wrong. in conclusion bose 901's are incredible STEREO speakers but they are not the total package for your obvious reasons , but i dont think any system will ever have it all.
I have owned many expensive audiophile level speakers. For some reason I can't seem to get the ambience and 'alive' sound the 901's give me in any other speaker. This has something to do with the reflective property's 901's have. There are speakers in the rear that fire against a wall and the wall reflects the sound and becomes a part of the speaker performance. There is a lot of confusion about this and I believe many buy these speakers and do not set them up properly against a wall or perhaps leave out the essential EQ. Without the Bose 901 EQ these speakers sound COMPLETELY DIFFERENT...terrible in fact. The EQ is essential, and it needs to be the correct series to match the speaker.
That being said, the series I and II are considered by some to be the more accurate sounding version of the speaker since they are acoustically sealed (no port) and come with slightly higher quality cloth surround drivers. Later versions of the 901 are ported which increases the bass response with less amplifier power required. I own both the series V and the series II. I prefer the series II because side by side listening tests at home revealed slightly clearer high's and mid's on the II's. The only drawback is the series I and II requires a little more amplifier power to get the best experience over later versions. But it's not as exaggerated as some make it out to be. These sound great with 50 watts of clean power and just sound better as the watts increase.
If you really want the most out of these speakers, open up the EQ and replace all the capacitors. Put some nice poly caps inside and you will be in for a pleasant treat. Modern electrolytic and poly caps take these speakers to whole different level.
These are the few speakers that really stand the test of time in their design. I would recommend them to anyone.
Bought a pair back in December of 1970 from Hi-Fi Buys in Ann Arbor - we still have them as our main speakers 40 years later. They were the pinnacle of technology in their day. The price for used ones reflect their demand. If you buy used ones, be prepared to re-cone them and make sure you get the paired graphic equalizer. Still wonderful, but you need 100 Watts RMS per channel to drive them properly. Only 50 Watts clips the subsonic frequencies.
I now have 4 Bose 901 Series II speakers. These have the cloth surrounds, so that you don't have to worry about refoaming 9 drivers. This pair I just bought is the classic walnut finish with the wood front. These are classics. The sound is amazing, but you have to have an equalizer. Best is to use the little equalizer that comes with them. To me, these speakers are great size wise, and they put out sound for their size like no others. Make sure your listening room is set up to get the benefit of direct reflection and place them carefully. You can get the user manual which tells how to place them.
These speakers have great separation and tonal qualities sought after by the trained ear. I am a drummer so these are a great asset to my practice. I don't push these too hard due to their age but can adjust them to a very comfortable and full sound. A great listening experience awaits me each time I play my favorite music.