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Old 12th December 2004, 04:57 PM   #11
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I think the 901's are pretty cool. I first heard them in the early '70's and they sounded very impressive. Big sound, really big sound playing a quadraphonic (!) recording. Sounded better than my Advents!

I rebuilt a set for a friend because I didn't want to see them go to waste. As it turns out it was a waste. He mounted them in the corners of a room near a nine foot ceiling and runs them on 22 Ga. clear zip cord. They might as well be in a closet.

As for they're current offerings, they're OK considering that half the price is the advertising. And a couple three hundred bucks for a Wave Radio.... you bet it's a "miracle". It certainly is unbelievable.
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Old 12th December 2004, 05:03 PM   #12
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If you're a wannabe audiophile as your profile states you have to lose any notion that bose products sound good. As soon as that happens you can move on to the real deal.
by (my) definition, an audiophile is someone who searches to find audio equipment he likes the sound of. If this guy likes his 901's, then that means he's a successful audiophile, not a wannabe.

While I dislike almost everything else ever created by Bose, the 901's are a good set of speakers. I helped a friend refoam his - old foam surrounds don't take so kindly to loud party music being played on them - and once we were done, we were impressed. They sound great.
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Old 12th December 2004, 10:56 PM   #13
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You may or may not need refoaming but in any event the 901 does not have the requisite frequency extension required for LF effects of home theater. Get a sub.
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Old 13th December 2004, 12:35 AM   #14
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Get two subs, bi-amplify, lose the 901's and get a decent pair of satellites.

Regarding the disposal of the 901's, I'll furnish the matches and lighter fluid.
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Old 13th December 2004, 02:12 AM   #15
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Now come on Bill you know you don't need fluid...

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Old 13th December 2004, 02:23 AM   #16
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Come on guys, ease up on the Bose. They didn't do anything to did they? And, I do enjoy looking at the 901s...every now and then firing up my Dad's pair.

But, Bose is expensive and if you have the will and want to build your own speakers then build your own speakers. I will never buy a pair of Bose or, any commercial speakers for that mather, for myself.

I recently purchased Bose's New Wave Music system...I know, I know, but the expression on my parents' faces is soooo worth it!

Plus, they're probably tired of seeing all of my half-done projects laying around the house, so I'll give them their xmas present for the next four years (until I"m done University).

Anyway, of to finish up the Transmission Line blue prints.
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Old 13th December 2004, 07:45 AM   #17
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The trick with 901s is to hook up the post-amplifier equalizer but keep the faders at parity. That way, they actually sound good and keeps most of the clips off the drivers. As much as I don't like any of the systems being sold at the local Bose mall outlet, my friend's 901s do excellent party duty with Bryston 7Bs. They are plenty loud and I've never noticed them clipping. You can literally hear the house up the block with all the windows closed!

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Old 13th December 2004, 05:47 PM   #18
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Oh yeah, your drivers definitely have foam rot. Carefully pry the rear cover off. Don't worry, they just have 2-way sticky tabs holding the thing (I think there are 8 in total holding it to the 901). Getting the foam done professionally will help you out big time...It takes a lot of time to do 18 drivers!

Just remember what kind of sound you could begin to build with $100 US...beautiful 3.5-way TL with 4" open back mid and tweet on an Open baffle.....*drules.
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Old 13th December 2004, 09:55 PM   #19
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Come on guys, ease up on the Bose. They didn't do anything to did they?
Um...I think you're getting the point.

Let's face it the 901's were really cool when you were a kid, weren't they?

So was your first car. Probably something you wouldn't be caught dead in now.

Time to move on. There are certainly better ways of converting electrical energy into sound.

A dentist's drill comes to mind.

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Old 13th December 2004, 10:19 PM   #20
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901's should be understood in the context of the world as it existed when the first came on the scene. I clearly remember that nearly any other speaker you listened to was very localized. It was very obvious that virtually all the sound was comming right out of a pair of boxes in the livingroom. Little or no imaging and no sense of "surround". I'm talking AR, Advent,KLH etc -- not K-mart or Radio shack. There were a handful of exceptions but they were rare and expensive (even comparred to 901's).

The 901's when located properly made the box disappear. More than a little impressive at the time. If I have a gripe about 901's today it is mainly that there are better ways to attack the problem and Bose is mostly living on past glory.
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