Thanks for posting the link to the article from the European hi-fi magazine, Dadox. Very interesting. I always enjoy finding historical writings on my favorite classic audio designs, especially the Bose 901 and the Klipsch Heritage line.
In fact, trawling the internet for Bose-related stuff is how I originally got sucked into the life-draining experience of defending my Bose 901's to the Bose-haters who inhabit this forum. It was a thread much like this one started out being. Some poor unsuspecting soul landed on this forum thinking he's going to get some help with a question regarding his Bose speakers and BAM...he gets informed by the audio cognescenti here that all things Bose are horrible and that they, the OP's, are either poor ignorant lost lambs or total idiots for having any of their products....or words to that effect. So, being the internet-traveling Prince Galahad I am, I naturally plunge into battle for the sacred honor of my beloved 901's.
Did someone just say "beloved 901's"? Why yes, I believe they did! And it seems to have been little old me. Why would I say that about something that is the object of so much derision and ridicule by the all-knowing, all-seeing "experts" who troll these parts? Well, I'll tell ya.
The Bose 901 gave me my man-cave back. Everything I had tried in it previously sounded unsatisfactory at best. After finally attaining what was supposed to be my life-long speakers (klipschorns) and a dedicated room for them I was distressed to discover they just didn't sound very good in my purpose-built music room. Major downer, indeed. So I tried B&W 703's...and subs. Better but no go. Still lifeless sound and lumpy, weak bass.
I finally gave up on the room and moved the 703's to the family room, where they sounded very good. But the family room was...the familys' room, so I longed for my comfy old music room / man cave. after a few years of trying to find happiness with a long succession of different speakers in the family room (the B&W's, Mo-Fi's, Energys, Polks, klipsch la scala II's and RBH's, I decided to try my old friends, the 901's in the music room. Voila! Bingo!! Golly Gee!!! They sounded wonderful in that troublesome acoustic. That was four years ago. I've been off the loudspeaker merry-go-round ever since.
Now why should that be? Am I inexperienced with audio, after owning Advents, ESS amt-1b's, Klipsch Cornwalls, Amrita Reference Standards, K-horns, and then the long procession of speakers already mentioned? The facts would tend to say that I'm not .
Do I not know what live music sounds like? Well, I don't go to a lot of concerts anymore, but I've been to a number over my lifetime. Ronstadt, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, Macca, The Doobies, The Daredevils, Elton John, The Dirt Band, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, etc. (Yes, I'm a relic from the 70's.) And I continue to hear good live music occasionally, and when I do I always think about what I'm hearing. I really do. I listen to live music as an audiophile and I use the experience in judging the quality of reproduced sound. Live is the only valid "measurement tool" as far as I'm concerned. Measurements may be have their place in designing speakers and concert halls, but how something sounds to my ears, in my room, with my music is all that matters to me when it comes time to buy speakers and or set them up. I measure too, but it's just a tool. The ears are the final judge.
I know I'm rehashing some ground here, but sometimes you have to keep working the ground over and over in different directions to get the seedbed just right so the seed can sprout and grow. So that's what I'm doing. Maybe some will grow in the barren ground of the AVS forums.
To the heart of the matter... Believe it or not, some people, even experienced audiophiles / music lovers really do love Bose 901's! Even though we know it's not the audiophile-approved thing to do...or at least to admit to doing. We love them because of the way they sound and the way that sound makes us feel. Cheap parts? I don't care. If Amar Bose can get this kind of performance with cheap parts, then bless his heart for doing so. It only makes the performance all the more amazing, and an amazing testament to his engineering brilliance. If you don't like the sound, who cares? There's lots of other speakers out there for you to pick from. Just don't knock mine. Is that too much to ask?