901's are good club/party speakers they can be fine for listening also in the fact that you don't have to sit in "the chair" (exact sweet spot if you will)
they present a unique distributed sound stage (they call it sound everywhere) not an altogether inaccurate description due to their direct /reflecting nature.
Not the most critically accurate speaker with pinpoint imaging, highs are rolled off as compared to some other speakers but overall a balanced not unpleasant sound . bass is decent not not like a sub . if you are doing loud Rapp/Hip Hop ,Dub step or eletronica an powered sub couldn't hurt
Feed them some healthy 250-300 wpc power ( more for older series I.II and III models) theIV and up are newer designs also more efficient I would go that route ,they can go beyond stupid loud
and not break up . They were "the" disco/nightclub speaker in the 70's and 80's
frequently 2 pairs or more paired with beefy amps like phase linear 700b or some beefy Crown amps or something similar .
should be fine for your size room bose has placement instructions for the 901's at the website another alternative are the Bose 801's the pro version of the 901's with a beefy pro amp maybe an inexpensive Crown or QSC model ,you could and probably should use those with with either speaker
.for best results. They use to suspend them from the ceilings near the corners in a lot of clubs it was actually somewhat pretty effective for clubs,sounded good and did not take up floor space. good if that is your primary use for that room ,otherwise I would follow the Bose instructions they can be picky about placement for best results.
An inexpensive Crown XLS 1000
or XLS 1500
or QSC GX3
pro amp will work fine they all have line level rca jacks so can plug your dock into them.
they are all in the ~$300.00 -$350.00 price bracket new. XLS 1000 is $299.00 now They can be found at Amazon, Sweetwater,ZZ Sounds, Musicians Friends ,Guitar Center ,etc. (look for one on sale) but those or similar can be found used on on Paybey all day again as with the speakers buy as new as you can if buying used. . you would ofc connect the bose equalizer ahead of the amplifier (between your dock or other line level source ) and the pro amp.
here are some Crown XLS specs how many home amps can double down like that!
lots of folks on the various forums have either never heard 901's set up right and given adequate power (not a AVR surround receiver ) or owned them either and lump them in with the small cube speakers (hardly the same thing and even those aren't that bad for movies and TV ).
.and like to pile on a flame war about which they know nothing . I've owned them and realizing their limitations and their strong points I had no complaints at all actually they can be a quite fun speaker to own if you have the space and like your music loud they can do that better than most.Be aware that used ones that are 10+ years old may need the 18 drivers re foame
d the kits are not expensive but it is a labor intensive very tedious job so buy as new as you can when buying used. make sure you have the correct Bose Equalizer
with them and use it.
You would connect the Bose equalizer ahead of the amplifier (between your dock or other line level source ) and the pro amp.
Series VI active equalizer is designed for specific use with
Bose 901 Series VI speakers. It may also be used with 901 Series V speakers.
WARNING: Bose 901 Series I, II, III, or IV speakers require a substantially
different equalization. The 901 Series VI active equalizer must not be used with
Series I – IV speakers. For additional information on the active equalizer, please
contact Bose Service.
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