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The people posting knee-jerk Bose bashing need to step back. We all understand how Bose operates today, but they didn't start out as an expensive-junk marketing firm. There was some valid psychoacoustic research and innovative engineering behind the 901 series. These were speakers that set out to accomplish a specific thing -- provide full-range high-fidelity sound from a system that would use the room boundaries to replicate the effect of a concert hall, where the majority of the sound reaching the listener is reflected -- in a single pair of relatively compact enclosures.
That may not be anyone's goal today -- surround technology has supplanted this approach, for one thing -- but the premise was valid, the science was solid, and the speakers sounded very good in the right room. They weren't for playing rock music in a near-field situation, but playing acoustic music from classical to jazz in a medium or medium-large room that was itself fairly dry acoustically, they could be very impressive.
Bose has long since transformed into a different company with different values. But the 901 -- at least the originals that I remember from the late 70s -- was a desirable speaker for many people, and was well-respected among many audiophiles. I didn't buy them myself -- I was on a budget and bought Advents -- but I can't say I didn't covet them from time to time.
And yes, I don't remember ever even seeing a receiver or integrated amp that didn't have a tape loop at that time. It was as basic a feature as a volume control.
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