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TONEAudio reviews the Bose 901

post #1 of 24
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http://www.tonepublications.com/revi...-the-bose-901/

"The Bose 901s are equally highly musical and easy to listen to for hours without fatigue, characteristics many other speakers fail to deliver. Indeed, my audiophile buddies that I bribed into my listening room with IPAs are still shocked at just how good the 901s sound. As my wife likes to say, What if Bigfoot is really a nice guy? Consider this myth busted.

To make this conclusion as perfectly clear as possible and stave off any confusion: A handful of speakers in the $1,400 range reproduce music more accurately than the Bose 901. Butand like Pee Wee Herman likes to say, Everyone has a big butthe 901 gets the essence of the music right. The crossoverless design does a fantastic job with pace, which is what always draws me to single-driver and full-range electrostatic designs.

The ease with which it yields solid results makes the Bose 901 very attractive to both the normal music lover and budding audiophile. Mix the Bose 901s, a $150 vintage receiver, and an iPod, and you've created a rocking system. Add a better source and substitute a great tube integrated, and you'll be shocked at how musicality of the combination.

Yes, every speaker design involves compromise. Considering that this model is aimed more at the mass market than the audiophile, the 901s possess more than enough virtue to be considered an excellent value. They are certainly one of the most fun speakers I've had the pleasure to hear. Isn't that what this is all supposed to be about?"
post #2 of 24
This looks like an advertisement to me; is this the advertising area?



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Originally Posted by cvictorg View Post

http://www.tonepublications.com/revi...-the-bose-901/

"The Bose 901s are equally highly musical and easy to listen to for hours without fatigue, characteristics many other speakers fail to deliver. Indeed, my audiophile buddies that I bribed into my listening room with IPAs are still shocked at just how good the 901s sound. As my wife likes to say, What if Bigfoot is really a nice guy? Consider this myth busted.

To make this conclusion as perfectly clear as possible and stave off any confusion: A handful of speakers in the $1,400 range reproduce music more accurately than the Bose 901. Butand like Pee Wee Herman likes to say, Everyone has a big butthe 901 gets the essence of the music right. The crossoverless design does a fantastic job with pace, which is what always draws me to single-driver and full-range electrostatic designs.

The ease with which it yields solid results makes the Bose 901 very attractive to both the normal music lover and budding audiophile. Mix the Bose 901s, a $150 vintage receiver, and an iPod, and you've created a rocking system. Add a better source and substitute a great tube integrated, and you'll be shocked at how musicality of the combination.

Yes, every speaker design involves compromise. Considering that this model is aimed more at the mass market than the audiophile, the 901s possess more than enough virtue to be considered an excellent value. They are certainly one of the most fun speakers I've had the pleasure to hear. Isn't that what this is all supposed to be about?"
post #3 of 24
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

This looks like an advertisement to me; is this the advertising area?

I just thought it interesting that with all of the Bose bashing going on a fairly well respected magazine gave it an honest review
post #4 of 24
For $1400 I think I could find a pair of bookshelf speakers that will sound better.
post #5 of 24
Pretty sure when it says a handful of speakers for the same money reproduce music more accurately.. That's not a strong selling point..
post #6 of 24
Bose bashing.. why do you think that is?

Any company that has to "sell" there product rather than it being sold through word of mouth,
obviously is spending money on advertisement, rather than "research".

When was the last time you saw a Seaton, Geddes, Epik, Paradigm, Salk, commercial? Or a kiosk in a mass market electronics store?

You won't, cause these company's actually spend money on research, and development rather than advertising.

They are all highly successful businesses that sell to people that appreciates the difference between mass market speakers, and True reproduction of source signal, be it music, or movies..
post #7 of 24
I am shocked there were no measurements taken and published for the readers
post #8 of 24
Lmao, measurements? not in a BLOWS review.
post #9 of 24
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Originally Posted by commsysman View Post

This looks like an advertisement to me; is this the advertising area?

Dude, you are so hilarious.
post #10 of 24
Anyone going to buy a pair? Listen for 30 Days then send back?

I am going to buy a pair & hook up to a big power amp, i.e. 2 X Emotiva XP-1 Monobloc, and give it a test drive.
post #11 of 24
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Originally Posted by cvictorg View Post

a fairly well respected magazine

Not any more.
post #12 of 24
C'mon guys. Bose hatred around here sometimes just gets silly. And at times, Mea Culpa.

The 901s are probably the only Bose speaker in the product catalog that actually delivers on what it promises. A wide soundfield that is purposely reflective for those who actually want and like that approach. Not everyone pursues music reproduction as we do or would even like to. Let them be happy with what they hear with their ears just as you would wish them to do the same for you.

Now, if they should come sniffing around trying to convince others of the goodness or (gasp) superiority of their audio compared to the competition, then "Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war."

Actually, oOOBillOOo's test findings should be the source of some truly spectacular Bose bashing fun.
post #13 of 24
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Originally Posted by ClarkeBar View Post

C'mon guys. Bose hatred around here sometimes just gets silly. And at times, Mea Culpa.

The 901s are probably the only Bose speaker in the product catalog that actually delivers on what it promises..

That's not the problem. It's charging what they do for a box that contains nine $20 drivers that is. Amar Bose didn't become a billionaire by cutting profit margins to the bone, and those full page ads in virtually every Sunday paper magazine section and periodical in print aren't donated space. If they sold for half what they do then they'd be worth considering.
post #14 of 24
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Originally Posted by khankewycz View Post

Pretty sure when it says a handful of speakers for the same money reproduce music more accurately.. That's not a strong selling point..

I guess that is where most of our differences lie.

Accuracy does not necessarily equate to a pleasant experience.

This is like a Subaru driver calling out people who drive a Toyota Camry. A Subaru offers a more direct, more accurate road feel, the Camry does not. But that is how they have been intentionally designed. It was not a mistake. There are customers for both variety...but guess which is the consumer favorite?


Oh, BTW, I love a Subaru/Mazda over a Camry. Guess where does that put me.
post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by Audiophile34 View Post

Bose bashing.. why do you think that is?

Any company that has to "sell" there product rather than it being sold through word of mouth,
obviously is spending money on advertisement, rather than "research".

..


What a man of principals. Quality should sell by itself. There is no need for advertisements. Right.

I guess you are also the one who does not donate for the "Advertisement" of your political leaders campaigns or does not believe in buying products that advertise on TV or billboards or newspapers ads.

Research....ah..hah....I bet exotic materials like titanium drivers, mineral filled plastic, tweeters made out of "unobtanium" give you an orgasm for sure.
post #16 of 24
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Originally Posted by Bill Fitzmaurice View Post

That's not the problem. It's charging what they do for a box that contains nine $20 drivers that is.

You forgot to say "nine $20 paper drivers." (lol) At least I'm assuming that's what they are still using. I had a pair of early 80s Bose 601s that my brother gave me after they were about 8 years old. Cheap, cheap drivers. Wooofer surrounds didn't last too long, either.
post #17 of 24
But more than the Bose, this is what made me ROFL

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Stepping up the cable quality from standard Radio Shack 16-gauge wire also pays dividends in upper-midrange clarity and high-frequency extension—both priorities. Swapping the 16-gauge wire for a $199 pair of AudioQuest Rocket 33 speaker cables, and the supplied RCA patch cords for two pairs of $39 AudioQuest Copperhead interconnects, brings greater focus to the overall presentation.
post #18 of 24
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Originally Posted by chikoo View Post

But more than the Bose, this is what made me ROFL

Now THAT is funny. Yeah, it's the cables, man.
post #19 of 24
I don't trust any positive Bose reviews ever since Bose started using lawyers to strong-arm magazines and websites if they happen to give a negative review to a Bose product. Anytime I see a positive or neutral review of a Bose product, it makes me think they were too scared to be honest.
post #20 of 24
Oh my... here we go again!
post #21 of 24
It's April 1st.
post #22 of 24
When it comes to a thread that mentions Bose... it's always April 1st.
post #23 of 24
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Originally Posted by cel4145 View Post

You forgot to say "nine $20 paper drivers." (lol) At least I'm assuming that's what they are still using. I had a pair of early 80s Bose 601s that my brother gave me after they were about 8 years old. Cheap, cheap drivers. Wooofer surrounds didn't last too long, either.

There are some FINE and very expensive speakers that use paper drivers. Nothing wrong with them if they are properly made and utilized.
post #24 of 24
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Originally Posted by oOOBillO0o View Post

Anyone going to buy a pair? Listen for 30 Days then send back?


I am going to buy a pair & hook up to a big power amp, i.e. 2 X Emotiva XP-1 Monobloc, and give it a test drive.

I still want to hear if anyone has purchased a pair for the 30 day trial. I plan on purchasing them in the fall, when I have time, to take the challenge.
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