Summary: Lately i bought a pair of Bose 301 Mk2 in perfect condition. I must say that my Studiocraft 220 (manufactured by bose as well) sound better than the 301's particularly in the upper frequency range.
Summary: this was not good speaker spent almost five hundred dollars on these speakers and they were not a good value. They give good mid range yet otherwise worth less. Went on to put these as side surround speakers and up graded quickly to a pair of sony speakers I got off e bay for 40 dollars much better...
Summary: When I'm hosting a party - trust me these speakers are working !! You can push 301 speakers in a house party and the sound is great. Your walls will feel it !! Placement is key because this is how these speakers were designed to operate.The best thing about bookshelves - they take up minimal space...
Summary: fyi...these are the 2010 model. I guess I am another one of those guys who never really paid attention to the bose products. My father purchased the acoustimas 10 system around 1 year ago and was very happy with it. I thought it sounded 'ok' for a small system, but was not overly impressed.
Summary: Many high brow audiophiles turn up their nose at Bose speakers. They like to quote specs, complain that Bose speakers are lacking in brilliance, tonal quality and, "the sound color in the speakers". To the non-audiophile, sound color is BAD.
Summary: Back when I was on a budget - 1987 or so - I purchased these speakers - paired with the best reciever I could afford at the time. My DG Berlin Philharmonic with Karajan conducting Holst or Beethoven sounded amazing, as did well produced pop fare like Crowded House.
Summary: I bought my pair of bose 301´s back in 1976 together with a HK 330B and a Thoréns record player. I was one of the first who bought them in Sweden. The HK has done it so now I'm looking for a new amp for my speakers. I'll never get rid of them. Need I say more??