Summary: my belief is that the whole deal with this enduring design is the lack of a crossover network, which eliminates the blurring of sound which can occur in the most critical part of the audio spectrum, the midrange. its that simple. yes, the eq adds phase problems, but the lack of a crossover is a first order effect, relative to the more subtle effect of the skewed phase relationships caused by the equalization. there, i said it...
Summary: In 1988, I sold my Bose® 501 speakers in order to help purchase a pair of Bose® 901 Direct/Reflecting® speakers at Ollie Fretter's in Troy, MI. I got them on sale for $1,100.00 and the salesman said that if I bought them that day, he would also throw in the pedestals--how could I refuse? This was in 1988, so back then I was paying quite a premium price.
Summary: Pros:Are capable of great bass and OK treble when powered with the right equipment.Can handle lots of power. Tough and long lasting. Cons:Material components need to be upgraded to be legit for the 21st century - I mean paper cones - Come on!That's so old tech. Still inefficient. Need the right equipment to bring out the best. I originally purchased a pair of 901 series II in college and had an underpowered amp (40 watts RMS per channel). They killed the amp quickly.
Summary: one of the best speakers i have brought have them for over 9YEARS sound is full detail mirange is excellent gives you a wide dispersion sound highs are not brittle bassextension is tight bass not muddy this speaker puts you in the middle of a concert where you can actually pinpoint instruments warm sound best investment would never trade nor sell them thank you dr amar bose for a excellent product
This Just In...the 901VIs love Rap, Electronica and R&B!
20 December 2011
Summary: The 901vi speakers are subwoofers with good vocal characteristics. I wish for more vibrant highs (tweeters) and a better stereo image. I was skeptical about the low octaves and BAAAMMMMM, I saw my heavy remote falling to the floor from the sofa. I am serious about calling these units subwoofers, they don't create any chuffing sounds from the ports. I know that the adcom 565 monoblocks that I have powering them are NO JOKE too..
Summary: With my DSP 1 Yamaha amp the 901s are my mains with their own equalizer. Then I have various other Bose speakers as my upper mains, a Polk 12 sub in front. Four Bose 161s as my surrounds. Of interest I placed a passive Bose Accoustimass under my coffee table and powered it with the leads heading to my rear surrounds. So I have two subs, one powered front and one passive mid room. My upper fronts are Bose cubes. My center is a Bose VCS-10. That all takes a lot of power!
Summary: Hello World, What can I say about these but they LOVE Big Power!!! I feel alot of negative reviews are created by lack of power. Really great highs and deep bottom(i turn my sub down wth 901's) the mids are also very good and wiiiide. Room size and wall placement does have alot to do with how 901 sounds, I will agree with that. If you have a huge room with limited wall height then these may not deliver. What am I comparing the 901 to?
Summary: I owned 901 Series IV's in the 70's. Between then and 2009 I've owned more loudspeakers than I care to admit, including klipschorns and B&W 703's. I'm not saying my 901 VI's are better than those speakers in any objective way, but in my 16x18.5x8.67' room, yes they definitely are better to my ears. No comparison, really. Where the others sounded dead and lifeless, the 901's sound like live music.
Purchased my first set in 1976...Still rockin after all these years
D. Wilkirson "Gadget Freak", Amazon
23 October 2011
Summary: I normally don't write reviews but I thought I would in this case. Back in 1976, after graduating high school, I decided to buy some decent stereo equipment. I saved my money and bought a Pioneer SX-1250 (200 watts per channel solid state receiver), a Bang and Olufsen turntable (forget the model) and a pair of Bose 901s. The speakers cost about $750 back then with the equalizer (Pacific Stereo Dallas Texas).