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).
Summary: I have a pair of Bose 901 Series VI speakers that I purchased new, direct from Bose, in the fall of '09. I power them with a 200W/channel Adcom amplifier. They are suspended 18" from the ceiling in my 16' x 18.5' basement man-cave. The ceiling height is 8.67'. The speakers are 18" out from the front wall and about 37" in from each sidewall. The Bose equalizer is connected to the tape monitor loop of my NAD pre-amp.
Summary: I have owned these speakers in the "black finish" for a few months now and I am rather pleased with them. The speakers are very pleasing to the eyes as well as the ears. Although these speakers offer stunning clarity and vivid reproduction of live sound, there are some tips I would offer any future buyers: 1) These guys are power hungry!!
Summary: Tried out a pair for almost a month and purchased a great HK 120 watt receiver to power them. I RETURNED THEM TODAY. I only listened to music from my iPod and some of it sounded really fantastic (vocal driven pop like Adele, Ben Folds; classical; choral). Unfortunately some of it sounded muffled and just plain bad (guitar driven rock like Muse, Foo Fighters seemed to be the worst).
Summary: I have owned my 901's for 3 yrs and these are the best sounding speakers i have ever heard. The 901 is very unconventional in design which compliments it's unbeatable sound charactaristics. While other brands use supposedly high quality materials, Bose uses materials that are totally different, as when Bose was founded in 1968 the Brand has been dedicated to being the most innovative and above all un - mainstream brand out there.
Summary: As a music major in college I bought my first pair of 901s. I have had three different series and own a pair today that I was sent by Bose for free around 20 years ago. They are marvelous. Bose sent me the free speakers because the cone on a previous pair went bad after only five years. I was obviously suprised that they were so generous.
Summary: I purchased these speakers because I've owned a set before. I belive that Bose makes the best speakers, I've owned sony, cevean veage samsung, but Bose has the best sound quaitly. If you haven't owned a set of Bose 901's you don't know what you are missing. I would highly recomed them any Bose products new or used.
Summary: I bought my Series V 901's in 1988 and they are still as good as new. I expect them to outlast me. Once they are properly set up (equalizer connected to the receiver's tape monitor circuit is very important or they will sound terrible) and installed in a manner consistent with Bose's recommendations, they will outperform anything (at least anything I have ever heard except a live symphony orchestra).
Summary: I own two pairs of 901's series 6 currently and owned a third generation pair years ago. Best investment in sound possible. Simply put, if you don't like them you can sell them for what you paid easily just on their name alone. As for the sound, when placed properly, they will crank out base like no tomorrow. The mids are warm and the highs soft but clear.