Summary: These are good speakers. No doubt. But way overpriced and over rated. Sorry Dr. Bose. I've owned Bose products and yes they are good, just over priced. For the money, you can do alot better and save some $$$. Just do a little homework.
Summary: The 901 always seems to generate interesting comments. Occasionally some of them reveal the writers as wrong on facts which casts doubt on their more subjective conclusions. The reviewer below believes the 901's have spring connectors and that is just factually wrong. I actually wish mine did have spring connectors. Its not easy getting to the heavy duty thumbscrews on the bottoms of these speakers. But they are definitely not, repeat NOT spring connectors.
Summary: Let me begin with three things, that have any relevance in a review. 1. The ‘biological condition’ of the reviewer’s ears. I think we’d all agree we each have different hearing abilities, based on biological and genetic conditions. Where one person’s hearing may be more attenuated because of such factors, another’s may actually be damaged from childhood diseases, or decibel overpressure. 2. The ‘training’ of a reviewer’s ears. Nothing beats experience.
Summary: Still not bored with them yet. I've had my 901's for about... seven or eight years and they're still my babies. I have the shiney black one's by the way, I'm special. It is true that these speakers crave wattage, I couldn't beleive what difference it made going from 100 watts to 250. It's true that these spekers don't put out the powerful bass that you would expect for what you pay, but what would you expect from a full-range speaker.
Summary: Wow. Is there any other audio product out there that gets such extreme reviews? I can only bet that someone that is reading this is waiting to see if I am a Bose basher or praiser. I am neither, but please believe me when I say I have over 30 years of audio listening experience with everything that could be considered high end or mid or low end. The facts are the facts. One man's listening pleasure is another man's displeasure.
Summary: I have these speakers more than 3 years.In first time i used them with SONY STR-DA 1000 ES receiver ,and there sound good at low and midium levels. I was not satisfied and last year i bought old ROTEL RB-5000 , 500wpc power amplifier and result is amazing. Now there play loud and clear at any listening level. Now i have enough bass and power without subwoofer.
Summary: Another perspective: I am absolutely fed-up with the adolescent rubbish that some would-be buyers have to wade through! Personally, whenit comes to audio, I'm not interested in anything but highest quality music reproduction - as a professional, and classically trained musician, this is mandatory for me. I've owned literally 100's of pieces of audio gear, some extremely expensive and esoteric examples.
Summary: Great speakers, must have room to properly locate them. Download the manual (.pdf) from the Bose home page and review requirement prior to purchasing. Follow the manufacturer's suggestions and Bose 901s rule!
Summary: I have always been into audio, from my early teens when the Zenith Alegro was cool. Then graduated to a pioneer receiver with HPM speakers. Then Onkyo receiver, etc. etc. When I was in the military in Okinawa in the late 70's early 80's I dumped a bunch of $ on a stereo. I went full bore with a Yamaha m-2 amp, Akai reel to reel, Nakamichi cassette deck, Yamaha m-4 preamp, ADC equalizer and spent litteraly thousands and had a high end system.
Summary: I've owned a set of 901 IVs for nearly two decades, connected to classic Marantz audio gear. Phenomenal sound repro, that never ever gives up on clarity and definition in the music reproduced. Great engineering, and in my opinion, for what you get in a product, great value. Thanks very much to Dr Anwar Bose!!! K.J.