Summary: These speakers love power, the more the better. I drive them with two Parasound A21 rigged as monoblocks, 750 watts each. If you can afford the amp power, you will be rewarded with outstanding sound. Go by the book as far as placement, but experiment, use your imagination, there are other options depending on your room dimensions.
Summary: I recently purchased a pair of Bose 901s and use them with a Harmon Kardon 3490, Audio Technica Record Player and an Apple Airport Express. The set up was very simple, and the sound has been simply marvelous. I don't have a particularly acoustic room, and the back of the speakers actually face glass. Even so, the music is truly beautiful - especially so when you listen to classical music or jazz. I would strongly recommend these speakers!
Summary: I bought a pair of 901s back in the late 70s. I had the perfect room configuration for them (rectangular, with hard surfaces except for carpeted floor), and I suspended them from the ceiling. They were, without a doubt, the best sounding speakers I have ever owned. Those who have seen the movie classic "2001, A Space Odyssey" will remember the score from Richard Strauss' "Also Sprach Zarathustra".
Summary: I may have to get a new pair again. A couple helpful tips to mention from an electronics standpoint that would help clear up some of the voodoo about the 901s: Yes, they love power, and for best results give it to them. These things have 9 decent sized magnet/armature structures per speaker.
Summary: These speakers are not functional with todays home entertainment systems (5,7 or more channel amplifiers). There are only maybe a couple of amplifiers you can buy at extreme costs that you can play these speakers through as most amplifiers do not have the right connection for the Bose 901 set up. In other words you can only use a STEREO 2 channel system with these speakers and even there you have to have the right kind of amplifier to play them.
Bose 901 Direct/Reflecting speaker system- black ash
charles brobbey, Amazon
18 January 2013
Summary: product received in good condition. I am happy with how it works. chances of recommending this product to family and friends is 100%. first row electronics also did a good job with the entire process and i'm satisfied with their conduct and thumbs up to you all