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Bose 901

Just curious, does anyone know if the new speakers are Mark XI or Mark XII?

 

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Whats the frequency Kenneth
jackfish wrote:

Why bother? Magnepan MG12s are less money, sound much better, will take less power to sound good, and will provide back wave concert-hall like sound as well.

MG12's only go down to 50Hz. 901s with a good amp will give you 25Hz. The Maggies have better treble but not by much. Bose doesnt give specs because it all depends on what you have driving them. GIGO.

A whimpy amp will kill all joy quickly with 901s

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901s with a good amp will give you 25Hz.

Yeah, 25Hz of significant distortion. The 4.5" Bose 901 driver has an Fs of around 80 Hz that with massive amounts of EQ and power only provide unsatisfying distortion.

Magnepan MMGs and a Rythmik sub has to sound better than Bose 901s. I've heard various implementations of the Bose 901 over 40 years and they just don't cut it for me. Others obviously don't agree with my assessment.

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Specs

Bose doesn't give specs because they don't care what they are. They feel the Bose name is all they need. For those not in the know no specs is sufficient. For those in the know it's not sufficient.

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 I was looking on another

 I was looking on another forum and someone put wood glue on their 901's paper cones and said it made them sound a lot better.
http://www.avguide.com/forums/new-break-through-bose-901-owners-wow

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Wood glue?

Well, I suppose it could be an improvement. Almost anything you do to them would be. 

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That reminds me . . .

of how to best cook a gar fish. You scale and gut the fish, then you nail it's head on a board cut to fit. You salt and pepper the fish, then cook in a 350 degree oven for 20 minutes. You carefully remove the fish, pull out the nail, take the fish off the board, and serve the board.

 

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Bose

No Highs No Lows....Must be Bose!

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901 made my father remove one window.

back in 1990 my father force to remove one window from our drawing room, to get a good sound. but he didnt achive that. still i didnt get why 901 need eqilizer? connecting them would be sueisidal, what rca bose recomend for the equilizer? transparent ref?? what about the equilizer power supply ac power cord. i was lost back in 1990 when my father remove the window, now i am also lost once again to figure out the 901 conection/hook up. can anyone drive 901 without a pree amp??

thanks for your valuable comment,

now playing mbl1621A-bricastiM1-No326s-mbl9007-polkaudioTSI500-wireworld,transparent-cardas-purepower+3000. cant let bose take over my system....in my dream.

 

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The 901 series is easily

The 901 series is easily Bose's bread and butter. Next, would be their Wave Radio.

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jdmccall56 wrote:
jdmccall56 wrote:

In my basement man-cave, which admittedly has been a difficult room to get satisfactory sound in, I have had klipschorns and B&W 703's.  My 901's blow them both right out of the room.  Not even close.  I also have a pair of RBH MC6CT's in the adjoining family room, which happens to be an easy room to get good sound in.  Although I haven't A/B'd the speakers directly against each other in the same room, when I listen to the RBH speakers (Onkyo A9555 amp and DX7555 CD player) in the family room, and then immediately listen to the same music in the man-cave on the 901's (Adcom GFA-5500 amp, NAD C165 pre, Pioneer Elite DV47 DVD player), the Bose rig makes the RBH sound like a good boom box.  The 901's simply sound more like live music and less like hi-fi.  Music sounds life-sized and packs a visceral wallop most affordable systems lack.  And the bass is nothing short of amazing, particularly in light of the 901's relatively small size and price.  This experience is why I get so tired of all the Bose-bashing.  I'm not saying they make the best speakers in the world, but if you want life-like sound, not necessarily studio monitor sound, and you prefer smaller, affordable speakers, Bose is hard to beat, imo.

I also have an opinion about why you don't see much pro-Bose talk on the internet forums, too.  This thread, for example.  The OP just asked about a new version of the 901, and it immediately turned into a Bose-bashing festival.  I think most of us soon learn to keep our heads down.  Me, I'm just a glutton for punishment.

 

I agree these 901's do sound very life-like.

I done some changes to my 901's since I first got them awhile back. I did do the glue tweak on the speaker cones and I also did the wood stain tweak on the speaker cones too.

I started by taking some very fine sandpaper and going round all the paper cones so the Elmer's carpenter wood glue would stick to the paper cones a lot better. I put very thin coat of glue around each paper cone with a very small art brush. You have to be very careful not get any glue on the cloth surrounds and the plastic dust caps. I let dry good for 48 hours before playing any music. I waited about three months before doing the wood stain tweak to the speaker cones. I used some Minwax wood stain for this tweak. With this tweak I put the wood stain around all the paper cones and I also put on the plastic dust caps and I also put it on the back side of the speakers and the voice coils wires too. I let this dry good for 48 hours before playing any music. Now this took over a year for the speakers to loosen up good and sound better. I then fine tuned the speakers to get the sound to suit my taste better. It took another three coats of wood stain on the front side only of the speaker cones and plastic dust caps before I really loved the sound. These speakers sound nothing like they did before and I found they sound best turned around backwards now. I will never replace these speakers for the rest of my life if they last that long. I almost forgot they sound better without those speaker binding posts too.

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I just couldn't resist this quote

"These speakers sound nothing like they did before and I found they sound best turned around backwards..."

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Catch22 wrote:
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"These speakers sound nothing like they did before and I found they sound best turned around backwards..."

You know how some say these 901's have no highs or lows, well you can't say that about the 901's I have now. Before I did these tweaks to my 901's I did not like sound of these 901's when turned around backwards but now I just love them that way. Now I have the latest 901's series 6 mk2's and these 901's have different speaker cones and they now have plastic dust caps and they went back to using cloth surrounds again. I have no idea what the older series 901's would sound like with these tweaks because they are so different from these new 901's.

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I wasn't being critical

You have to admit, that's a funny statement to make about a loudspeaker. It just cracked me up, that's all.

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Catch22 wrote:
Catch22 wrote:

You have to admit, that's a funny statement to make about a loudspeaker. It just cracked me up, that's all.

It is kind of funny when you think about it like that but these 901's sound much better with these tweaks and turned around backwards with most of the speaker drivers facing you. When most the speaker drivers were facing the walls they were not nearly as enjoyable. You could not do that before I did these tweaks to my 901's, they sounded very bad that way but now I can and I'm really enjoying these 901's turned around backwards now.

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