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Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

Couldn't find a specific place to put this (my first) posting. Trying this catagory.

I just picked up a pair of 901 Series III for cheap but the speaker foam is completley gone. I know they sell rebuild kits for between $50-$100 to refoam these but I've never done it before and would like help deciding if I should go this route or if someone knows of a good replacement speaker I could substitute in it's place and forget about all the work involved with the rebuild kits. I don't even think it would have to be a bose speaker but I could be wrong. I found a guy selling 8 (I need 8) replacement speakers (Bose Brand) for the 901's and they're gone now. Sold for like $150.

Is there a regular supplier anyone knows of for a non Bose speaker that works (possibley even better) for a couple hundred bucks for the set ?

Jeff Bayley
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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

To be blunt, Jeff, I don't think you'll find many people on this forum who think any Bose product is worth restoring. The consensus is that Bose spends a lot of money on marketing and not enough on making the products actually sound good. For a couple hundred, I'd say go to audiogon.com and look for something from a value-orientated brand with a good reputation for sound. You'll find people around here who have their favored manufacturers, and I'm no different. Paradigm speakers are bargains and I recommend trying them out. My dealer says - and I'm inclined to agree - that most Paradigms compare musically and sonically to big-name speakers costing twice as much. It should be noted that my dealer does not sell only Paradigm, but also Linn, Sonus Faber, and Vienna Acoustics, so he's heard the expensive stuff. Another thing to do is go to the main page and check out recommended loudspeakers, which will give you an idea of which companies are making the best products.

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

I was hesitatant to reply here because I would be admitting that I had Bose speakers at one time. My 901 had the surrounds completely disinigrate. I bought a surround repair kit. It was a bit difficult to do. The adhesive was really stringy and seemed to geton everything. Also it was very important to get the cone centered or the voice coil would drag and make bad noises. A speaker is a complete system and trying to substitute another driver will usually upset the balance of that system.

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

We all learn much of what we do learn the hard way, Jeff. Hell, I once paid full price for a B&O linear tracking turntable. Resell the 901's if you can or just take the loss as a lesson learned, and start listening to some of the fine budget speakers that are around now.

Good luck,

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

I can't believe my first post involves this topic, but I can't help myself in the desire to help another audio enthusiast (no snickers please. . .)

You may find recone kits for the legendary (infamous) Bose 901 here:

http://www.partsexpress.com/pe/showdetl.cfm?&Partnumber=260-910

I may have seen a source of replacement drivers, but need to dig around for that, if I get the chance. I would recommend visiting a Bose forum for more help, I believe at least one exists out there in the e-ther.

I hope this post does not give me a reputation, except I am a DIY'r and enjoy helping others. You'll be hearing more from me in the near future.

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

Nothing to apologize for, great first post!

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

Hi,
I am using Bose 901 VI proudly! Don't buy any repair kit. Contact Bose and send them to repair. they will charge you $50/- + tax + shipping to repair it (after warrenty). One great thing about Bose customer service is, you will never here - "time to replace the speaker..". If they don't fix, they will offer you new set in very low (about 1/3) price.

Good luck.

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Wonderful customer service, great to hear.

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

I have a 1987 Bose Acoustic Wave Machine from when they first came out...after all these years teh cassette finally stopped, I surmised it's the belts loose, and of course it was..I called Bose ordered teh belts, AND they even e mailed me a service manual, so I sould see just how easy it is to remove the cassette assy and change all 3 belts, another great repair based on LOGIC and experience....keep it simple, tape units always first thing is belts. Bose sent me the service manual gratis, there where some well hidden clips and stuff, made it simple to take apart, without service manuals, things re difficult, there is always one secret clip or screw that will get ya. I was impressed that Bose provided the info and parts on an obsolete product, as they do not really support the old cassette types further than the belts...The thing is 20 years old and going strong.... They do stand behind their stuff, that's one good Bose thing. My father had a Bose wave radio, tuner died, simple ckt board assy, they fixed it no charge even when it was well out of warranty, ya pay up front as they are pricey, but at least they back it up, and the parts are not that special or pricey, but free labor and shipping too!

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

Well, today Bose customer service said that they don't repair old 901's. They accept trade-ins for 1/2 price of new ones = $772 + shipping (~$100), or will sell 18 new drivers for $720, or can upgrade to Acoustimass 6 for discount.

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed


Quote:
... can upgrade to Acoustimass 6 ...

They actually said that?!

Upgrade?!

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That is what they wanted me to do, is upgrade to a newer wave machine, i said nah, let's try the parts. Parts fixed it, I praise them for having the schematic it allowed me to take it apart, nice exploded diagram, FREE!! But they do seem to wanna sell ya new stuff, instead, which is normal, that's what they are there for. There is a limit to how old stuff can be worked on, for a mass fi type product. Unlike McIntosh, Audio research, AVA, different type of market. Even pro brand stuff is more parts friendly, but Bose did come through with my parts and info to keep mine going for another 10 years. Replacement drivers are probably available from Madisound or other sellers of drivers...$40+ each for drivers are a bit rich, checkout also PartsExpress.com for all kinds of drivers available...easily replaced parts in the Bose. and for much less than that

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Re: Bose 901 replacement cones / speakers needed

A famous US Company that makes speaker cones, surrounds and dust caps is Loudspeaker Components, LLC. Their web site is http://www.loudspeakercomponents.com If you want a speaker cone or two, or any other speaker parts you might want to get a hold of Rob at Makin Waves Ph: 520-647-7193

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