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Bose 901 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Walnut

by Bose
63 customer reviews
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  • Flagship Bose® speaker delivers legendary performance from stereo components
  • Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology reproduces much of the impact of a live performance
  • Nine full-range drivers for each speaker
  • Our best speakers for movies and music. Only live sounds better
  • Free-standing active equalizer for smoother, more natural balance and clarity
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Bose 901 Direct/Reflecting Speaker System - Walnut + Bose PS-6 speaker pedestals (Black) for 901 speakers + Bose 901 Series VI Active Equalizer
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Technical Details

Color: Walnut
  • Brand Name: Bose
  • Model Number: 11516
  • Color: Walnut
  • Speaker Type: Floor Standing Speakers
  • Speaker Amplification Type: Active
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Product Description

Color: Walnut

The introduction of the revolutionary Bose® 901® speakers in 1968 redefined the phrase high fidelity. For the first time, a speaker was capable of reproducing music with much of the impact, clarity and spaciousness of a live performance. Today's 901 speakers incorporate some 350 enhancements over the acclaimed original. 901 speakers work by reflecting most of the sound off walls and other flat surfaces, instead of aiming all the sound toward you, as conventional speakers do. With Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology, anything you listen to, from the latest DVD audio to your favorite vintage records, acquires lifelike realism, because the speakers reproduce the natural concert hall balance of direct and reflected sound. The result is what we call Stereo Everywhere® speaker performance, stereo performance that is clear and lifelike everywhere in the room, instead of in just one "sweet spot." You'll experience balanced sound throughout the listening environment, no matter where you sit or stand. Just as you enjoy beautiful music reproduction from these speakers, you can also experience thrilling home theater effects from your home theater components. These speakers are an appropriate choice for use with your surround sound receiver, and can be used in conjunction with other Bose home theater speaker options.

Product Information

Color: Walnut
Technical Details
Brand NameBose
Item Weight35 pounds
Product Dimensions21.1 x 21.1 x 12.8 inches
Item model number11516
Color NameWalnut
Speaker TypeFloor Standing Speakers
Item Display Height12.6 inches
  
Additional Information
ASINB0006B5V6G
Best Sellers Rank #47,538 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight35.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Domestic Shipping Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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Date First AvailableFebruary 3, 2005
  
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136 of 151 people found the following review helpful By Joey E. on May 28, 2008
Color: Walnut
I owned a pair of 901s in the early 80s, they are excellent speakers in term of dynamics and their ability to fill a room with sound. Back then I used Phase Linear equipment to drive them. Phase Linear was designed by Bob Carver and were considered entry level high end at the time. Paired up with the 901s they produce some of my best memories of music. As I grew older and purchased a home with an open floor plan their limitations started to become more apparent. These speakers use reflected sound waves to produce a wide sound stage and excellent imaging, in an open area this effect is loss and you experience what others have called no highs or lows. The equalizer can compensate for some of this but not entirely. My advice is to carefully consider where you will use these speakers and if they fit the environment they can sound spectacular. They are not everyones cup of tea but they just may be yours.
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57 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Erpagris on June 27, 2012
Color: Walnut
It is true what some say, these are not for everyone, and room layout is important. Also, you need the right amplifier to get the best out of them. But they are THE speaker to build your system around. Not only do they sound great, they are almost indestructible. Almost...
I bought my 901s in the early 80's from a now defunct appliance superstore for a price close to what they go for now. They have been in my living room, home office, basement, garage, backyard for parties, in the woods on camping trips, in the hall for a wedding reception, and on the roof of a cabin. They have never failed to impress. After owning them for fourteen years, I received a letter from Bose. I sent in my registration card right after purchasing them, and I'm glad I did. In the letter, they informed me that there had been reports of deterioration of the foam in some of the speakers, and gave instructions on how to inspect them. Upon inspection, I found that there was some deterioration in some of the speakers, and reported my findings. They offered to replace the speakers and required equalizer for $400. The speakers were almost 10 years out of warranty. Awesome. Then, 12 years later, more than 25 years after my initial purchase, the "new" 901s were hanging from the ceiling in my living room. One day I came home from work and the right speaker had come apart, the panel on the bottom (they hang upside down) had come unglued from the speaker. It crashed to the floor. Luckily there was no one or nothing beneath. I went to the local Bose outlet store and told the salesperson what had happened. He asked me to bring the speaker in so that they could inspect it. I brought it in, in the original box, and they took one look at it, went to the back room, came out with a brand new one, and handed it to me. Here you go. Sorry you had a problem. Have a nice day. No questions asked. No receipt. No problem. I am truly a Bose believer. I still have them. And I still love them. They're on their 4th amplifier.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By J. Parker on December 4, 2007
Color: Black Ash
probably some of the best speakers availiable to purchase, in the past I've owned a pair of 501's and these 901's blow those away. Note that the active EQ included with this set is not compatible with all receivers.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. D. MCCALL on September 4, 2011
Color: Walnut
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.

I give you specific set-up details because set-up is critical to your satisfaction with these speakers. Actually, you could say that about most loudspeakers, but it especially applies to this classic American loudspeaker. Not that it's difficult to set them up properly, but you just need to follow Bose's directions, that's all! I'd be willing to bet that most of the extremely negative comments you will read about the 901 are due to improper set-up. Of course, everyone's taste is different. Some like vanilla, others love chocolate. That's why there's so many loudspeakers on the market, I guess.

But this is my review so I can only tell you about my experience with them. And my experience has been wonderful! I'm getting great stereo performance from them in a room that I had been unable to get even acceptable performance from speakers costing from over two, to five times as much at retail. Of course, your mileage may vary, but I am just thrilled with them. I'm thinking maybe I can finally get off the audiofool merry-go-round.

I'm hearing frighteningly deep bass, stun-gun dynamics and seemingly limitless output capability. And of course, the trademark spaciousness. Compared to most conventional speakers, images take on a lifelike size.
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69 of 83 people found the following review helpful By Eric R. Leitz on October 6, 2005
Color: Walnut
I have owned this model of speaker for about twelve years. I would add to the above review that if you have a good equalizer in addition to the active eq, you can make these speakers put out unbelievable bass. Basically, the speakers accurately reproduce the sound on the recording, nothing more or less. They have the capability for lots of bass, as several of my present and former neighbors can attest to.

The 901s do take a lot of power and generally aren't as loud as other speakers would be connected to the same set-up. Loss of stereo separation is only an issue if you are unable to set them up properly. They don't go right in the corner or right next to each other, and they don't sit on the floor. The stands, unless you can build your own or intend to suspend them from the ceiling, are necessary.

If you plan to listen mainly to music and have a powerful component system, these are great speakers. Bose used to make a matching center channel speaker for surround sound applications (back when they were only five channel) but currently don't have anything specifically matched to the 901. This makes them a poor choice for someone really into home theater. Also, if you don't have an adaptor or tape loop for the active EQ, the sound will be very fat in the midrange. These aren't speakers you plug into one of those DVD/Tuner?Surround Sound all-in-one units.
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