Bose 901...Series VII???

dougydougy Posts: 182
edited September 2011 in 2 Channel Audio
I just noticed Bose has the 901 discounted $150/pr. on their website, plus no-interest financing. So...the thought just crossed my pitifully small mind; "Are they finally going to update the 901 to series 7 status after all these years...or perhaps pull the plug all together?

just sittin here wundrin...
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  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited August 2008
    Once you own a pair you will realize it wasn't worth wondering about ;)

    I think the ones I bought out of curiosity were either series III or IV. If you like listening to only 60% of the sound of your music, by all means, buy them.
    DKG999
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    edited August 2008
    Sadly they should have discontinued them after the Series I.

    I suppose for $150/pr you can't really go "wrong" but I'd prefer a used pair of Monitor 7's or 5's over any gen 901 for that price, but that's just me.

    Considering what products Bose now offers as well as their marketing plan, I'd say speakers like the 901 are done!

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited August 2008
    DKG999
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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,837
    edited August 2008
    heiney9 wrote: »
    I suppose for $150/pr you can't really go "wrong" but I'd prefer a used pair of Monitor 7's or 5's over any gen 901 for that price, but that's just me.

    They are being discounted by $150. Their asking price is still $1200; and for that price, you could get a lot of speaker elsewhere.
  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    edited August 2008
    zingo wrote: »
    They are being discounted by $150. Their asking price is still $1200; and for that price, you could get a lot of speaker elsewhere.

    OH!!!! HELL NO. $1200 for a pair of Bose 901's!! Hell No
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,837
    edited August 2008
    Ah, the best post I've seen all day...
  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited August 2008
    After I went to the Bose website to get the link, I had to delete all my internet history. I just felt dirty all over :(
    DKG999
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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,837
    edited August 2008
    One of the biggest laughs I've had in a while was going into the Bo$e store with a friend and talking to one of the sales reps. It's just cute what comes out of their mouths.
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited August 2008
    I still remember going back and forth. A used pair of 1.2's or a BRAND NEW SET OF BOSE! I gave it serious thought for a week. I sure am glad I went with 1.2's. (had no idea what SDA sounded like).
    madmax
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  • dougydougy Posts: 182
    edited August 2008
    Actually, I too owned 901's in the dark days of early audiophilehood; Series IV's as I recall. I do have fond memories of the way they could rock the house. Not very good for getting into the music, though. I ended up selling them and going back to my big Advents.

    I was looking at them again, because I have contracted what has become my annual bout of speaker disfunctional-itus. I love my Mo-Fi's, BUT...well you know the rest of the story.:(
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  • zingozingo Audiophile Posts: 11,837
    edited August 2008
    I almost bought a pair once on the cheap to use as DJ monitors. That would be about the best use for them anyway...
  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited August 2008
    Friends don't let friends buy Bose!

    The Bose 801 commercial monitors were a good party speaker, I had a pair of those when I was doing sound systems for parties in college. I sold them and went to JBL commercial speakers as the Bose kept blowing drivers once I went to Crown amps.

    Large Advents - many fond memories of those.
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  • RivrratRivrrat Posts: 2,104
    edited August 2008
    I listened to their top of the ln HT system at Comp USA when they were going in the toilet.

    My wife came over to see what I was doing, made a negative comment on the sound quality, and asked me how much. When I told her she started laughing.

    I'm sure it wasn't set up properly, But as we say at work, you can't polish a ****.
    My equipment sig felt inadequate and deleted itself.
  • RuSsMaNRuSsMaN Posts: 17,995
    edited August 2008
    901's are worth a listen. They can take tons of power and play plenty loud - and with the eq, and some spirits flowing, they aren't half bad for rocking the house. Other offerings, not so much, but the 901 has it's place secured in audio history - love it or hate it.

    Hell, Polk was even asked to copy it back in the day. Where do you think the Monitor 9 came from?

    Cheers,
    Russ
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  • heiney9heiney9 Posts: 24,137
    edited August 2008
    RuSsMaN wrote: »
    901's are worth a listen. They can take tons of power and play plenty loud - and with the eq, and some spirits flowing, they aren't half bad for rocking the house. Other offerings, not so much, but the 901 has it's place secured in audio history - love it or hate it.

    Hell, Polk was even asked to copy it back in the day. Where do you think the Monitor 9 came from?

    Cheers,
    Russ

    I somewhat agree about the place in audio history, etc. But the price they ask for new 901's is simply a rip off. There is no excuse to spend that kind of coin on a new pair of 901's.

    H9
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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  • TroyDTroyD Posts: 12,139
    edited August 2008
    I agree, I wouldn't spend the coin. That said, I've heard them and I don't think they sound awful. I mean for non-critical, full the house sound, I think they aren't bad.

    Same thing with the Bose cubes, I don't think they sound awful. Just awful expensive for what you get.

    BDT
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  • George GrandGeorge Grand Posts: 12,272
    edited August 2008
    Why fill the house with expensive "average" sound, when you can accomplish the same thing with a $15 pair of Pioneer CS-88 or 99's? Plus, the cabinetry is to die for.
  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited August 2008
    Why fill the house with expensive "average" sound, when you can accomplish the same thing with a $15 pair of Pioneer CS-88 or 99's? Plus, the cabinetry is to die for.

    ding ... ding .... ding .......... we have a winner :D
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,330
    edited August 2008
    The series VI was a big improvement over pervious series' both with the EQ, and getting rid of the tunnel/echo sound earlier 901's suffered from. In a large room with BIG amplifiers they can sound pretty damn good--they definitely cure digititis...
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2
  • c_coriec_corie Posts: 138
    edited August 2008
    Does anyone know of anyother speaker that costs less and is similar in design or is a least bipole-like. I think for casual listening I'd like a speaker that really makes things sound bigger, more spacious. I was looking at some Definitives but they're getting into tbat higher price range, and I'm sure they're better, but they're also quite a bit just to experiement wth that sort of speaker. Does anyone make a cheaper speaker with some sort of rear speaker/tweeter to add space and depth?


    Maybe the best bet is older/cheap 901s?
  • dkg999dkg999 Posts: 5,658
    edited August 2008
    Magnepan MMG's.
    DKG999
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  • c_coriec_corie Posts: 138
    edited August 2008
    I actually heard the bigger versions of those at a dealer in CT, and i was not that impressed, they sounded....thin, no pun intended. Not just thin but i guess hard and almost harsh sound in the high mids. Not bad speakers, I guess I'm just looking for a more tradional? bipole.
  • Flash21Flash21 Posts: 316
    edited August 2008
    I sold audio (many) years ago...we had the Bose line...lotta people came in asking about 'em, but they almost always walked out with something else after comparative listening.

    We had a saying: "No highs, no lows, must be Bose"
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  • steveinazsteveinaz Posts: 19,330
    edited August 2008
    c_corie wrote: »
    Does anyone know of anyother speaker that costs less and is similar in design or is a least bipole-like. I think for casual listening I'd like a speaker that really makes things sound bigger, more spacious. I was looking at some Definitives but they're getting into tbat higher price range, and I'm sure they're better, but they're also quite a bit just to experiement wth that sort of speaker. Does anyone make a cheaper speaker with some sort of rear speaker/tweeter to add space and depth?


    Maybe the best bet is older/cheap 901s?

    Mirage uses reflective sound as well...
    Source: Bluesound Node 2i - Preamp/DAC: Benchmark DAC2 DX - Amplifier: Parasound Halo A21 - Speakers: PSB Imagine T2
  • sucks2bemesucks2beme Posts: 5,017
    edited August 2008
    Or Polk's parent company Def Tech for bipolars.
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  • themuskrthemuskr Posts: 149
    edited December 2008
    just got the mirage nanosat set. They are very nice. look cool, sound great. Looks are "cool" like bose, but they have the sound to back it up:D
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  • beardog03beardog03 Posts: 5,622
    edited December 2008
    I had the 901 series IV back when that series first came out

    Losta mids but no low....highs were there, but..

    I enjoyed them for a month or so, the traded them for some speaks that really blew me away...

    Don`t remeber the brand, but they were pyramid shaped and had crystal (?) tweets
    that looked like small vents, (like the chevrons on a Sgt`s armband)....

    Those two (and a pair of yammie-haha) are the only non-polk speaks that I have ever owned..

    I used a Dual TT with them that I really wish I still had today
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  • only126dbonly126db Posts: 157
    edited December 2008
    I had the Series III or IV, they sucked....

    Sold them and UPS destroyed one, so I had one smashed one, one good one and a messed up eq.

    They went in the trash...
  • madmaxmadmax Posts: 12,438
    edited December 2008
    I have a pair of series 5. They have that awesome bose sound. Anyone want to buy them?? :)
    madmax
    Vinyl, the final frontier...

    Avantgarde horns, 300b tubes, thats the kinda crap I want... :D
  • skrolskrol Posts: 2,885
    edited December 2008
    I thought that it was just me not being fond of the 901. Back in the day, I preferred the sound of the 601 over the 901. I have been impressed with some of the Bose design features (ie. waveguides, labyrinths, and the use small drivers). In the practical world, some work better than others in spite of the complexity and design effort.
    Stan

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