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Drink more beer!My post of a couple of days ago entitled Like Bose? wasn’t meant to bash their products, just relaying a story. It sure got a lot of people talking so I thought, well, what the heck. Let’s go bashing!I am reminded of a story years ago that involved the manager of our local Pacific Stereo store and a pair of Bose 901 Direct Reflecting loudspeakers.So for those of you that don’t remember, the first big product Bose ever had was a speaker that used all small drivers (I think they were 5″) that were heavily EQ’d to increase the bass and treble to something close to “flat”. They then pointed the speakers at the rear wall to give a big concert hall effect. It actually wasn’t a bad idea and in some cases could sound pretty good. Not in this case, unfortunately.The manager of the store, Bill, was a total Bose devotee who owned all Bose electronics, the speakers and then dedicated a room to the system. In a Bose dedicated room what you did was reinforce the rear wall to achieve maximum reflectivity. In this case a floor to ceiling set of bricks were cemented into place to act as a reflector for the sound.The 901′s were notoriously inefficient because of the need to EQ them, so this required a huge amplifier (which Bose made) of which Bill had and was quite proud of.One day, while in the store, he cornered a couple of us and was raving about the great sound he was getting. ”Concert hall performance” in his listening room. Had to be heard to be believed. We were taunted into coming to hear this because we were “Audiophiles” who made fun of Bose and we needed to be set straight on how music really could sound.Came the big day we were ushered into Bill’s living room, offered a beer (which I declined) and spent the next 30 minutes listening to Bill talk up the system’s virtues.Then he placed the needle onto the album and we started to listen.I think I lasted through half of the first track before I went to cover my ears up. Seriously, this wasn’t Audiophile snobbery on my part this was pain avoidance.“Bill, can you turn it down?” I yelled over the music.“You can’t enjoy a concert with the volume down” Bill yelled back.“Yes, but doesn’t this hurt your ears?”“Yeah, but then I just drink more beer and it sounds great”.By golly, best advice I’ve ever gotten for a tweak.
The creation of the Absolute SoundAfter reading yesterday’s post about the Bose 901 system I got a note from Harry Pearson and I am reprinting it in today’s post (with his kind permission).“Perhaps I should tell you how this very speaker system prompted the creation of The Absolute Sound.hint: it started with the two page up front review (not in the review section) of High Fidelity written by Norman Eisenberg. Unprecedented coverage and yet no one seems to have thought of the obvious philosophical and intellectual reason it couldn’t work…the Bose “scientists” said the company’s men had made measurements of Symphony Hall in Boston and found a direct/to/reflected ratio of sound there and thus modeled the 911 on that.What this meant if you think about it, even a recording made in the hall would be wrong, and a recording made in any other hall would have to be wrong.….and moreover the Bose engineers, because of the company’s paucity of money at that point were seated under the balcony, the worst place to make a measurement.”
It's funny because we've been talking about reviewing a pair on our Facebook page for about a week now.And the OP here is always threadcrapping on Steve Hoffmans forum about how his Bose 901's are the most amazing speaker in the world, no matter what the topic.So, much like the Klipsch Heresy's (which we found to be an excellent speaker) and the Technics 1200 (which, thanks to a number of people on this and SH's forum have found to have a lot of potential) I've ordered a new pair of Bose 901's to listen to.I've only heard them in the Bose store, so curious to see what this $1400 pair of speakers is actually capable of. Everyone in the high end loves to bash Bose, so let's investigate!
Single driver /wide bandwidth speakers??don
You must let us know how SPOOKY REAL they are after you remove the drivers grills
Another thing with all the grills OFF these 901's is speaker placement is now NOT that important !
Funny that someone would post something about Bose 901s. Yesterday Paul McGowan (PS Audio) posted this blog about his 901 llistening experience. I think it is very instructive.Harry Pearson responded to Paul's blog:
Any small CTS driver that had a hard cardboard dust cover like the one on the original 901 has a quack in the midrange, in my experience, and the driver used by Bose I think fit that description. I made a Bose 901 clone back in '73 with Philips 4.5" drivers with whizzer cones which sounded substantially better than the 901 through the mids.One thing Bose did that I wished I could do at the time was order the drivers with 64 ohm voice coils so he could parallel them.Anyway, it's refreshing to encounter someone with as much inside knowledge on the 901 as you apparently do, Soundminded.
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