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901® Direct/Reflecting® speaker system

901® Series VI Direct/Reflecting® speaker system is rated 4.8571 out of 5 by 21.
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Overview

Overview

The speaker that started it all

Experience legendary performance from your stereo components with our best stereo speaker system. The 901® Direct/Reflecting® Series VI speaker system brings the warmth, power and excitement of a concert hall to your home. First introduced in 1968, this flagship system now represents over 350 enhancements to the acclaimed original. It recreates a mix of direct and reflected sound you hear in a live performance for a listening experience that conveys much of the emotion of live music.

  • Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology reproduces clear, lifelike sound throughout the room, not just in one “sweet spot”
  • Nine full-range drivers provide greater power handling than conventional speakers
  • Active equalizer balances frequency output for natural tonal balance and clarity throughout the musical spectrum.
  • Optional floorstanding speaker pedestals available

Spacious sound throughout the room

This innovative Bose sound system works by reflecting most of the sound off walls and other flat surfaces, instead of aiming all the sound toward you, as many conventional stereo speakers do. Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology reproduces the natural concert hall balance of direct and reflected sound, so anything you listen to acquires lifelike realism.

The result is Stereo Everywhere® speaker performance—sound that is clear and lifelike throughout the room, rather than just one "sweet spot." With Bose 901 home stereo speakers, you'll hear balanced audio no matter where you sit or stand.

Features

  • Direct/Reflecting® speaker technology blends reflected and direct sound to re-create much of a live concert's natural spaciousness.
  • Active equalizer, engineered specifically for 901 speakers, balances the output of all frequencies for natural tonal balance and clarity throughout the musical spectrum.
  • Acoustic Matrix™ enclosure dramatically reduces speaker chamber noise. Hear clear, well-defined low frequencies over the entire low-frequency spectrum.
  • Stereo Everywhere® speaker performance produces balanced stereo sound over a wide area. The result of proprietary Bose technologies, these speakers let you enjoy balanced sound throughout the listening area, unlike conventional speakers that radiate sound mostly in a single direction.
  • Helically wound aluminum voice coils designed for higher durability, greater efficiency and superior power handling.
Reviews
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Speaker Ever I bought My 901 Series IV speakers in Germany when I was stationed there in 1986. They have been the main component of my stereo system now for almost 30 years, and have never disappointed me. The Pedestals make even more attractive, and help to place them at the proper height for optimum performance. There is no speaker ever invented that can compete with the 901's. They must have been created by a far more superior form of life than we have on this planet.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Owner for over 40 years now! I bought my first pair of 901's (I believe the series II) in 1973. I could not find a better "home speaker" (as opposed to power hungry studio quality monitor speakers costing thousands of dollars each). I enjoyed that first pair for TWENTY NINE years, until they needed to be replaced (good run, huh?). I simply went to the Bose showroom, and bought a pair of 901 Series VI in 2002. The same story applies...no other "home" speaker comes close to the fullness of sound provided by 901's, and the high quality of the speakers (and the fine Bose customer service) is still there. For me, a five star ***** rating!
Date published: 2016-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bose is AWESOME! I bought my first Bose speakers while in the Army in Germany, bought the 901 Series II's in 1976, then 901 Series III, then 901 Series 6, which I have today. I own 301's in my office, Bose Wave music system in my bedroom, Quite Comfort 2 head phones, Soundlink around ear wireless headphones, Bose SoundLink Mini II, Acoustimass 3 stereo speaker system and now my two children have Bose headphones and speakers. As you can see my family loves music. If you want to hear clear music and all the different tone's True to the music being played get Bose, if there is no base you won't hear it, if the base is strong, you will hear it like no other speaker. And once you listen to Bose 901's set up properly 18" from the floor 18" from the wall and 18" clear from side to side, you won't be able to stand any other speaker system, when you do, no matter how good they are, you will feel something is missing. Bose are AWESOME.
Date published: 2016-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Still Majestic in this day and age! The most majestic speaker ever built by Bose! Hats off to Dr. Bose for this beauty. It truly delivers life like sound in your living room, gone is the need to sit in a tiny sweet spot to get the best sound. They will turn your entire room into a sweet spot. They will reveal the minutest details in music and will not create any listener fatigue. Fun for long listening sessions. In a nutshell the sound is transparent and slightly on the warmer side of neutral. They produce a rich enveloping and spacious sound field when setup right according to instructions. When you plug them in - you are essentially hearing your amp. If the amp produces mediocre sound, they will sound mediocre. If the amp has solid bass, these speakers can create frightening amount of bass that will shake the fillings of the room. Pair it with an audiophile grade amp and the musical realism will be off the charts. It will beat very very expensive systems in performance and above all the emotional impact music intended to convey. Following steps are critical to your satisfaction: - The right setup according to Bose. You need a wall behind and close to corner placement to create the sound field. - For 901s to truly show off their talents, an amp of atleast 200 quality watts/channel is a must. Pairing with a weak amp will most likely result in disappointing bass performance and the overall sound will be a bit compressed. Remember it has 18 drivers, it loves a bit of power :) With a powerful amp you will not need a subwoofer and the setup will be simpler and compact. Unfortunately Bose stopped making their powerful 1801 power amp so other amp options will have to be explored. I've gotten good results with Onkyo and Marantz, but unfortunately these companies don't make stuff north of 200 watts per channel so to hear 901s at their best a higher quality pre/power amp will be needed. There are plenty of great options based on your listening taste - Mcintosh, Bryston, Mark Levinson, AVM Audio (my fav for best room shaking bass :) ), etc.
Date published: 2016-01-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Dream Came True 38 years ago I discovered the 901's in a sound room in NYC. I couldn't believe the sound clarity that these 901's produced. Since that day it was a speaker of desire. I got my first pair three years ago as a surprise gift from my wife. I set them up on and away from the wall as recommended and loaded them with my AC/DC rock and roll. The sound that they produced brought tears to my eyes from the highs and lows. No more going into the Bose store turning them up. I have them at home now. I think my wife regrets me having them. Not me.
Date published: 2015-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lush Detailed Sound Without Ear Fatigue I purchased these 901 series VI 2 months ago. They are simply awesome. I've had my AM7's since 95. The only downside was finding a top of the line used receiver with main in pre amp out connections. This way when I use my 901's for Dolby surround on movies. It doesn't throw the Active EQ to the center channel. BTW, I use one of my AM7 cubes and pulled the electronics out of the subwoofer for the center channel. It sounds awesome paired with the 901's
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best speaker ever I first discovered these speakers back in 1985. My Dads friend had a pair, driven by a 500 watt RMS McIntosh power amp. These speakers handled that power with superior performance. As an adult, I created the same set up. Love these speakers. I believe without a doubt, that if you are a music lover, this is the speaker for you. I listen to Reggae, Soca and R&B the bass and highs will shock you coming from these speakers. Definitly a fan.
Date published: 2015-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from They Kick !!!!! Been a fan of Bose for decades. I have my 601's bought a long time ago paired with my 301's for my home theatre setup. Purchased a whikle back in the 90's they still blow away anything my friends have. Just finished watching Zeppelin at the Royal Albert Hall , the drum solo on Moby Dick still blows me away, just as if you were there front & center. Just go out & buy em !! The best investment for the music lover , whatever music you enjoy. It will sound better with Bose.
Date published: 2015-12-08
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Specs

Specs

Dimensions/Weight

  • Each speaker:12.75" H x 21.13" W x 12.75" D (35 lbs)
  • Equalizer:2.5" H x 13" W x 5" D (3.4 lbs)

In the box

  • Active equalizer
  • 2 speakers
  • 2 equalizer cables

Other items you may need

  • Speaker wire (For help choosing the appropriate gauge, see the owner's manual.)
Accessories

Accessories

FAQs

FAQs

Do the 901 speakers come with floorstands?

No. Speaker pedestals are sold separately in pairs.
Support

Support

Manuals/guides

Owners Guide