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Bose 901 problem

I am looking for some advice.
I have just purchased some Bose 901 speakers along with the 901VIE equalizer this is matching in with a Onkyo A9755B amplifier. I have connected them up and I just dont seem to be getting the quality of sound that it should have, it seems to have very little base. I have adjusted the equalizer but this doesnt make any difference which leads me to believe it isnt working. It has power and is connected correctly but even when i turn the equalizer off there is no change in the sound. The instuctions mention to turn the tape button on the amplifier off but there is no tape button there is only a tape selector.

Does any one have any ideas as to why this is happening?


I have inlcuded a link to the amplifier that is in question

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In reply to: Bose 901 problem

Yeah BOSE 901's are notoriously difficult to get sounding properly.

My uncle eventually had to get some.. more or less.. pure bass cabinets to give a fuller sound. It was loud, proud and he blew more than a few amplifiers running with the setup. (Mostly because the volume was loud enough to cover an entire city block.)

With BOSE 901's, you need a very specific kind of amplifier, that can output one hell of a lot of wattage to get the proper sound out of 'em.

In my experience with those particular speakers, anyway.
Hope I helped a bit.

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In reply to: Bose 901 problem

Bose 901's have always been difficult to get really good Bass from no matter what they are hooked, at least in my opinion. Consider adding a sub-woofer that should fill in the base real nice.

Good base is hard to get from a bunch of midrange speakers which in essense is what Bose 901's really are, even if you can drive them altogether, it is not the same as pushing a low freq signal across a single large surface area that you find in a real bass speaker.

(OK Bose lovers you can start throwing the rocks, this is just my opinion Happy

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I suggest that you return the Bo$e speakers to the store!

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There are some very good speakers out that sound very good, Bo$e are one of them! The are almost useless without the Bo$e equalizer. If your receiver does not have the right kind of tape loop configuration, you can't use the equalizer. John

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In reply to: I suggest that you return the Bo$e speakers to the store!

Yeah the amp has the correct inputs and I have the Bose equalizer so i might need to try another eualizer.

Thanks for all your help guys and anymore info is appeciated

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No equalizer

In reply to: I suggest that you return the Bo$e speakers to the store!

I have had my Bose 901's since 1973.
In the beginning I used the equalizer...but while moving I lost it.
Since then I have never used the equalizer.
I have tried other speakers...some costing much more...the Bose always win.
I don't think the equalizer is necessary.
Just my opinion...and I do play them loud!

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You must live in an alternate universe

In reply to: No equalizer

Bose always win(???) Just.... wow.....

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Good Sound

In reply to: Bose 901 problem

I do hope you get satisfaction out of your situation! I've been a 901 owner since the early '80s and have been very satisfied with them.
I have even used them with a basic, cheap receiver which was waaay under powered, and they still had good bass. (now they're being powered with 200W/channel) As has already been stated, if they are connected properly, there is something wrong- most likely the equalizer- so don't give up! With your Onkyo you should be plenty happy! They should shake your silverware with their bass!

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