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I would recommend a high power 2-channel amplifier, minimum 16 guage speaker wire, and of course the Bose 901 active EQ that matches the series of your speakers. I use a Yamaha mx-830 power amp & cx-830 pre amp 170 wpc They (Bose) claim that they're unlimited power handling, But if you use a amplifier with to little power and overdrive it to make it louder, you could damage the speakers or amp. With my 170 watt class A amp,the 901 series 6 will blow wind across the room. Go with the best amp you can afford! best for money- Yamaha,Denon,Onkyo!

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    Voltaire Labuguen Aug 02, 2015

    Hi Sir. Will you recommend a Yamaha power amp Model P 2500S, 250 watts/ch for the 901?. Or a Yamaha Integrated amp Model A-S701, 100 watts/ch ?. I'm planning to buy an amp but cannot decide which one?

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