Question about Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker
I have bose 901 speakers and a Marathon Dj-6000 power amplifier, but I want to listen to radio and CD. What kind of amplifier(equipment) do I need to accomplish this?
Actually, a preamp is only necessary for volume and tone control and to route various signal sources. They went the way of the dinosaur when people abandoned Phono which produces a tiny signal compared to Line Level inputs and is required to raise Phono to Line Level internally, (hence the Pre in preamp).
I'd get into the 21st Century and consider multichannel sound (you''ll need a few conventional speakers) and buy an AV receiver with lots of features but not so much in the power amp because you have that part nailed with the Marathon.
Then, continuing... (Cherry pick what fits.)
I wrote most of this for a different receiver, but if you account for minor differences to your receiver this will work just fine.
There's good news and bad news. The bad news you need a separate amp because a multichannel receiver with Bose 901's attached as recommended for a standard stereo receiver will only sound right in STEREO on stereo analog material. The other speakers around the room are not designed to receive its Active Equalization and if you engage your Tape Monitor you will NOT BE ABLE TO HEAR DIGITAL sources at all. Tape Monitor is for analog stereo material only and on modern AV receivers it disables any digital inputs so you really can't use the Tape Monitor circuit or attached devices for modern digital sources. However, you can still employ the various DSP options to spread 2-channel analog source material around the room. I do.
The good news. I have a setup similar to what you might want to do and it works great!
A separate stereo amp for the 901's was my solution. I run a Carver AV-406 (5-channel amp) for my 901's in Front, 2 Subwoofers and the Rear Surround channel, with the Active EQ between the receiver Front L&R Outputs and the 901's amp channels. My receiver controls everything and just drives the Center and Surround speakers.
You could get by with just a stereo amp for the 901's. A Carver M-200 is a good efficient amplifier that would have you cooking just fine (2x100W). Run it with the Active EQ between the receiver Front L&R Pre-Outputs ** and the 901's amp channels.
** Front Pre Out (or one of your analog Tape Outs) >>> Bose EQ Amplifer IN, then
Bose EQ Amplier OUT >>> new amplifier IN.
Attach the 901's to the new amp, set its volume to Max and run through your receiver's speaker level setup.
Write off the Tape Out as an input if you use it to extract the Front L&R channels. DO NOT monitor it or you'll chop the 901's out of the signal path AND kill any digital source audio in the receiver.
Posted on Nov 30, 2009
You will need a pre-amplifier,a tuner,and a cd player.also the Bose active EQ that matches the series of your 901s.
Posted on Jan 07, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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