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How to use my bose 901 speakers with my new ming da amp

What type of preamp or equipment do I need to run my old Bose 901s with my new Ming Da MC34A tube amp?

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Just purchased Sony DA5800 ES reciever will my Bose 901 speakers work with this? Need help

Bose 901 speakers are designed to use with the Bose equaliser patched between the pre-amplifier out and power-amplifier in of your receiver. Having said that, Bose did not invent EQ, neither is EQ a mystical process. Not sure which series 901s you are talking about, but I would definitely be experimenting with the built-in EQ supplied with your Sony DA5800 ES. The manual says you have +/- 10 dB of adjustment for treble and bass for each of the surround channels. That is not really adequate in my opinion, not only would I be seeking +/- 15 dB, but I would also like to be able to apply those adjustments at frequencies chosen by me, not just 'treble' and 'bass' To use the Bose EQ, it needs to be patched between a preamp output and power amp input. The Sony DA5800 ES has preamp outputs, so you could use these (Note that the built-in EQ is disabled when using these outputs) In this case you could either feed the signals back into the Sony (post Bose EQ) perhaps using a different 'Zone'. As an alternative option, you could power your 901's with a stand-alone two channel power amplifier. Then you get the full benefit of the Bose EQ as well as the surround sound from your Sony (front L+R speakers off) It all sounds like a lot of fun. Happy listening! Cheers, Don.

Nov 28, 2013 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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Bose 901's

yes u can use a KT88 tube amp , or BTW-2 amp for this da mc34a..this will work good, and you can buy this in e bay that would be cheaper.

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Dec 08, 2007 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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yaa you can use its best idea but i think you cannot integrate the equilizer into the amplifier settings! it will not give as much effect as you want!

Dec 08, 2007 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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I have a Crest Audio V900, a set of Bose 901, a Gemini EQ-3000. Do I need a PREAMP? Or can I hook up the Crest AMP to the Equalizer?

You could use the EQ but it won;t sound as good as it will with a pre amp and also could make it a bit trickier when adjusting the volume and getting it to sound right.

Mar 10, 2012 | Crest Audio Audio Players & Recorders

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Hi There, I have a Marantz SR7005 Receiver and Bose 901 Series VI speakers with the Bose equalizer. I'm struggling to figure out the best way to connect the Bose equalizer/speakers to the SR7005. ...

It sounds like you've read one of my many posts on 901 deployment in the AV world.

Functionally, what is the difference between one amp with 'x' channels or 'x' mono amps? Nothing. Pre-outs don't know or care what else an external amp does.

According to this link those amps are 2- and 5-channel, respectively.

There was a time when I had two bridged-mono Carver Cube atmps (at a real 400 watts) pushing one 901 each but that was big time overkill.

I now use a Carver AV-406 (functionally the same as your MM7055) with the 901 EQ in between the AV Receiver's front pre-outs and two 110-watt channels. Other channels on the AV-406 pull subwoofer and surround back duties. My AVR directly powers only the center and surround speakers.

The MM7025 would work for you.

Jul 07, 2011 | Marantz SR7005 Receiver

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I am setting up 4 bose 901s to my home stereo and am unsure how to connect my components to tha 901s active equilizer. the 4 901s are connected to 4 marantz ma 500 amplifiers. the amplifiers are...

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Jan 15, 2011 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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I want to hook my bose 901 VI along with EQ to my Luxman R117 Receiver and also run other speakers from the same receiver. Is this possible?

If you are using the Bose Equalizer to optimize the sound of the 901s by going through either a tape loop or a pre-out/main-in loop, then the only way to do this without also equalizing the sound sent to the second set of speakers is to manufacture a "zone-2" output from the Luxman.
You'd probably need to split the send from the Luxman's pre-out before the EQ and send it to a second power amplifier for the second pair of speakers (if you want the Luxman's volume knob to control both speaker sets) or from a tape level output (if you wanted independent volume controls for the two speaker sets.
The whole EQ thing made 901s difficult to use on vintage equipment with only one "zone" audio outputs. Unless you want to use the Bose EQ on the second set, too, you can't do it satisfactorily without adding another stereo amplifier. But, go ahead and try it, you might find that you actually like the odd EQ that the 901s EQ gives to the second pair!
If it were my decision, I probably would not do it without a second amp, but it's all about what you like, my opinions really don't matter in your house, do they?
Have fun

Jul 24, 2010 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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I have bose 901 speakers. what kind of amplifier(equipment) doI

You will need a pre-amplifier,a tuner,and a cd player.also the Bose active EQ that matches the series of your 901s.

Jan 02, 2009 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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Bose 901 and Tube amp

Yes! When the Bose ~Steve901 first came out that was the amplifier of choice -like the McIntosh classic amps. The 901s have their own equalizer as that speaker system is a phased-array, 

Nov 05, 2008 | Bose 901 EQ1915 Home Equalizer

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i, trying to hook up a powered subwoofer to my hafler dh 110 and dh 500 running a bose 901 series v active equalizer and series v 901s any info would be appreciated

Mar 15, 2008 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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