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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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Hi I have 2 pairs (4) of Bose 901 with 1 equalizer for the bose.. ?? Which amps or receiver you recommend is the best for this speakers. My main options is to listen music in my studio Thank you

Which version? Early 901s were acoustic suspension, later ones ported. Ported speakers are more efficient and therefore require less power. For the AS type go with at least 100 wpc. Brand doesn't much matter. If buying new, get a respected name brand such as Onkyo (best bang for the buck IMHO), Yamaha, Denon, etc. If going vintage consult the folks at There is a Bose section there.

Nov 15, 2015 | Bose Speakers & Subwoofers

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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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Bose 901's

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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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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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 am looking to upgrade my receiver to an audio video receiver that will hook up to a blue ray via HDMI. I want to use my 901's forthe front speakers. Can you recommend a mid priced (<$600) AVR that...

Good day,

Congrats on your new AV receiver. I own an awesome Yamaha mid-priced AV surround sound system with HDMI, BR disc player, and all that stuff. However, I'm old school and use my 901 Series Vs with a Yamaha RX-797 'two-channel' receiver. To get to the point, I have some bad news. Mid-priced (mp) AVRs, or any AVR for that matter, will not work with 901s because the active equalizer (EQ) requires either a 'tape monitor loop' or 'pre-out / main-in' connection to work properly. You've probably been told the 'why they won't work' by now and it is very true--I know from experience. Most of today's AVRs do not include a 'tape monitor loop' or 'pre-out/main-in connection for the EQ connection, thus, killing all hopes of using 901s. I truly love my 901 Series Vs (since 1985 and still kicking) and love true 'stereo' for playing my music. Again, 901s are useless with today's AVR equipment (as I know it). Just don't let your 901s collect dust--they are truly marvels!! Go with a set of good 'standard' speakers for the AVR system and buy yourself a decent stereo receiver or amp for the 901s--that's how I do it!! I've tried Onkyo, Rotel, Sansui, Poineer amps / receivers--all of them. I can tell you this--for the common, working man/woman, nothing, I mean nothing available can match-up with Bose 901s like a Yamaha RX-797 (200W)--not to mention the sound quality-wow!!! And this unit is very reasonably priced for such awesome performance and high quality build. Just know that all is not lost. You can still use your 901s--I cna't listen to music without mine.

Aug 24, 2009 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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Bose 901 mk11 no sound . i have checked all connections, swapped speakers over.

since that u swapped l/r speakers already,it might not be ur speakers,if u wanna make sure ur 901s are working,feed a 1.5 v battery power to ur speakers,,(device a connector,piece o wire ,etc) if the speakers makes ticking sound upon contact,u got eq..make sure it its working,,(see instruction manual)lastly..confirm that ur amp which is powering ur 901s is emitting sound.(hook up a different speaker)

Apr 14, 2009 | 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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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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