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I am about to buy the Bose 901 Series 6 Speakers just for stereo system. I noticed that there is a separate module to be purchased called the Bose Active Equalizer. This is just for the Bose 901 only. My question is, if i buy that equalizer, do i still need to purchase an additional Stereo Amplifier, or is that Equalizer from Bose enough to Power On and utilise the Bose 901?

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  • ronuq0404 Sep 11, 2010

    thanks tim....thats all i need to know.. i will take your advice...no more bose equalizere, perhaps a yamaha stereo amp will do...

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If you purchase the Bose Active Equalizer you will in fact need a receiver or amplifier. Personally I would just skip the Bose Active Equalizer and go right for a more high end receiver. It will do the curve response that you require for these speakers without any need for pre-amplification. If you read around it looks like this is what most people are doing with the speakers, and the ones that have purchased the Equalizer are not very happy with the results they are getting.

The 901's are great speakers and with a matching quality receiver or amp you will have fantastic results.

Thank so much, please let me know if you need further clarification, but you definitely do need a receiver with this unit.

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Tim

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http://reviews.ebay.com/Bose-901-Speakers-A-primer_W0QQugidZ10000000001314034

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