Anybody Have Any Experience With Bose 901 Series I Speakers?
So I've got these vintage Bose speakers. Had 'em forever - they were a gift from my uncle. They're the 901 Series I speakers - the original Bose speakers that actually made the company famous.
Various audiophile forums I've found seem to offer mixed reviews - some people generally disavow Bose as overpriced crap (which I generally believe they are), while others claim that the 901's are excellent speakers. I haven't read any crazy-ass audiophile claims about these speakers, but I haven't looked too closely.
I generally distrust "audiophiles," because even though not all of them are crazy, enough of them are that it calls everyone's feedback into question.
The original 901's came with a "Bose Active Equalizer" that was designed to normalize the performance of the speakers. I guess the bass was a little flat and the treble was a little harsh, so the EQ is designed to fit the output to a more normal curve. The problem is that I can't find the EQ that goes with these speakers, so they're pretty much impossible to test effectively.
Here are my options as I see them:
1) Get an EQ on eBay, for anywhere from $40 to $100, and keep the speakers. I could hypothetically get one for less, but this is the range of final sale prices I've seen on closed auctions.
2) Sell the speakers on eBay as-is. Again, browsing closing prices, I've seen the speakers go for $200 apiece without the EQ. I've seen a full package go for close to $600. A more conservative estimate would be $300 for the pair. This is, of course, guaranteeing that I can figure out whether or not they work.
I could also get the EQ, test the speakers, and try selling the full package if they work. But my thinking is more that, if they work, then I might have good speakers for effectively free.
Anyone have any particular experience with Bose equipment? I'm generally in the "over-priced and over-hyped" camp, but I imagine they're at least good speakers.