I will never (publicly) diss Bose again as I noticed the speakers at St Peter's Basilica were Bose.:-) It's one of those, "did you know" kind of things that I didn't.
If it's good enough for this special place, it's good enough for me. However, one of the speakers close to us when we attended mass on Sunday, August 7, seems shot and needs replacement. Hope it gets fixed soon.
My Bose 901's in my shop are awesome. They make a great shop/bar speaker. They're compact, play loud, and sound consistent throughout the space. I'd never consider them for critical listening, but I've gotten many, many hours of enjoyment from them. I bought them used in 1978. In about 1985 the surrounds had rotted out. Bose replaced everything with brand new stuff for something like $350. Customer service was excellent. The Bose are the oldest thing in my system and have the best bang for the buck quotient of anything I own.
JVC DLA-RS400 projector, CIH shrink method (DIY AT screen coming soon) B&W Nautilus 804 LR, HTM1 Cen (DIY 7pi LR and 4pi Cen coming soon) Four DIY 2pi surrounds Four DIY MFW-15 sealed subs with Crown XLS 1502 Rotel power amps: two RB-991 (2chx200wpc), one RB-993 (3chx200wpc) Oppo BDP-83, HTPC Win 10 and Kodi Emotiva UMC-200 System control by iRule, Lighting control by Insteon Nakamichi System 7: CA-7a preamp, CR-7a cassette, ST-7 tuner
Bose actually makes really good pro audio speakers. I've been to several dealer demo's and they are amazing compared to QSC, JBL etc. Still not a believer in home audio tho...
I'll add to this there line-array speakers are great especially for live events and office presentations. Can't tell you how many times I'd have to tell executives not to stand and talk in front of PA speakers. With the Bose F series no issues I even demonstrated them for our company and they bought a set on the spot. You can talk directly facing the drivers 2 inches away from them no feedback very impressive.
Marantz AV 8805 (7.4.4), Emo XPA-3 Gen1, XPA-2 Gen2, XPA-100 (x2), A-700, UPA-200, XPS-1, MQ-600 Sub amp (x2),Sony UBP-X1000ES, Project Debut Carbon DC (Ortofon 2M Bronze), Music Hall MMF 2.2 (AT440MLb), ASUS Xonar Essence ST & STX Sound cards, Classe SP25 (x2), Jolida Glass FX Tube DAC, JD-9v2, JD-5T, Foz SS-X, Sony VPL HW45ES, Onix Rocket RS760's, RSC200, RSS300's, RS250's, CHT 18" subs (x4), Magnepan MMG's Black, GIK Acoustic Panels, Tekton Lore Impluse, Lore Reference and Enzo
Ive owned a mark V or VI system for years, they've served me well, but not for critical listening. Set of 901's will fill a huge space, I've also used them as fromt hight speakers for a 11.6 HT system, they preformed better then any speaker ive used for such a purpose. Far off thunder or rain or special effects have been there very best using the 901's.