Bose 701 Floorstanding Speakers

3.17/5 (224 Reviews) MSRP : $900.00


Product Description

(2) 8" Woofers, 6.5" Mid and (2) 2.25" Tweeters


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by P a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: February 21, 2013

Bottom Line:   
For stereo listening this set is a phenomenal performer, really puts on an impressive show for two speakers when placed right. Also people have to make sure there receiver setting are correct because unlike most other speakers these run at 6 ohms and your receiver or amplifier must be notified of this manually (most.). Alot of the negative reviews out there are a result of this commen error. The direct reflecting technology works good, sometimes when playing a movie track it sounds like the surround sound even when all it is is just two speakers. There are some flaws that can be heard in the details. This is not really a detail oriented speaker in the highs, (not bad though ) but overall I am impressed and satisfied. You can't have everything. Speakers that project amazing realistic detail, usually require a sub on the side (unless your budget is limitless.). This set puts on a show! In the same price range there are speakers that will sound maybe more real in a lot of ways, but will not produce the bass and full sound that these will. So like I said you can't always have anything, but I am glad I have owned these. These are a power hungry speaker, give it as much clean power you can and you will be pleasantly surprised.

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Product model year:   Pre 1995



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by sam a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: September 16, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I got a Bose 701 and I like it very much. It soounds great...looks great and added a lot of aesthetics to my home theater/music room.

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Troy a Casual Listener

Date Reviewed: May 27, 2012

Bottom Line:   
I'm overwhelmed with my 701 s. I have always owned Bose. The unit, receiver, you name. At the present, my 701s is juiced up by a Poineer sx 980 and I have them backed up by two cerwin v 400. No matter how loud or low I put the volume, the 701s give me the pure pleasing sound I now expect from them. Unless you have the true power that's needed to really hear how they (701s), you will never truly understand what the bad boys are really made of. I will continual listing to them until my place in heaven is needed. Until than, I'll give them five stars.

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Product model year:   2004



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by MrG a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: February 11, 2012

Bottom Line:   
This review is for Bose 701s series I with a front and rear subwoofer port. I have auditioned a pair with the front port only and the two port configuration is substantially better. The thing to remember about this product is that you must provide an adequate listening space. The speaker cabinet is a hybrid open baffle design for the tweeter and mid range which is intriguing to me. If it carried a name other than Bose, the audio community would be very interested. The sound of the speakers is very non fatiguing. I can listen for hours at moderate levels while working on paper work without annoyance or the need to readjust placement. They do not get congested in complex orchestral passages as some other speakers I have used extensively (Newform research 645's, Magnepan MG Is Improved).The treble is not as beamy as in the Bose 10.2 series 2, (considered by most to be Bose' best floor-standers) and the mid range is in fact better. Imaging is decent if you have them within 1 foot of the wall. Don't toe them in. My speakers are placed about 8 feet apart and I sit about 12 feet back. Do not have items or equipment in between the speaker pair or the channel mix is eliminated. You may also need to tune the rear base port, or the base can become overwhelming and unnatural. I use some water line pipe insulating foam to fill 2/3s of the 1 rear port. The speakers are easy to drive and they play loudly if you'd like. The full range of a grand piano is easily achieved without a stand-alone subwoofer. There is a natural weight and heft to lower register bass notes that most floor standers lack. They are decent mains for 5 channel too. I'm certain they're not perfect, but neither are $50000 Wilson Audio and I'm about $49700 to the good. Don't be afraid to try a pair if you find them used. I've A/B tested them against many other speakers and I keep returning to these.

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Product model year:   1998



Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by eli tx a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: September 15, 2011

Bottom Line:   
the bose 701 is over 10 years in my house and is very good speaker .bass is 10.mid is 8.hi are 10.i have tannoy and jbl the are good too but i rely like this 701 speakers

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Used product for:   More than 1 year

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Product model year:   2000




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