Bose 301 for studio monitors?

Discussion in 'Monitoring' started by ap-emerger, May 3, 2006.

  1. ap-emerger

    ap-emerger Guest

    Years ago while recording an EP (1995-ish) our producer used a pair of Bose 301's for our recording project. I now own a pair of those speakers and am wondering if anybody can recommend or warn against using these as reference monitors for a home studio.

    AP 8)
  2. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Better Off Somewhere Else
    interesting HiFi speakers that adopt the Direct and Reflecting methods of sound dispersion ... some classical listeners do like them

    great for surround speakers

    good for the studio area ...

    but not what I would call reference or even something I would ever refer anything to.
    YMMV as Fletch would say
  3. Cucco

    Cucco Distinguished Member

    Mar 8, 2004
    Tacoma, WA
    If it's got no highs and no lows, it must be Bose...

    Walk away, neigh, run away from the 301s. Again, as Kev said, you could easily throw them in your studio for the talent to listen to, but as accurate monitors, no dice.

  4. ap-emerger

    ap-emerger Guest


    Thanks guys for the heads up.

    I'll check out some Yamaha's or Tannoys to do the job then. I appreciate the candid opinions.

    AP 8)
  5. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    that's the other insult

    I though about doing both of them but two insults in the one post is probably too much ...
    but I could take a swipe at another maker ... yes ?

    Just Bloody Loud

    it's all just fun
    there's lots of good stuff from JBL
    and over many years
    2225 and 2226 has probably been the main-stay of the PA business for a very long time.
  6. cfaalm

    cfaalm Active Member

    Feb 21, 2005
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    Read this about Bose.
  7. ap-emerger

    ap-emerger Guest


    I have had my Bose 301's for 2 years now and absolutely love the sound while listening to vinyl through an old harmon/kardon tube amp. It sounds fantastic! I've also owned some of the 600 Polk Audio's and loved them too but the sound signature always seemed a bit "boxsie" compared to the warmer Bose 301's

    Just sayin'

    Oh...BTW...I did buy a pair of Alesis studio monitors. I'll give the field test later when I receive them.

  8. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    yes they will sound fine while listening, in your living room, to your finished vinyls and CDs.

    they may not be the best thing for mixing as they involve the walls of the room as part of the sound
    and perhaps not the best value for money around

    as for the surround systems,
    take any small speaker like an Auratone 5C and a good powered subwoofer ... give the satellites a bit of pre-amplifier EQ ... or even a passive EQ bend in the speaker itself (Auratone had an EQ'd version)

    and you will be surprised at how it can film a room full of Mission Impossible sound.

    the speaker components can be very cheap indeed ... sub $20 a driver ... perhaps a little more for the sub
    but not much

    package it all up in a sensational looking enclosure and some glossy brochures and you too could be looking for luxury car tomorrow.
  9. Thomas W. Bethel

    Thomas W. Bethel Distinguished Member

    Dec 12, 2001
    Oberlin, OH
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    No highs no lows must be BOSE! Says it ALL.
  10. Kev

    Kev Well-Known Member

    Nov 13, 2001
    Cucco already did that one
    that's ok

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