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Bose: In Search Of Better Sound

January 6, 2014

There are many people who like music. Some have taken up formal schooling in music others are more of the raw and self-taught type. There are many elements involved in music; one of the most important is sound quality. If you listen to recorded music you want it to sound as close as possible to the real thing.

This is what Dr. Amar G. Bose wanted. In the 1950s he was a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was also a classical music enthusiast. He wanted to reward himself for his studies. After considering the available systems Bose finally bought a new home stereo system that he believed would provide the realism of live music. The speakers he bought featured impressive technical specifications. Unfortunately they didn’t produce the sound quality and realism that Bose wanted.

With his technical MIT training, love of classical music, and an entrepreneurial spirit he set out to create better, more lifelike sound.  Bose began to perform extensive research aimed at clarifying factors that he saw as fundamental weaknesses affecting high-end audio systems. Eight years later in 1964 he founded Bose Corporation.

Bose is still today a privately held multibillion dollar American corporation with headquarters in Framingham, Massachusetts. The firm specializes in audio equipment. It is best known for its loudspeakers, noise-cancelling headsets, and automotive sound systems. The firm also manufactures other products like amplifiers and headphones. Bose has conducted research into automotive suspension technologies and cold fusion.

While focused on manufacturing and selling its products the company finally opened its first store in Kittery, Maine in 1993. The firm has since opened 160 stores in the U.S. and other locations around the world. There are 12 Bose stores in Britain, which includes one on Regent Street.

Aside from the retail stores Bose operates 8 plants and an automotive subsidiary in Stow, Massachusetts.  Dr. Amar Bose was the main stockholder and chairman of the firm until he donated the majority of the firm’s shares to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2011. Bose died at the age of 83 in July 2013.

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