As my friend Steve says in my favorite of the many tributes to Dr. Bose published this weekend, the company that he founded was “designed to appeal to mainstream, not audiophile, tastes,” and so with the exception of the company’s excellent noise-canceling headphones, it’s no surprise that its products are rarely well-reviewed in our channel, but it’s hard to deny the impact that Bose has had on the audio world. I have friends and family members who were practically introduced to the very concept of home theater thanks to Bose, and my dad still dotes on his original Wave Radio as the best sounding speaker he’s ever heard.
Granted, I doubt that tabletop radios were what Dr. Bose had in mind when he founded the company in 1964, especially given that the company’s first speaker designed looked like this and its first successfully marketed speaker looked like this.
Of course, the company has changed radically since those early days (or has it? The classic 901 still lives on in a much more modern form), but the impact that Dr. Bose had on the industry is undeniable. He was inducted into the Dealerscope Hall of Fame in 2002, and the CE Hall of Fame in 2007.
By way of Mashable comes this intriguing video from MIT’s TechTV archives — Dr. Bose final lecture from his Fall 1995 Acoustics course, which paints a wonderful picture of the man’s passion for audio, his knowledge about the effects of the room on sound quality, and his wonderful sense of humor.