The first time I heard some Bose 901s, they were powered by some MacIntosh gear and it was so damn loud I had to walk out of the demo room, and I was young and invincible then. It was loud and clear and favored the high end with no real lower mids and bass and I couldn't get over that fact.
Even my brother had a pair that he blasted in the house, first on stands and then suspended from the ceiling. He couldn't stop fiddling with them, taking them apart and reassembly them and finally traded the broken speakers for something else. :-)
Bose was responsible for getting a lot of folk interested in audio and my hat's off to him for that. I don't begrudge him a bit for how things went later on.
All the best,