Put them up for sale on ebay and get yourself a pair of sound dynamics 300ti and never look back...The 300ti will blow them away and leave you with much needed cash to buy software.
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Or as the old saying goes: "No highs, no lows - must be Bose".
Bose was always infamously all about marketing rather than solid engineering and to be truthful that hasn't exactly been a secret. In spite of everything you probably shouldn't burn them though. Try running them up on ebay and see what happens, believe it or not they are still known to sell.
Surprised you or anyone would keep them or any speaker that long if found so bad. Do you use the Bose supplied equalizer? Without it they certainly do not work well as they are designed to work in conjunction.
Had 901's many years ago, lot of fun. Many hi end stores sold them at the time. They compared well with many in their line up back in the day. So you may indeed wish to post them for sale on various venues. Good luck on your hunt for suitable speakers.
I bought a pair of Bose 2.1 bookshelf speakers in 1990. I still have them. Stopped listening to them about 5 years ago, have had them in several garage sales and up on Craigslist, no takers. They really are terrible, bought a pair of B&W 685s years ago, those really showed how bad the 2.1s are. I still have friends who think Bose's 2.1 and 5.1 satellite systems are the creme' de la creme, I just keep quiet, cannot really tell the truth here without looking like an audiophile snob...!
5 years??? sure took you a long time to discover how bad they are. But, the speaker has been in production forever, so SOMEONE must like them, and are satisfied with them. Which is more than you can say about a lot of the 'audiophile' stuff on the 'gon. I think PARTY people like them. You know, having FUN. Poor lost souls.