Bose Corporation has built its reputation with an uncompromising commitment to lifelike sound. Groundbreaking achievements have resulted in historic milestones which form the foundation for our future endeavors.
1964 Founding of Bose
In the 1950s, Dr. Amar G. Bose observes that loudspeakers don't deliver natural sound. Extensive research into the science of sound leads to the formation of Bose Corporation.
1968 Birth of a legend
Bose introduces the revolutionary 901™ Direct/Reflecting™ speaker. Its unique blend of reflected and direct sound re-creates an unprecedented similarity to a live musical performance.
1972 Pro loudspeakers
Bose enters the professional ranks by producing a loudspeaker system designed exclusively for the demanding, discriminating tastes of the professional musician.
1972 Syncom™ testing computer
Bose establishes the proprietary Syncom computer that acoustically measures speakers against a laboratory model to guarantee a level of consistency and reliability.
1975 Bookshelf speaker a bestseller
Concert-like sound—now in a bookshelf-sized speaker. The 301™ Direct/Reflecting™ speaker system combines lifelike performance, versatility and affordability to become one of the world's top-selling speakers.
1982 Quality sound on wheels
Bose unveils the first factory-installed sound system custom designed for a specific automobile. Today, some of the world's most luxurious cars feature Bose® sound systems, each one acoustically tailored to a particular car model.
1984 Waveguide speaker technology
The challenge: experience the performance of a large, multi-component stereo system from a compact, all-in-one system. A decade of research results in the groundbreaking technology behind the Acoustic Wave™ music system.
1986 Acoustimass™ speaker technology
This advancement allows tiny cube speakers to deliver concert-like sound. The proprietary Acoustimass module provides deep low frequencies, with no audible distortion, while hidden almost anywhere in the room.
1987 Inventor of the Year
Acoustic waveguide speaker technology garners praise from the scientific community, earning Dr. Bose and Dr. William Short "Inventor of the Year" honors.
1989 Headsets that negate noise
Bose revolutionizes flying for pilots—and later, for passengers—with the first Acoustic Noise Cancelling™ headset. It actively reduces airplane noise, enabling more effective noise reduction in a more comfortable headset.
1990 A new approach to home entertainment
Bose develops Lifestyle™ systems. Proprietary technology and small, elegant speaker design take home entertainment to a new level of performance that continues to evolve, featuring surround sound systems with music storage and easy expandability throughout the home.
1993 Radio wakes up an industry
Proprietary acoustic waveguide speaker technology is reintroduced in the tabletop-sized Wave™ radio. It redefines the concept of a radio, delivering rich, deep sound not previously heard from a unit this small.
1993 Bricks and mortar
Bose opens its first retail store in Kittery, Maine. Today, Bose maintains over 125 storefronts in the United States alone and a growing number of wholly owned subsidiaries worldwide.
1994 Making sound predictions
Bose introduces the Auditioner™ audio demonstrator. It allows architects and building managers to hear the exact acoustic performance of a building's proposed sound system before the building is constructed.
1995 Jewel Cube™ speaker
Just 4½" tall with sound rivaling that of speakers many times their size, these pioneering speakers further advance the Bose standard of performance and elegance in a complete audio system.
1998 AudioPilot™ noise compensation circuitry
Bose introduces a new benchmark in vehicle noise compensation. A microphone continuously monitors the total sound level inside a car, and Bose digital electronics separate the music you want to hear from the noise you don't.
1998 Next-generation headset
Bose is awarded the Aviation Consumer Magazine "Product of the Year" for the newly launched Aviation Headset X™, featuring proprietary technology to help achieve an unmatched combination of noise reduction, clear communication and comfortable fit.
1999 Videostage™ 5 decoding circuitry
Innovative technology, pioneered in select Lifestyle™ home theater systems, delivers a five-channel surround sound experience from any source, even older mono TV shows and movies.
2001 3·2·1™ home entertainment system
The concept of "surround sound made simple" takes a leap forward. This DVD-based system offers cinematic sweep from only two speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.
2001 ADAPTiQ™ audio calibration system
Bose solves a nagging sound reproduction problem: the acoustical impact of a room's dimensions, contents, speaker placement and more. After an easy, one-time setup, advanced circuitry automatically makes adjustments so a Lifestyle™ system consistently delivers a quality Bose performance.
2003 Mobile surround sound
Driver and passengers can now enjoy a true surround sound experience on the road, even from conventional CDs. Bose unveils the auto industry's first discrete 5.1 surround system in the Maybach 57/Maybach 62.
2003 Breakthrough for musicians
The Personalized Amplification System™ finally allows musicians to hear their performance as the audience does: clearly, distinctly and without many of the inherent problems—and much of the equipment—involved in live amplified music.
2004 Wave™ music system
Next-generation Wave™ technology features a dual-tapered waveguide enabling lower musical notes and crisper, more accurate tonal quality across a wider spectrum of sound. Updated styling combines classic feel with a larger display, more intuitive interface and slot-loaded CD player.
2004 uMusic™ intelligent playback system
Finally, an answer to disorganization and deadwood in your CD collection. The uMusic system digitally stores hundreds of music selections, learns which ones a listener likes and dislikes, then intuitively chooses music according to the listener's preferences.
2004 Gold medal sound
Bose Professional Systems division achieves its most extensive Olympic presence to date at the summer games in Athens, providing sound for ten different venues including the main Olympic Stadium, site of the opening and closing ceremonies.
2004 iPod® plays to the crowd
The SoundDock™ digital music system quickly becomes the sound standard for Apple® iPod speaker systems, allowing iPod owners to listen unrestrained by earbuds and share their music with others.
2004 Driving the future
Bose moves beyond audio to unveil the revolutionary Bose suspension system. Proprietary Bose software and hardware deliver a new standard of comfort and control—a much smoother ride than any luxury sedan, with less roll and pitch than any sports car.
2004 Motion control made better
Bose leverages its expertise in power electronics, controls and electromagnetic linear actuators to develop ElectroForce™ linear motion systems. The result is an unprecedented degree of speed and precision in materials testing and future applications.
2005 Wireless room-to-room expansion
The AL8 homewide wireless audio link allows Lifestyle™ system owners to enjoy their system in other rooms without having to run wires from the main hub.
2005 Widescreen sound from any TV
The CineMate™ digital home theater speaker system is designed to work easily with your TV, DVD player and/or VCR to provide a cinematic sound experience from just two speakers and a hideaway Acoustimass module.
2006 Widescreen sound at your computer
Using similar technology found in the 3·2·1 and CineMate systems, the Companion™ 5 speaker system delivers expansive sound from 5.1-encoded movies, games and music—from just two desktop speakers and a compact Acoustimass module.
2006 Surround sound without all the wires
The SL2 wireless surround link eliminates wires from the front to the back of your room in Lifestyle™ or Acoustimass 5.1 home theater systems. Instead, signals are transmitted wirelessly from the Acoustimass module to the rear speakers.
2007 A new approach to automotive infotainment
The Bose media system debuts in the Ferrari 612 Scaglietti. Motorists can easily access entertainment, navigation, communication and information using a classic interface of two knobs and a few buttons.
2007 A new standard for small desktop speakers
Computer MusicMonitor™ introduces surprising sound from just two compact speakers. Its deep low-note performance—requiring no bass module—results from proprietary Bose acoustic design combined with highly efficient amplification and transducers.
2008 Bose founder honored
Dr. Amar Bose was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio, for achievements in audio technology that "have significantly influenced the quality of how we live." All nominees must hold at least one US patent to be considered.
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