While doing graduate work at MIT in the mid-1950s, Amar Bose decided to buy a hi-fi as a present to himself for having done well with his studies.
“I figured that all I needed to do was look at the specifications,” Dr. Bose, who had studied violin for several years as a boy, told Discover magazine in 2004. “So I bought what looked like the best one, turned it on, and turned it off in five minutes, the sound was so poor.”
Having realized years earlier that he had a gift for electronics, Dr. Bose set about finding a way to better capture the sound audiences heard in concert halls.
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