Bose is a privately held audio equipment company, with its headquarters located in Framingham, Massachusetts. Known for their high-end home audio equipment (and television commercials), Bose manufactures a wide array of speaker systems, noise cancelling headphones, car audio systems, home entertainment systems, and more.
One area of the company that not many know about is their expertise in the area of automotive suspension technologies. While none of their work has found its way to a production vehicle, Bose has long looked at using electromagnetic motors in the place of traditional suspension systems.
Company founder and chairman Amar G. Bose was the company’s primary stockholder until he donated the majority of shares to MIT in 2011. Amar was a graduate student at MIT when he purchased a stereo system, only to be disheartened by the sound produced. As a result, he researched reverberant sound and its perceived effect on audio quality.
Bose makes excellent noise cancelling headphones. The headphones in this lineup are well known for cancelling out all outside noise, allowing the user to listen to whatever they like in quiet comfort. In fact, some of the aviation headsets they have produced have been used in the Space Shuttle to prevent astronauts from sustaining hearing damage.
Under the leadership of company president Bob Maresca, Bose continues to make top notch audio products today. With revenues over $2 billion (in 2011), and well over 9,000 employees, there’s no telling how big Bose will grow, or what audio products they will produce next.