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Amar Bose, acoustics technology pioneer, dies

BOSTON -- Acoustics pioneer Amar Bose, founder and chairman of the audio technology company Bose Corp., known for the rich sound of its small tabletop radios and its noise-canceling headphones popular among frequent fliers, has died at age 83.

Bose's death was announced Friday by the company and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where Bose began his acoustics research and was on the faculty for more than 40 years.

Bose founded his company, based in Framingham, Mass., in 1964. The company will remain privately held.

"Dr. Bose founded Bose Corporation almost 50 years ago with a set of guiding principles centered on research and innovation," company president Bob Maresca said. "That focus has never changed."

The company's products include elegant Wave system radios boasting "lifelike, room-filling sound," cushioned QuietComfort headphones for reducing background noises, home theater accessories and computer speakers. -- AP

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