Bose SubWoofer + Sony Receiver = Question


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Username: Rcapilli

Post Number: 1
Registered: Aug-04
I just bought a Sony receiver last night and started the fantastic process of setting it up. Before buying the receiver I purchased a Bose surround sound system about 2 years ago and everything has been working great. Question is, is it possible to hook up the Bose subwoofer to a 3rd party receiver like Sony or Onkyo etc...?

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Username: Geekboy

Newport, RI United States

Post Number: 331
Registered: Dec-03
Which Bose system (including model number) do you have? We will need to know what that is so we can determine if it allows external connections.

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I have the same question. I have Denon 1601 receiver. I have been hooking it up with 5 Bose satellite cubic speakers and Acoustimass 5 SeriesII. use small volume for center and surround. Is that OK?

If you got it working then great. I went to Circuit City and spoke to a rep there. If you buy the LifeStyle systems from Bose, the Subwoofer is propriateory (sp?) to the system. So to make a long story short, I had to buy a new subwoofer. But I love it.

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Username: Rahul

Post Number: 4
Registered: Sep-04
I have Bose Acoustimass 5 SeriesII, the Bose subwoofer is working fine with my Sony STR-DE 485 receiver. My subwoofer is powered separately, is your powered separately?

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Hey if anyone can get ahold of some Top Dog at Bose, tell them I have a great idea for them...Bose is the #1 speaker around and i thought they could see about making a car audio subwoofer. such as a 12" competition speaker or something. let me know on my email.. thanx

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I have the older Bose Acoustimass 7 speakers. How can I utilize the 5 channel feature on my new Denon receiver. I am not able to plug in the subs as they are passive? I realize the speakers came out before the 5 channel output feature - would it sound better to buy a separate powered sub?

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Username: Nm2285


Post Number: 25
Registered: Aug-04
I believe Bose (thankfully) doesn't make replacement speakers for cars, only for the manufacturers.
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