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How to identify speakers on surroud sound system whe hooking up.

Most people will try there best to mark the speaker wires on their speaker system when they run them. That can be a big pain and if you don't mark the with a simple system it can be confusing. It will be more trouble if you did'nt mark the wires when you ran them. I have a very simple solution that works well. You don't need to worry with marking the wires at all. The easy way to identify the spearker you are hooking up when you are installing a system is to use a 1.5 vdc D cell battery. You may ask, why a D cell battery? It is pretty simple. If you have connected the wires to the speakers.With the + (possitive)terminal connected to the side of the speaker wire that is marked with a stripe. Sometimes the stripe is white or black and sometimes no stripe at all. If it does not have a stripe it will have small ridges along the side of the wire. Stripe or ridges we call that the tracer. Place the wire with out a tracer on the - (negative) terminal of the speaker. On the other end of the wires youwill need to strip the insulation from the two conductors of the speaker wire. Hold one of the wires to the - (negative) end of the D cell battery. the +/- indications are located on the side of the battery. The bump on one end of the battery is normally the + (possitive) end of the battery. Touch the other wire to the + (possitive) side of the battery for a second and remove. Repeat this several times and note the poping sound the speaker make. Listen for the location of the speaker that is poping. Hook the speaker to the terminal on the amp that matches the location of the speaker that pops. Move to the next speaker and repeat. Do not worry this action will not harm the speakers. They will see much more than 1.5 vdc when you drive them with the amp. The next time you need to install speakers try this tip. You can use it in every installation and it will speed the install process. I hope you find this very heplful.

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I have a Jensen JHT805 surround sound I recently aquired from a local flea market, it is in great condition. But The speakers don't have the required wires needed to make them all produce sound. The Submufer has a wire, and it works perfectly, but the rest of the speakers don't. I just want to know if there are any specific wires I can buy or get to make the rest of the sound system work, or if my sound system is just faulty. I greatly appreciate it if you guys could help me out.

The speakers require a special Speaker wires that can be found at any big markets...
Just visit any local market ,preferably Electronic stores and ask for it..
it is a piece of cake...you can do it....
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Okay, here's the verdict. No such din connector for the Bose AM15's exist. I thought I would take another look to see if anything had changed since I had looked last. Once again, all is the same and it makes using standard wiring a pain. However, it is possible to do what you want to do, which I assume is a nice clean install. I have rigged many of these systems, and, here's what I do.

First, the biggest pain is the 25' LFE cable. Shortening it is a pain because the wires are thin and dificult to splice. Lengthening it isn't a great idea either because you want to keep the cables as short as possible. However, a lesser of 2 evils exist and that is to keep this cable whole. Before you begin, peel the LFE cable from the buch untill it is separated from the bundle. Next, peel the speaker wire for each speaker so the pos and neg for each speaker is together, but, separated from the bundle. Then you'll place the sub where you intend it to go, plug in the 13 pin din (I even looked at vga options...nada) and stretch the cable to the wall and cut one speaker wire at a time (+ and -) being CAREFULL to mark which wire is positive and which is negative after the cut. DO NOT cut the LFE cable, and make sure you give yourself an extra foot or so before you cut the wires.

Once the cuts are complete and you have labeled pos and neg for each wire, you may strip the wire and plug into your regular speaker wire wall plate (banana or clips). On the reverse side of the plate, attatch the pos and neg to the plates making sure everything is consistant. Then, run the wires to your receiver (or vise versa). Regular speaker wires typically distingush pos from neg through some sort of marking on the wire housing.

The other cable you will run is the sub (LFE cable). If you want to just drill a hole in the wall and stuff the cable in and run it to the receiver, that's one way, but if you want to keep it clean, use a single RCA connection wall plate. Then, to minimize loss of LFE sound, run a TV coaxial cable from the sub to the receiver and terminate both ends with RCA terminators.

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A picture is worth a thousand words, so, I drew a diagram and will attach it to this forum asap. Good luck and have a blast!

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