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How to connect bose 901 speakers to 5.1 setup?

Bose 901 connection to 5.1 setup?

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  • mark 01 Dec 17, 2008

    How can i connect 901 to sony 1200 es receiver?If i use pre-amp output to 901 eq. i must use multi channel input on the receiver.But multi channel input is only 5.1.I want 6.1 or 7.1 sorround sound ,and that works only with HDMI,optical kabel or RCA coax.Help please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The solution is simple and cheaper than you think.

The analog 5.1, 6.1, 7.1 outputs on your receiver should be active even with digital inputs that you want to hear. Your receiver turns everything it processes into analog output just before the speakers anyway so there's no loss of access to multichannel sound this way.

What I did was to buy a separate amp for the 901's and feed the Front L&R analog audio out to the EQ which is directly in front of the amp. The Active EQ is only for the 901's which don't have woofers or tweeters so Bose flattened out its final response electronically with some serious boosting at both ends. Having it in line with any other speakers would feed them a grossly over-compensated signal.

Your receiver will drive the rest of the speakers.

This is the cheapest way to have your 901's and hear them, too. Since the 901's are really efficient you don't have to buy a big amp that would heat the room. I'm using a separate Carver amp with 2x100w for mine.

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Your reciever needs to have preout and main in to make your bose work.Connect the amplifier INPUT of the Bose  ® 
 901 
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 active equalizer to the PRE AMP OUT jacks 
of the receiver or amplifier. Connect right channel to right channel and left to left. 
4. Connect the amplifier OUTPUT of the active equalizer to the MAIN AMP IN jacks on the 
receiver or amplifier. Connect right channel to right channel and left to left. 
5. Plug the power cord of the 901 active equalizer into one of the switched outlets on the 
receiver so that it will be powered when the receiver is switched on. 

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Hello, if 5.1 is supported on on your speaker, you need find S/PDIF input.

Posted on Sep 09, 2008

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SOURCE: Bose 901 series speakers to Bose 901 Equalizer

There is no direct connection between the 901's and their Active Equalizer. It is designed to be inserted between the source and the DEDICATED amplifier driving the speakers. Typically, this would be in a Tape Monitor loop on a receiver.

Tape Rec/Out to EQ In; EQ Out to Tape Play/In on the receiver. If you have a tape deck(s), it(they) would go into the back of the Bose EQ as if it was the receiver and you would use the Tape and 1/2 buttons for selection.

Or,if you have access to any other point that doesn't use the Tape Monitor, like a Pre Out/Main In jumper set, place the Equalizer there. That way it's always in front of the speakers and doesn't take up the Tape Mon.

Flip in the Tape Monitor and leave it on or the speakers will not receive the essential ACTIVE Equalization they require for proper frequency response. DO NOT place non-901's onto any amp using the Active EQ.

Like any speakers, the 901's will attach to the speaker terminals in the conventional manner.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009

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