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Connect Bose 901 VI EQ to a Harmon Kardon AVR 247 Amp

I connected the Bose 901 VI EQ to the Tape input/output jacks but for some reason it doesnt seem to work. I currently have, connected to the amp....two 901 speakers, two 201 speakers and a sony center channel.
All the speakers are on, but i cannot get the Bose EQ to work at all. When playing music thru the DVD player the sysem sounds GREAT, but when using it for home theater, it is lacking that wow effect. Can anyone help?

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Similar problem...I came up with a solution with help from Onyko. For my receiver, at least, the bottom line was that the output from the equalizer MUST go to 'Receiver, Tape In'! Since that is the ONLY input source from the equalizer, you must combine elsewhere. Part of my setup included the Radio Shack Audio/Video Selector box which costs $21.99...you might not need it, but in my case, I couldn't plug all components into the back of the receiver and have them go through the equalizer.

Since I have a satellite receiver, DVD player and TV, that I want to route through the equalizer, here is the way mine is set up and working:

Satellite receiver and DVD player out to Radio Shack audio/video selector

Audio/video selector out to VCR in.

VCR video directly to TV

VCR audio red/white (audio) out to equalizer

Equalizer out to Receiver Tape IN (Receiver Out not used)

Hope this (or a variation of it) helps.

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** Front Pre Out (or one of your analog Tape Outs) >>> Bose EQ Amplifer IN, then Bose EQ Amplier OUT >>> new amplifier IN.


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http://www.retrevo.com/support/Harman-Kardon-AVR-230-Receivers-manual/id/386bh145/t/2/



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