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Bose amplifier does not work with a 6 speaker selector

I have a Bose lifestyle surround sound system. My house has speakers built into the walls in 4 of the rooms. I wanted to tie these house speakers into my Bose system. I hooked up the SA-3 amplifier and ran the house speakers to a speaker selector box. I connected this to my aplifier, but it doesn't work. There is no sound at all. I know my amplifier is set up properly because I tested one set of the speakers directly to the amplifier and it works. When I run the speakers through the speaker selector box, there is no sound. I'm not sure what ohm the speakers are, but the speaker selector box controls 4, 8 or 16 ohm speakers.

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Re: Bose amplifier does not work with a 6 speaker...

Your wall speakers may not be connected.... disconnect each speaker from the selector box and test with a small AAA battery to see if they are connected by putting the battery between each speaker's wires , you will hear it crackle ,then gradually connect each wall speaker onto the speaker connector box . If the first set does not work i suggest there may be a problem with your speaker selector box . Good luck

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