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Bridging a Carver amp

Bought a used Carver tfm-6cb, works great in stereo mode. I can see from the switch on the back that it bridges, but other choices must be made also;i.e., how inputs work and how speaker connections work. Can you help?

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I have just bought an Behringer EP4000 amp. How do I connect 2 x B1520 and 1 x B1800X speakers to this amp? Thanks!


You don't (unless you want two B1520's on one channel and the sub on another). Reading the manuals would help.

The EP4000 amp drives only two channels. It CAN be bridged for one speaker but it won't support two channel and bridged mode simultaneously.

http://www.retrevo.com/support/Behringer-EP4000-Amps-manual/id/23591dj795/t/2/

The B1520 subwoofeer is PASSIVE so it will need a dedicated amplifier to power it and control its volume independently of other speaker channels.

http://www.behringer.com/EN/Products/B1800X.aspx

Aug 31, 2011 | Behringer Eurolive B212A Speaker

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I've just been given a pair of working Mission 780 speakers. There are 4 connecters on each speaker and 2 brass plates linking the left inputs to each other and the same with the right ones. What's the...


Do not remove the brass plates! These work as a bridge between the connections, making them a universal speaker. You only need one input. The other input should say "Bridge", which is an output to the other speaker, allowing you to run these speakers as monitors or subs. The bridge option runs both speakers on the same channel, making it a mono signal, so if they are used as monitors, everyone hears the same thing. If they are used as subs, equal power goes to each, reducing the chance of a blown speaker.


Hope that helps!

Feb 13, 2011 | Mission 780 Main / Stereo Speaker

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Will the Marantz SR5004 work with the 901?


By itself, yes, in stereo for stereo analog source material only.

There's good news and bad news for the multichannel hopes you must be harboring.

The bad news is that a multichannel receiver with Bose 901's will only sound right in STEREO on stereo analog material. For one thing, the other speakers around the room are not designed to receive its Active Equalization (unless they, too, are 901's of the same version) and for another, if you engage your Tape Monitor you will not be able to play digital sources. Tape Monitor is for analog stereo material only and on most (all?) AV receivers it disables any digital inputs.

The good news. I have a 7.1 setup similar to what I think you're trying to do and it works great!

A separate stereo amp for the 901's was my solution. I run a Carver AV-406 (5-channel amp) for my 901's in Front, 2 Subwoofers and the Rear Surround channel, with the Active EQ between the receiver Front L&R Outputs and the 901's amp channels. My receiver controls everything and just drives the Center and Surround speakers. You could get by with just a stereo amp for the 901's. A Carver M-200 is a good efficient amplifier that would have you cooking just fine (2x100W). Just draw the Front L and R analog pre-out from the Marantz to the Bose Active Equalizer then to the new amp. Adjust your speaker levels and enjoy.

Feb 20, 2010 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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I have a pair of bose 901 speakers with an onkyo 100 watt amp. the amp is going out i think what is a good replacement?


My $.02: anything strong and clean. I'm partial to Carver amps and have run mine with double M-440 cubes bridged to 400 watts per speaker at one time. Right now I'm pushing them with a single Carver M-100T (100 wpc) and it sounds as good without being dangerous.

Feb 07, 2010 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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What would be the best amplifier for a pair of bose 901 series v1 speakers. they are 450 watts max. i need good clean power and lots of it. what do you recommend.


I'm partial to any old Carver amp. Some M-400 Cubes bridged to 400 WPC would blow the walls out for you. Or if you want to keep some semblance of peace and hearing ability, I'd just get a nice M-200 for them. I've had both set-ups and the M-200T is fine without being dangerous.

Dec 01, 2009 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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Best amps for bose 901


You need an amplifier with at least 200 wpc to get the most out of your BOSE. Look into getting a NAD, ADCOM or CARVER amplifier. I prefer CARVER myself. I am running a CARVER M-500T(251 wpc) on my 901's and they sound incredible.

Aug 25, 2009 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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Latest model surround receiver for bose 901 speakers VI


I can think of no reason any amp pushing 120 watts would not work with 901-VI's. They're very efficent and will probably play louder and cleaner than you would ever need. As I recall, my old series IV's have no maximum amplifier rating specified, but I did blow up a bridged Carver M-400 Cube (pushing 400 watts to one speaker with a DVD-Audio of Yes - Fragile cranked dangerously high) with them. I'm convinced my speakers are indestructible in any home application.

Keep in mind that whatever you decide to use as your control/amplifier section, a pair of 901's need a dedicated stereo amplifier. I suspect you're thinking surround sound so a receiver with separable preamp/amp channels, due to the Activbe EQ, would be needed and as far as I know they don't exist. A separate stereo amp for the 901's was my solution. I run a Carver AV-406 (5-channel amp) for my 901's in Front, 2 Subwoofers and the Rear Surround channel, with the Active EQ between the receiver and the 901's amp channels. My receiver controls everything and just drives the Center and Surrounds.

Modest amps would work but at very loud volumes may go into clipping, which is bad for any speaker. 120 clean watts is good. I'm using only 110W for mine.

A Carver M-200 is a fine, efficient amplifier that would have you cooking just fine (2x100W).

Mar 20, 2009 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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Bose 901 Equalizer connections to Harman Kardon AVR520


I wrote this for a different receiver, but if you account for minor differences to your receiver this will work just fine.

There's good news and bad news. The bad news you need a separate amp because a multichannel receiver with Bose 901's attached as recommended for a standard stereo receiver will only sound right in STEREO on stereo analog material. The other speakers around the room are not designed to receive its Active Equalization and if you engage your Tape Monitor you will NOT BE ABLE TO HEAR DIGITAL sources at all. Tape Monitor is for analog stereo material only and on modern AV receivers it disables any digital inputs so you really can't use the Tape Monitor circuit or attached devices for modern digital sources. However, you can still employ the various DSP options to spread 2-channel analog source material around the room. I do.

The good news. I have a setup similar to what you want to do and it works great! With one caveat - My receiver actually has 5.1 analog Outputs so I can drive up to 6 external amplifiers if I want to (I drive 4). IF yours does NOT (*) we have to be creative in extracting the front two channels from your multi-channel receiver. The obvious alternative place would be at one of the few OUTputs on the back, assuming you have one free to use.

If your receiver has Pre Audio OUTS so I'm betting your receiver does, too.

A separate stereo amp for the 901's was my solution. I run a Carver AV-406 (5-channel amp) for my 901's in Front, 2 Subwoofers and the Rear Surround channel, with the Active EQ between the receiver Front L&R Outputs and the 901's amp channels. My receiver controls everything and just drives the Center and Surround speakers.

You could get by with just a stereo amp for the 901's. A Carver M-200 is a good efficient amplifier that would have you cooking just fine (2x100W). Run it with the Active EQ between the receiver Front L&R Pre-Outputs ** and the 901's amp channels.

** Front Pre Out; (or VCR or Tape Out if you don't have Pre Outs) >>> Bose EQ Amplifer IN, then
Bose EQ Amplier OUT >>> new amplifier IN.


Attach the 901's to the new amp, set its volume to Max and run through your receiver's speaker level setup.

*** If you use a Tape or VCR Out you will NOT be able to SELECT the source you use for the 901 Pre-Outs for listening, or else the 901's will not get any sound sent their way. DO NOT USE the monitor switch for that source.

Aug 04, 2008 | Bose 901 VI Main / Stereo Speaker

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I need help with a system that I just bought.


Well it should be like this...Your amp is prologic which means that it has 5+1 outputs (sub out may be for active sub).Connect your speakers on specific output for each one (center,front left,front right,rear left,rear right and sub).Other devices,CD,tuner...connect to the amp with signal RCA-RCA cabels.On the back of the amp you have all marked inputs.You wasn't specific what do you want to hook?!If you want to hook this "new" to kenwood connect rec out of it to aux in on kenwood.If oposite kenwood rec out to "new" aux in.Hope that this is what you need

Mar 12, 2008 | Speakers & Subwoofers

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Subwoofer connection


if this is ao powered sub, that plugs into the wall, there should be no problems, if it is powered solely by the reciever it may work fine but be sure you dont exceed amperage on the subwoofer.

Jan 28, 2008 | Bose 151SE Main / Stereo Speaker

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