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Switching on Bose Powered Speakers

My LS5 music centre was stolen, but I still have the powered speakers intact. Can I feed these from a non-Bose source so I can continue to use the speakers? My main question is what conditions need to be seen on the control lead in order to power up the system (Previously controlled from LS5 music centre) Any ideas? Thanks Richie

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  • rmack2 Mar 04, 2009

    I have tried this, and it worked on the old models, but it seems I need a signal to switch on the unit! There is a 5-pin DIN plug on the unit, and I still have the interconnecting lead which is DIN to 2xRCA and a 3pole 3.5mm TRS (Stereo Jack). Just connecting the RCA leads and applying signal doesn't seem to work.

  • rmack2 Mar 09, 2009

    Let me clarify! The system in question is a POWERED Bose Acoustimass 5. The sub contains amps for itself and the "cubes". This was part of a lifestyle music system, but the cd/radio unit was stolen.
    As I can't economically replace this unit, I want to hook up the pre-amp out from my hifi system so I can use the speakers.
    Just connecting the RCA plugs on the bose lead doesn't work, there is a mini 3-pole TRS jack which is the system control. MY QUESTION: What signal needs to be applied to this control lead in order to power the system up? Thanks R

  • rmack2 Mar 09, 2009

    Please can you READ my question carefully!

    The system I'm referring to is POWERED!! Active!!! I.e. it has on-board power amps.

    Discussions about power ratings and impedances are only applicable to the PASSIVE AM5!

    I just want to know what the old bose CD/Radio unit sent down the control lead to turn on the sub/amplifiers!!

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Yes. You can connect them to any a/v receiver. Just match the speakers up with the proper ports. 

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Your amplified speakers need turn-on voltage signaling the amplifier to power up.

As you can see on page 11 of THIS MANUAL there is an integrated (proprietary) system control wire with the audio RCA wires cable. This is the lead that sends voltage to your speakers to turn on.

You will at the very minimum need this cable, then splice off the "system control" plug to attach it to a power supply in order for your Acoustimass Module to power on and power your speakers.
This should be a 12VDC turn on signal.

Purchasing a 5A or so 12V power supply will be approximately $150+... and will need to be turned on and off manually each time you want to use the speakers.

I would suggest purchasing a reciever with a built-in amplifier and bypassing the Acoustimass module and just using the speakers directly to the reciever's output terminals.

Bose plays nice with its own, but adapting and using select parts doesnt work too well.

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    blueextc3221 Mar 10, 2009

    Additionally - some higher end recievers have a SYSTEM REMOTE terminal to turn on powered speakers. Look for that feature if purchasing a new reciever. Then they will turn on and off with the reciever and eliminate the need for a seperate power supply.

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If the speakers are self-amplified, you can hook them up to any source, if not they may not work on a source with a very low-power amplifier, but should work with any good amp+source. Hope that helps!

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You can get the connector between the bose system and tv as using this connector speacially made for this type of systems will automatically get detected to your system and tv as it is compitable for supporting to all types of units.just
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and clarify them exactly as what your unit is and to what you have to connect .by that i mean the exact model of your tv.and they will give you the proper connector for that.connect that connector to bose and the tv wire to the other end of the connector.this will automatically get detected.and you you can set the required setting on what you have to adjust.

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The best i can offer you is a manual...it might help you :-


http://products.bose.com/pdf/customer_service/owners/og_am6_10.pdf


Thanks.

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I have the bose acoustimass 5 sub box and surround speakers.
the ratings are - 10 - 200 watt / channel.
4 - 8 ohms.
any supply will do, you will find it hard to damage these babies!

Posted on Mar 04, 2009

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    sean sutton Mar 04, 2009

    the new units use a remote lead to turn the signal on just like a car stereo turns on its amp for a sub box.
    you could possibly use a creative digital control pod for the job.


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    sean sutton Mar 04, 2009

    or try this fella. i use him for my bose spare parts.

    http://www.warehousesound.co.uk/store/st...


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Bose connection speaker should have both the Bose multiple connector and the regular adio jack option, you just have to connect them using a regular audio jack cable.

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    Ginko Mar 03, 2009

    You find some info on recovering broken Bose system here.

    Also do not forget that Bose speakers are active, as already suggested you need to connect to a preamp out, or you will risk to bloww them.




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    Ginko Mar 09, 2009

    When you use the speakers as stand alone you need to use the 3.5mm Stereo Jack to connect them.



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    Ginko Mar 10, 2009

    There is no data or control cable, active means that your speakers are amplified, not that they have a preamp inside or some device that can be regulated through a data or control cable.

    The only control is how much volume is sent to the speakers.

    The only cables to the speakers are either RCA or Jack, and they do the same thing.

    Speakers are not active, only acoustimass subwoover is active.

    The speakers are not active , and apart connecting the audio, either through RCA or the Jack (they do the same, no control cable.

    Bose speakers have bad performance if you do not have the bose subwoofer.

    To resume:

    If you have bose soobwofer ( acoustimass) do not connect it to a final , that is active and must get preamped system, also connect power to the system.

    If you have only speakers, sell them on ebay, they are not active and do not work well if not with an acoustimass system, this speakers are not the active computer speakers sold separately, what is active is the acoustimass.

    Here is acoustimass connection, only audio cables go to speakers, either RCA or Jack, such a thing as a control cable does not exist on speakers, even if active, and the speakers alone are not even active.

    Here regular connection to your system speakers, only a set of regular audio cable coming out from the acoustimass unit to speakers:

    See wiring diagram from manual:





    If you have the acoustimass main unit things are different, but if you have speakers only, they alone will just be bad speaker without a dedicate main unit, and they do not have any amp unit inside, just two audio connectors to the Bose technology cones.

    Hope this had clarified ideas, let me know if for some reason I am wrong about your system, if for example you have also the woofer unit.

    If this had been satisfactory, do not forget to accept the riught solution.

    Thanks.



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Hi!

You can use it with a non-bose source aswell. However before doing that you need to check for the resistance(in ohms) and power ratings(in watts).

Please ask for further clarifications.

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If the speakers are independent units and has no power amp circuits inside then can be used with any power amplifier of same wattage.

Can you post speaker connection pins snap here?

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U can use the speakers on another system as long as u have a PRE-AMP OUTPUT on the amplifier u intend to use,

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