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Home Audio Bose 48 - Remote not working

I have a bose 48 of which i have remote control model no.rc38t1-27. This was working fine then all of a sudden stppoed working. I have looked at the manual and 1st off replaced with new batteries as per the manual. Also reset the house code and checked for dead zones. Also have re-checked the cabling to see if all ok. Now the controls will work but only from a few inches away. The controls were able to control the unit from anaother room before. Running out of options can you help ?

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  • jhamstar Jan 01, 2008

    I have a Bose Remote Control RC-9 which came with our Lifestyle 12.  The remote stopped working...actually it worked within one or two feet of the receiver.




    It rattled.  Re-soldering the antenna worked like a charm!  Thanks, Greg. 

  • costaazul 65 Mar 23, 2008

    i own a bose system whose control remote(rc38t1-27)only works from a foot distance,before that it was working even from another room.i'd tried everything,from new batteries,dead spot,even open it and everything looks well solding.any help..a new one cost 145.00 .

  • Anonymous Feb 14, 2009

    The left side of the media control panel buttons will not operate. All of the other buttons do. This includes the on/off putton,all off button, and the open/close button for the dvd. I have a dvd in the system that will not eject.

  • Anonymous Mar 28, 2009

    the re,ote fell of the arm of the chair and stopped working.

  • Terry Cameleon
    Terry Cameleon Jan 10, 2017

    I have a lifestyle V20, the remote control just stopped working. I replaced the batteries. That didn't help. Shut off the power of receiver for 30 seconds. Problem was fixed.

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Had an issue with the Bose Remote RC38t1-27 not working at all. Changes batteries twice to no avail. Called Bose Tech support who walked me through the fix. I unplugged the power cord connected in the back of the system. Waited for 30 seconds or so and plugged it back into the system. Also made sure the power cord was uncoiled/unbundled as the RF (Radio Frequency) signal is within. Bingo!

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The problem is almost certainly a lose ANTENNA - this is an RF remote and the antenna is a coil of copper wire around a ferrite rod at the top of the remote - Shake the remote - does it rattle? Remove the screws under the battery cover, work back off (pull hard) - re-solder the antenna back on - done. Greg

Posted on Sep 09, 2007

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    Perfect. Fixed in a couple minutes.

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The Bose 48 uses the power cord as the RF antenna to receive commands sent from your RF remote control (RC38t). Check to see if the power cord going to the media center has been coiled up or bunched up tightly. This is often done by system owners to make the installation look neat and tidy. Coiling of the power cord (antenna) causes the RF signals to be canceled. Therefore, stretch the power cord out inside your entertainment cabinet and the RF function & range should return to approximatley 50 ft.

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You have one of two problems. One, it can be that the remote may have been dropped and there for the IR eye has can disconected from the remote itself. If you shake the remote and you hear something moving around in there then thats your problem. I'm pretty sure Bose can fix this but you would have to call them directly. or the problem can be under the remote's battery cover. There are 8-9 little switched called house codes. If you or someone switched anyone of these up or down, you can make the remote inopt. Good luck

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I had the same problem with my RCV1T remote not working for my Lifestyle V 30, however it did function when you used it stood right next to the main system?? I am an electronics engineer and knew the remote had been dropped a few times so I opened it up (1 screw and then clipped in) and sure enough the RF coil had broken loose on 1 of the soldered connections. It is a big and heavy coil and sits right at the front and is supported by melt glue which was broken also. A bit of solder and a wire link with some more hot glue sorted the problem :) - hope this helps someone else!

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    pete_broc567 Mar 09, 2013

    I had the same problem with my RCV1T remote not working for my Lifestyle V 30, however it did function when you used it stood right next to the main system?? I am an electronics engineer and knew the remote had been dropped a few times so I opened it up (1 screw and then clipped in) and sure enough the RF coil had broken loose on 1 of the soldered connections. It is a big and heavy coil and sits right at the front and is supported by melt glue which was broken also. A bit of solder and a wire link with some more hot glue sorted the problem :) - hope this helps someone else!

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If you can not solder the antenna, carefully put a piece of in foil under the loose terminal and secure with a small piece of tape. Works fine as a temporary measure.

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