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Audio problems with Bose 321 system

Have a Bose 321 system. When i play DVDs, video works fine but audio doesn't. Background music etc is fine but don't hear speech. Any suggestions?

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Hi, sounds like the centre front speaker is disconnected. Check the wiring on that, if all is good there then a fault most likely with the amp. To make sure try connecting a different speaker to the centre channel just for test purpose to eliminate a speaker/cable fault. Best of luck

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