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I want to add the VCS-10 center speaker to an existing bose syst

I am updating my HT system with a Pioneer 5.1 multi-channel receiver and existing Bose Acoustimass 7 HT speaker system. As with all Bose system, my 3 double Front cubes go into the Sub -woofer and then Out to the receiver. My question is: do I replace the existing double cube center speaker with the new VCS-10 center speaker or do I add the VCS-10 center speaker to the dedicated center speaker in back of the new Pioneer 5.1 receiver? Any advice w/b appeciated. Thanks Bob P

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The vcs is designed to plug straight into the reciever not the acoustimass.

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