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Bose 901 v1 adding a amplifier

I own a pair of 901 speakers and would like to add a amplifier the pre amp out/ main amp in connections on my existing receiver are going to the bose equalizer, how would I connect a amplifier?

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You may connect an additional amplifier to the Rec Out or Line Out from your existing receiver.
Please note the Bose 901 equalizer can be used to connect to one amplifier only.

Do let me know if you have any further questions.

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Put that old amp back to work.

This is exactly how mine are connected.

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