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Bose 901's Yes what equipment, i.e. preamp etc do I need to use the speakers with a Ming Da MC34A tube amp?

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  • mmille3222 Dec 08, 2007

    So how would I hook up the equalizer/ 901 to these recommendations?

  • mmille3222 Dec 08, 2007

    also where on the web site you listed are these preamps? and generally what are their costs?

  • mmille3222 Dec 08, 2007

    guys, I am getting more confused here. One expert tells me it can't be done. 2 others tell me to just get this or that. tell me WHAT it is that I am to use, preamp with... etc. and how it would be hooked up.

  • mmille3222 Dec 08, 2007

    OK let's find a solution LESS expensive then just buying new speakers please! A used Wadia 20 alone is 1,950 dollars! I have the bose speakers. I just bought the ming da. What is an inexpensive way to connect them!!!!

  • mmille3222 Dec 08, 2007

    I have the equalizer. It uses two sets of cables and requires a tape in and tape monitor connection. You need to be able to use both and have your source operate as well. The Ming Da has a simple selection knob that allows ONE source. So tell me how the equalizer solves this problem!!!!!!



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Source Wadia 20 Transport
DAC/Pre Wadia 25
Cable loom and mains by Omiga Audio
Just get these things thats all the instructions on conection will be provided in the wadia manuals.. Also the wadia stuff may cost you a free extra pounds but if you wanna feel the music then dont hesitate...

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    Buy Bose 901 Direct Reflecting Active Equalizer.. this should solve all the problems and the best part is that its tailor-made for BOSE speakers so that u dont have to worry abt anything else


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Yes u can use a KT88 tube amp , or BTW-2 amp for this da mc34a..this will work good, and you can buy this in e bay that would be cheaper.

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The other way (inserting the equalizer between the preamp and the main amp) is:

If your amp has RCA connectors on the back named "preamp out" (or similar) and "power amp in" (or similar) that have slugs connecting them, remove the slugs, hook the "preamp out" signals from the amplifier unit to the signal inputs on the equalizer and outputs from the equalizer to the "power amp in" inputs on the amplifier.

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