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Stereo System Doesn't Make Sound

My son connected my stereo system (an older Sherwood stereo) to some new Bose speakers. The stereo turns on, but the sound does not come out. What do I need to do?

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Re: Stereo System Doesn't Make Sound

Tell your son not to play with your stereo.
Sorry that was a bit blunt. The Speakers from a bose system generally run at about 4 ohms of resistance, your sherwood amplier is spitting the dummy because it can't handle that sort of a load. get some proper speakers and make sure that they are connected up properly, and that none of the cables are touching.

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system to the audio output jacks of another source, such as a DVD player or cable/satellite

box. However, you will hear sound only from the connected source through your CineMate

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