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I have purchased and used an AM 15 a year (from Dubai) before with a YAMAHA receiver. later on i packed the whole system in bose carton and stored inside my home. Now after one year of idleness i unpacked the same system and tried to use with a recently purchased DENON receiver, but only the satellite speakers will work and not the LFE Module. First i contacted DENON technicians and after scrutinizing they told that their system was perfect, then i contacted BOSE Technician, and immeidately through phone he replied that some fuse inside the system is gone. The interesting fact is that i am also using a japanese made surge protection unit and during the time of packing the system was alright. So i feel this is undoubtedly a Bose manufacturing error??!! if its so then BOSE is using cheap components like what their competetors say (for a BIG price).Any ideas about this buddies?

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I have the same problem too, I have replaced the fuse that blow inside, but did not work it just blow again and again call bose and they told me that may be the amplifier that when off.

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Silly question, but when one crosses the pond with electronics one usually has to make sure the power requirements are factored in BEFORE turning them on in their new home. We use 110v here, much of the rest of the world uses 220v. Just a thought.

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Bose® recommends putting your Acoustimass module at the same end of the room as the
television monitor. To prevent interference, keep the module at least 2 feet (.6 m) from the
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opening. Be sure there is at least 2 inches (5 cm) between the opening and any surface.
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