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Bose 901 connection to Pioneer VSX-917v Receiver

Replacing my old Pioneer VSX receiver with the new VSX-917v, and it does not have a "Tape 2 Monitor" connection. What would the correct connection be?

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  • jmartin7 Jan 02, 2008

    After speaking to Bose directly, I've determined that the 901s won't work with the VSX-917v. Bose recommends a few specific receivers that will work, and all are in the $4,000+ price category. Those $$ are not in my budget. The VSX-917v has one pre-out designated for sub-woofer use, and I'll probably need to use that for the sub-woofer, so I'm considering different speakers for this HT application, and will use the 901s for a stereo-only setup using my old receiver.



    Thanks for the suggestions and help. I was in a bind and trying to get things set up before a New Years Eve party....you helped guide me into an interim solution.

  • PATCOMAN Feb 13, 2008

    You can use a pre amp in and out circuit also in place of a tape monitor loop. Yamaha rx 777 has it. I have it. WORKS WITH 901'S. patcoman

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Any pre-out should work. i believe the bose have a rca jack connector for attaching to the receiver. look at the new receiver connection diagram. any output that is rca designed for use by a recording device will send a signal that the 901's can see.
always check the manual on both before connecting for any precautions.
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First some background.


The use of 901's Active EQ (or any external processor) in any digital AV receiver setup for anything EXCEPT STEREO listening through the 901's alone requires you to have a separate amplifier for them and to avoid having to use a Tape Monitor which could introduce proprietary and potentially damaging Active Equalization back into anything in the AV Receiver with its conventional speakers.


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http://www.retrevo.com/support/Pioneer-VSX-520-K-Receivers-manual/id/23653ag911/t/2/

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    Examine your receiver to be sure it has a tape monitor loop. Receivers with a tape monitor loop will have a button or switch on the front for "Tape Monitor," and have two sets of RCA connections on the back, one labelled "Tape In," and the other "Tape Out."

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    Take the two cables that are provided with the 901 speakers and insert one end of the first cable into the "Amplifier Input" jacks of the equalizer. Connect the red connector to the R input and the other connector to the L input. Connect the other end of this cable into the "Tape Out" connections on the receiver. Again, hook red to R and the other to L.

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    Connect the second cable between the "Amplifier Output" jacks of the 901 receiver and the "Tape In" connections on the receiver. Follow the guidelines in Step 2 for R and L connections.

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    Plug the 901 equalizer into a 120-volt electrical outlet. Your 901 equalizer is now installed.



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