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External amp with 901" eq

What is your suggestion on a amp that is used in the loop, if no main in? A few particular models would help stear me in the right direction. Integrated, bridgable? I have no clue. I was told to get at least a 100 to 150w 2ch amp? If possible to through in, what home theatre receiver from $500 to 1100 would give me what is happening now and in the near future? Thanks

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How do I connect my bose equalizer to my pioneer amplifier


The manual is at Bose.com.

In any question regarding connections the exact models of all parts in the scenario should be defined.

"Pioneer amplifier" is not unique nor revealing. Integrated amplifer? Power amp? Tape Loops available? Pre-Outs? What's involved as a preamp?

The key thing to know is that any amplifier channels driving 901's must not drive other speakers as the Active EQ severely modifies the Line Level source input. If the EQ (or any sound processor) is used in a Tape Loop on a modern multichannel digital-audio-capable AVR, ONLY 2-channel analog sources will function when the Tape Loop is engaged; and all downstream speakers will be affected by the processing. That's par for the AVR course.

Bose 901 use in multichannel applications (which I have) will require access to Pre-Amp outputs for the chosen channels (likely the Front) and you will need to get a separate amp for the 901's, placing the EQ in series with the chosen amplifier. I currently drive mine with a Carver MT-200T.

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Sansui 8900 zdb to connect to pioneer rg2 dynamic processer then to bose 901 active equallizer. what is the proper method to connect these?


Referring to the picture and remembering that ONLY 901's can run off of any particular amplifier.

http://vintageelectronics.betamaxcollectors.com/sansuistereoreceivermodel8900zdb.html

I can't make out the label for tape copying. You want the 901 EQ to be the "TO" when 'copy' is selected. That way it's EQ will not affect your taping to the upstream deck or processor. Or in your case, you want the RG-1 to proceess the audio first, not after the 901 EQ changes it.

http://www.classicaudio.com/forsale/pio/RG1.html

In to Outs. Both the RG-1 and the 901 Active EQ have facilities for attaching other processors or tape deck(s) within their tape loops. In a pinch you could daisy-chain the RG-1 in front of the Bose 901 EQ on a single tape loop to free up the other one.

Go to Bose.com for the manual and specific pictures of the hook-up.

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There is no way around this part. Get a separate power amp for the 901's if you want to use them in a multichannel way or alongside non-901 speakers.

The reason: You can't use the Active EQ (or ANY processor) in a tape Monitor loop with anything but 2-channel stereo material. As soon as you activate the loop you lose digital sources.

Adding to YOUR particular problem is that the Denon doesn't have a volume-controlled pre-out to feed that amp. If you want to deal with controlling the separate amp volume manually you COULD connect the Active EQ between DVR Out and the 901 amp IN but you would have a stereo mixdown instead of true front channel from the speakers.

Bummer.

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Need to connect Bose 901 + JBL TL260 to HK3490 and swap for classical / rock..


For analog stereo sources, place the Active EQ in a Tape Loop and only select that loop when your'e using the 901's. If you use a digital source and activate a Tape Loop you will kill the source.

If you have a sub, WATCH OUT as the EQ WILL AFFECT its pre-out.

The best solution would be to get a separate amp for tthe 901's and, using Y-cables, share the Pre-Out-Main In with the Active EQ, which would feed the new amp. That would give you HK-controlled volume for the 901's. This eliminates any undesirable Active EQ getting back into the receiver to affect the sub or JBL's..

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I bet it would work if you listened to something 2-channel and analog. THAT is the limitation of anything that uses a proccessor (like the 901's) and modern AVR's.

Multichannel AVR's automatically disconnect digital inputs when a tape loop is activated.

Short answer from personal experience.

There is no way around this part. Get a separate power amp for the 901's if you want to use them in a multichannel way or alongside non-901 speakers.

The reason: You can't use the Active EQ (or ANY processor) in a tape Monitor loop with anything but 2-channel stereo material. As soon as you activate the loop you lose digital sources.

Adding to YOUR particular problem is that the 3375 doesn't have a volume-controlled pre-out to feed that amp. If you want to deal with controlling the separate amp volume manually

You COULD place some RCA Y-splitter cables where the Pre/Main jumers are and send a stereo mixdown instead of true front channel to the Active EQ and thence to a separate amp, but it's not true front channel. But you would have local control of the 901 volume after you calibrate them to match whatever other speakers you use.

When did they stop making AVR's with 7.1 pre-outs? My 9-year old Pioneer has them and I have 901's, 301's and a sub going.

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This receiver has no pre-amp outs to drive the required separate amp the 901's need for you to continue to have multichannel digital audio. The reason: activation of a tape loop disables digital inputs. But they DID give you Front Height. Oh boy.


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It would be compatible if you ONLY listened to stereo ANALOG sources on ONLY Bose 901's. Engaging any device in a tape loop automatically disconnects digital sources. Bose Active EQ is not intended for anything BUT Bose 901's. The sub could be destroyed by it.

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There is no way around this part. Get a separate power amp for the 901's if you want to use them in a multichannel way or alongside non-901 speakers.


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Put that old amp back to work.

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