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Am setting up a bose GSX 3-2-1 home theater

I want to connect the cable box to my tv and bose system without any other this possible and if so, how do I do this?

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  • cwiford Jan 27, 2008

    TV is a sony model triniton and I do have an option to turn off the
    speakers no the internal tv set up menu. My question is
    really..if I do not use a vcr but want to hook the cable up directly to
    the bose unit..what connection on the bose unit do I use? Usually
    the cable box is connected to the vcr which is connected to both the
    bose unit and the tv..I do not need to hook up a vcr and want to
    connect directly from the cable to the bose or tv and run it all
    through the bose.

  • Anonymous Mar 11, 2008

    I need to turn off the Sony TV speakers in order to get the Cinemate to work, how do I do this? A Sony Trinitron 2004?

  • Anonymous Jan 14, 2009

    What's the best connection setup to connect my cab/sat box, my wii, insiginia 50 TV and xbox 360 to my bose 3-2-1 system? Any suggestions?



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Need to know the TV connections. On newer TV's there RCA jack connection or ext speaker connections. Usually the external TV speaker connections hook to the woofer and the rest of the speakers are connected to the woofer. The woofer acts as the sound system for the rest of the speakers. With this method you need to mute the internal TV speakers by a swiich on the TV or internal TV setup menus and select ext speakers.

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  • bobsserv Jan 28, 2008

    I have the same brand TV with a CRT so I hope I am able to help. I
    don't think it is advisable to connect the cable directly to the Bose
    system as the cable utilizes a higher voltage that the TV or VCR uses.
    The TV should have an HDMI conector port on the back and this can plug
    in to the cable box. If the cable box does not have an HDMI port on it
    you may want to check on an upgraded box or with the cable company for
    one with an HDMI port on it. Another method is by using a S-Video cable
    from the cable box to the TV S-Video input. This may require additional
    RCA cables for sound using the S-Video cable. The HDMI cable has both
    sound and picture in the same cable. The TV will act as a receiver with
    sound ouputs to the BOSE speakers. You can also connect other system
    components you may have, (dvd, vcr, and receiver) to the TV and control
    the inputs with the TV remote. As for connecting the cable box directly
    to the speakers may cause more headaches and problems. These TV's,
    SONY, are designed to act as a receiver and interface for audio and
    video components. You can also visit the SONY website,, with
    the model and serial number of TV to download the manuals for their
    TV's that may explain how to connect your TV and use the TV controls.
    Good luck, and hope this helps you.



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Am setting up a bose GSX 3-2-1 home theater

simplist solution, if the TV has an audio output just run that to the Bose system.
what type of TV are you connecting to?
Is the cable box an HD or digital box?

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