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I have a Bose LifeStyle series 5 w/cd music center that was manufactured in 1995. It has a Bose Acoustimass 9 subwoofer connected to it, however there are 5 cube speakers attached to the woofer. All of this was installed before I bought this house. The cube speakers are buried in the wall and have RCA connectors at the end of each one. They all plug in to the subwoofer. The subwoofer has two RCA plugs, one white and one red, as well as a speaker looking plug at the end. Those three wires plug in to the Bose Lifestyle 5 receiver. I desperately want to buy a new receiver however all of the receivers I have looked at and researched all have the cube speakers connecting directly to the receiver. There is no option to connect the subwoofer to it and have it work that way. They also do not have rca input. My Bose Lifestyle doesn't work most of the time. Do you have any suggestions on what I can do without spending a lot of money. Are there any receivers out there that would work with the Acoustimass?

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I have worked on Bose units before and all they are doing is using an amplifier in the subwoofer to power the cube speakers. To verify that the speakers in your wall will work with any other receiver/amp using a standard DMM set to ohms range (auto or lowest range) check each speaker at the RCA connector that plugs in to the woofer. If they read between 4 and 16 ohms they will work on any other system on the market without any modifications. I suspect that they will. You may have to change the RCA end to some other connection to match the output of the amplifier you purchase but baring that small detail the existing units should work. Let me know how this works out or if you need any more help.

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