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Additonal speaker I have a vintage McIntosh pre-amp and amplifier connected to my Bose 901series VI. Is there a way that I can hook up another set of speaker without them going through the Bose equalizer?

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You can make serial connection of your speakers but the impedance will change.If its now 4ohms in serial is 8.In this case you'll lose some of output power.But bose is usually 8ohm and if it is in your case you can make parallel connection

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