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I have a Bose Lifestyle 20 system (approx 15 years old) I have successfully linked the system up with the sub-woofer and two twin speakers for Zone 1. I did have a Bose Acoustimass 5 Series III speaker system hooked up through a Bose amp for Zone 2 - until my husband busily did something and now I can't get it to work. I did extend the speaker and subwoofer cords to connect into the amp in a different room, and I have rechecked to make sure they are correctly connected. We had the amp fixed at the beginning of the year, but that seems to be what is letting us down. If the cords weren't linked properly, could I have a) blown the amp or b) blown a speaker, which is why Zone 2 doesn't give sound, but shows power connected?

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  • catherine925 May 09, 2010

    Hi Stelios

    I am not sure what the amp is - whether it is an SA-2 or SA-3. The instruction booklet doesn't differentiate, and looking on the Bose website doesn't help - as they look the same. It is a dual voltage amp and it is probably 15 years old - same as the system.

    When you talk about a headphones jack/input for an MP3 player - I am assuming you mean on the amp itself, rather than the Lifestyle 20 system box?




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One of the following reasons is responsible for your problem:

  • the speakers cables have problem (open or cross circuit)
  • the amplifier has blown out
  • the line audio cables from one system to the other have problem (open or cross circuit)
Use on small AA size 1.5V battery (not the 9Volt one, could destroy the speaker) to check the speakers and their cables: Disconnect the speakers cables from the amplifier end. Connect each speaker cable direct at the AA battery and try to hear some momentary sound from the speaker. Try for the next one. If no sound comes out, either the cable or the speaker has problem.
If the amplifier for zone 2 has a headphones output try this output to check if the amplifier is working properly. If it doesn't work, either the audio input cables are faulty or the amplifier is blown out (sometimes the fuses are not quick enough to burn out prior the amplifier). Try connecting some portable device (mp3 player or so) at line input of the amplifier just to check the amplifier.
You can try also connecting the mp3 player at the far ends of the line audio cables, as last change.
You don't clarify the amplifier's model so I can't be more accurate.

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    Stelios May 09, 2010

    Catherine, correct I mean at the amp, but since your amp is sa2 or sa3 I think that these amplifiers have not a headphones out, so check the rest.

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