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Bose series II active equalizer

How do you connect this equalizer? Does it go between the power amp and the speakers?

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  • scottandpeg May 16, 2008

    I paid $30 for a set of bose speakers sight unseen from someone at church. I got the 901s with equalizer. They came with wires the size of car jumper cables. What do I do with them?

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It can be connected 2 ways. go through the manual from the link below

http://www.bose.com/pdf/customer_service/owners/og_901.pdf

Posted on May 22, 2008

Yes, it goes where you said.

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Hi, I just purchased a used set of 901s with the original active equalizer. they are both series VI and were bought together. Unfortunately, the man misplaced the installation instructions for the...


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