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I would like to know if there is anyway to connect my Bose 901 speakers and Bose Equalizer without using a Amplifier?

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The short answer is no. The more useful answer is:

The EQ is designed so that the 901s reproduce the correct sound levels throughout hte audio spectrum. Given the size of the individual speakers (approx 4") and the lack of bottom end response for speakers that small, some tricks are used between the EQ and teh cabinet design to allow for total response from 20Hz to 20,000Hz. That being said, the power to drive the speakers comes from the amp not the EQ. The output of the EQ is not sufficient to drive speakers.

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