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I have four bose 901 speakers and one equalizer. I also have a peavy deca 424 amplifier. I have a tape deck with the tape monitor capabilitity. Can these work together and how do I hook theme up?

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The presence of 1/4" TRS balanced phone jacks instead of RCA inputs is a problem; and the 1/4" TRS speaker output jacks, too. You'll need to acquire cables with compatible ends.

The amp can handle 4-ohm loads so running two 901's parallel on each channel would theoretically work, but I'd put them in series just to keep from presenting too low a load when you get cranking. At 230 wpc you've got the juice. From Series 4 on the 901's are very efficient.

The Tape Deck will attach conventionally to the Tape Loop on the Active Equalizer.

Once you get the physical wiring compatibility issues worked out:

Patch the Active EQ directly between any source you may be using (Amp In from the Pre-Out of the source, Amp Out to the Peavey input).

You can record the external source onto the attached Tape Deck and you can monitor it by pressing the Tape switch on the 901 EQ.

Start out at low volume and see how it works before turning it loose.

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    Plug the 901 equalizer into a 120-volt electrical outlet. Your 901 equalizer is now installed.



  • Read more: How to Install a Bose 901 Equalizer ' eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_4813156_install-bose-equalizer.html#ixzz19vfsJTQu

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