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I have a Marantz SR6004 Receiver that I am using for home theater. I want to use my Bose 901's for the front speakers but I want to use the EQ as well. I have a stereo receiver HK3385 that I want to use to drive the Bose. I know I will have to take the "pre-out" for the front speakers from the Marantz (i don't know where to plug them into) and hook them to either the EQ or the HK. Then from the EQ out and in's, where do they plug in? Thanks for any help you can give me.

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  • jlemmond May 23, 2011

    Thank you for your answer. It seems simple enough and I will try it this evening as soon as I get home from work. I will be using the EQ that came with the Bose 901's.

    In using the hook up you provided, what mode will the HK amp need to be in to make this work since we are only feeding into the "main in" or will that matter?

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The things are simple. Let's try to clear them up. From the pre-out of the Marantz SR6004 you have to feed the signal to the Harman Kardon 3385 main-amplifier inputs and from the HK3385 speakers out you have to feed the signal to the Bose speakers. If you want to use an external equalizer you can connect the cables from SR6004 to the inputs of the equalizer and the cables from HK3385 main-amplifier inputs to the equalizer outputs. For all these connections except the speakers one you will use RCA cables like these. The quality - cost of these cables is up to you to decide, since the difference in audio quality between the cheap cables and the expensive ones is not very big and most of the users can't listen the difference. In the following picture I tried to create a drawing for your equipment, including the equalizer option:

I have a Marantz SR6004 - technical114_51.jpg
If you have a particular equalizer to use, just post me model / brand to give you more connection details.
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    Stelios May 23, 2011

    You will have to use the STEREO (left - right) mode at the Harman Kardon. You will use this amplifier just for the front speakers. There has to be no problem using the Bose 901 original equalizers.

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    Stelios May 23, 2011

    Since you are going to use your official Bose 901 equalizer, here is an updated drawing for these equalizer:

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    Stelios May 24, 2011

    Thanks for your comments. I'll be glad to help you again, whenever you need it.

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    edgar129 Nov 18, 2012

    i m runnig marantz 6004 with two 901 serie 3, withou any centerspreaker, additionally line array of 4 bose 901 speakersers as the sitespeaker and 4 901 speakers ar rear . . .and i love it, for cinema as well as for music

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I wrote this for a different receiver, but if you account for minor differences to your receiver this will work just fine.

There's good news and bad news. The bad news you need a separate amp because a multichannel receiver with Bose 901's attached as recommended for a standard stereo receiver will only sound right in STEREO on stereo analog material. The other speakers around the room are not designed to receive its Active Equalization and if you engage your Tape Monitor you will NOT BE ABLE TO HEAR DIGITAL sources at all. Tape Monitor is for analog stereo material only and on modern AV receivers it disables any digital inputs so you really can't use the Tape Monitor circuit or attached devices for modern digital sources. However, you can still employ the various DSP options to spread 2-channel analog source material around the room. I do.

The good news. I have a setup similar to what you want to do and it works great! With one caveat - My receiver actually has 5.1 analog Outputs so I can drive up to 6 external amplifiers if I want to (I drive 4). IF yours does NOT (*) we have to be creative in extracting the front two channels from your multi-channel receiver. The obvious alternative place would be at one of the few OUTputs on the back, assuming you have one free to use.

* I can't find your exact manual so I have to extrapolate features.

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** Front Pre Out; (or VCR or Tape Out if you don't have Pre Outs) >>> Bose EQ Amplifer IN, then
Bose EQ Amplier OUT >>> new amplifier IN.


Attach the 901's to the new amp, set its volume to Max and run through your receivers speaker level setup.

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