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I am clueless about audio stuff and would appreciate a short-term mentor or just some good advice.

I have 4 Bose speakers on about a 100' run using 14 gauge speaker wire. At present the source end of the wire is simply bare wire.

I would like advice on how to connect those speakers to a PC to play my mp3 files through them. I've researched and am confused given my lack of audio knowledge.

Help is appreciated.

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What model Bose speakers are those? Bose, I think, only make a couple powered speakers sets- the companion series.
Otherwise, the bose speakers are passive and not powered...so you cannot hook them directly to your computer. You will needs a receiver...however, some Bose brands come with amplifier in the DVD/blue ray player...so if you have that, you can power them that way.

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If you would prefer to not use a reciever and just get active speakers...dump the Bose and try a few options, for example:
M-Audio Studiophile AV 40 Powered Speakers
http://www.amazon.com/M-Audio-Studio.../dp/B000MUXJCO
Behringer B212D
http://www.amazon.com/Behringer-Euro.../dp/B002C4N8TM
Those will just be plug in and play!

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Since the speakers have normal 14 gauge wires running to them and not RCA it sounds like they are not self powered.

What you'll need is some source of power to give them volume. No computer sound card is going to be able to power anything more than small headphones. You can get a cheap receiver to power the speakers - or maybe a t-amp. T-amps will only power 2 speakers at one time so you'd need 2 of them. They are cheap enough. I've got a Lepai t-amp - works great and sounds quite good. With either solution you won't have any volume control at the other end of that 100' of wire unless you install one at the speaker end.

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Please see response to Knucklehead.
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I am sure they are not powered...they are in ceiling and the only connection is the speaker wire.

Appears as though I need to go the receiver route. Do you have any suggestions as to inexpensive models? The single purpose here is only to drive these speakers.

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well, the option posted about was like 28 dollars x 2. Or you could try this
PYLE PRO PCA1 Amplifier
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...QGBDBR1VRBGNGX
Or if you want something with a little more power:
Behringer Europower Ep2500 Power Amp
http://www.google.com/products/catal...d=0CG0Q8wIwAw#

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Thanks, Elihawk...you've helped me out a lot.
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