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post #1 of 13 Old 07-02-2013, 08:43 PM - Thread Starter
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I know Bose is a sore subject around here and I can do a search and read all of the negative feedback people have or condescending comments, I would appreciate only those with relevant comments to make. I am hoping there are a few out there who can weigh in so I have an idea of which direction to go. smile.gif If there are no options and what I am looking for doesn't work or I have the wrong idea in mind (again, save me the 'Bose' drama), then let me know.

I just moved into a new home after getting back from Afghanistan (third deployment smile.gif ) that has Bose Cube speakers already installed. Three up front and two in the back. The back two look like they were previously set up via a wireless receiver (probably the SL2) and the remaining RCA cables for the Bose speakers are intact. No other equipment was left behind, just the speakers already mounted to the walls / ceiling

I'm not sure what kind of setup they were running, whether it was a T20, V25, or an Acoustimass of some sort.

I like how they are setup and would like to make use of them instead of attempting to remove them since the wires are already in the walls. I had previously heard them when I first checked the place out and they sounded good. I wasnt aware of the full setup they were running at the time.

My question is what should I look for if I'm going to make use of them? Right now I can pick up a full V25 setup for $1800, although I dont need the speakers. I'm sure I can locate an Acoustimass somewhere cheaper than whats offered, and I can also get a SL2 wireless receiver for the back speakers for $200.

If I go with the Acoustimass option, will i be able to hook my current receiver (Pioneer VSX-21) up to it and make use of the high def audio (DTS-MA, etc)? I know that most Bose systems takes these signals and downgrades them to DTS 'Core' and in essence dont support true HD audio and I would rather not have to lose quality if I can help it.

Also, would I be able to run the Acoustimass with the SL2 wireless receiver or does it have to be paired with a certain Bose system?

I appreciate any thoughts or suggestions. I am not looking for top of the line sound or suggestions that I buy a new receiver, no by Bose, or rethink everything I'm doing. I'm looking for make the most of what I have and make that work


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Since Bose users are few and far between here on this forum, why don't you contact Bose thru their website?

Or even try here http://bose.infopop.cc/eve/forums/a/frm/f/76010377 and post your question.

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Toss the cubes, install good speakers, use your AVR, utilizing the wire that's there. Wireless options for rear speakers abound.

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Am I still able to make use of the existing wires for the setup?

The previous Bose system used RCA type cable to connect to it's receiver. The cables then hooked up to the speaker but not sure if these are wires strictly for the Bose or not.

Would a HT tech be able to do an install or alteration to what I already have here? Would it require removing the current wires or can I still make use of those?

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Am I still able to make use of the existing wires for the setup?
So long as they're sufficient gauge, yes, just cut the RCA ends off. If not sufficient gauge, get new wire. I wouldn't buy an over-priced under-performing system just to save twenty bucks on new wire.

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So long as they're sufficient gauge, yes, just cut the RCA ends off. If not sufficient gauge, get new wire. I wouldn't buy an over-priced under-performing system just to save twenty bucks on new wire.

I agree with Bill, unless the wire is in-wall, I would not think twice about scrapping it.

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Yea, I believe they are whatever RCAs the system came with. So clipping the RCA input at the end and I can use t as is? How can I tell if they're sufficient gauge before i cut? (Sorry, not too familiar with wires lol)

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Also, I can provide a few pictures of what I have here if that will help

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How can I tell if they're sufficient gauge before i cut?
Most wire has the gauge embossed or printed on the jacket anyway, but if not, cut away to find out. I'd say that if they were good enough to work with the Bose cubes they should be OK with anything, but knowing how Bose cuts corners at every opportunity they might be under gauge.

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This is what I saw written on the RCA (pics attached also). Not sure if this helps or if its telling me the right info, but any thoughts would be great:

AWM 2468 80oC VW-1 18AWGX4C UNIELEC SZ (the 80oC would read as 80 degrees)

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This is what I saw written on the RCA (pics attached also). Not sure if this helps or if its telling me the right info, but any thoughts would be great:

AWM 2468 80oC VW-1 18AWGX4C UNIELEC SZ (the 80oC would read as 80 degrees)
That makes it 18 ga. This will tell you what 18 ga will work for depending on the wire length, speaker impedance and power:
http://www.bcae1.com/images/swfs/speakerwireselectorassistant.swf

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Cool, thanks.

Having trouble opening the link..is there another way to get it?

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Cool, thanks.

Having trouble opening the link..is there another way to get it?
I just opened it, works a treat. The issue must be on your end.

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