Originally Posted by journalista271
I've got a pair of Bose 901 Series III speakers. Had them forever. Just bought a Pioneer VXS-1080AH-K receiver, hooking into a Bell HD sat receiver and PS3 (for Blu-ray, CD) and Panny plasma.
Trying to figure out how to use the Bose as front speakers, and previous posts lost me. But I don't think using the DVR 2 for Bose equalizer works for all inputs.
So trying to see if I can use the Pioneer Pre-out for Front speakers, using my old NAD receiver to hook up the equalizer. But not sure how to do this, or if it will work.
Here's pic of Pioneer back:
Please -- any step-by-step suggestions? I'm a complete idiot when it comes to this stuff. Thanks.
Here is the link to the Bose 901 with EQ.www.bose.com/pdf/customer_service/owners/og_901.pdf
Basically you need a receiver with preamp output. Route them to the input side of the EQ, and the output from the EQ going into the amplifier input jacks on the receiver. Same directions for an integrated amp. See page 10 of the manual. Many receivers have preamp output and don't use the jumpers shown on that page. My HK AVR247 is one of them, it doesn't have direct amplifier input.
Basically the Bose EQ is placed between the preamp section and the amplifier section to massage the signal before amplification. If you don't use it, they will sound like crap.
My old HK AVR520 has the jumpers between the preamp and amp section, which would allow direct input from the Bose EQ. You will need to find a receiver or integrated amp that has direct jack inputs to the amplifier section.
Of course, having an amplifier would simplify all of this. No hunting for something compatible.
I'm selling the 520. It works perfect and looks almost new. Not bad for a unit nearly 8 years old. I'm a non-smoker so it won't stink. It is rated at 85wpc in 2 channel and 75wpc x5 channnels. The 901s need more power though, 200 watts would be much better.