Using older Bose bass module in modern receiver

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  1. sailer1

    sailer1 Auditioning

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    I am a newbie to this forum and request some help, if possible. I am not exactly dumber than a box of rocks concerning surround sound systems, but I am close.
    I am replacing a 15 year old entertainment system with individual components purchased as funds become available. I presently have a 52" Sharp LCD HD television and have recently purchased a Denon AVR-2309 CI 7.1 receiver. I specifically wanted this receiver because of power output, 4 HDMI outlets, AC outlets for cooling fan, expansion options, it's many capabilities and the name, which as long as I can remember has always been a plus.
    For speakers I would like to continue using the "Bose Acoustimass-3 Series lll Speaker System" purchased 15 years ago. This is a system comprised or 2- 3inch cube speakers and a bass module. A pair of wires for each speaker outputs from the receiver/amplifier and attaches to the input of the bass module. Wires then output from the bass module to each speaker. For this system I was using an older JVC stereo receiver which did not have any of the new fancy connections.
    I hope I described it suffeciently for anyone to understand my question. As I started reading the instructions for the Denon receiver I noticed that a subwoofer, which I assume is similar to the bass module that I have, is hooked into the receiver with a single wire going to a pre out connector on the back of the receiver. Panic! With all of the connections on the back of this receiver, can the bass module I have be somehow incorporated into this system I am putting together or am I going to end up paying a fortune for a subwoofer? Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you
     
  2. Stephen Tu

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    - You can connect the speakers the same way as your old system, speaker-level connection from your mains. You would set up the receiver to have "no sub", then treat the bose module + speakers as "large" front mains.

    - Most of us are really not fans of Bose speaker systems. The bass module is really a "woofer" module, doesn't really qualify as a subwoofer, not getting the bass output of true subs. Everything is really about keeping the speakers small & aesthetically pleasing, but sound quality suffers.

    I would recommend replacing the speakers. If money is an issue, I'd recommend a cheaper Onkyo or Yamaha rather than the Denon, they can match most all of the capabilities for $300-400 less. Speakers matter 100x more than the receiver for sound quality.
     
  3. sailer1

    sailer1 Auditioning

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    Thank you for the reply. I think I have it connected as you suggest but I also seem to have some speaker connection issues and I think I will have to get a different type of connector instead of pushing the wire into the alloted "screw" type connnector. As I do the Audessey speaker adjustment, the system powers down at different times in the process and I have to start over again. Polarities may be a problem. I have a lot to learn about this thing. Thank you again.
     
  4. Patrick.C

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    You can still run a subwoofer in combination with your Bose system and I would recommend doing it. You don't have to spend a fortune on it either. You can pick up a Parts Express powered sub for less than $150. Your "no highs, no lows, gotta be Bose" system will benefit greatly from a sub. Trust me - I'm running two of these systems on different floors of my house after I lost the WAF battle (and got great deals on the Bose speakers).
     

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