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    Default Please help this n00b connect his crappy Bose speakers!


    Hi guys, first post. Originally joined to check out the TV discussions but now i have a huge audio problem. My house came with 2 sets of Bose AM 5 series speakers wired and mounted. As you probably know the 2 sattelite speakers are routed through the bass module then out to the receiver with no center speaker and no true subwoofer. My ancient JVC receiver only had FRONT L/R, BACK L/R speaker inputs and this worked great for the set up, every speaker was working properly and i was getting output from the bass modules.
    Fastforward to now, I purchased a new samsung plasma and it was obviously time to upgrade the receiver to utilize the HDMI pass through and Optical outputs, so I also picked up a Yamaha RXV 471. Obviously this has Front L/R, Surround L/R, Center, and Subwoofer outputs. I was under the impression I could set everything up the same way utilizing the Front and Surround outputs however this does not appear to be the case. I have STB signal coming in via HDMI but can only get sound out of the front speakers and slight output from the base modules. The rear or surround speakers do nothing. I know they are connected because during the setup they produced tones, but they are not producing any sound on regular tv viewing.
    First of all, i realize the disgust for Bose on all AV boards and i know these are not the best speakers to use for serious HT sound. But as i said before they came with the house and have worked fine for my needs for the past several years. I would love to scrap them all and get a new set but I just dropped a bunch of money on the TV and the Receiver and i'd like to hold off on replacing the speakers for a little while. So, is there any possible way to get all of these speakers working together with a modern, non-bose receiver? I dont think there is anything i can change in the wiring but maybe in the set up? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

    (also, if i should post this in the receiver forum please let me know, thanks!)

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    Default Re: Please help this n00b connect his crappy Bose speakers!

    The audio guys should be along shorty to help you out. I hope you find what you need here.
    L2W you will be missed.

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    Default Re: Please help this n00b connect his crappy Bose speakers!

    haha ok, thats good to hear.

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    Default Re: Please help this n00b connect his crappy Bose speakers!


    Hi freelemur,

    I'm going to go out on a limb and suppose when you say "regular TV viewing" you actually mean broadcast TV programs and no DVD/Bluray movies or concerts. In this case, I believe the broadcast material only has stereo sound, thus making it normal for your rears to be silent during regular viewing. If you want them to be active, you'll have to enable an upmix algorithm either in your Yamaha receiver or in your Bose bass module (if it also has preamp functions - I'm not familiar with Bose products other than recognizing the brand from marketing).

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