How to Use Bose Speakers With Receivers

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How to Use Bose Speakers With Receivers
Bose speakers can be used with bare speaker wire through an adaptor. (speaker wire image by Paolo from

Bose speakers are found in most major electronics stores. The primary defining characteristic of Bose speakers is their ability to produce a loud, enveloping sound from a relatively small box. While Bose sells stand-alone speakers that can be used with any home-theatre set-up, most Bose speakers are sold in integrated surround-sound packages with a Bose receiver specifically mated to the speakers.

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Things you need

  • Receiver
  • Bose speakers
  • Scissors or Wire Cutter

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    Remove the plastic caps from the end of the speaker wire designed to plug into the Bose receiver. Bose speakers come with speaker wire that has special plastic caps on the end that plug into colour-coded ports on the Bose receiver. Underneath these plastic caps is traditional speaker wire that can be connected to a standard receiver speaker wire's input. To remove the caps, cut through the speaker wire just behind where the plastic caps are attached.

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    Strip a 1/2-inch section of the speaker wire coating off the end to expose the bare wire beneath. This can be done most easily with a pair of wire strippers that have a gauge measurement. Place the speaker wire into the appropriate gauge measurement (usually 16 gauge) on the wire strippers at the desired cutting location and pull the wire strippers in the direction of the end of the wire. If you don't have wire strippers, this can be done with scissors. Gently cut through the plastic coating and avoid cutting through the speaker wire.

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    Connect the exposed speaker wire to the speaker wire terminals on your receiver. The positive and negative terminals should be consistent across all connections. The positive wire usually is identified by a plus sign. Some speaker terminal connections have tabs that must be pushed in to expose the port, while others have circular ports that must be unscrewed. Consult your receiver manual if you are unsure how to connect the speaker wire to the speaker terminal ports.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are uncomfortable with stripping the wire, some companies offer an adaptor that allows you to connect the Bose speaker wire ports to one end and standard speaker wire to the other. See

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