How to Set Up Bose Speakers to a Sony STR DA5300ES

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How to Set Up Bose Speakers to a Sony STR DA5300ES
Using a Bose speaker package with the Sony STR DA5300ES receiver is a simple process. (speaker image by Christopher Hall from

Bose surround sound systems are straightforward to set up, but are done so in an unconventional manner. While many are used to setting speaker size and crossover points through the surround receiver directly, Bose takes a different approach. Using the Acoustimass Module as the speaker system hub, everything routes through it at full range. The result is a matched system while avoiding potential human set-up error as much as possible. The system is factory-optimised with all speaker filtering done on the Acoustimass Module.

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    Set the Acoustimass bass module on its front, on a soft surface to avoid scratches. Locate the "Audio Input" multi-pin port on the rear of the unit.

  2. 2

    Pull off the pre-cut plastic insulation from the ends of the supplied speaker wires. Unscrew the binding post nuts on the Sony receiver, exposing the holes on the posts. Insert all of the now-exposed speaker wires into their posts, matching the labels on the wire jackets with the labels on the rear of the receiver. Screw all the binding post nuts down to secure the wires. On the rear of the Sony receiver, plug the Bose-supplied subwoofer cable into the "SUB" pre-out.

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    Plug the harness containing all of the speaker and subwoofer cabling into the "Audio Input" jack on the Acoustimass bass module. Screw down the thumb set screws to secure the harness.

  4. 4

    Push in the RCA end of the supplied Bose speaker wire into the back of the Acoustimass module. Push down the small plastic tabs on the bottom rear of the individual cube speakers, and push in the tinned bare wires. Release the tabs. Repeat this process for all cube speakers.

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    Look at the "AMP" button on the receiver's remote and ensure it is lit. Press the "MENU" button to access the set-up menu. Navigate to the speaker size settings by using the directional keys located in the centre of the remote. Make sure all speakers are set to "LARGE," and that "Subwoofer" is set to "Yes."

Tips and warnings

  • Adjust sound fullness through the "Bass" knob on the lower section of the bass module. Adjust low frequency effects (LFE) through the "LFE" knob beneath the "BASS" knob. It is better to do this than through the receiver.
  • Do not make speaker connections with the bass module or receiver turned on. Shorts may damage the speakers or the receiver.

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