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Why won't our bose wired outdoor speakers pickup sound from

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Why won't our bose wired outdoor speakers pickup sound from our bose wave radio? They are all old. Do the speakers need an extra amplifier?
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Home Theater-Stereo
Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

Hello there and welcome to Just Answer. My name is ***** ***** I will be assisting you today. I am an engineer with over 30 years of electrical and electronic training, repair and installation experience. I will try and answer your question accurately and precisely so that we can get you on your way.

I need to gather some more information from you in order to help.

Are the outdoor speakers wired to the Wave Radio in some way?

Let me know so that we can continue.

Steve

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
by plug in
Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

Ok. Can you give me the model number of the radio please? It will be on a small label on the rear or underside of the unit. Then I can get the manual for it.

Thanks.

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
It's attached to a stand.
Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

Ok, is it just the radio or radio with CD?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Just a radio with a CD changer plugged in
Customer: replied 7 months ago.
ModelAWR1. What is a variable out?
Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

Ok. Let me look at this. Should take me about 10 minutes. Hang in there :)

Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

One more question, were the speakers working previously with this radio?

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Speakers in radio work when outside speakers unplugged.
Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

Ok. The two jacks on the back labelled variable out, are for the connection of powered speakers OR an amp connected to passive speakers.

If your speakers are passive (i.e. they have no internal amp - you would know this because they would plug into a 120V wall outlet) then they will not work without an external amp or powered receiver.

Please let me know if you need more info or have a follow up question.

Steve

Customer: replied 7 months ago.
Thanks! That's what I feared.
Expert:  Steve G. replied 7 months ago.

You can buy a cheap amp on Amazon like THIS ONE.

You would need a $5 power adapter for it also.

Please consider rating my service today. It is the only way I am compensated for my time and knowledge.

Regards.

Steve