Connecting an external audio device

It is important to understand audio signal flow when it comes to making connections. An "output" of one device will always connect to an "input" of another device. For example, when connecting an external CD player, the sound travels out of that device, and flows into the Bose® system.

Audio devices include: stereo receiver, satellite/HD radio, turntable, CD player, tape player, etc.

There are three possible output connections on your audio device.

  1. Analog

    Analog jacks
  2. Digital coax, also may be marked as S/PDIF  (typically black or orange)

    Digital coax jack
  3. Digital optical

    Optical jack

If your device has all three options, choose either digital coax or optical for the best audio quality.

Making an analog connection

  1. On the back of your audio device, insert one end of the RCA plugs into the AUDIO OUT jacks. These are usually white for left and red for right

  2. Insert the other end of the RCA plugs into the AUX Audio IN jacks on the Bose media center. The jacks are white for left and red for right

    AUX jacks
  3. On the Bose remote, press AUX. The Lifestyle® display will show "AUX" as the selected source of audio

  4. Turn on your audio device, press play and turn the volume up to approximately 90% of its capacity

  5. On the remote, use Volume + and - to control the overall sound of your product

Note: If another device occupies the AUX input, use any other available input on the back of the Bose media center and select that source.

Making a digital coax connection

  1. On the back of your audio device, insert one end of the digital coax cable to digital AUDIO OUT. This might be marked as S/PDIF

  2. Insert the other end of the digital coax cable into the black AUX Audio IN jacks on the Bose media center. This is the bottom jack marked D for digital

  3. On the Bose remote, press AUX. The Lifestyle® display will show "AUX" as the selected source of audio

  4. On the remote, use Volume + and - to control the overall sound of your product

Note: A digital signal will override an analog signal when connected to the same input.

Making a digital optical connection

Some optical cables come with a protective cover. Make sure to remove this cover before making your connections.

  1. On the back or your audio device, insert one end of the optical cable into the "Optical Out" or "Digital Audio" output

  2. Insert the other end of the optical cable into the Optical IN jack on the Bose media center. This is the optical input on the left

  3. Turn on your TV and choose the correct input to see the Bose system menu on your TV screen. You will need to have a video cable connected from the Bose system to the TV in order to proceed.

  4. On the remote, press System. The Bose display should read "SYSTEM: SEE TV." Your TV screen should look like this:

    System menu
  5. Press the Right arrow to highlight the "Media Center" icon

  6. Press the Down arrow to highlight "Optical Source"

  7. Press the Right arrow to highlight the options

  8. Use the Up arrow and Down arrow to select "AUX"

  9. Press ENTER to confirm your choice, and then press Exit to leave the system menu

  10. On the Bose remote, press AUX. The Lifestyle® display will show "AUX" as the selected source of audio

  11. Use Volume + and - to control the overall sound of your product

Note: A digital signal will override an analog signal when assigned to the same input.

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