Connecting an audio/video device

Audio/video devices include: Blu-ray Disc™ player, DVD player, VCR, camcorder, Apple® TV, cable/satellite box, etc.

There are several types of video cables to use when setting up your system. Choose from the list below and use a connector that is compatible with your TV and devices to provide the highest possible video quality.

Cable types and their associated quality ratings

Connecting the media center to the TV

  1. Insert one end of the video cable(s) into the VIDEO OUT to TV jack
  2. Insert the other end of the video cable(s) into an available input located on the back of your TV. This is an example using an HDMI® cable:Media console connections

Making video connections from your audio/video device(s) to the Bose® system

The connection type from the media center console to the TV may impact the connection types that you can use from your external device(s) into the media center inputs. Below is a chart that explains this:

Chart showing the possible connections from your TV to the media center console

Video connections

Once you have chosen the type of video connection, follow the instructions below that pertain to the video cable of choice.

Connecting a device using an HDMI cable

HDMI carries both audio and video signals. There will be no need for extra audio cables when using HDMI.

  1. Insert one end of the HDMI cable into the Video Out on the back of your audio/video device. Most commonly marked HDMI OUT
  2. Insert the other end of the HDMI cable into one of the available inputs on the media center console: DVD, CBL-SAT, AUX and VCR

Connecting a device using component cables

When connecting an audio/video device using the component video cables, you must make sure to connect the audio to the same input source as the video on the media console. For example, when connecting a satellite box to the CBL/SAT component video inputs, you must connect the audio cables to the CBL/SAT inputs located in the AUDIO IN section on the back of the media center console.

  1. On the back of your device, insert the three component plugs (green, blue and red) into the component video out jacks. These are most commonly marked as "Y Pb Pr"
  2. Insert the other end of the component cable into one of the available inputs on the media center console: DVD, CBL-SAT, AUX and VCR. Be sure to match the three colors on the video plugs to the input jacks
  3. Make your audio connections. There are three possible output connections on your audio/video device
    • Digital Optical
    • Digital Coax, also may be marked as S/PDIF
    • Analog

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

Connecting a device using a composite cable

When connecting an audio/video device using the composite video cable, you must make sure to connect the audio to the same input source as the video on the media center console. For example, when connecting a satellite box to the CBL-SAT component video inputs, you then must connect the audio cables to the CBL-SAT inputs located in the AUDIO IN section on the back of the media center console.

  1. On the back of your device, insert one end of the composite plug into the video out jack. This is usually yellow
  2. Insert the other end of the composite cable into one of the available Composite (yellow) jacks on the media center console (DVD, CBL-SAT, AUX and VCR)
  3. Make your audio connections. There are three possible output connections on your audio/video device
    • Digital Optical
    • Digital Coax, also may be marked as S/PDIF
    • Analog

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

Connecting a device using an S-video cable

When connecting an audio/video device using the S-video video cable, you must make sure to connect the audio to the same input source as the video on the media center console. For example, when connecting a satellite box to the CBL-SAT component video inputs, you then must connect the audio cables to the CBL-SAT inputs located in the AUDIO IN section on the back of the media center console.

  1. On the back of your device, insert one end of the S-video cable into the video out jack. This will have multiple pins within the plug
  2. Insert the other end of the S-video cable into one of the available S-video inputs on the media console: DVD, CBL-SAT, AUX and VCR
  3. Make your audio connections. There are three possible output connections on your audio/video device
    • Digital Optical
    • Digital Coax, also may be marked as S/PDIF
    • Analog

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

Audio Connections

Once you have chosen the type of audio connection, follow the instructions below that pertain to the audio cable of choice.

Making a digital optical connection

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

  1. On the back of your audio device, insert one end of the optical cable (not provided with your system) into the Optical Out or Digital Audio output

  2. Insert the other end of the optical cable into the dedicated Optical jack on the Bose media center console. Example: if you connect the component video cables to CBL-SAT, then connect the optical to the AUDIO IN marked CBL-SAT

Making a digital coax connection

If you are connecting a DVD player, you can only use the Coax jack. The Coax Assignable jack is for the following sources: TV, VCR, CBL-SAT or AUX

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 designated input jack on the Bose media center console

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