Even before we had Bluetooth, Bose speakers were regarded as premium speakers because of their performance and their huge price tag. Even now these speakers are still very popular with music lovers because of their great sound. Generally, Bose speakers are mostly compatible with Bose receivers.
However, there are things you can do that will help you use the Bose speakers with other receivers. So, can you use Bose speakers with any receiver? The short answer is yes, you can. As long as you can convert the plug on the Bose speakers into a standard speaker that you can use with any standard speaker cables. This doesn’t mean they will work well with any type of receiver so you’ll need to find a receiver that is of the same quality as the speakers to give you the best performance.
How to use Bose cube speakers with other receivers
These speakers are great speakers that will provide you with the cinema-like sound quality for your home entertainment system. For you to use the Bose speakers with other receivers, you’ll need to first convert the speaker plug into a standard one using the following steps.
- Insert your Bose speaker cables into the adapter’s matching jack and make sure your receiver is turned off.
- To make sure the wires will connect properly with the adapter, remove ½ inch of the insulation from the wires on one end of the speaker.
- The adapter is marked with colors to guide you on the correct holes for the wires. Lift or press down the spring clip depending on the terminal to insert the speaker wires in the red and black terminals of the adapter. Then tug the wires gently to check if they’re firmly secure.
- On the other end of the speaker wire also remove ½ inch of the insulation and connect the wires to a set of terminals at the back of the receiver. If you’re connecting more than one speaker, repeat the same process in all the speakers.
- After all the connections are done, turn on the receiver then press the speaker buttons on the speaker control panel to adjust the volume of your speakers accordingly.
Areas Bose excel in
|Headphones||Generally pretty expensive, but have great quality sound compared to other brands|
|Portable Bluetooth speakers||Great for a full house theater system with great sound and decent quality|
|Docking stations||Designed with convenience in mind and good sound quality|
Features to look for in a receiver for Bose cube speakers
When looking for a great receiver for your Bose speakers they should have good features that include the correct number of HDMI ports, voice control integration, app control, speaker sensitivity, etc.
Before you buy a receiver for your Bose speakers, make sure that the receiver has convenient control options like a scene button shortcut that anyone can use, especially people who don’t know how to operate a receiver system. Some home theatre receivers come with remote controls with options for switching sources and dialing in settings.
Go for a receiver with built-in support for wireless technology like wifi, Bluetooth AirPlay, and Chromecast that will add value to your Bose speakers, especially if you use your phone for playing music.
When you talk about speaker sensitivity, it just means the ability of your speakers to turn the electrical signals from a receiver into sound. Speakers that have a high sensitivity tend to be more efficient than others, so speakers with 90 dB and above have the best quality. You should also think about the receiver’s impedance.
You can connect most of the modern receivers to your Bose speakers, but before you do that, you should check your speaker’s impedance, that’s your speaker’s resistance to current flow which mostly measures between 4-8 ohms. If your speakers have a low impedance, it will require more power from a receiver with a high impedance cant supply and this will put a strain on your receiver’s power supply. However, when this happens most receivers have thermal fuses and circuits that will shut your receiver down when there’s an overload to protect your speakers, but sometimes your speakers can get damaged.
Does your Bose cube speakers need an amplifier?
All speakers including your Bose speakers need an amplifier to amplify the signals, especially in loudspeakers, but most modern loudspeakers come with amplifiers that are compatible with their drivers although you can use a separate amplifier to improve the sound. Since not all amplifiers can drive loudspeakers, you’ll need to properly match your speakers with the correct amplifier, but you need to know all the different levels of your audio system.
Connecting your Bose speakers through the Bose app
- Turn your speakers on and pair one of your Bose speakers with your phone or any other mobile device, then connect it through the Bose Connect app.
- Once you pair the first speaker, scroll through the app and select the Party mode option and toggle to turn it on. Press Continue.
- After a few seconds, your phone and Bose speakers will be paired.
- If you want to use the Stereo mode, click on the Stereo L/R option and click it again to go back to Party mode.
Should you use your Bose speakers without the Acoustimass module?
The Acoustimass module is subwoofers that balance out the bass effect in a soundtrack. They help the speakers to provide the necessary low notes which makes them the heartbeat of your Bose speaker collection.
The Bose cube speakers can be paired with any receiver however, you need to factor in the specifications of your speakers and the receiver to ensure you receive the best performance.
Can I connect a Bose subwoofer to a receiver?
If you have a subwoofer and surround speakers, you can bypass the subwoofer and surround speakers to the receiver directly.
Can I use Bose speakers for Dolby Atmos?
Like the 700 it offers a choice of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control and can work with other Bose speakers using the music app.