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So I got bored and decided to grab my dad's old Bose 901 Series V speakers instead of letting them collect more dust in our storage room and hook them up to my computer. But I had a few problems in hooking them up to my computer. My main problem is that we couldnt figure out much of a way to get the audio from my PC to our ancient amp/equalizer. My mobo had an S/Pdif output or something like that as well as the normal 6 jacks but we ended up just running the a cable from the green output to the "Mic" input on the front of the amp through an adapter and so far it works pretty well. One of the speakers might be a bit blown but as long as we don't turn the amp volume up too high we can't hear it. Just so you guys know these things are about 30+ years old. I'm not exactly sure how old but the copyright says 1983 on the speakers. I'm not sure about the amp but it is a pioneer and the serial number is EG 2901154 S so if any of you guys know what it is then please tell me. But here are a few pictures I took:



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Here's a review of your speakers from 1984:

http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page...1984/80/791723

Apparently they're some of the last Bose speakers to get any serious consideration in regard to their performance. They would have originally been used with an equalizer made specifically for the 901 series, and without setting it depending on a room's particular acoustics they didn't sound so great:

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Now that I have been evaluating the Bose 901 Series V in my own home for the past few weeks, I have found the system surprisingly adaptable to different rooms and situations—provided that time is expended in getting everything just right. If this local optimization process is skimped, or if the room is too small or lacks a suitable reflective back wall, the results are generally disappointing.
The amp appears to be a SA-055. Can't find much about it, but you'd be better off connecting your PC to the Line input, or some other stereo input on the rear, rather than the Mic in.
    
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Here's a review of your speakers from 1984:

http://www.gramophone.net/Issue/Page...1984/80/791723

Apparently they're some of the last Bose speakers to get any serious consideration in regard to their performance. They would have originally been used with an equalizer made specifically for the 901 series, and without setting it depending on a room's particular acoustics they didn't sound so great:



The amp appears to be a SA-055. Can't find much about it, but you'd be better off connecting your PC to the Line input, or some other stereo input on the rear, rather than the Mic in.
The thing is that we couldn't figure out a way to hook it up to anything in the back. We do have the Bose equalizer but we don't have an adapter that will let us go from a normal head phone jack to a Red/White component which is what is needed for it to be an actual source for the back of it. Also if I hook it into the line port in the front I dont get any audio?
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The thing is that we couldn't figure out a way to hook it up to anything in the back. We do have the Bose equalizer but we don't have an adapter that will let us go from a normal head phone jack to a Red/White component which is what is needed for it to be an actual source for the back of it. Also if I hook it into the line port in the front I dont get any audio?
Just hit up a Radio Shack, they'll have the adapter for $5.

The line port on the front is probably some special input selection, like a tape monitor button but something else. Do note that the mic input frequency response range may well be neutered to be effective only for the range of the human voice. Who knows, could go either way on that one...

Edit: Adjust the mic volume as well, looks awfully low in the picture.
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If you're looking at the one that is one the left half but all the way to the right then you're looking at the "Mic 2" volume. And I probably could get over to Radioshack but it's a bit late and really I'm not an audiophile and it works pretty well right about now but is there a adapter that goes from head phone jack to component?
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what you need is a 3.5mm to RCA adapter
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what you need is a 3.5mm to RCA adapter
Walmart $5, and you are loving life.. Those in the day were the best of the best. So worth restoring if you have any paper damage. That was/is the only knock on Bose, they use paper not polypropylene.
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Walmart $5, and you are loving life.. Those in the day were the best of the best. So worth restoring if you have any paper damage. That was/is the only knock on Bose, they use paper not polypropylene.
Any place you could get them restored? And roughly how much? Like I said we have the equalizer and even an AM tuner, haha but I'll see what I can do about that adapter. Thanks for the help guys.
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Any place you could get them restored? And roughly how much? Like I said we have the equalizer and even an AM tuner, haha but I'll see what I can do about that adapter. Thanks for the help guys.
You can to go to Parts Express, Speaker Repair, or Woofer Repair to buy reconing materials(if the speakers have damages), if not, then just wipe them clean and enjoy some music
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Yea, check them out.. Don't those have like (9) 4 1/2" drivers? I know people sell them on ebay and it can't be to terribly hard to do. I haven't seen to many amps that can blow them. When you do get them going notice the sound on the first day compared to the sound after about 2 weeks.. Great speakers don't wear out, just in.. and it will take a few for them to feel out your amp. Have fun.
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