Bose 161W User Manual
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Preparing speaker cord

Speaker cord consists of two insulated wires. The insulation around one wire is striped, collared, or ribbed. This marked wire is always positive (+). The plain wire is always negative (–).These correspond to the positive (red) and negative (black) terminals on the back of each speaker, receiver, or amplifier. Be sure to connect each wire to the proper terminal (+ to +, – to–).

Note: Be sure to cut enough cord to reach from the receiver to each speaker.

At the ends of each cord, strip approximately 12 inch (1.3þcm) of insulation from both wires. Twist the bare ends of each wire so there are no loose strands.

Connecting speaker cord to the speakers

Figure 2

Making speaker wire connections

Locate the terminals on the back of each speaker. Depress the red terminal button (Figure 2), insert the marked (+) wire and release the button. Depress the black terminal button, insert the plain (–)wire and release the button.

Black (–)

Red (+)

Connecting speaker cord to your receiver or amplifier

Connect the left speaker cord to the left channel speaker output of your receiver or amplifier. Attach the marked wire to the red (+) terminal and the plain wire to the black (–)terminal. In the same manner, connect the right speaker cord to the right channel speaker output.

CAUTION: Make sure no loose strands of wire touch across terminals. This could create a short circuit that can damage an amplifier or receiver. Secure any loose wires before you plug in the receiver or amplifier.

Note: If these speakers are used for the rear surround channels in a home theater system, choose the “SMALL SPEAKER” setting.