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Acoustimass® 16

Acoustimass® 15

Series II

Series III

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SAFETYINFORMATION

Please read this owner’s guide

Please take the time to follow this owner’s guide carefully. It will help you set up and operate your system properly and enjoy all of its advanced features. Please save your owner’s guide for future reference.

For your safety

WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose the powered Acoustimass® module to rain or moisture.

WARNING: No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the apparatus.

These CAUTION marks are located on the rear of the Acoustimass module:

The lightning flash with arrowhead symbol within an equilateral triangle is intended to alert the user to the presence of uninsulated, dangerous voltage within the system enclosure that may be of sufficient magnitude to constitute a risk of electric shock.!

The exclamation point within an equilateral triangle, as marked on the system, is intended to alert the user to the presence of important operating and maintenance instructions in this owner’s guide. !

CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match the wide blade of the line cord plug to the wide slot of the AC (mains) receptacle. Insert fully.

Additional safety information

See the additional safety information on the Important Safety Instructions page enclosed with your speaker system.

For your records

The system serial number is located on the rear of the Acoustimass module.

Serial number: ___________________________________________________________________________________

Dealer name: ____________________________________________________________________________________

Dealer phone: _______________________________ Purchase date: ____________________________________

Please keep your sales receipt and warranty card together with this owner’s guide.

©2006 Bose Corporation. No part of this work may be reproduced, modified, distributed or otherwise used without prior written permission. Manufactured under license from Dolby Laboratories. “Dolby” and the double-Dsymbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Confidential Unpublished Works.©1992-1997Dolby Laboratories. All rights reserved.

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CONTENTS

SETTINGUP

 

 

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Unpacking the carton . . . . . . .

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Choosing locations for your speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Placing the center front speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Placing your left and right front speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Placing your rear speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Placing your Acoustimass® module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Making the connections . . . . . .

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Connecting speakers to the Acoustimass module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Connecting the Acoustimass® module to the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Checking and finalizing connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Optional upgrade for your Acoustimass 15 system . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

USING YOUR SYSTEM

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Getting the most from your home theater speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjusting the bass/room compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Adjusting the LFE level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Setting your digital surround sound receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Receiving a digital audio signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Setting your analog surround sound receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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REFERENCE

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Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Customer service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Cleaning the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Limited warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Technical information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Before you begin

We appreciate your choice of the Bose® Acoustimass® 16 Series II or 15 Series III home ! entertainment speaker system. Each system features a combination of cube speaker arrays, center front speaker, and a powered Acoustimass module. Together, they reproduce the !full-spectrumsound ofmulti-channeldigital programming for a powerful and realistic home theater experience.

Unpacking the carton

Carefully unpack the carton contents as follows:

1.Remove the brown inner carton containing the cube speaker arrays and center front speaker.

2.Gently roll the large carton onto its side and pull out the Acoustimass module.

WARNING: To avoid injury, use care in lifting the module, which weighs 33 pounds (15 kg).

Save all packing materials, which provide the best means to transport the system, for ! possible future use.

If any parts appear damaged, do not use them. Instead, repack the system in the original ! carton and contact your authorized Bose dealer. Or, to contact Bose directly, refer to the address list included in the carton.

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Carton contents

 

 

20-ft(6.1 m)

 

 

system input cable

 

 

Three 20-ft(6.1 m)

Acoustimass module

 

front speaker cables

Rubber feet

With Acoustimass 15 Series IIl system

With Acoustimass 16 Series II system

 

Four cube array speakers

Five cube array speakers

Center

Center

 

 

front speaker

front speaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two 50-ft(15.2 m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three 50-ft(15.2 m)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rear speaker cables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

rear speaker cables

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power cord (1)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Australia

Now is a good time to record the serial number for this system on page 2 of this guide and on your warranty card.

WARNING: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep the plastic bags that wrap these speakers out of the reach of children.

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Choosing locations for your speakers

Keep these guidelines in mind when choosing a location for each speaker:

Select a stable and level surface for each of the small speakers. !

Vibration can cause them to move, particularly on smooth surfaces like marble, glass, or highly polished wood. To prevent this problem, rubber feet are provided for attachment to the bottom of the center front speaker.

Note: You may order additional rubber feet, free of charge, by contacting Bose. Refer to the address list included in the carton.

The center front speaker is for use at the front of the room and near the center of your TV.

The cube speaker arrays in your system are identical and can be used interchangeably.

The top and bottom cubes of each speaker array can be rotated to create ! room-fillingsound patterns (b and d).

All of the small speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with a TV picture.

The Acoustimass® module should be at least 2 feet (.6 m) from your TV set to prevent ! interference.

The shape and size of your room and location of the furniture in it will affect your choice of speaker locations. Use the examples below as the basis, but not the rule, for your home ! theater setup.

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Sample speaker placement (a and c) and performance results (b and d)

Acoustimass 16 system

a.

b.

Acoustimass 15 system

 

c.

d.

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Bose® wall brackets and floor or table stands expand the options for placement of your speakers. For further information, see “Accessories” on page 14.

Note: The Acoustimass® 15 Series III system is designed for use with an optional center rear cube speaker array. For further details, see “Optional upgrade for your Acoustimass 15 system” on page 10.

Placing the center front speaker

Sound from the center front speaker should seem to come from within the picture to give the most realistic performance of on-screenaction and dialogue.

Place the center front speaker above, on top of, or below your television. Do NOT rest the weight of the television on the speaker.

Keep it in line with the vertical center of the screen, if possible, for the most accurate ! reproduction of dialogue (as shown in Figure 2 on page 5).

CAUTION: Before placing the center front speaker on top of a television, attach the four supplied rubber feet to the bottom of the speaker. Position two of the feet near the front edge and close together on the bottom surface. Place the other two feet in the rear corners on the bottom.

Placing your left and right front speakers

The goal for these speakers is to create a sound image that is wider than the screen and seems natural to viewers sitting anywhere in the room.

Place the front cube speaker arrays on either side of your TV.

Keep them from 6 feet (2 m) to 15 feet (5 m) apart (as shown in Figure 2 on page 5).

Placing your rear speakers

While the rear (surround) speakers may deliver some dialogue, they serve primarily to ! deliver discrete sounds and special effects that expand the visual image. They help bring the viewer into the center of the action.

Choose locations that are practical and convenient, while considering these recommended guidelines:

Position the left and right rear cube speaker arrays so they can deliver sound on both sides of the viewer, rather than from directly behind (as shown in Figure 2 on page 5).

Place these speakers at the same height as the ears of a seated viewer or higher.

Rotate the top and bottom cubes of each speaker to direct the sound to both the front ! and the back of listeners.

If your system has a center rear speaker, position it halfway between the rear left and right speakers (as shown in Figure 2 on page 5).

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Placing your Acoustimass® module

Bose® Acoustimass® speaker technology makes it difficult to locate the source of !low-frequencysound from this module. So feel free to hide it from view, and:

Locate the module at the same end of the room as the television screen.

Keep the module at least 2 feet (.6 m) from your TV set to prevent interference.

To increase bass effects, turn the front opening toward a wall; turn it away from the wall to decrease bass effects.

Keep both the front opening and the ventilation grille on the bottom of the module at least ! 2 inches (5 cm) from any other surface.

Do not block the ventilation grille located on the bottom of the module. !

Impeding ventilation can cause a reduction in the bass-frequencyoutput from the module.

Figure 3

Preferred

Alternate

Position options for your

Acoustimass module

Front opening

Ventilation grille

Making the connections

Figure 4

Speaker cable connection to an output jack on the module and to the speaker

Only the Acoustimass module connects to your receiver. The small center front speaker and cube speaker arrays connect directly to the Acoustimass module.

WARNING: Connecting the small speakers to a receiver can result in damage to your system and possible electric shock.

Connecting speakers to the Acoustimass module

Insert the connector on each speaker cable into the jack on the module. Refer to the label on each connector to match it to the proper jack.

Supplied

Cube speaker array

speaker cable

 

 

Red collar

Matched labels

to red speaker terminal

 

1.Use the supplied 20-foot(6.1 m) speaker cables for the three front speakers.

Insert the connectors, as labeled, into jacks on the module as follows! (Figure 5 on page 8).

R goes into the jack labeled Right Front.

C goes into the jack labeled Center Front.

L goes into the gray jack labeled Left Front.

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2.Use the supplied 50-ft(15.2 m) speaker cables for the speakers at the rear of your room (Figure 5).

Insert them into the jacks on the module as follows:

RR goes into the jack labeled Right Rear.

CR goes into the jack labeled Center Rear. This speaker is provided only with an Acoustimass® 16 system.

LR goes into the jack labeled Left Rear.

3.At the other end of each cable, insert the red collared (+) wire into the red (+) terminal on one speaker. Insert the other wire into the other terminal (Figure 5).

Notice a label on each red collared wire that matches it to the proper speaker:

• L for the speaker at the left front

• LR for the speaker at the left rear

R for the speaker at the right front

RR for the speaker at the right rear

C for the speaker at the center front

CR for the speaker at the center rear

Figure 5

Completing connections of the small speakers to your Acoustimass module

Note: The Acoustimass 15 Series III system is designed for use with an optional center rear cube speaker array. For further details, see “Optional upgrade for your Acoustimass 15 system” on page 10.

Acoustimass 16 system module

Center front speaker

Right

Left

front speaker

front speaker

RR

CR

label

label

Red terminal

Red collared wire labeled LR

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Connecting the Acoustimass® module to the receiver

The system input cable is 20 feet (6.1 meter) long and connects the Acoustimass module to your surround sound receiver. Unlike the speaker cables, this input cable has a multi-pin! connector that inserts into the Audio Input jack on the module (Figure 6).

Figure 6

Module input jack

System input cable connectors

System input cable connector

At the other end of the system input cable, multiple wire pairs that “unzip” for easy reach and insertion into terminals on your receiver (Figure 7). A red collar marks a wire as positive (+).

CAUTION: Do NOT connect your module to the TV, which lacks the required amplification.

The single RCA connector at that end is for use ONLY with a receiver that handles ! low-frequencyeffects and provides an LFE/SUBWOOFER jack (Figure 7).

Figure 7

Wire pair

 

Unzipping the paired wires

RCA

 

connector

 

for LFE

 

only

CAUTION: Before making these connections, turn off your receiver to prevent unwanted noises when you plug the Acoustimass® module into it.

To make the connections (Figure 8 on page 10):

1.Insert the multi-pinconnector on the system input cable into the input jack on the ! Acoustimass module. Tighten the two thumbscrews to secure the connection.

2.Connect each wire pair on the other end of the system input cable to your surround receiver, which should have audio output terminals labeled:

Right, Left, Center for the front audio channels

Right Surround, Left Surround, and possibly Center Surround for the rear channels. ! The specific labels on your receiver may differ slightly.

CAUTION: Do not allow exposed wires to brush against each other; this could damage your receiver.

3.Carefully match the polarity of the connections (+ to + and – to –).

Attach each red-collaredwire (+) to the appropriate + terminal.

Attach each plain wire (–)to the appropriate – terminal.

4.If applicable to your receiver, insert the RCA plug marked LFE on the system input cable into the LFE/SUBWOOFER OUT jack on your surround receiver. Remove the cover first.

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Figure 8

Acoustimass® module to

Thumbscrews

 

receiver connections

Acoustimass® 16

 

module

Home theater

receiver LFE connector with cover removed

Checking and finalizing connections

Before plugging in the Acoustimass module, check all connections from the receiver to the the module and the module to the small speakers (Figure 5 on page 8 and Figure 8).

Make sure all cube speaker arrays are connected to the proper terminals according to their position in your room.

Check to be sure all wires are connected to your surround receiver with the proper polarity (+ to + and – to – wires). Incorrect wiring can result in a total loss of module output.

Correct any wiring problems before you plug in your receiver and turn it on.

When all the connections check out, plug the power cord from the Acoustimass module into an AC (mains) outlet. Plug in the receiver also.

Note: Bose recommends using a quality surge suppressor on all electronics equipment. Voltage variations and spikes can damage electronic components in any system. Using a highquality suppressor (available at electronics stores) can eliminate the vast majority of failures caused by a power surge.

Optional upgrade for your Acoustimass 15 system

Your Acoustimass 15 Series III speaker system can be upgraded to provide you with 6.1- ! or 6-channelsurround sound.

The 6.1 upgrade kit contains one cube speaker array, a 50-foot(15.2 m) connecting cable, and complete connection instructions.

To purchase the 6.1 upgrade kit in the same color as your current system, contact your local authorized Bose® retailer. Or to contact Bose directly, see the address list included in the ! carton.

When ordering, you will need to provide the serial number of your Acoustimass module. ! Refer to “For your records” on page 2 if you recorded the number there. If not, you can locate the number on the rear of the module near the connection panel.

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