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SAFETY INFORMATION  
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 magni-  
tude 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.  
This product conforms to the EMC Directive 89/336/EEC and to the Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC.  
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.  
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CONTENTS  
SETTING UP  
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Before you begin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Unpacking the carton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Placing your speakers to achieve realistic home theater sound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Front left and right speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Center speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Rear speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Powered Acoustimass® module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Making the connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Connecting speakers to the Acoustimass module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Connecting the Acoustimass module to the receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
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Checking the connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10  
USING YOUR SYSTEM  
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Getting the most from your home theater speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11  
Adjusting the bass/room compensation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11  
Adjusting the LFE level . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11  
Setting your digital surround sound receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12  
Receiving a digital audio signal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12  
Setting your analog surround sound receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12  
REFERENCE  
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Troubleshooting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
Customer service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
Cleaning the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
Limited warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
Technical information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15  
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SETTING UP  
Before you begin  
We appreciate your choice of the Bose® Acoustimass® 6 Series III or Acoustimass 10  
Series IV home entertainment speaker system.  
The Acoustimass 6 features five small cube speakers, while the Acoustimass 10 system  
features four cube speaker arrays and a center front speaker. These speakers, together with  
the Acoustimass module, reproduce the full spectrum of multi-channel digital programming  
for a powerful and realistic home theater experience.  
Unpacking the carton  
Carefully unpack the carton contents (Figure 1):  
1. Remove the brown inner carton containing the small speakers.  
2. Gently roll the carton onto its side and pull out the Acoustimass module.  
WARNING: To avoid injury, use care in lifting the module, which weighs roughly 30 lb (14 kg).  
Figure 1  
Carton contents  
20-ft (6.1 m)  
system input cable  
Three 20-ft (6.1 m)  
front speaker cables  
Powered Acoustimass  
module  
Rubber feet for front  
center cube speaker  
With Acoustimass 6 system  
With Acoustimass 10 system  
Five cube speakers  
Four cube speaker arrays  
Center  
front speaker  
Two 50-ft (15.2 m)  
rear speaker cables  
Two 50-ft (15.2 m)  
rear speaker cables  
Power cord (1)  
U.S./Canada  
Europe  
U.K./Singapore  
Australia  
Now is a good time to record the serial number of these speakers on your warranty card.  
Please save all packing materials for possible future use.  
WARNING: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep the plastic bags that wrap these speakers out  
of the reach of children.  
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Placing your speakers to achieve realistic home theater sound  
Keep these guidelines in mind when choosing a location for each speaker:  
• The Acoustimass® module should be at least 2 feet (.6 m) from your TV set to prevent  
interference.  
• All of the small speakers are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with a TV picture.  
• 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.  
• In an Acoustimass 10 system, the center front speaker is for use at the front of the room  
and near the center of your TV. The other cube array speakers are identical and can be  
placed interchangeably around the room (Figure 2a and 2b).  
• The top and bottom cube on each cube array speaker can be rotated to create  
room-filling sound patterns.  
• In the Acoustimass 6 system, all five single cube speakers are identical and can be placed  
interchangeably around the room (Figure 2c and 2d).  
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.  
Figure 2  
Acoustimass 10 Series IV system  
a.  
b.  
Sample speaker placement  
(a and c) and performance  
results (b and d)  
Acoustimass 6 Series III system  
c.  
d.  
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Front left and right speakers  
The goal for these is to create a sound image wider than the screen that seems natural to  
viewers sitting anywhere in the room.  
• Place these two front speakers 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).  
Center speaker  
Sound from the center speaker should seem to come from within the picture to give the most  
realistic performance of on-screen action and dialogue.  
• Place the center speaker above, on top of, or below your TV. Do NOT rest the weight of the  
TV on the speaker.  
• Keep the speaker 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 speaker on top of your 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 at the rear outer edges on the bottom.  
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 speakers 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.  
For the Acoustimass® 10 system, rotate the top and bottom sections of the rear cube  
speaker arrays to direct the sound to the front and back of the listener (see Figure 3 on  
page 7).  
For the Acoustimass 6 system, aim the rear cube speakers slightly behind the listener or  
reflect the sound off the rear wall (see Figure 2 on page 5).  
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Powered Acoustimass module  
Acoustimass® speaker technology makes it difficult to locate the source of low-frequency  
sound from this module. So feel free to hide it from view, and:  
• Locate the module at the same end of the room as the TV 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 grilles located on the bottom of the module.!  
Impeding ventilation can cause a reduction in the bass-frequency output from the module.  
Figure 3  
Preferred  
Alternate  
Position options for your  
Acoustimass module  
Front opening  
Ventilation grille  
Making the connections  
Only the Acoustimass module connects to your receiver. The small speakers all 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.  
Figure 4  
Right front  
Supplied  
speaker cable  
Speaker cable connection  
to an output jack on the  
module and to the speaker  
speaker  
Red collar  
to red speaker terminal  
Matched markings  
1. Use the supplied 20-ft (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 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.  
• 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  
R for the speaker at the right front  
C for the speaker at the center front  
LR for the speaker at the left rear  
RR for the speaker at the right rear  
Acoustimass® 10 system module  
Figure 5  
Completing connections of  
the small speakers to your  
Acoustimass® module  
Left  
front speaker  
Center  
front speaker  
Right  
front speaker  
Red terminal  
Red-collared wire  
labeled LR  
RR  
label  
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Connecting the Acoustimass® module to the receiver  
The system input cable is 20 feet (6.1 m) long and connects to your surround 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  
connection  
System input  
cable connector  
At the other end of the system input cable, multiple wire pairs “unzip” for easy reach and  
insertion into terminals on your receiver. A red collar marks a wire as positive (+) wire.  
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-frequency effects and provides an LFE/SUBWOOFER jack (Figure 7).  
Wire pair  
Figure 7  
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-pin connector 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, and Center for the front audio channels.  
• Right Surround and Left 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-collared wire (+) 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  
receiver connections  
Thumbscrews  
Acoustimass®  
module  
LFEconnectorwith  
cover removed  
Home theater  
receivers  
Checking the 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 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 high-  
quality suppressor (available at electronics stores) can eliminate the vast majority of failures  
caused by a power surge.  
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