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The Bose® Acoustimass® 5 and 20 Powered Speaker  
System  
Owner’s Guide  
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Safety/Maintenance Information  
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose the system to rain or  
moisture.  
CAUTION  
RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK  
DO NOT OPEN  
AVIS  
RISQUE D’ÉLECTROCUTION  
NE PAS OUVRIR.  
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,  
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).  
ATTENTION : POUR RÉDUIRE LE RISQUE D’ÉLECTROCUTION,  
NE RETIREZ PAS LE COUVERCLE (NI LE PANNEAU ARRIÈRE).  
IL NE SE TROUVE À L’INTÉRIEUR AUCUNE PIÈCE POUVANT  
ÊTRE RÉPARÉE PAR L’USAGER. ADRESSEZ-VOUS A UN  
À UN RÉPARATEUR COMPÉTENT.  
NO USER-SERVICEABLE PARTS INSIDE.  
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.  
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These CAUTION marks are located on the bottom of your Lifestyle® 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.  
Additional safety information  
See the additional instructions on the Important Safety Information page enclosed with this  
owner’s guide.  
Please read this owners guide  
Please take the time to follow this owner’s guide carefully. It will help you set up and operate  
your Acoustimass 5 or 20 powered speaker system properly. Save your owner’s guide for  
future reference.  
Class B emissions limits  
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing  
Equipment Regulations.  
CAUTION: If liquids get into the product, turn the system off and allow it to air dry. Then turn  
it on again. If you notice any problems with its functioning, unplug it and contact Bose  
customer service.  
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Important Safety Instructions  
1. Read these instructions for all components  
14. Refer all servicing to qualified service person-  
nel. Servicing is required when the apparatus  
has been damaged in any way: such as power-  
supply cord or plug is damaged; liquid has  
been spilled or objects have fallen into the  
apparatus; the apparatus has been exposed to  
rain or moisture, does not operate normally, or  
has been dropped Do not attempt to service this  
product yourself. Opening or removing covers may  
expose you to dangerous voltages or other hazards.  
Please call Bose to be referred to an authorized  
service center near you.  
before using this product.  
2. Keep these instructions for future reference.  
3. Heed all warnings on the product and in the  
owners guide.  
4. Follow all instructions.  
5. Do not use this apparatus near water or  
moisture Do not use this product near a  
bathtub, washbowl, kitchen sink, laundry tub, in a  
wet basement, near a swimming pool, or any-  
where else that water or moisture are present.  
15. To prevent risk of fire or electric shock, avoid  
overloading wall outlets, extension cords, or  
integral convenience receptacles.  
6. Clean only with a dry cloth and as directed  
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by Bose Corporation. Unplug this product from  
the wall outlet before cleaning.  
16. Do not let objects or liquids enter the product –  
as they may touch dangerous voltage points or  
short-out parts that could result in a fire or electric  
shock.  
7. Do not block any ventilation openings.  
Install in accordance with the  
manufacturer’s instructions To ensure  
reliable operation of the product and to protect it  
from overheating, put the product in a position  
and location that will not interfere with its proper  
ventilation. For example, do not place the product  
on a bed, sofa, or similar surface that may block  
the ventilation openings. Do not put it in a built-in  
system, such as a bookcase or a cabinet that may  
keep air from flowing through its ventilation  
openings.  
17. See product enclosure for safety related  
markings.  
Information about products that  
generate electrical noise  
If applicable, this equipment has been tested and found  
to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,  
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are  
designed to provide reasonable protection against  
harmful interference in a residential installation. This  
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio  
frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accor-  
dance with the instructions, may cause harmful interfer-  
ence to radio communications. However, this is no  
guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular  
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interfer-  
ence to radio or television reception, which can be  
determined by turning the equipment off and on, you are  
encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or  
more of the following measures:  
8. Do not install near any heat sources, such  
as radiators, heat registers, stoves or other  
apparatus (including amplifiers) that pro-  
duce heat.  
9. Do not defeat the safety purpose of the  
polarized or grounding-type plug. A polar-  
ized plug has two blades with one wider  
than the other. A grounding-type plug has  
two blades and a third grounding prong. The  
wider blade or third prong are provided for  
your safety. If the provided plug does not fit  
in your outlet, consult an electrician for  
replacement of the obsolete outlet.  
10. Protect the power cord from being walked  
on or pinched, particularly at plugs, conve-  
nience receptacles, and the point where  
they exit from the apparatus.  
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.  
Increase the separation between the equipment and  
11. Only use attachments/accessories speci-  
fied by the manufacturer.  
receiver.  
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a different  
12. Use only with the cart, stand, tripod,  
bracket or table specified by the  
manufacturer or sold with the  
apparatus. When a cart is used,  
use caution when moving the  
cart/apparatus combination to  
avoid injury from tip-over.  
circuit than the one to which the receiver is connected.  
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV techni-  
cian for help.  
Note: Unauthorized modification of the receiver or radio  
remote control could void the user’s authority to operate  
this equipment.  
13. Unplug this apparatus during lightning  
storms or when unused for long periods of  
time to prevent damage to this product.  
This product complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class  
B specifications.  
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Important Safety Instructions  
18. Use proper power sources Plug the product into  
a proper power source, as described in the operating  
instructions or as marked on the product.  
Antenna grounding  
Example of antenna grounding as per National Electrical  
Code, ANSI/NFPA 70.  
19. Avoid power lines Use extreme care when  
installing an outside antenna system to keep from  
touching power lines or circuits, as contact with  
them may be fatal. Do not install external antennas  
near overhead power lines or other electric light or  
power circuits, nor where an antenna can fall into  
such circuits or power lines.  
Antenna lead in wire  
20. Ground all outdoor antennas If an external  
antenna or cable system is connected to this  
product, be sure the antenna or cable system is  
grounded. This will provide some protection against  
voltage surges and built-up static charges.  
Ground clamp  
Antenna discharge unit  
(NEC Section 810-20)  
Grounding conductors  
(NEC Section 810-21)  
Electric service  
equipment  
Section 810 of the National Electrical Code ANSI/  
NFPA No. 70 provides information with respect to  
proper grounding of the mast and supporting  
structure, grounding of the lead-in wire to an antenna  
discharge unit, size of grounding conductors,  
location of antenna-discharge unit, connection to  
grounding electrodes, and requirements for the  
ground electrode. Refer to the antenna grounding  
illustration on this page.  
Ground clamps  
Power service grounding  
electrode system  
(NEC ART 250, Part H)  
Note to CATV system installer  
This reminder is provided to call the CATV system  
installers attention to Article 820-40 of the NEC (of USA)  
that provides guidelines for proper grounding. In particu-  
lar, it specifies that the cable ground shall be connected  
to the grounding system of the building, as close to the  
point of cable entry as is practical.  
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The Mountain, Framingham, MA  
01701-9168 USA  
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Contents  
Where to find  
Setting Up  
Before you begin........................................................................................................... 4  
Unpacking the carton ................................................................................................... 4  
Select the location for your speaker system ................................................................ 5  
Speaker locations................................................................................................ 5  
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Acoustimass module location............................................................................ 6  
Before making connections, unplug your system ............................................... 6  
Selecting the correct voltage .............................................................................. 6  
Connect the speakers and the Acoustimass module ................................................... 7  
Connecting the Acoustimass 20 Jewel Cube® speakers to the  
Acoustimass module .................................................................................... 7  
Connecting the Acoustimass 5 cube speaker arrays to the  
Acoustimass module .................................................................................... 7  
Which Lifestyle® system do you own? .......................................................................... 8  
Connecting the Acoustimass module to multi-room interface systems ....................... 9  
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Connecting the Acoustimass module to the Lifestyle media center ......................... 12  
Setting Zone 2 Protocol .............................................................................................. 13  
Connecting the Acoustimass module to the Model 20 music center......................... 14  
Connecting the Acoustimass module to the Model 5 music center........................... 15  
Fine-tuning your system ............................................................................................. 16  
Product Information  
Troubleshooting .......................................................................................................... 17  
Accessories................................................................................................................. 17  
Customer service ........................................................................................................ 17  
Technical information.................................................................................................. 18  
Warranty period .......................................................................................................... 18  
Cleaning the Acoustimass 5 or 20 powered speaker systems................................... 18  
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Setting Up  
Before you begin  
Thank you for purchasing the Bose® Acoustimass® 5 or 20 powered speaker system. These  
speakers are designed specifically for use with the Bose Lifestyle® music systems to deliver  
high-fidelity, room-filling sound to additional rooms in your home.  
Because these speakers are different from other systems, we recommend that you take the  
time to read this owners guide. It contains instructions and information that will help you get  
the most enjoyment possible from your new speakers.  
Unpacking the carton  
Carefully unpack your speakers. Save all packing materials for possible future use. The  
original packing materials provide the safest way to transport your speaker system. If any part  
of the product appears damaged, do not attempt to use the system. Notify Bose or your  
authorized Bose dealer immediately.  
Check to be sure your Acoustimass 5 or 20 powered speaker system contains the parts  
identified in Figure 1.  
Acoustimass  
Cube speaker  
arrays  
module  
50-foot extension  
cable  
Figure 1  
What comes with your  
Acoustimass powered speaker  
system:  
30-foot  
audio  
input  
Owner's guide  
Quick set-up guide  
2 cube arrays  
1 Acoustimass module  
Speaker wire  
Rubber feet  
cable  
3-foot  
Speaker  
wire  
Speaker  
wire  
3-foot VAR adapter cable  
3-foot FIX adapter cable  
VAR  
adapter  
cable  
Rubber feet  
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for Lifestyle DVD  
systems  
Acoustimass 5 & 20 Powered  
Speaker Systems  
50-foot extension cable  
30-foot audio input cable  
AC power (mains)  
adapter plug (in dual voltage  
systems)  
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Quick set-up  
guide  
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Power  
cords  
Adapter  
plug  
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5
Power cord  
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bose  
.com  
3-foot FIX  
adapter cable  
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for Lifestyle DVD  
systems  
Note:Find the serial numbers on the bottom panel of the Acoustimass module. Then write  
them on your warranty card.  
WARNING: The Acoustimass module weighs 33 pounds (15 kg). Use good lifting practice  
to avoid injury.  
WARNING: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep the plastic bags out of the reach of  
children.  
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Setting Up  
Select the location for your speaker system  
When you place your speakers according to the guidelines below, a combination of reflected  
and direct sound provides a good stereo image virtually everywhere in the room. You may  
experiment with the placement and orientation of the cubes and the Acoustimass® module to  
produce the sound most pleasing to you.  
To adjust your system for the characteristics of your listening room, see Fine-tuning your  
systemon page 16.  
Speaker locations  
Follow these guidelines to select locations for your Acoustimass 5 or 20 speaker system. The  
speaker cables allow up to 20 feet (6.1 m) distance from the Acoustimass module.  
1. For the most lifelike sound, place the cube arrays 6-12 feet (1.8-3.6 m) apart. They can be  
as close as 3 feet (0.9 m) or as far apart as 15 feet (4.6 m).  
2. Direct one cube of each array forward. Direct the other cube toward the wall or in a  
different direction to create reflected sound. (See the illustration of reflected sound pat-  
terns in Figure 2.)  
Acoustimass  
module  
Right speaker  
Left speaker  
Figure 2  
Recommended speaker  
locations  
CAUTION: Choose a stable and level surface for your speakers. Vibration can cause the  
speakers to move, particularly on smooth surfaces like marble, glass, or highly polished  
wood. For additional stability, you can add rubber feet to your speakers. You may obtain  
rubber feet (part no. 178321) free of charge from Bose®. Contact Bose Customer Service for  
more information.  
Note:If you put the speakers in a bookcase unit, be sure to place each one at the front  
edge of the shelf. Placing speakers in an enclosed space can change the tonal quality of the  
sound. This effect is minimized if the shelves are filled with books.  
Note:The cube speakers are magnetically shielded so you can place them close to a  
TV without affecting picture quality.  
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Setting Up  
Select the locations for your speaker system (cont.)  
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Acoustimass module location  
Follow these guidelines to select a location for the Acoustimass module.  
1. Place the module along the same wall as the speakers, if possible.  
2. Select a convenient location under a table, behind a sofa. Do not allow furniture or  
drapes to block the ventilation openings of the module.  
3. Place the module within reach of the audio input cable, speaker cables, and an AC power  
(mains) outlet.  
4. Select a position for the Acoustimass module (Figure 3). For proper ventilation, place it on  
the long edge, with the connectors facing the floor. An alternate position is on its largest  
side, with the bass and treble controls facing up. Do not place the module on either end,  
as shown by the last two views in Figure 3.  
Figure 3  
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Acoustimass module positions  
AUDIO  
INPUT  
RIGHT  
OUTPUTS  
TO  
CUBE  
SPEAKERS  
Preferred  
position  
Alternate position  
LEFT  
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OFF  
POWER  
ON  
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Tre  
ble  
Bas  
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5. Once you have selected a position for the module, place the four self-adhesive rubber feet  
near the corners of the bottom surface. The rubber feet provide increased stability and  
protection from scratches.  
6. Aim the port (the round opening) into the room or along the wall to avoid blocking the port  
or creating too much bass.  
7. For best bass performance, do not place the port at equal distances from any two walls or  
from a wall and the ceiling.  
Before making connections, unplug your system  
It is important that you unplug your Lifestyle® system or other music source before making  
any connections.  
Selecting the correct voltage  
If you purchased a dual voltage product, please be sure that your speakers are set to the  
correct voltage for your geographical area. Use the adapter plug provided when appropriate.  
Figure 4  
Voltage selector switch settings  
CAUTION: Do not cover the ventilation openings of the Acoustimass module. The slots on  
the end provide ventilation for the built-in electronic circuitry, and should not be blocked.  
Note:To avoid interference with the TV picture, place the Acoustimass module at least  
18 inches (45 cm) from a TV.  
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Setting Up  
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Connect the speakers and the Acoustimass module  
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Connecting the Acoustimass 20 Jewel Cube speakers to the  
Acoustimass module  
1. Insert the connector of each speaker cable fully into the jack on the rear of each speaker  
(Figure 5). Match the ridge of the connector to the notch at the top of the jack.  
2. Connect each 20-foot (6.1 m) cable to the corresponding left or right green jack on the  
Acoustimass module. Speaker cables have green connectors at one end, with L (left) and  
R (right) molded into the connectors.  
To extend the length of speaker cable, you will need a 30-foot extension cable. To order this  
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part, please call Bose customer service (request PN 186445-1 black; PN 186445-2 white).  
Or, splice in 18-gauge (.75 mm2) or thicker cord (connecting + to + and to ). To purchase  
extension wire, see your dealer, electronics store, or call Bosecustomer service.  
Figure 5  
Speaker cable connections to  
the Jewel Cube speaker array  
Connecting the Acoustimass 5 cube speaker arrays to the  
Acoustimass module  
Each speaker cable contains two wires. The wire marked with a red collar is positive (+) and  
the ribbed one is negative (). These wires match the positive (red) and negative (black)  
terminals on the back of each speaker. To extend the length of speaker cable, you will need a  
30-foot extension cable. To purchase this cable see dealer, electronics store, or call Bose  
customer service. To order this part from Bose, please call Bose customer service (request  
PN 186445-1 black; PN 186445-2 white). Or, splice in 18-gauge (.75 mm2) or thicker cord  
(connecting + to + and to ).  
1. Match the correct cable to the corresponding speaker location.  
Speaker cables have blue connectors at one end, with L and R molded into the  
connectors.  
The red collars on the + wire are labeled LEFT and RIGHT.  
2. Connect the wire end of one speaker cable to the terminals on the rear of the matching  
cube speaker array.  
a. Press the terminal tab on the back of the cube array to insert the marked wire into the  
red terminal and the plain wire into the black terminal. Release the tab to secure the  
wire.  
b. Repeat this step for each of the cube speaker arrays (see Figure 6).  
3. Connect each cable to the corresponding left or right blue jack on the Acoustimass  
module.  
Figure 6  
Speaker cable connections to  
the cube speaker array  
CAUTION: Make sure no strands of wire from any terminal touch any other terminal. Bridged  
wires create short circuits that affect proper operation of your system.  
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