Bose Speaker System 15 User Guide page

The Bose® Acoustimass® 15 Series II and Acoustimass 16  
Home Entertainment Speaker Systems  
August 13 , 2002  
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Safety Information  
WARNING: To reduce the risk of fire or electric shock, do not expose the powered  
Acoustimass® module to rain or moisture.  
CAUTION: To prevent electric shock, match wide blade of plug to wide slot, insert fully.  
CAUTION  
AVIS  
RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK  
DO NOT OPEN  
RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE  
NE PAS OUVRIR  
ATTENTION : AFIN DE RÉDUIRE LE RISQUE DE CHOC ÉLECTRIQUE,  
NE PAS RETIRER LE CAPOT DE LAPPAREIL (ou son panneau arrière).  
IL NEXISTE À LINTERIEUR DE CET ÉQUIPEMENT AUCUN ÉLÉMENT  
OU SOUS-ENSEMBLE POUVANT ÊTRE DEPANNÉ PAR LUTILISATEUR.  
LA MAINTENANCE DOIT ÊTRE RÉALISÉE PAR UN PERSONNEL QUALIFIÉ.  
CAUTION: TO REDUCE THE RISK OF ELECTRIC SHOCK,  
DO NOT REMOVE COVER (OR BACK).  
NO USER-SERVICABLE PARTS INSIDE.  
REFER SERVICING TO QUALIFIED PERSONNEL.  
These CAUTION marks may be located on 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.  
Additional safety information  
See the additional safety information on the Important Safety Instructions page enclosed with  
your speaker system.  
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.  
CAUTION: No naked flame sources, such as lighted candles, should be placed on the  
apparatus.  
For your records  
The system serial number is located on the bottom of the Acoustimass module.  
Serial number: ________________________________________________________  
Dealer name: _________________________________________________________  
Dealer phone: ____________________ Purchase date ____________________  
Please keep your sales receipt and warranty card together with this owners guide.  
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prior written permission.  
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Contents  
Where to find…  
Powered Acoustimass® module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
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Setting Up  
Before you begin  
We appreciate your choice of the Bose® Acoustimass® 15 series II or Acoustimass 16 home  
entertainment speaker system.  
Bose Virtually Invisible® speaker technology allows you to enjoy lifelike home performances  
from the very latest surround-sound encoded movies, CDs, and television shows, without a  
room full of speakers. The cube speaker arrays, along with the powered Acoustimass mod-  
ule, reproduce the full-spectrum of sound from multi-channel digital programming. Integrated  
Signal Processing assures full bass performance from all channels at all listening levels,  
regardless of your receiver settings.  
Your stereo VCR, stereo television, or DVD player sends the encoded program material to the  
surround-sound receiver, which interprets and distributes the information to the powered  
Acoustimass module. The module delivers the bass for all channels and sends appropriate  
sounds to each cube speaker array. The sound mix varies with different program types: dia-  
logue is usually sent to the center cube speaker array, a visual soundstage is created by the  
left and right front cube speaker arrays, and you feel as if you are in the center of the action  
because sounds and special effects are directed to the rear cube speaker arrays. At any point  
in a surround-sound performance, you may hear sound from one, a few, or all of the cube  
speaker arrays.  
To select surround-encoded program material, look for the terms Surround, Dolby Surround,  
the double-D symbol 3, Dolby Digital 1, other digital formats, or the word sur-  
roundpreceding a TV broadcast. Your system is compatible with home theater receivers.  
You can also enjoy a wide variety of stereo programming that is not surround-encoded.  
Unpacking the carton  
WARNING: The powered Acoustimass module weighs 33 pounds (15 kg). Use good lifting  
practice to avoid injury.  
WARNING: To avoid danger of suffocation, keep the plastic bags that wrap these speakers  
out of the reach of children.  
Note: This product is not to be powered by any DC-to-AC inverters that may be found in  
automobiles, recreational vehicles, boats, ships, or other similar situations.  
1. Remove the brown inner carton containing the cube speaker arrays.  
2. Gently roll the carton over onto its side.  
3. Slowly pull the Acoustimass module from the carton.  
4. Stand the module up.  
If the cube speaker arrays or the module appear damaged, do not use them. Repack every-  
thing in the original carton and contact your authorized Bose dealer immediately. Or, to con-  
tact Bose directly, see the list of ofces and phone numbers enclosed with your system.  
Note: Now is a good time to record the serial number of these speakers on page 2 of this  
guide and on your warranty card. Please save all packing materials for possible future use.  
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Setting Up  
Figure 1  
Carton contents  
20-ft (6.1m) system input cable  
Three 20-ft (6.1m) front speaker cables  
Rubber feet for front center  
Powered Acoustimass®  
module  
cube speaker array  
With Acoustimass 15 Series II system  
With Acoustimass 16 system  
Six cube speaker arrays  
Five cube speaker arrays  
Two 50-ft (15.2m) rear speaker cables  
Three 50-ft (15.2m) rear speaker cables  
Power cord (1)  
Europe UK/Singapore  
USA/Canada  
Australia  
Placing your speakers to achieve realistic home theater sound  
suggested guidelines for placing your speaker system:  
The cube speaker arrays are identical and can be used for any channel.  
All cube speaker arrays are magnetically shielded to prevent interference with a TV picture.  
The top and bottom sections of the cube speaker arrays can be rotated to create  
room-lling sound patterns (Figure 3).  
Bose® wall brackets and oor stands can extend your placement options. See Accesso-  
Note: The Acoustimass 15 Series II may be upgraded by adding a center rear cube speaker  
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Setting Up  
For Acoustimass® 15 Series II  
For Acoustimass 16  
Figure 2  
Suggested home theater  
layouts  
- 15'  
(2 - 5m)  
- 15'  
(2 - 5m)  
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'
6
6
RR  
RR  
C
R
C
R
CR  
L
L
LR  
LR  
2'+  
2'+  
(0.6m+)  
(0.6m+)  
CAUTION: To prevent interference, keep the Acoustimass module at least 2 feet (.6m) from  
your TV set.  
For Acoustimass 15 Series II  
For Acoustimass 16  
Figure 3  
Sound patterns  
Front center cube speaker array  
The front center cube speaker array localizes action and dialogue on your screen. Sound  
should seem to come from within the picture.  
Place the front center cube speaker array above, below, or on top of your television. If  
below, be sure that it is not supporting the weight of the television in any way.  
Keep the front cube speaker array as close to the vertical center of the screen as possible,  
for the most accurate dialogue reproduction.  
CAUTION: Choose a stable and level surface for your cube speaker arrays. Vibration can  
cause them to move, particularly on smooth surfaces like marble, glass, or highly polished  
wood. If you are placing the center cube speaker array on top of your television, use the set  
of four rubber feet provided. You may obtain additional rubber feet (part number 178321-04),  
free of charge, by contacting Bose® Customer Service. See the list of phone numbers  
included with your system.  
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Setting Up  
Front left and right cube speaker arrays  
The front left and right cube speaker arrays create a sound image wider than the screen that  
seems natural to viewers sitting anywhere in the room. You can place the cube speaker arrays  
near a TV screen with no picture interference. Place the front cube speaker arrays on either  
Rear cube speaker arrays  
The rear, or surround cube speaker arrays add discrete sounds and special effects that  
expand the visual image, bringing the viewer into the center of the action. The rear cube  
speaker arrays may carry dialogue as well.  
Position the left and right rear cube speaker arrays to allow the sound to reach the viewer  
from both sides, rather than from directly behind (see Figure 2).  
Place the rear cube speaker arrays at ear height (when seated) or higher, if possible.  
Rotate the top and bottom sections of the rear cube speaker arrays to direct the sound to  
the front and back of the listener.  
If you have a center rear cube speaker array (Acoustimass 16 system or upgraded Acousti-  
mass 15 Series II system), place it so that it is centered between the rear left and right cube  
Powered Acoustimass® module  
Bose® Acoustimass speaker technology takes advantage of the fact that the source of pure  
bass sound is difcult to locate, so you can hide the powered Acoustimass module conve-  
niently out of sight. Place the module at the same end of the room as the television monitor.  
You may hide the module behind furniture, but do not block the opening. Be sure there is at  
least 2 inches (5 cm) between any surface and the front opening or the grille on the bottom.  
If the opening faces the wall it increases the bass; if it faces away it decreases the bass.  
CAUTION: To prevent interference, keep the module at least 2 feet (.6m) from your TV set.  
Figure 4  
Note: Placing the module horizontally, or on  
its side, may reduce ventilation, inhibiting its  
ability to play at full output for extended  
periods of time.  
Powered Acoustimass  
module placement  
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Setting Up  
Connecting the speakers  
CAUTION: Never connect the cube speaker arrays directly to a receiver output. Always con-  
nect them to the powered Acoustimass® module, then connect the module to the receiver.  
CAUTION: Never use broken or frayed wiring, which can result in electrical shock or damage  
to your system. The supplied cables are not intended for in-wall installation. Check local  
building codes or enlist a qualified installer.  
Connecting front cube speaker arrays to the Acoustimass module  
Three individual 20-foot (6.1m) speaker cables connect the center, right, and left front cube  
the corresponding speaker location. Front speaker cables have blue RCA connectors at one  
end with L (left), R (right), or C (center) molded into the connectors. The other ends of the  
cables have two wires. The red collars on the + wire are labeled LEFT, RIGHT, or CENTER.  
Note: The center rear cube speaker array is included with the Acoustimass 16 system or may  
be added to an Acoustimass 15 Series II system. For upgrading information, see “Upgrading  
Figure 5  
Cube speaker array  
connections to the  
Acoustimass module  
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Setting Up  
1. Connect the wire pair marked CENTER to the center cube speaker array. Press the termi-  
nal tab on the back of the cube speaker array. Insert the marked (+) wire into the red ter-  
minal and the plain () wire into the black terminal. Release the tab to secure the wires.  
2. Connect the wire pair marked RIGHT to the right front cube speaker array (to the right of  
the TV as you face it).  
3. Connect the wire pair marked LEFT to the left front cube speaker array.  
4. Plug the other end of each cable into the CENTER FRONT, RIGHT FRONT, and LEFT  
FRONT blue RCA jacks, respectively, on the Acoustimass® module.  
Connecting rear cube speaker arrays to the Acoustimass module  
Each rear cube speaker array is connected to the Acoustimass module with a 50-foot (15m)  
speaker cable (Figure 5). Be sure to match the correct cable with the corresponding speaker  
(right rear), or CR (center rear) molded into the connectors. The other ends of the cables have  
two wires. The red collars on the + wires are labeled LEFT REAR, RIGHT REAR, or CENTER  
REAR.  
1. Connect the wire pair marked RIGHT REAR to the right rear cube speaker array (on your  
right as you face the TV). Press the terminal tab on the back of the cube speaker array.  
Insert the marked wire into the red terminal and the plain wire into the black terminal.  
Release the tab to secure the wires.  
2. Connect the wire pair marked LEFT REAR to the left rear cube speaker array.  
3. If you have a center rear cube speaker array (Acoustimass 16 system or upgraded Acous-  
timass 15 Series II system), connect the wire pair marked CENTER REAR to the center  
rear cube speaker array.  
Note: The Acoustimass 15 Series II system may be upgraded by adding a center rear cube  
4. Plug the other end of each cable into the RIGHT REAR, LEFT REAR, and CENTER  
REAR orange RCA jacks, respectively, on the Acoustimass module.  
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Setting Up  
Connecting the Acoustimass® module to the receiver  
The 20-foot (6.1m) system input cable connects the module to your surround receiver (see  
on the other. The wire pairs of the cable may be separated or unzippedas much as needed  
to comfortably reach the surround receiver connections. Each wire pair is marked on the  
cable jacket with RIGHT, LEFT, CENTER, RIGHT SURROUND, LEFT SURROUND, or  
CENTER SURROUND to indicate where each wire connects to the receiver.  
CAUTION: Before making any connections turn off your receiver and unplug it from the AC  
(mains) outlet. Not doing so may result in damage to your system.  
CAUTION: Do not connect the powered Acoustimass module directly to your TV unless it  
provides surround decoding circuitry and amplified outputs for all channels.  
1. Insert the multi-pin connector on the system input cable into the input jack on the Acous-  
timass module. Tighten the two thumbscrews to assure a secure connection.  
2. Connect each wire pair on the other end of the system input cable to your surround  
receiver. Carefully match the polarity of the connections (+ to + and to ).  
Attach each marked wire (+) to the appropriate + terminal.  
Attach each plain wire () to the appropriate terminal.  
Note: The RCA plug of the system input cable comes with a cover installed. Remove  
this cover for connection to the LFE/SUBWOOFER OUT jack. If your receiver has no  
LFE/SUBWOOFER OUT jack, leave the plug cover in place.  
3. If applicable, connect the RCA plug marked LFE on the system input cable to the  
LFE/SUBWOOFER OUT jack on your surround receiver.  
CAUTION: Do not allow exposed wires to brush against each other; this could damage your  
receiver.  
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Setting Up  
Figure 6  
Acoustimass® module to  
receiver connections  
Note: The center surround connection  
is used only when a center rear  
speaker is installed.  
FRONT SPEAKERS A  
Thumbscrews  
R
L
CENTER  
R
L
CENTER  
FRONT SPEAKERS A  
CENTER  
SURROUND SPEAKERS  
LFE/SUBWOOFER  
OUT  
R
L
R
L
CENTER  
Note: Cables may be  
separated or unzipped”  
as much as needed to  
comfortably reach the  
surround receiver  
connections.  
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Setting Up  
Checking the connections  
Check all connections from the receiver to the Acoustimass® module and from the module to  
nected to the proper terminals according to their position in your room. Check that all wires  
are connected to your surround receiver in phase (+ to + and to ). Incorrect wiring can  
result in a total loss of module output. Correct wiring problems before you plug your receiver  
in and turn it on.  
Connecting the Acoustimass module to power  
Note: Bose® recommends using a quality surge suppressor on all electronics equipment.  
Voltage variations and spikes can damage electronic components in any system. A quality  
suppressor can eliminate the vast majority of failures attributed to surges and may be pur-  
chased at an electronics store.  
After you have checked all system connections, plug the power cord of the powered Acousti-  
mass module into an AC (mains) receptacle. Your Acoustimass speaker system will turn on  
and off automatically as it receives a signal from your surround receiver.  
Upgrading your Acoustimass 15 Series II speaker system  
Your Acoustimass 15 Series II speaker system can be upgraded to provide you with 6.1 or  
6 channel surround sound.  
The 6.1 upgrade kit contains one black (PC 029661) or white (PC 029662) cube speaker array,  
a 50-foot connecting cable, and complete connection instructions.  
To purchase the 6.1 upgrade kit, contact your local authorized Bose retailer or call Bose  
directly. See the list of Bose ofces and phone numbers enclosed with your system. When  
ordering, you will need to know the serial number of your Acoustimass module.  
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Using your system  
For realistic home theater sound  
CAUTION: The Acoustimass® 15 Series II and Acoustimass 16 speaker systems incorporate