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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.  
©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-D symbol are trademarks of Dolby Laboratories. Confidential Unpub-  
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CONTENTS  
SETTING UP  
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Unpacking the carton . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Choosing locations for your speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Placing the center front speaker . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Placing your left and right front speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Placing your rear speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Placing your Acoustimass® module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Making the connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
Connecting speakers to the Acoustimass module . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  
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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 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 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
Cleaning the speakers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13  
Limited warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
Accessories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
Technical information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14  
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SETTING UP  
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-spectrum sound of multi-channel digital 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.  
Figure 1  
Carton contents  
20-ft (6.1 m)  
system input cable  
Three 20-ft (6.1 m)  
front speaker cables  
Acoustimass module  
Rubber feet  
With Acoustimass 15 Series IIl system  
With Acoustimass 16 Series II system  
Five cube array speakers  
Center  
front speaker  
Four cube array speakers  
Center  
front speaker  
Three 50-ft (15.2 m)  
rear speaker cables  
Two 50-ft (15.2 m)  
rear speaker cables  
Power cord (1)  
Europe U.K./Singapore  
U.S.A/Canada  
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-filling sound 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.  
Figure 2  
Acoustimass 16 system  
Sample speaker placement  
(a and c) and performance  
results (b and d)  
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-screen action 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-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 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-frequency output from the module.  
Figure 3  
Preferred  
Alternate  
Position options for your  
Acoustimass module  
Ventilation grille  
Front opening  
Making the connections  
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.  
Figure 4  
Supplied  
speaker cable  
Cubespeakerarray  
Speaker cable connection  
to an output jack on the  
module and to the speaker  
Red collar  
to red speaker terminal  
Matched labels  
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  
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  
CR for the speaker at the center rear  
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  
Figure 5  
Completing connections of  
the small speakers to your  
Acoustimass module  
Center  
front speaker  
Right  
front speaker  
Left  
front speaker  
RR  
label  
CR  
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-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, 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-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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