I'm considering buying the Bose 700 soundbar for 5.1 setup in a game room. I will use an AV switching receiver to output from my various sources over HDMI to the Bose 700. Sub will be non-Bose (so I will send sub channel directly to the sub from AV receiver, no issue there).
The question here is about the rear surrounds. Due to the topology of the room, it is not practical for me to use the Bose surround speakers, since they require power. I can route speaker wire in the wall to the rears, but I do not want to route 110v AC to these locations. Therefore, for the rears I would like to use a pair of wired Bose 161's mounted on the wall.
So the question is, can the Bose 700 be configured to NOT image the rear surround channels , even though it is receiving the 5.1 from the AV receiver? Then i can output the rear channels direct to the 161's from the AV receiver. I guess I could also ask if the "Bose surround sound" speakers can be used in wired mode the same way , maybe this is another option but I hate to pay for wireless speakers and use them as wired, as I have a feeling the 161's might sound better as surrounds and for lower price tag.
Would love to hear some opinions on this, if this config is possible or not , and how the 161's might perform as rears in this setup.