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New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

I'm on a knife edge between Bose and Sonos for a new audio setup for my house.

 

Potential Bose System

Bose Soundbar 300, Bose Sub, 

Bose SoundTouch SA-5 Amplifier SA5 + 2 B&W Ceiling Speakers.

 

Is it possible to do this setup, so that the ceiling speakers are able to work the soundbar and sub for music and home cinema purposes? 

 

 

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

Hi KB-P,

 

Thanks for the post.

 

You would be able to use the two speaker connected to the SA-5 for music and audio, but they cannot function as surround channels.  For surround channels for your SoundTouch 300, you would need to purchase the Virtually Invisible 300 rear channel speakers.

 

Let me know if you have any other questions,

 

Best,

Brandon

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

Can you connect the Sub to the amp wirelessly?

Are both of these scenarios possible?
Scenario 1: watching a film = sub + sound bar

Scenario 2: sub + soundbar + ceiling speakers, all playing the same music in different zones
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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

Hi again KB-P,

 

The AM300 cannot connect to the SA-5 amplifier, but only to the ST300 Soundbar.

Scenario 1: Yes, this will work perfectly fine.

Scenario 2: This will work, but the Sub will be connected to the Soundbar.

 

Best,

Brandon

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

It really is a shame that the VI 300 speakers are the only ones that will work with the ST 300 sound bar.  The VI speaker are wireless...but they're not. They need power which means having ugly power cables strewn about. If one wanted a truly clean set up, they could utilize wall/ceiling speakers as rears.

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

The Soundtouch 300 is what it is.  It's a soundbar that you can add the Acoustimass 300 wireless subwoofer and the Bose Virtually Invisible wireless speakers.  Yes, the subwoofer and surround speakers require an electrical connection.  This is the system.  You cannot make it something else.

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

Agreed. But it's still a shame you can't. 

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

Not really.  We all knew what it was when we bought it.

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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

jimgfitz,

Setting aside what I wish it could do, have you had any connectivity issues? I've read a considerable number of posts regarding that which is making me hesitant to purchase. Has your experience been good?

Kent

 
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Re: New Homesetup Soundbar, Sub + Bose Amp + 2 Ceiling Speakers

My experience has been excellent, but I know people have had problems.  I have a new LG 65 OLED C7, Oppo 203 4K DVD, and U-Verse tv and internet.  It took me a day or two to get everything figured out and get my Logitech Harmony 880 remote working correctly, but everything has been great ever since (30 days).

 

I plugged my DVD and U-Verse directly into the LG with HDMI.  Then, I plugged the LG into the Bose with HDMI ARC.