Do Bose Acoustimass 10 Series 5.1 Speakers Require an AV Receiver?

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By: Prasad Joshi (Nanded, Maharashtra, India)

Well, may it be my stupid question, but, I dare ask it on this forum.

I’ve only Philips DVD player with 5.1 output, it requires either the T.V. connection for both sound and picture or any powered 5.1 system.

Now if take Bose Acoustimass 10 series 5.1 speakers will that do my work to get good sound or do Bose speakers require another amplifier or receiver like Yamaha, Denon, Onkyo?

Pls, suggest with details.

Bose Acoustimass 10 Speakers

Comments for Do Bose Acoustimass 10 Series 5.1 Speakers Require an AV Receiver:


You can ask anything you like around here. We don’t believe in stupid questions!

The Bose Acoustimass 10 series is purely a surround sound speaker package. Therefore, they need a separate amplifier/receiver to power them.

This is ideal if you already have an AV receiver, but is obviously an added cost if you haven’t.

If you are determined to go with Bose, then the Lifestyle home entertainment systems have a unit that powers the speakers – and which also has input connections to connect external devices like your DVD/Blu-ray player.

For example, the Bose Lifestyle SoundTouch 535 Entertainment System.

This model will also connect to your Wi-Fi at home and stream online services like Pandora and Spotify.

There is a range of Lifestyle systems with different features and pricing, so you just need to decide what your budget is and which features you require for your home.

Hope that helps.

Paul (Site Editor)

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Thanks for the Post
by: Rohit

I am Rohit from Pune and have the same interest. I do agree that a lifestyle would have complete package but its costly at the same time…

Can you suggest any good receivers which would go with Acoustimass 10?
Thank you.

by: Jack

I am having Yamaha Rx-V530 5.1 receiver … can I attach Bose Acoustimass 10 series 5.1 speakers to my receiver?

Bose not good?
by: Anonymous

I noticed you said “if you are determined to use Bose”…is Bose not a good choice? I thought Bose was supposed to be best but they don’t even make the top 10 lists I been seeing. Whats wrong with them?

by: Paul (Site Editor)


Well, the best way to judge speakers is to listen to them for yourself and decide if you like the sound. So, if you have compared Bose to other speakers and you prefer them, then they are the best.

However, if you do some research in specialist magazines and audiophile forums – you will find many people preferring brands other than Bose.

I personally think you can get better value for money elsewhere. But that’s just my opinion which is worth no more than anybody else’s.

Bose might have the best marketing department!

On the introduction to surround sound speakers – I list a few brands where I would start looking.

All the best.


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