Need help with Bose Cinemate and Onkyo AV receiver
(Long Beach, CA)
I have a Bose Cinemate 1 and an LG LV5500 TV that only allows for a digital optical audio out. My bose interface takes only rca cables. I also have an onkyo TX SR302 av receiver that I could run the Bose through, but don't know how to set it up. Could someone give me a wiring diagram on how to set up my system so all components will play sound through the Bose system.
In addition to the TV, I have a DVD player, a CD player, and apple tv. One last thing, the onkyo receiver only takes speaker wire for the speakers (again, the bose uses rca cables), though there are several line outs on the receiver.
Thanks for any help!
You can't really combine the two amplifiers as you want. The speakers that come with the Bose Cinemate are designed to work with the Bose amplifier only - which is why the speaker cables will only connect to the Bose.
If you wanted to use the Onkyo receiver, then you would have to buy a speaker package that is compatible with this unit. Most standalone speaker packages that you can buy will work fine with the Onkyo.
However, looking at your problem, from what you say it appears your Bose Cinemate doesn't have any digital inputs for audio - just stereo analog inputs. If so, I would suggest the easiest way is to buy a digital optical to analog audio converter. You can find one at Amazon here:GefenTV Optical to Analog Digital Audio Decoder
You could then connect the optical output of your TV into this device, and then the analog RCA outputs would go into your Bose system.
The device linked here will work with Dolby Digital signals. If your TV doesn't output Dolby Digital over optical (I don't know), then there are slightly cheaper units you can buy that will work with an optical audio signal that is not encoded as Dolby Digital.Digital Audio To Analog Audio Converter
If you are not sure, then it would be safer to get the first one as this should work with anything.
All the best.
Paul (Site Editor)
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