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Bose® Acoustimass® 10 Series IV home entertainment speaker system

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Overview

Our take on the Bose® Acoustimass® 10 Series IV home entertainment speaker system

The four small dual-cube satellites feature Bose's patented swiveling design. You can adjust each speaker's cubes to get the perfect mix of direct and reflecting sound. The low-profile center channel speaker fits easily on top of your television, or you can wall-mount it below a flat-panel TV. This system's sleek, powered Acoustimass® module boasts two 5-1/4" woofers and easily tucks away behind a table or couch. Color-coded cables make setup exceptionally quick and easy. And Bose's solid build quality and electronic protection circuitry ensure that this system will fill your room with great sound for years to come.

Enjoy rich, Bose® sound for movies and music

The elegant, décor-friendly Bose® Acoustimass® 10 Series IV home entertainment speaker system delivers high-quality home theater sound without visually taking over your room. Five tiny speakers and a slender Acoustimass® module work together, delivering spacious, natural-sounding music and high-impact home theater sound effects. Bose's innovative approach is the key.

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Keep your living space open for living

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Shown with optional Bose UFS-20 floor stands.

The four small dual-cube satellites feature Bose's patented swiveling design. You can adjust each speaker's cubes to get the perfect mix of direct and reflecting sound. The low-profile center channel speaker fits easily on top of your television, or you can wall-mount it below a flat-panel TV. This system's sleek, powered Acoustimass® module boasts two 5-1/4" woofers and easily tucks away behind a table or couch. Color-coded cables make setup exceptionally quick and easy. And Bose's solid build quality and electronic protection circuitry ensure that this system will fill your room with great sound for years to come.


Don't think, just buy. Just because there are more expensive speakers, doesn't mean that you must buy them. Unless you're an acoustics engineer working in a studio, theses speakers will more than suffice.

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What's in the Box:

  • Black powered Acoustimass module
  • 4 Black dual-cube speaker arrays
  • 1 Black horizontal center channel speaker
  • One 7.75' AC power cord
  • One black 20' system input cable (has a 15-pin female connector on one end and tinned wire/single male RCA jack on the other)
  • 3 Black 20' front speaker cables (each has a male RCA connector on one end and tinned wire on the other)
  • 1 Black 49.5' rear speaker cable (has two male RCA connectors on one end and tinned wire on the other end for both rear speakers)
  • 4 Self-adhesive rubber feet for the center speaker
  • Owner's Guide (English/Spanish/French)
  • Quick setup guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • Bose Product Registration and Warranty Information
  • List of worldwide Bose corporate contacts
  • "Our Commitment To You" letter

Product Highlights:

  • includes 4 dual-cube speakers, 1 center channel speaker, and 1 powered Acoustimass® module
  • recommended power 10-200 watts with receivers rated from 4 to 8 ohms
  • dual-cube speakers
    • swiveling Direct/Reflecting® design
    • video-shielded
    • two 2-1/2" drivers
    • 3-1/8"W x 6-1/4"H x 4-1/16"D
  • center speaker
    • low-profile design
    • video-shielded
    • two 2-1/2" drivers
    • 6-1/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 4-1/8"D
  • Acoustimass® module
    • two 5-1/4" woofers
    • 8-3/16"W x 16-1/4"H x 25-3/8"D
    • built-in amplifier (connects to AC outlet for power)
  • color-coded cables
  • spring-clip speaker wire connectors
  • warranty: 5 years speakers, 1 year amp
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
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Features and Specs

General
Enclosure Bass Reflex
Video Shielded Cubes
Pieces in System 6
Color Black
Tweeter Twiddler
Midrange size (inches) N/A
Woofer size (inches) 5-1/4
Woofer Composition Paper
Woofer Surround Foam
Impedance (Ohms) 8
Connector Type Spring clips
Mounting Bracket Included No
Recommended Stand Height (inches) 32-48
Parts Warranty 5 Years
Labor Warranty 5 Years
Specifications
RMS Power Range (watts) 10-150
Subwoofer RMS Power (watts) Not Given
Dimensions
Main Speakers (inches) 6-1/4H x 3-1/8W x 4-1/16D
Center Speaker (inches) 3-1/8H x 6-1/16W x 4-1/16D
Surround Speakers (inches) 6-1/4H x 3-1/8W x 4-1/16D
Subwoofer (inches) 16-1/4H x 8-1/8W x 25-3/8D

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Driver Technology
Controls
Connections
Mounting Options

Driver Technology

Virtually Invisible Speaker System Design: The Virtually Invisible speaker system design gives you expansive sound without dominating your décor. The Acoustimass module delivers deep, powerful bass without audible port noise, so it can be hidden almost anywhere in the listening area. The music and sound effects seem to come from the tiny cube speaker arrays.

Direct/Reflecting Speaker Technology: The Direct/Reflecting speaker technology helps the compact cube speaker arrays deliver more open, spacious sound throughout the listening area. You hear enhanced surround sound and exceptionally lifelike stereo with a larger soundstage.

Cube Speaker Arrays: Each of the four cube speaker arrays features dual 2-1/2" wide-range Twiddlers. The top & bottom sections of the cube speaker arrays can be rotated to create room-filling sound patterns.

Horizontal Center Channel Speaker: Designed to visually complement flat-panel TV screens while delivering natural-sounding dialog & vocals. The horizontal center speaker uses the same dual 2-1/2" wide-range Twiddlers as the cube arrays.

Powered Acoustimass Module: The Acoustimass module uses a proprietary enclosure and patented technologies to produce deep, rich bass with clarity and balance. The powered Acoustimass module uses two 5-1/4" high-excursion paper cone woofers, each with a foam surround.

Integrated Signal Processing: The Bose patented integrated signal processing compensates for the human ear's reduced sensitivity to bass at low volumes. You hear the proper balance of deep bass, even at very low, late-night listening levels and dialogue continues to sound natural.

Controls

LFE Control: The LFE control increases or decreases the relative level of low-frequency effects on movie soundtracks.

Bass Level: The Bass control increases or decreases the bass level of the Acoustimass module.

Automatic System Protection Circuitry: When played at high volume, this system's automatic protection circuitry activates to prevent damage to the system from electrical stress or overload. When this happens you may notice a slight decrease in volume, which is normal.

Connections

Audio Input: The Acoustimass module is fitted with a 15-pin male jack for use with supplied system input cable; the other end of the system input cable has tinned wire that connects to the left front, right front, center, left rear and right rear speaker outputs & a mono male RCA plug that connects to the subwoofer output of the A/V receiver or amplifier.

Audio Output: The Acoustimass module also features 5 RCA jacks (Left Front, Right Front, Center, Left Rear, & Right Rear) that connect directly to the cube speaker arrays, using the supplied speaker cables.

Power Cord: The Acoustimass module Jack features a detachable 7.75' AC power cord.

Mounting Options

Speaker Mounting: Each cube speaker array & the center channel speaker has a rear-mounted 5mm female threaded insert. The threaded inserts allow you to mount the speaker arrays using optional stands or wall-mount brackets.

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5 questions already asked

Not too sure if that would work or not. you probably need to contact Bose for that answer. [ JOSEPH R  Jan 26, 2015 ]
By face up I think you mean the front as depicted in the pictures being at the top. I would not suggest this. The back of the unit is where the cables attach and is rounded so it would be difficult. In addition this would probably effect the true base of the unit. I don't recommend modifying this unit as it was designed to perform as shown. You can however lay it on its side per Bose instructions, if preferred. I love my System. [ MIKE  Jan 25, 2015 ]
The answer is no. See owners manual page 7 figure 3 under Powered Acoustimass Module [ JOHN J  Jan 25, 2015 ]
No The wires are on the rear of the case [ STEVEN J  Jan 25, 2015 ]
I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: We have many good receivers that will work well with the Bose speakers and Yamaha would be a great choice. I would suggest going with the RXV477. It has plenty of power, lots of inputs, and great sound quality. You can find it here: http://www.crutchfield.com/app/product/item/default.aspx?I=022RXV477 If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy  Aug 12, 2014 ]  Staff
If I understand your question. You are wanting to know if the AM5 Series iii speakers are best for stereo music listing. It depends on your music source (Equipment providing Audio to your speakers). If your source is only capable of outputting Stereo audio than I would purchase the AM5 Series. However, if you source is capable of providing Stereo audio, Video with 5.1, 6.1 audio or any other similar audio formate, I recommend the AM10 series speakers. [ JOHN J  Jul 04, 2014 ]
Really use mine mostly for television. Music is pretty good I am sing a Sony amp. [ STEVEN J  Jul 03, 2014 ]
Sound and clarity is great. Would like a little more volume at times, but I have these in a very large 30 x 18 room. Love the simplicity of hook up. [ JDOUGLAS  Jul 03, 2014 ]
I have been very happy with this system. After wanting a Bose setup for years, I finally went for it. We also have the outdoor speakers set up with this system for our poolhouse! Our son loves chilling by the pool listening to the Bose. [ FOLSOM  Jul 03, 2014 ]
Probably not. I'm sure there are audiophiles that can steer you right. But if you like Bose the next series up is much nicer. [ CYNTHIA L  Jul 03, 2014 ]
You can use your in-wall wires, but you'll need to connect them to the bass module. [ Vincent  Apr 09, 2014 ]
Louis, I had the same scenario. It is interesting how the large ribbon cable connects all the speakers to the sub. The wires then run through the sub back to your all outlet to connect to your speakers. The sound has a very natural sound and we are using the system in a large 30x18 room. I'd buy it again. [ JDOUGLAS  Dec 18, 2013 ]
Not sure what your whole system might be so I will tell you what I have it that will Help. My system is driven by a Denon AVR 1612 Amp 5.1. For my Bose setup this works great for my application with great sound, ease of operation (nothing to change once I did the room evaluation by the Denon Menu. When I received my speakers it was purely plug and play with simple detailed instructions..Good Luck [ MIKE  Dec 11, 2013 ]
Louis, If I understand your question, you have wiring currently located in your walls running to all the locations you plan on installing speakers. Your current wiring will work as long as it is a compatible gauge wire to match your present speakers. I think the wiring supplied with the speakers you ordered is 16 gauge, you can ask your Crutchfield adviser to be certain. If the wiring is compatible I do not see any issue with using the present wire. All you need to do is make sure you connect your speakers to your present wall terminal with the appropriate matting connectors. I purchased the recommended wall speaker mounts for my rear speakers and the recommended speaker stands for my front left and right speakers. I purchased the recommended center TV speaker mount for my center speaker located on my TV. [ JOHN J  Dec 11, 2013 ]
Not knowing your in wall wording...not sure...but I'm thinking your wire will work..unless you have towers that you want to set up in bi-wire...if not ...any 2-sure should b fine...12 awg is best [ ROSS C  Dec 10, 2013 ]
Sorry but mine used the original wires that came with the set and I do not have any in wall setup. Thank you [ CHARLES  Dec 10, 2013 ]
Thank you [ Louis  Dec 10, 2013 ]
system comes with it's own special wires and connectors to sub woofer that connects to all the speakers [ KENNETH L  Dec 10, 2013 ]
The speaker wires in the walls stay the same. However, the speaker wires feed into the subwoofer and a special cable goes from the subwoofer to the receiver. [ JEFF  Dec 10, 2013 ]
No u dont need anything if u have wires already hooked to wall just enjoy [ JAMES  Dec 10, 2013 ]
Adjustements to the settings will largely depend on the room that it is in. If you purchased the unit from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can help walk you through the settings on this unit. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer or post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com [ Jeff  Nov 24, 2013 ]  Staff
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