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Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier

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Overview

Our take on the Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier

The Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier lets you integrate your own speakers into a wireless music system. The SA-5 amplifier wirelessly receives audio from other Bose® SoundTouch® systems, letting you play the music through connected speakers and control it all from your smartphone. The SA-5 amplifier delivers 100W per channel, ensuring your speakers get all the power they need for optimal performance.

Make your speakers part of a multi-room system

The Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier lets you integrate your own speakers into a wireless music system. The SA-5 amplifier wirelessly receives audio from other Bose® SoundTouch® systems, letting you play the music through connected speakers and control it all from your smartphone. The SA-5 amplifier delivers 100W per channel, ensuring your speakers get all the power they need for optimal performance.

Bose SA-5

Connects to your home wireless network

The SA-5 amplifier uses your home Wi-Fi® network, and comes with Internet radio and popular music services built in. You'll have a world of music conveniently available at your fingertips. And because it's Bose®, setup and operation is easy and intuitive.

Built-in Bluetooth expands your listening options

The SA-5 amplifier also has built-in Bluetooth. So if you just want to stream music from your smartphone or tablet, no problem. Using Bluetooth lets you stream audio from any app you want.

Versatile connections

Three auxiliary inputs let you connect non-streaming audio sources, such as a CD player or home theater receiver, bringing its music into the SoundTouch® wireless network to be shared in one, two, or many rooms simultaneously.

And you can connect two pairs of speakers to the system in parallel. Power four speakers from a single SA-5 amplifier.

The simple, powerful SoundTouch® app

The free SoundTouch® app from Bose® is the key to simple setup and control. It makes it easy to select music and operate the SA-5 amplifier using your smartphone, tablet, or even a computer.

The app lets you choose from music services like Pandora, Spotify, and Deezer for a practically unlimited amount of online music (subscription required for Spotify and Deezer). Or, listen to thousands of free Internet radio stations from around the world with iHeartRadio. You can use the app to save stations and playlists as presets for instant recall with the included remote, or simply by using the control buttons on top of the speaker.

Quick wireless setup

Getting the SA-5 amplifier up and running is simple. The free app walks you through the wireless setup process, so you can start listening in just minutes. Or use the included USB cable to connect the amplifier to your computer, and follow step-by-step instructions for setting it up on your network.

Product Highlights:

  • connected stereo amplifier with 100 watts per channel
  • two speaker connectors let you connect up to four speakers in parallel (when running 2 pairs of speakers they should be rated no lower than 8 ohms)
    • 3 auxiliary inputs
    • 2 RCA stereo inputs
    • 1 stereo minijack input
  • connects to your Wi-Fi network for wireless music listening
  • Ethernet input for a wired connection to your home network
  • built-in Bluetooth lets you stream directly from compatible devices
  • free SoundTouch® app lets you control the player and play music with your Apple® or Android™ device as well as Mac® and Windows® PCs
  • support for online music services, including Spotify, Pandora, Deezer Premium, and iHeartRadio for thousands of free internet radio stations (subscription required for some services)
  • expand your multi-room system with additional Bose® SoundTouch® speakers
  • play the same song through multiple speakers or different songs in different rooms
  • player can be set up wirelessly or by using the included USB cable with a computer (USB port is for setup only)
  • plays MP3, WMA, AAC, and Apple Lossless (ALAC) files
  • mounting bracket and hardware included
  • requires AC power (AC adapter provided)
  • 7-5/16"W x 3-1/8"H x 13-1/16"D
  • 3.3 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

What's in the Box:

  • Network audio amplifier
  • 5' AC power cord
  • 38" microUSB-to-USB cable
  • Mounting bracket
  • 2 Screws
  • 2 Wall-anchors
  • Owner's Guide
  • Quick Setup Guide

Product works as promoted. It was quick and easy to set up. I was able to use outside speakers that are hard wired

Bill, Greenwood ms

Reviews

Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(7 Reviews)

Great equipment, close to perfect

Greg from Morristown, TN on 3/12/2018

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Pros - Simple install, major upgrade to make old equipment usable with SoundTouch Technology. Cons - Interface for older equipment not provided. The old equipment was connected with a 9 pin cable. That cable is now obsolete and I cannot use the speakers attached to this amp with the head end unit as had previously been done.

Pros: Simple install, major upgrade to make old equipment usable with SoundTouch Technology. Sounds just as expected. with Bose

Cons: Interface for older equipment not provided. The old equipment was connected with a 9 pin cable and there is no 9 pin connector on this device. That cable is now obsolete and I cannot use the speakers attached to this amp with the head end unit as had previously been done.

Bose gets the job done .

Alex from poway ,ca on 9/21/2017

I did a bunch of research and decided to go with this amp and run it with the definitive technology 251's. I went back and forth between a Yamaha receiver and bose speakers. I decided on this do to the ease of use, and the fact that you add on to the system down the road. I played around with the amp at the bose store and it was just too easy to play with . The app works great no issues what so ever. It's nice to play over wifi music doesn't stop when you get a call and the range is much better than bluetooth. I will build up my sound touch system with time.

Pros: Super user friendly even my wife can do it ...

Cons: Only complaint I have is that I wish you could do a zone a and zone b.

Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier

Anonymous from Newark, OH on 7/8/2017

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Great product for the purpose. I set up (2) SA-5 with (8) 251 Speakers. A lot of bang for the buck. Very full sounding system without a subwoofer. For this outdoor system a subwoofer just was not practical, and with the fullness of the SA-5-251 combo it was not missed. iPhone interface is intuitive and easy to use for the entire family. Setup was relatively easy. I did have a little hiccup when adding the second unit. I called Tech support at 8pm on a Thursday night. Tech that helped was EXTREEMELY knowledgeable. Turned out to be as simple as updating the firmware in the second unit.

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Good sound

Bill from Greenwood ms on 5/24/2017

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Product works as promoted. It was quick and easy to set up. I was able to use outside speakers that are hard wired

Pros: Easy to set up. Produces great sound with my external hard wired speakers.

Cons: Blue tooth range a little small for what I need.

Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier

Frederick from Canal Winchester, Ohio on 9/28/2016

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I'm not an expert on Audio system's but I'm impressed with the small size and weight. Very easy to hook up and sound out of my Bose speakers are excellent.

Pros: Size, weight, simplicity and power.

Cons: Wish it was entirely wireless

Bose SA-5

VirginiaC from New York, NY on 8/2/2016

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This is an easy system to install and a lot more reliable than other Bluetooth speaker systems. I purchased this piece after going to the Bose store to figure out how to hook up existing speakers with my Bluetooth music stream.

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Cons: The sound quality is an 8 out of 10. I might need to figure out how to adjust the speakers when I have more opportunity to play with the system.

Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier

John M from denver, CO on 1/23/2016

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Excellent

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Features

SoundTouch Wireless Music System: The SoundTouch SA-5 is part of the Bose SoundTouch wireless music ecosystem which allows you to play music throughout your home. The SoundTouch ecosystem is able to stream music wirelessly throughout your house over your home's WiFi network; it even works with your Bluetooth devices. With SoundTouch, you can stream Internet radio, select music services, and your music library throughout your home. A free Bose app transforms your Apple iOS or Android mobile device into the system's remote control.

SoundTouch Amplifier: Connect the versatile Bose SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier system to your choice of loudspeakers and enjoy wireless access to Internet radio, select online music services, and your music library. The SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier is rated at 100 watts x 2 channels (in 8Ω, at 20-20kHz, with 0.5% THD). It can run two pairs of speakers in parallel, so you can wire up to four speakers to the amp (all attached speakers will work together as one SoundTouch zone). The amplifier features Bose proprietary digital signal processing technology, digital volume control, and thermal overload protection. The amplifier feature screw-type speaker terminals that will accept between 18- to 14-gauge speaker wire.

Note: If using a single pair of speakers, use speakers rated at 4-ohms or higher. When running two pairs of speakers, use speakers rated no lower than 8-ohms.

Multiroom Audio: You can link up to four SoundTouch wireless components together for a multiroom/multisource audio experience. You are able to play the same music source or different music source on each SoundTouch system, using the SoundTouch app on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows/Mac computer.

  • Compatible Sources: Internet radio & online music services, as well as computer & Bluetooth audio streaming can be distributed to multiple rooms.
  • Non-Compatible Sources: The Aux input does not support multiroom audio distribution.

Wired or Wireless Network Connection: The SoundTouch SA-5 amp offers a wired (Ethernet) or wireless (WiFi) connection to your home network. The amplifier features a rear-panel Ethernet R-J45 port and built-in WiFi (802.11 b/g/n; 2.4/5.0GHz). The amp's network connection can be setup initially from the SoundTouch Controller App on your Apple iOS (5.1.1+) device or Android (4.0.3+) smartphone/tablet. You can also use the included microUSB-to-USB cable, along with the SoundTouch Controller App for system setup from your Windows PC (XP/7/8) or Mac (OS X 10.68+) computer.

SoundTouch Controller App: The Bose SoundTouch Controller app is required for initial setup and control of the Bose SoundTouch music system. The Bose SoundTouch Controller app can be downloaded on your Apple iOS iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows PC, or Mac computer. Now you'll be able to setup and control the SoundTouch system from your Apple iOS or Android device, or from your Windows or Mac computer. Once initial setup is complete, you can use this app to explore Internet radio, select online music services, or browse your music library from your home network and computer for playback on the Bose SoundTouch system.

  • For Apple iOS or Android: You can download the free SoundTouch Controller app (from Apple's App Store or Google Play Store) onto your Apple iOS (iOS 5.1.1+) or Android (4.0.3+) device so you can setup and control the Bose system from your mobile device.
  • For Windows PC or Mac Computer: The SoundTouch Controller app for Windows & Mac lets you setup and control the Bose SoundTouch system from your Windows PC (XP/7/8) or Mac computer (OS X 10.6.8+). Simply install the SoundTouch app onto your Windows PC or Mac computer.

Variety Of Music Sources: The Bose SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier supports a variety of music options; including Internet Radio, select online music services, music files stored on your computer, as well as stored music & music apps on your Apple iOS or Android device.

  • Internet Radio & Online Music: The SoundTouch system lets you play Internet radio stations from around the world. You also get access to the Pandora, Spotify Connect, iHeart Radio, and Deezer (coming soon) online music services. More music services will be added in the future.
  • Music Stored On Your Computer: The SoundTouch SA-5 can play back MP3, WMA, AAC. and ALAC music files that are managed by iTunes or Windows Media Player on your Windows or Mac computer. You computer must be connected to the same wired or wireless home network as the SoundTouch system.
  • Bluetooth Music Streaming: With built-in Bluetooth, the SoundTouch SA-5 can wirelessly plays back stored music and music apps from your Bluetooth-enabled Apple iOS iPod/iPhone/iPad, Android smartphone/tablet, Windows Phone/PC, Mac computer/laptop, or other Bluetooth compatible device. You can pair up to eight devices with one actively connected. You will need to setup the SoundTouch SA-5 on your WiFi network and perform all system updates before you can pair your Bluetooth device and stream audio.

Aux Inputs: The SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier has three auxiliary inputs, including two sets of stereo RCA inputs and one 3.5mm minijack input. The Aux input is not redistributed for multiroom audio.

Six Presets: You can personalize six presets to your favorite streaming music services and Internet radio stations, or playlists, artists, albums, and songs from your computer's music library. The presets can easily be set, changed, and accessed directly on the system or with the free SoundTouch app on your Apple iOS/Android device or Windows/Mac computer. You cannot set presets for Bluetooth or the Aux input.

Mounting Options: You can simply place the SoundTouch SA-5 amp on a table-top, stand, shelf, or other piece of AV furniture with a flat-surface. You can also mount the amplifier on a wall with the provided mounting bracket and hardware.

Note: The SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier is neither designed for nor protected from placement that may expose it to rain, condensation, ice, salt water, extreme heat or other weather conditions. It can be used with outdoor speakers, but must be placed inside while the speakers are outside.

AC Power: The SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier operates off of standard household current using its internal power supply and detachable 5' AC power cord.

USB Port (Setup Only): The microUSB (type-B) port on the back of the SA-5 amp is for setup only. This USB port is not designed to playback or charge smartphones, tablets, thumbdrives, or other similar devices.

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Why did you buy this?

The salesman at our location in Oakbrook Illinois, Mike [ David  May 24, 2018 ]
Researched Sa5 and So now Connect Amp [ Rob  May 06, 2018 ]
Need amplifier for pair of good speaker and would like to make part of wifi network [ SCOTT G  Nov 27, 2017 ]
got several components of sound touch family. Expanding it more to include my home outside speakers [ T  Jul 30, 2017 ]
Bose is great quality and I wished to add to my system [ Rudolph  May 23, 2017 ]
Remote setting [ C  Oct 31, 2016 ]
Bought to connect the outside speakers with the rest of the Bose Soundtouch units on the inside of the house. [ John  Aug 27, 2016 ]
Wireless music from a variety of sources such as Pandora and the Bose sound quality. [ Charles  Apr 17, 2016 ]

12 questions already asked

Sorry, no. The HDMI and optical inputs of the SoundTouch 300 Soundbar cannot be shared with other SoundTouch devices (like the SA5 amplifier). If you want to add some wireless surrounds, you can use the compatible VI300 but these have built-in speakers are would not power your in-ceiling models: http://www.crutchfield.com/p_018VI300/item.html [ Ryan  Jan 05, 2018 ]  Staff
Yep! As Robert alluded to above, all of the Bose SoundTouch components have the ability to play the same song simultaneously; or you can choose to play different songs through each individual Bose SoundTouch component in your home. For more details or to discuss further, please contact an Advisor directly by phone (888.955.6000) or online chat. Thanks! :) [ Larry  Nov 13, 2017 ]  Staff
All sound touch devices that are on the same network can be linked to play the same thing. The amp can also play via blue tooth or aux, but I? dont think Bluetooth and aux connections will not "back feed" via WiFi to the other devices on your sound touch system. [ Robert  Nov 07, 2017 ]
You will have to download the bose app on your phone but once you do that you can link them both together to play the same music. [ Shaun  Jun 13, 2017 ]
Yes. [ Robert  Jun 13, 2017 ]
I Don't know [ John M.  Jun 13, 2017 ]
I'm afraid there's no specific mention of an "auto" power off feature for the SA-5 in the specs or owner's manual. Given that there is no physical on/off switch or button on the amplifier itself, it is very likely that it will automatically shutdown after a given time period of no music playing through it (like the other SoundTouch speakers); but if you'd like to find this out for certain your best bet is through Bose directly. You can call them at 800-999-2673 or check their support site: https://www.bose.com/en_us/support.html [ Larry  Apr 19, 2017 ]  Staff
Let me explain my previous answer.. I have along with the speakers the Bose amps to push my system. The app interfaces with the amp not the speakers.... [ Jacob  Apr 08, 2017 ]
Download the Bose app. In the app u can control all or just one amp at a time and is where you would also stream music from. [ Jacob  Apr 08, 2017 ]
Once connected to one of the amps, use the app to have the second amp play what the first one is playing. You cannot connect to both simultaneously via Bluetooth. [ Robert  Apr 08, 2017 ]
If you purchased the product from Crutchfield, feel free to contact our Tech Support team. They can walk you through the settings on the product and see if there may be a fix. Our toll-free Tech Support number is printed on your invoice, and is also available under the "My Orders" tab in the "My Account" section of our website. If you did not purchase the unit from Crutchfield, then you may want to contact the manufacturer. You can also post your question in our forums: http://community.crutchfield.com. Or try our online support center: http://crutchfield.custhelp.com/app/answers/list/kw/. [ Kenny  Jan 25, 2017 ]  Staff
The Bose SA-5 offers no option for connecting a microphone for Karaoke. For that, you may want to consider a system like the Singtrix Party Bundle: https://www.crutchfield.com/p_220SINGTX1/Singtrix-Party-Bundle.html While I know this isn't the answer you were looking for, I hope the information helps. [ Ryan  Jan 27, 2017 ]  Staff
My understanding is yes. I have not hooked mine up yet but the information from Bose is that they will work on any speakers as long as the oms match is correct. I will be using this amp with non-Bose and Bose speakers. You can determine this by looking on the back of your speakers and following the installation instructions from Bose. [ CHRISTOPHER M  May 03, 2016 ]
Yes [ Robert  May 03, 2016 ]
You can wire up to four speakers to the amp (each speaker must be a minimum 8-ohm impedance), but there's no dedicated subwoofer output on the Bose SA-5 amplifier so your subwoofer must accept speaker-level inputs in order to work with the SA-5. I hope that helps. My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=159 [ Larry  Apr 18, 2016 ]  Staff
Yes. You need a Wi-Fi network in order to control the player with the Bose APP and to stream audio content from your home network and online music services. While the SA-5 also features Bluetooth, it must be connected to a Wi-Fi network initially for setup and updates before you can pair any Bluetooth devices. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Apr 11, 2016 ]  Staff
No. It's made for use in home audio applications only. I hope that helps! My Bio: http://www.crutchfield.com/Support/Bio.aspx?bio=5 [ Ryan  Apr 01, 2016 ]  Staff
The amplifier can only broadcast one input at a time to all speakers attached. What is broadcasting on speaker A will be the only thing available on B. If you want different music you will have to by another amplifier. [ Jacob  Feb 11, 2016 ]
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