Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier
Item # 018SA5 | MFR # 737253-1110
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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.
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.
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.
- 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
Very easy for installation plug and play
Chris, Bakersfield, CA
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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?
Satellite speakers for Bose Soundtouch 300 System [ DENNIS P. Jul 01, 2018 ]
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
1 answer can you add this to the soundtouch 300 bar to use for tv speakers? I currently have the soundtouch 300 and acoustimass 300 hooked up to my tv, the sound is great but I have in-ceiling wired speakers from my previous system that I would like to use. Would this be the answer to my problems and could I link all these together not only for my tv sound but for music and entertainment as well? [ Joel Dec 30, 2017 ]
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
3 answers I have 8 Bose Free Space 51 Outdoor speakers (100W/8ohm). It appears I can use 2 of these amps will push 100 watts to each of the 8 speakers. How do I get the music to stream from my iPhone to both of these amps simultaneously? Do I sync the iPhone to each amp separately via Bluetooth Seems like there would be potential for lag or other issues. [ Scott Apr 08, 2017 ]
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 ]