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  • Writer's pictureCraig Whitaker

What speakers won’t work with My Bose Upgrade?

Updated: Feb 17, 2022

Many of our clients are interested in upgrading their older Bose systems. The main reason is connectivity issues with new Smart TV’s. Many older Bose systems do not have HDMI inputs or outputs, which prevent new TV’s from connecting to older Bose systems. We have often written about upgrades and always say, “You can use most of your existing speakers”. The speakers that will not work with the new Bose console and amplifiers are the Bose BIV 1.2 ohm speaker family. These speakers were originally installed in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. The models were 102FR, ceiling or wall; 102SE, ceiling; model 32-1.2 ohm, ceiling; and the 151, 1.2, outdoor speaker. To make it easier to identify these speakers, we have created a landing page with photos of the 1.2 speakers @ www.wbsouth.com/BIVspeakers. Please note, these 1.2 ohm speakers will not work with any new standard amplifier and will need to be upgraded for today’s electronics. To avoid drywall repair, the 1.2 speaker driver, located inside the speaker housing, can be switched out to a 4 -8 ohm Bose speaker driver. This will make the speakers compatible with today’s standard amplifiers, Bose or Sonos without changing the speaker housing and eliminating the need for drywall repair. Please visit our website @ www.wbsouth.com.


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