You can use the Bose 901's with most any modern receiver. You do not need tape monitor jacks (in & out) to use the Bose 901's with your stereo. Just buy a $20 switcher: RCA or GE Pro 4-Device Audio/Video Switch available through Wal-Mart and on line. The Bose equalizer plugs into the switcher, the switcher into any input jack on your receiver and then you can choose (on the switch box) up to 4 devices to play (CD, FM radio, computer, Sirus/XM radio, etc.).
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The Bose EQ has to be "between" the source (CD, XM radio, computer, Amazon Alexa, etc.) and the power amp. So you have to plug in all of your music sources into the switcher. The switcher output then goes into the input jacks of the EQ. The EQ output goes into the AUX input of the receiver. I just keep my receiver always on AUX and choose which source I want to listen to on the $20 switcher.
Here is another possible three ways you can connect either your BOSE 901 Equalizer or a Deer Creek Audio EQ901B to your Audio Video Receiver (AVR)
Plan A) EQ901B Set Up using Zone 2 Loop
This example is for the VSX-90, however the same principles apply to your AVR.
1) Connect Zone 2 Pre Out to the EQ901 input.
2) Connect the EQ901 output to an unused analog input such as SAT/CBL
3) Select the Zone 2 source as Analog CD, or whatever your input source is.
4) Select the Zone 1 source as SAT/CBL
The EQ'd signal will now play thru the front speaker outputs in Stereo Mode Zone 1
Plan B) Adding a separate power amplifier and use the Zone 2 Pre Out to drive it
1) Select the Zone 2 source as Analog CD, or whatever your input source is.
The EQ'd signal will now play thru the front speaker outputs in Stereo Mode Zone 2
Plan C) Setting up the EQ901B with only one source
1) If for example your only source is a CD player. Connect the EQ901B in between the CD and AVR. This may require the 2V input mode on the EQ901B
The EQ'd signal will now play only when CD is selected as the input on the VCR
Feb 6, 2016
Help! Trying to connect Yamaha RX-V3800 to Bose equalizer for two channel music only - Bought the RCA converter, as suggested, but having issues even after trying several combinations. I have RCA's from the input side of equalizer (amp - tape in), going to audio out of the converter (I believe that's correct) but where do I plug the output side (tape out) into? I also push in/out monitor switch on equalizer to check, and nothing works. Then I have apple play going a/v four for my music. Apple Play works because everything works fine without the equalizer, except sound isn't as full as I'd like...
We have updated our white paper on connecting an AVR to the Bose 901 equalizer, and this should help in connecting your Yamaha RX-V3800.