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Post by JayBear on Sat May 04, 2013 12:56 pm

I have a BOSe stereo system that is about 8 years old and is in fine working condition. Since moving here, it has always been hooked into the TV so the sound provided on the TV is really good, and I also play movies and CDs on it. Just replaced the TV and the Star Choice technician tells me I cannot hook the BOSE system into the new TV because the inputs on the BOSE are old-fashioned and will not accommodate the cables on the new TV, so I have to get a new home entertainment system.

Two questions: (1) is he correct in re to the cables? (2) If I have to get a new home entertainment system, he says BOSE is too expensive and the cheaper ones at WalMart are just fine--what do YOU recommend?

PS- I know how to go to the BOSE store in Guad. In fact, I know how to reach the BOSE official repair facility also.

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Post by gringal on Sat May 04, 2013 1:21 pm

We're living in an age where people plug buds in their ears and listen happily to the junk food equivalent of sound.

I'll bet the Star Choice techie is full of beans. I have a speaker system so old and clunky looking that it's almost embarrassing, but it sounds wonderful.

Keep on looking for those connections. It'll be worth it.

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Post by CheenaGringo on Sat May 04, 2013 1:32 pm

Without knowing the Bose model and the TV model, it is touch to figure out just what type of output and input connections each has. In some cases, there are adaptors or converters available to solve the problem.

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Post by David on Sat May 04, 2013 2:19 pm

It's a solveable problem. No need for a new system. There's a little store across from the Ajijijc plaza that will have what you need.
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Post by JayBear on Sat May 04, 2013 2:22 pm

So what do I need? I guess I need to take in both cables and pantomine "one end like this and the other end like that"? Sounds like sex education but I will try it. If I have a problem, I am shanghaiing one of youse guys to splain it to them.

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Post by CheenaGringo on Sat May 04, 2013 2:31 pm

If you have the owner's manuals for each, they should show the connection spots and it can be figured out from there.

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Post by CHILLIN on Sat May 04, 2013 2:35 pm

Those Bose units are nice - I believe they have a patented 'around sound' chip, which makes a higher quality sound out of small system.

I think I know the problem you are having. Everything today is HDMI cable - it's simple and universal. The next is fiber optic. The next is still digital, but will work on analog, this a heavy duty cable, Red/Green/Yellow (I believe). Then you analog only RCA cable Red/White/Yellow.

Your best bet, unless you are bilingual, is to go to the Sterens Mx online catalog and see if you can figure it out. Sterens has a few stores in Guadalajara and I believe they deliver Lakeside, or use Estafeta couriers.

And yes, sex education does enter the equation, you have to specify a 'male' connection, or a 'female' connection - I'll leave you alone to figure that one out.
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Post by ComputerGuy on Sat May 04, 2013 2:42 pm

Chillin' is right. Even the newest Shaw boxes still have a red/white or black stereo sound set of outputs with RCA jacks. And even the oldest Bose has inputs for those two cables.

As far as the guy's statement "the cheaper ones at WalMart are just fine", that's just baloney. What you can get at WalMart is barely acceptable. Bose may have its detractors (everyone famous does), but it is far and away superior to what I've seen at WalMarts here.
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Post by CHILLIN on Sat May 04, 2013 3:03 pm

My 2011 Onkyo audio/video is so complicated that it has to have its own internet connection!

The Telecable guys in Puerto Vallarta were helping me set up internet and digital cable to home theatre. They were having problems, they kept bringing in new 'techs'. One says to me we have to bring in an engineer. I said O.K. - I was pretty frustrated by this time and willing to pay for his time. They parade in this fellow, dressed in street clothes, he speaks good English - but there is something familiar about him. He walks up to the system and says "Here's the problem, you have to hook a DVD player to get the audio to work". HUH? Then the penny drops, he is the sidewalk timeshare salesman from just down the road! While I politely escorted him out the door he is trying to sell me time share, his last words "what about marijuana, I can get that too?" Eventually someone did come from Telecable who knew about home theatre, and the whole thing was fixed in ten minutes. Life is like that sometimes.
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Post by JayBear on Sat May 04, 2013 3:07 pm

Thanks guys! A friend clued me in that the Shaw guy did not necessarily know what he was talking about, and you have proved it. I will pursue this on various levels. Teresa needs to know her techie is not up to speed. "Good to his mother, tho."

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Post by ComputerGuy on Sat May 04, 2013 3:23 pm

CHILLIN wrote:My 2011 Onkyo audio/video is so complicated that it has to have its own internet connection!

The Telecable guys in Puerto Vallarta were helping me set up internet and digital cable to home theatre. They were having problems, they kept bringing in new 'techs'. One says to me we have to bring in an engineer. I said O.K. - I was pretty frustrated by this time and willing to pay for his time. They parade in this fellow, dressed in street clothes, he speaks good English - but there is something familiar about him. He walks up to the system and says "Here's the problem, you have to hook a DVD player to get the audio to work". HUH? Then the penny drops, he is the sidewalk timeshare salesman from just down the road! While I politely escorted him out the door he is trying to sell me time share, his last words "what about marijuana, I can get that too?" Eventually someone did come from Telecable who knew about home theatre, and the whole thing was fixed in ten minutes. Life is like that sometimes.

Wow, home theatre/timeshare/grass salesman? What a combo.
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Post by arbon on Sat May 04, 2013 3:26 pm

CHILLIN wrote:My 2011 Onkyo audio/video is so complicated that it has to have its own internet connection!

The Telecable guys in Puerto Vallarta were helping me set up internet and digital cable to home theatre. They were having problems, they kept bringing in new 'techs'. One says to me we have to bring in an engineer. I said O.K. - I was pretty frustrated by this time and willing to pay for his time. They parade in this fellow, dressed in street clothes, he speaks good English - but there is something familiar about him. He walks up to the system and says "Here's the problem, you have to hook a DVD player to get the audio to work". HUH? Then the penny drops, he is the sidewalk timeshare salesman from just down the road! While I politely escorted him out the door he is trying to sell me time share, his last words "what about marijuana, I can get that too?" Eventually someone did come from Telecable who knew about home theatre, and the whole thing was fixed in ten minutes. Life is like that sometimes.

Now that's funny.
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Post by joyfull on Sat May 04, 2013 10:25 pm

We have an older Bose system also. It will work with a new TV as we just delt th the same issue. I couldn't begin to tell you how to do it though, a neighbor (techy type) told us to get some special cable which we found at radio shack in Guad. Then he hooked it up.
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