Bose® SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier
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Very easy for installation plug and play
Pros: Easy to work
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Very easy for installation plug and play
Chris, Bakersfield, CA
Average Customer Review(s):
Very easy for installation plug and play
Pros: Easy to work
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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