How to Hook Up an Optical Cable to a Bose Companion 5

By James Clark

The Bose Companion 5 is a three-piece speaker system designed primarily for use with desktop computers and laptops. The simple cable connection to a computer's USB port lets you set up the Bose Companion in a few minutes. However, if you want to hook up the speaker system to a device that does not have a USB port, such as your home theater receiver, you'll need an audio adapter that converts the USB cable into an optical audio jack for connecting a fiber-optic digital cable. These are available online and at electronics stores.

Things You'll Need

  • USB to optical adapter
  • AV receiver or other component with optical audio input

Step 1

Dial the volume knob on the top of the Bose control pod to zero before hooking up the speaker system to any device.

Step 2

Connect the USB cable supplied with the Bose Companion 5 from the output on the rear of the Bose sub-woofer, which is the largest of the three speaker components in this system, to the matching port on the "USB to optical" audio adapter box.

Step 3

Connect the optical cable from the port on the adapter box to a digital optical audio jack on the rear of your surround sound receiver, or other compatible device with an optical jack.

Step 4

Plug in the DC power cord supplied with the audio adapter into the round socket on the adapter. Plug in the other end to a wall outlet.