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NON-HDMI Bose 2.1 sound system is not working.

I just bought a Roku Streaming Stick +. Mainly to watch the Disney+ station. I cant get my Bose 2.1 with the red / white RCA cables (doesnt have HDMI) to work. I've tried pretty much every combination. Even 2 different red/white cables. It (the Bose) works fine when connected to the cable box watching regular tv. Anyone know if its possible to use the Roku connection with this older Bose sound system? Thx...

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Re: NON-HDMI Bose 2.1 sound system is not working.

If your Bose has no HDMI input port, then the Roku Stick + cannot connect directly to it.

You would have to run it through a converter that would take the HDMI from the Roku as its input and produce as its output BOTH an HDMI out that could go to your TV AND the red&white stereo outputs to go to the Bose. I don't know if there is such a converter out there -- the converters I've seen that split out the audio also convert the video to either composite format (yellow jack) or component format (red, blue, green jacks).

You might have to first run the Roku into an HDMI splitter with two HDMI outputs and run one of those outputs to the tv and the other to an HDMI converter as described above.
  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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Re: NON-HDMI Bose 2.1 sound system is not working.

Ok. Thank you very much for the info. Sounds to me like its time for a new surround sound system!  I've seen quite a few different flavors of Digital sound options. Digital Dolby, Digital this and digital that. PCM, etc.. What soundbar and digital 'type' would you (or any one else reading this) recommend? I have a Vizio Smart Cast Wireless 5.1 in the basement that sounds pretty good but thats connected right to my Samsung TV which is streaming the Disney channel. This new one would be in my living room. Thanks again for your help.....

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Re: NON-HDMI Bose 2.1 sound system is not working.


@makaiguy wrote:
You would have to run it through a converter that would take the HDMI from the Roku as its input and produce as its output BOTH an HDMI out that could go to your TV AND the red&white stereo outputs to go to the Bose.

I found one: https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=10251

The stereo audio is output through a stereo earphone socket, but it includes a cable that splits this into separate red and white outputs.

  • Roku Streaming Stick +, 3810X, Ser YH0059427035, wifi - Samsung UN55ES6100
  • Roku Streaming Stick, 3600X, Ser 5S56D8240827, wifi - JVC EM37T
  • TCL Roku TV 43S425/C107X, Ser X000001R60KV, wifi
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Re: NON-HDMI Bose 2.1 sound system is not working.

Just order it ! Thank you !

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