Pair with your choice of speakers for wireless music anywhere
With the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier, you can add nearly any passive speaker and experience a world of wireless music. Easily. The 100W per channel amplifier works with your home Wi-Fi® network, Bluetooth®, and Apple AirPlay 2 and is part of an entire family of Bose products for every room of your home that lets you explore, organise and easily play your favourite music. And the free app gives you total control of the listening experience no matter where you are in the house. The SA-5 amplifier also has three aux ports so you can connect non-streaming sources, such as a CD player.
EXPLORING MUSIC WITH SOUNDTOUCH
When it comes to what you want to hear, you have so many options. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth® and Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility, you can wirelessly stream whatever you want, however you want. Browse your favourite music services, like Apple Music or Spotify®, or play anything from your phone or tablet. If you can get it on your device, you can hear it through the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier. Music services may vary.
The beauty of SoundTouch systems is that they're made to grow with you. If you start with the SA-5 amplifier hooked up to outdoor speakers, you can add more at any time: It could be in-ceiling speakers in the basement, your home stereo in your living room, then a SoundTouch 10 speaker for the kitchen. Sync them all together to play the same music in every room, or different music in different rooms. They're made for the way you live, and the way you listen.
Fast, simple control of all your music
Experience your favourite music from your SoundTouch speaker with the SoundTouch app. SoundTouch lets you take total control of your listening experience, right from your smartphone or tablet. Browse popular music services like Spotify® and Deezer, Internet radio stations through TuneIn, or your stored music library. Easily personalise presets for one-touch access to the music you love, and control one or many SoundTouch speakers around your home.
Bose + Voice. Now you’re talking.
Play music. Turn it up. Or even ask what’s playing. Without lifting a finger.
Enjoy hands-free voice access to your music on SoundTouch speakers using any Alexa-enabled device—like the Amazon Echo Dot. Just open the Alexa app. Search for “Bose” under the Skills menu. Then follow the simple one-time setup.
So, what can you do? Plenty. Start your funk playlist in the kitchen. Turn the volume up or down. Change tracks. Find out what’s playing. And even control where it’s playing—from the speaker in your kitchen to the speaker in your bedroom.
- AC power
- USB connector for setup
- Ethernet connector
- Speaker outputs
- 3 aux input connectors (2 RCA pairs, 1 3.5 mm mini-stereo)
- SoundTouch® SA-5 amplifier
- Mounting bracket
- Mounting hardware
- AC (mains) power cable
Is the amplifier compatible with Bose Home Speaker family products?
The products cannot be grouped together through a Bose app. SoundTouch products use the SoundTouch app, while the Bose Home Speaker family uses the Bose Music app. However, Apple device owners can use Apple AirPlay 2 to group the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier with Bose Home Speaker family products for multi-room synchronised playback. Apple AirPlay 2 requires a Wi-Fi connection.
Can I connect the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier to my existing Bose speakers?
Most passive stereo speakers will work with the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier. These include 151 SE environmental speakers, 251 environmental speakers, Free Space 51 environmental speakers, 161 speaker system, 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system, 301 Direct/Reflecting speaker system, Acoustimass 3 and Acoustimass 5 stereo speaker systems, Virtually Invisible 591 in-ceiling speakers, Virtually Invisible 691 in-wall speakers, Virtually Invisible 791 in-ceiling speakers and Virtually Invisible 891 in-wall speakers. The Bose 901 speakers are active speakers and therefore will not work with the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier.
Can I connect to speakers from other manufacturers?
Yes. If using a single pair of speakers, any speaker rated at 4 ohms or higher is compatible. When running two pairs of speakers, we recommend using speakers rated no lower than 8 ohms.
How many speakers can an SA-5 amplifier power?
Two speaker connectors allow for the connection of two pairs of speakers in parallel in order to power two rooms or put four speakers in a larger space. All attached speakers will work together as one SoundTouch zone.
Can I use the SA-5 amplifier to power my existing Bose speakers in parallel?
The SA-5 amplifier can power most Bose passive speakers in parallel. These include 251 environmental speakers, Free Space 51 environmental speakers, 161 speaker system, 201 Direct/Reflecting speaker system, Acoustimass 5 stereo speaker system, Virtually Invisible 591 in-ceiling speakers, Virtually Invisible 691 in-wall speakers, Virtually Invisible 791 in-ceiling speakers and Virtually Invisible 891 in-wall speakers. Bose passive speakers that cannot be powered in parallel include 151 SE environmental speakers, 301 Direct/Reflecting speaker system, Acoustimass 3 stereo speaker system and 901 Direct/Reflecting speaker system.
How do you control the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier?
You control the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier with the free SoundTouch app on your smartphone, tablet or computer.
Does the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier have an auxiliary input?
Yes. The SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier has three auxiliary inputs, including two pairs of RCAs and one 3.5 mm mini-stereo jack.
Can the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier be used outdoors?
No. 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.
Where should the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier be installed?
The SA-5 should not be placed in a metal wall panel or cabinet and should instead be placed in a non-metal entertainment unit, such as one made of wood, in order to allow for optimal Wi-Fi® connectivity. If the SA-5 is wired to Ethernet, it may be placed in a metal wall panel or cabinet, as long as the location of the SA-5 is well ventilated.
Can multiple SoundTouch SA-5 amplifiers be installed in an amplifier rack?
Yes. It is possible to install multiple SoundTouch SA-5 amplifiers in an amplifier rack. Please refer to the Owner’s guide for appropriate spacing.
What audio formats are supported by SoundTouch systems?
MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC, FLAC and Apple Lossless formats are supported.
Does the amplifier support AirPlay?
Yes. Apple AirPlay 2 compatibility allows access to Apple Music and other music services via a Wi-Fi connection.
What can I do with the Bose Skill?
With the Bose Skill, you can play music on your SoundTouch speakers by talking to any Alexa-enabled device, like an Amazon Echo Dot. For example, say “Alexa, play my jazz playlist in the Kitchen” and the playlist will begin to play on the SoundTouch speaker named “Kitchen”. You can also control the music that’s playing—for example, say “Alexa, pause the music in the Kitchen”, “Alexa, resume the music in the Kitchen”, “Alexa, turn up the volume in the Kitchen”, “Alexa, skip to the next song in the Kitchen” and so on.
Which SoundTouch products are compatible with the Bose Skill?
The Bose Skill is compatible with all current-generation SoundTouch speakers (SoundTouch 10, SoundTouch 20 Series III, SoundTouch 30 Series III, the SoundTouch 300 soundbar, Wave SoundTouch IV, the SoundTouch SA-5 amplifier, the SoundTouch Wireless Link adapter and the Lifestyle 600 and 650 home entertainment systems) and previous SoundTouch speakers/systems that support Bluetooth® connectivity.
Which music services work with the Bose Skill and SoundTouch?
The music services that currently work with the Bose Skill are Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn, SiriusXM, and iHeartRadio.
Do I always have to say a speaker name with the Bose Skill?
Yes. Alexa will not know where to direct your commands unless you include the speaker name in your requests/commands.
Does the Bose Skill let me play music on multiple speakers at the same time?
No. There is currently no way to play music on multiple speakers using just your voice with the Bose Skill. However, you can still create groups in the SoundTouch app as normal, even if the music was started through the Bose Skill.
What is the Bose SoundTouch Control Skill for Alexa-enabled devices?
The Bose SoundTouch Control Skill for Alexa-enabled devices enables Bose SoundTouch customers to control elements of the SoundTouch experience through Alexa by speaking to an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, Tap or any Alexa-enabled device.
What can the Bose SoundTouch Control Skill do?
With the Bose SoundTouch Control Skill, you can ask Alexa to:
Play music set to a SoundTouch preset. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose to play Preset 1”.
Play content in a specific room. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose to play Preset 1 in the Living Room”.
Play/pause/resume and skip tracks. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose to pause”.
Adjust volume. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose to turn this up”.
Play the same music everywhere. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose to play this everywhere”.
Find out what’s playing. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose what’s playing”.
Turn a system on or off. For example, “Alexa, ask Bose to turn off”.
How will existing customers be able to access the Bose SoundTouch Control Skill?
The Bose SoundTouch Control Skill will be available to all existing SoundTouch owners through a free software update. The Skill itself is free and it is enabled through the Skills section of the Amazon Alexa app. An Alexa-enabled device like an Amazon Echo or Echo Dot is also required to use the Skill.
Which SoundTouch speakers are compatible with the Bose SoundTouch Control Skill?
The Bose SoundTouch Control Skill is compatible with all Bose SoundTouch speakers.