How to Hook Up the iPod Nano to Bose Speakers

by Jason Taetsch

Bose Speaker systems deliver high quality audio for a variety of audio sources, including personal MP3 players such as the iPod Nano. Use the headphone jack on the Nano to send the audio signal to your speaker's receiver unit. If your Bose system does not include an auxiliary or headphone jack, you can use a 3.5mm stereo adapter cable to connect the iPod Nano.

Aux Input


Locate the inputs on your Bose speaker system and determine if you have an headphone input. It will be a single port labeled "AUX" or "MP3." If you are connecting to a surround sound system with a receiver, you will need to use a 3.5mm stereo cable to connect to the receiver's inputs.


Insert one end of the stereo cable into the "AUX" input on the Bose speaker system.


Plug the other side of the cable into the headphone jack on the Nano. Turn it on and play a song. Set the volume on the Nano to half the maximum and use the volume control on your speakers to raise the volume to the desired listening level.

Stereo Adapter Cable


Locate the input panel on your Bose receiver. Plug the red and white ends of the adapter cable into the "Aux," "CD" or "DVD" ports.


Connect the other end of the adapter cable into the headphone jack on the iPod Nano.


Turn on the Nano and play a song. Adjust the volume on the iPod to half the maximum and use the volume knob on the receiver's control panel to set the desired listening level.

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About the Author

Jason Taetsch graduated from The College of New Jersey with a degree in English. Taetsch co-founded the on-campus literary magazine, "Paperclips." In 2006 he began writing professionally. He wrote news articles and independently authored op-ed columns for the on-campus newspaper, "The Signal" and had articles published in "Garden State Surf Magazine."

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