Question about wiring my Bose sound system to a Pioneer Receiver.?

I have a room wired with 5 Bose speakers, all the speaker wires come up behind a TV There are 2 smaller speakers in front There are two larger speakers on the back wall There is a subwoofer next to the TV The receiver has 6 terminals two for the front. two for the rear. And a center My system was... show more I have a room wired with 5 Bose speakers, all the speaker wires come up behind a TV

There are 2 smaller speakers in front

There are two larger speakers on the back wall

There is a subwoofer next to the TV

The receiver has 6 terminals two for the front. two for the rear. And a center

My system was prewired with the front speakers being wired into the subwoofer and the subwoofer has outs that I wired into the two front speaker terminals on the receiver

But when I wired the rear speakers into the receiver they did not play, so what I did was I twisted the copper of the front and rear speakers together and plugged them all into the subwoofer

So basically I have 4 speakers running into the sub, and I have two outs coming out of the sub running into the receiver and wired into the terminals labeled front L & R

It actually sounds good, but I'm worried that I have done something wrong

Could you guys offer your opinion as to whether I did this correctly or not?
Update: There are 10 terminals total on the back of the receiver. 4 total for the front speakers 4 total for the rear And 2 total for the center. And there is a subwoofer output, but it’s for a ‘jack’ and my sub doesn’t have that kind of hookup. On the back of the sub there are four slots total. Two output... show more There are 10 terminals total on the back of the receiver.

4 total for the front speakers

4 total for the rear

And 2 total for the center.

And there is a subwoofer output, but it’s for a ‘jack’ and my sub doesn’t have that kind of hookup.

On the back of the sub there are four slots total. Two output slots and two input slots.

Currently from the two output slots I have a set of wires going to the ‘front’ terminals on the receiver.

The input slots on the sub I have all 4 of the speakers going in. The front and back left are wired together and stuck in one slot and the same for the other side.

I also should add that this sub has no external power supply. It’s just a box about a foot high and 8 inches wide with a open ‘slat’ at the top.
Update 2: joburgslim, You are exactly right, it is an Acoustimass 3 Series III. I actually went home at lunch and looked at it. I called Bose and they said that I should not wire it the way i've described , that it will overheat the Acoustimass, cause distortion, and blow my speakers. They said the same thing... show more joburgslim,

You are exactly right, it is an Acoustimass 3 Series III. I actually went home at lunch and looked at it.

I called Bose and they said that I should not wire it the way i've described , that it will overheat the Acoustimass, cause distortion, and blow my speakers.

They said the same thing you did. Which is to wire the rear speakers directly into the receiver (Pioneer VSX-517).

I think the reason they wouln't play last night is because I had to splice in about 5 extra feet of speaker wire for each speaker to reach the receiver and all I had was some 24 guage wire when it requires 18 or above....so I am going to pick up some good wire tonight and try it again.

Does everyone agree that this is the best course of action??
Update 3: Here's a close up of the rear of my receiver:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pio/pe...
Update 4: and the product spec for it:

http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/pna/pr...
Update 5: Well now I have the thing wired up "correctly" the two rear speakers are wired into the receiver directly (into the surround terminals) Only problem is it doesn't sound near as good like this!! :( It really sounded great the other way....I can't figure out how to set this receiver to play... show more Well now I have the thing wired up "correctly" the two rear speakers are wired into the receiver directly (into the surround terminals) Only problem is it doesn't sound near as good like this!! :(

It really sounded great the other way....I can't figure out how to set this receiver to play through all the speakers and ignore the fact they're supposed to only be surround speakers...

So now I have a correctly wired correction that sounds crappy :(
Update 6: I figured it out.....it's called X-Stereo!!! Plays all the speakers as if they were the fronts.....had to call Pioneer but I got it figured out!!! Yee haw!!!
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