I must be missing something trivial here.

Let $G$ be, say, a reductive Lie group (or more generally any locally compact Hausdorff unimodular topological group). A *unitary Hilbert space representation* of $G$ is a group homomorphism from $G$ to the group of unitary endomorphisms $U(H)$ of a Hilbert space $H$, with the property that for all $v\in H$ the map $G\to H$, defined by sending $g$ to $gv$, is continuous. A unitary Hilbert space representation is *irreducible* if $H\not=0$ and $0,H$ are the only closed $G$-invariant subspaces of $H$.

I am ploughing through the book by Jacquet and Langlands and have made it to the all-important last chapter. On page 497 they make an assertion which seems to me to be the following:

if $V$ and $W$ are irreducible Hilbert space reps of $G$, and $i:V\to W$ is a continuous $G$-equivariant map, then either $i=0$ or $V$ and $W$ are isomorphic.

But I cannot rule out the possibility that $V$ and $W$ are not isomorphic and yet $i$ is an injection with dense image.

What am I missing? Of course I might have misunderstood the assumptions being made---they are in an explicit situation with $G$ equal to $GL(2,A)$ for $A$ some adele ring---but I cannot imagine that this can make much difference. Another assumption I think one can make is that any $f\in C_c(G)$ acts on $V$ and $W$ via Hilbert-Schmidt operators. But my gut feeling is that there's a one-line observation that kills this.

I am supposed to be lecturing on this in about 14 hours so I had intended offering a big bounty! But I see from the FAQ that I have to wait 2 days before I can do so. *grr*