Bose PA Speaker Cabinets

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Tiny, yet mighty – and very good-sounding too! (S1 Pro)

By fredelix, 27/03/2018
I know the Bose range and their sound quality which is surprising considering their size. And here, this is exactly at the heart of the matter – a small, extremely compact powered speaker which offers an astounding sound projection. As usual, its power remains undisclosed but 103 dB is far from little.
I first tried it in a shop. For a total 6.5 kg (roughly 14 lbs), it’s very easy to transport with its handle, softcase and power supply.
Two instrument or mic inputs plus a line or Bluetooth (very easy to pair). The sound is very good with an electroacoustic guitar. It’s important to carefully set the incoming levels and the signal can then be modified using the treble and bass settings. Caution, frequency correction is VERY efficient and you can get either a very good or very bad sound depending on your input level. The Tonematch mini-EQ is to be selected on both inputs for an instrument, a voice or the neutral mode. The room reverb can be useful, but is to be used with care to add a certain depth (which can quickly go up to gymnasium-deep) to the sound

An integrated gyro allows, depending on its position, to cut or boost the low frequencies. Frankly, I tried all three settings and failed to notice a real change in sound.
Composed of a 6.5” speaker and two twitters in front of it, like a small-sized line array, and slightly angled so as to disperse the sound following Bose’s usual process (as I saw through the grid!).
How I’ve used it:
- solo use with an acoustic guitar and voice, all in live use: good result, clear and powerful
- as a cab for a Yamaha THR10 amp: the line in is too powerful, it’s preferable to use the instrument input (which input level can be set), but the result is very interesting! The Yamaha sounds more punchy and powerful, and most important it gains lows! All this in spite of a slight his which source remains to be identified.
- as a complement to my Bose L1 B2: well, I haven’t tried it yet…

In the end, I’ve tried it in a bar with a female singer and myself, an acoustic guitar two other small Yam amps and a cajon: with so little gear used, the level and power were very good, as well as the sound clarity.
I’m happy of how compact it is, of the sound quality-for-power ratio (be cautious when using the EQ to get a good lows/mids ratio). In the same product range, I’ve used products by the Box, accute Audiophony, Prodipe...
As to the price, some will say it costs two Mackie or Yamaha 10” power speakers: as usual, choosing one solution means renouncing to another, and I love this small Bose.

Very good, but still some annoying details (L1 Model II with B2 Bass)

By alcools, 24/01/2016
Being a satisfied user of the L1 model 1 (two L1 systems with two B1 each at the mixer’s out), I switched to this model II with a B2 for each.

The cons (yes, there are): P
- No possibility to mix 4 ins without Tone match like with the model I. A jack in, and this is it. Not a problem for me as I do the mix before, at home.
- No more column locking system (at its base and between both), so it’s more sensible in case someone would inadvertently push it.
- The B2 sub is heavier, but I knew that from the start and it remains very easy to transport

The persisting flaws:
- still no secure in (like XLR or speakon). For the price…
- still no detailed technical specs
- connectors still unprotected (in case someone spills a drink for instance)

The improvements:
- The base is lighter and easier to cram in reduced spaces
- The horizontal sound dispersion is more homogenic thanks to the staggered speakers, and less full-on when facing exactly the system (with model 1 you had better be off-center)
- More aesthetical (especially the base), and the B2 look much better
- The B2s: a real change! Didn’t try the “-” mode but standard mode offer at least as much volume as a B1 but wider, and you start to feel the physical effect of the low frequencies – something which almost didn’t happen with the B1s. In “+” mode the bass level is getting serious, yet a little less accurate (which may still be fine for some kinds of music or DJing, but for rock I still have to try it in a live situation). Anyway, finally the kick really kicks…!

After this small comparaison, my quick review on the whole system:
Always clean and accurate, almost hi-fi, the different instruments sound distinct. True to the concept of this PA, the sound very slowly decreases with the distance (you can stand 3 ft away without getting too much right in the face, even at high volume).

Very easy to set up, transport and equalize, it sounds well easily and the sound is not too much distorted when listening from the side or move. It’s not too much feedback-prone either. In a nutshell, it’s almost a dream system for a 150 to 300 attendance (with two L1/B2). Others tell me it can work for way bigger crowds… I didn’t have an opportunity to try so won’t take a stand on this. I never needed a stage monitor so far. Of course, not needing it doesn’t mean it wouldn’t be a little more comfortable using one, but you really can do without for at least, this way, there’s no feedback problem at half-power with the vocalist’s mic 7ft from the columns (using Sennheiser e855 and e945 dynamic hypercardioid microphones).

The columns are better, but nothing revolutionary
The bass are getting really good!
I believe model 1 users should only switch to model 2 if they need more low end presence (drummer, full band to mix, possibly a synth although it’s my case and it’s not really a necessity for that).

For the record, the B2s can be used on a model 1 after upgrading the system (through Tone match or at your retailer’s), but it’ll only work in “normal” mode (no – or + mode).

News PA Speaker Cabinets Bose

3 new Bose RoomMatch Utility speakers

Published on 03/19/15
Bose completes its RoomMatch Utility auxiliary speaker series with three full range models.