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Bose F1 Model 812 with F1 Subwoofer

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F1 Model 812 and F1 Subwoofer Feature Requests

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What features would you like to see in the F1 Model 812 and F1 Subwoofer? Tell us what you would like to see added, and why. We can't promise that Bose will acknowledge or act on every request, but you can be sure that they are following this discussion closely. STRead More...
I would vote for a more powerful rig that incorporates the integrated design of the F1 Sub and the 812. These are great speakers but a pair is not suitable for audiences of more than 200 people if you're a DJ or looking for more physically engaging audio experience on the go. I would also appreciate more attention paid to the materials. Coming from an L1, I appreciate the improved presence of the midrange, but overall, I find the 812s muddier and less intelligible than the L1 series and less...Read More...
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Bose Sub Case - Zipper Issue

I was unpacking my Bose F1 Sub and the zipper became stuck. The teeth on the zipper, instead of being locked in, one was sticking straight up. So, it was very difficult to get the zipper unzipped. Anyone else having issues with the zippers? Is this a warranted item from Bose?Read More...
Quite a few of my cases have broken zippers as well...Read More...
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F1 - No ToneMatch port?

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Hi Joel, quote: Originally posted by Joelheck: A price schedule would be nice. I know they don't reveal any advanced info, but I would imagine a mixer of some sort is probably coming. Especially since they did not add a Tonematch T1 port. Same mistake as the L1 Compact. That has been a foolish oversight since day 1. I stopped holding my breath for a L1 Compact MII. It never made sense to skip it. I'm sure the pricing will be published soon. ToneMatch Port I've been thinking about this since...Read More...
There Is a solution. You Can use your tone match, it requires a power adapter which sells for $51. I personally think it should be included, but then I do not run Bose. Hope this is helpful. Cheers!!Read More...
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F1 subs "rumbling"

Nick from New Zealand
Hi team, Posting this on behalf of my friend Shaun. Live singer with a piano keyboard and backing tracks playing through some sort of small mixer. Dual F1 system, running out of mixer into sub, then out of sub into 812 top. Either left/right stereo, or dual mono - not sure. Old wooden floor, sounds like the floor was raised and on foundations, so basically "hollow" underneath - but not unique, pretty standard stuff for an old venue in New Zealand. Shaun has done about 50 shows with the F1,...Read More...
I've also been contemplating this problem with Shaun. I wonder if his foldback monitor is to blame. I know what his microphone (Sennheiser 955) is and it tends to be pretty good at filtering out high frequencies which are what causes the high frequency squeal but a low rumble would be more likely to come from the floor monitor (QSC K12) or bldg / floor harmonics I would imagine.Read More...
Last Reply By DJ Richard, Award Entertainment · First Unread Post

Running multiple F1 systems side by side

Does anyone have any experience with running multiple F1 systems side by side? We own 8 of these systems, and had an outdoor event that was supposed to only be around 1,100 people.. When we realized that it would be closer to 4k people, we panicked and used EVERYTHING WE HAD lol. The concert went smooth and sounded great, but I knew that we'd be introducing a nice amount of cone filtering due to the last minuet judgement call. There was some slight phasing issues, but not so much that we had...Read More...
Please excuse the 2ND grade drawing, but you get the idea.Read More...
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F1's with B2 Subs?

Currently using 2 L1 M2's with 2 B2 Subs. Looking at picking up 2 F1's for outdoor gigs. Can I run my 2 B2 Subs with the two F1's. I have been poking around on this Forum but haven't seen this particular question. Thanks.Read More...
Hi FSBOI, I'm glad that information was helpful. Thanks for telling us about your music. Enjoy the community and please check out Who is here? STRead More...
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Wireless Mic sound is "Muffled"

I am the owner of a small spin studio and recently purchased the F1 speaker with the subwoofer. We have 2 wireless microphones both the same. SHURE Model BLX1. We have just upgraded from the L1 and the clarity of our voices while cueing is so much worse. We can't figure out why this is happening. Have called Bose Support twice with no answer. Is there any way I could get an answer on which mic..built for fitness classes...is the BEST for this system?? Thank you GretchenRead More...
The F1 has a much more mid-range focused sound that that is less forgiving to lower quality analog mixers/sources. The L1 Classic/M1/MII speakers tend to be much clearer and more "hi-fi" in my experience.Read More...
Last Reply By wavesound · First Unread Post

F1 Subs

I can never seem to get enough bottom thump from the kick drum from the subs of the F1. I use Mackie DL16S with Master fader 5. I plug into the sub first and go into the 812. I Eq and compress the channel, I send it to a sub and add more bottom end and the kick is still sounds thin. I have to jack the bottom EQ for FOH to get anything from them. I use the identical settings with my smaller yamaha system 10's with a 12" sub. The Yamaha subs response with the same settings is like night and...Read More...
Hi Fclayton, Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. Thanks for the interesting question. As Smitty noted, you can connect from the board to the F1 Model 812s to the F1 Subwoofers. The Line Out on the F1 Model 812s is post-volume control so you can pick up some gain for the F1 Subwoofers running through the F1 Model 812s first. OR You can crank up the output from the mixer. As long as you are not clipping the signal in the mixer or seeing the F1 Model 812 LEDS solid red for more than a...Read More...
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F1 Model 812 system - not happy with the sound

Hi not really happy with the sound I'm getting out of my F1 system I've spent 4k on this set up and I'm struggling to get any were near the sound I can get out of my EV ekx 15p speakers without bass bins please helpRead More...
Hi Dean pilky, I'm sorry you are not happy with your experience with the Bose F1 Model 812 system. I wish we could have done more to help you find the sound you wanted. STRead More...
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Suitable/Perfect AC power rating for F1

Hi, I plan to use an online AC programmable voltage/frequency regulator (pure wave...) I know F1's AC power rating is universal but what is the suitable/perfect AC power rating (Voltage, Frequency) for F1 to get optimized sound quality? PS: My country AC power rating: ~220V/50Hz ThanksRead More...
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Bose F1 lower pricing to $899

i got email stated $ f1 812 lower price to $899. I got it less then a year. Wonder Bose will do anything for previous purchased @$1,199Read More...
Bluetooth is not a reliable enough technology for professionals to rely on... it works most of the time... cables (as long as they are well kept) are nearly 100% reliable.Read More...
Last Reply By jdbassentertainment.com · First Unread Post

Low Temperature

I have my F1 speakers (812's and F1 subs) stored in my trailer which sits beside my house outside. With the arctic blast here in the midwest this week, the temperature is forecast to go down to -32°F the next couple of nights (that's not including wind chill). Will my speakers be fine in my trailer, or do I need to bring them inside?Read More...
Northeast Iowa.Read More...
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Connection mixer to bose f1

Hi guys, I'm going to connect my mixer to F1 Flexible Array using xlr cables (L+R). Let me know what option should I set for input signal? Mic or Line Level?Read More...
Hi Daniel, Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. Great question. It depends on the output level of your mixer. Please read through the following an excerpt from a larger article about the F1 Model 812 Rear Panel IO Volume Controls and Signal / Clip lights Typically you will want to set your source (usually a mixer or T1 ToneMatch ® Audio Engine or ToneMatch Mixer [1] ) to the maximum you can without clipping. On a mixer this may be shown as unity or 0. When setting the Volume Control on...Read More...
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F1 Model 812 with F1 Subwoofers - having trouble getting my F1s to have the power and punch

I'm having trouble getting my f1s to have the power and punch I need for 3 piece band. My signal is presonus studiolive 16.4.2 AI into 2 f1 subs out to 2 f1 line arrays. The arrays are set to "with sub, line level" and subs are set to "thru". As soon as I get to a level the kick sounds good at the arrays flash red. And the subs "signal indication" light does not come on most of the time. Please help! Edit Subject: Previously "Need help" Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Hey Slaughter, That's great news. Thanks for coming back to tell us how things turned out last night. As for more questions - of course, we'll be happy to hear from you. STRead More...
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Speaker Cutting In and Out

I am using two sets of the F1 system. One of the 812 speakers is cutting in and out, even though the signal indicator stays on. Any idea why this is happening? I'm playing soft background music through the system. I have tried using a different cable, as well as using channel 2 instead of channel 1.Read More...
Thanks for your help, ST. Guess I'll have to do tonight's Christmas party with just one 812, haha!Read More...
Last Reply By Ryan Martindale · First Unread Post

Bose F1 sub sounding stressed, but not limiting or clipping

My band has the Bose F1 top/sub system and on occasion we seem to be stressing the subs. The grills are rattling and to the ear the woofers sound stressed, but there also is not a whole lot of impact on the dance floor. At the same time, there is no indication of limiting or clipping from the speaker. My thought (and hope) would be that the built in limiter should kick in and/or we should see a clip indication before there was the potential for damage to the speaker. I guess it's possible...Read More...
ya, just back off of it tad. A pair of F1 subs hold its own against a nice 18" sub. But one for one, a good 18" usually outruns it. Use the F1 subs in pairs, and they sound awesome and have a lot more headroom.Read More...
Last Reply By jaswrx · First Unread Post

F1 or L1 M2?

I have a pair of S1 Pro speakers and an L1 Compact and really like both for what they are. I am looking to buy a bigger bose system to have on hand for out door use as well as indoor medium sized shows. I am pretty sure one or two F1 speakers is the way to go but want to make sure an L1 M2 is not a better value for my money. According to past threads on this forum, the sound is dispersed further and more evenly by the L1 M2 thank the F1. Other than being louder, more directional and more...Read More...
Hi Simon Patrick, Please come back and tell us what you hear and how you like it. Thanks, STRead More...
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F1 with or without a compressor?

I have a question regarding my DJ sound system. I've been using a DBX 266XS compressor with my system for many years, and am now wondering how necessary it is to use with my pair of F1 812's and a pair of subs. I do crank it loud at bigger events (school dances, etc.), but is the compressor simply unnecessary overkill with the F1's ability to protect itself? Or is a little bit of compression helpful to protect it?Read More...
I would suggest letting the active limiters in the F1 do the “protection” work... I see no benefits in using the DBX pre F1s. + in general just keep the F1 signal light from being solid red and you are good to go!Read More...
Last Reply By jdbassentertainment.com · First Unread Post

F1 Power Draw?

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Has anyone run two F1 tops & two F1 subs plus lights off one 15amp breaker? If so what lights did you use and how many of them? I have a few gigs coming up this weekend and would like to hear your responses ASAP! Thanks - JDRead More...
ya, F1 speakers, even though they have more power (double) than the L1 model ii actually only draw half the amount of what a L1 does. Go figure. I suppose more efficient, modern better tech amps in the F1 allow this to be the case...Read More...
Last Reply By jaswrx · First Unread Post

Speaker recommendation

Hey bose family, wanted your suggestion on what system to get. We're a church in a 100ft x 50ft building with a raised stage(25ft-35ft) along the middle of the long side. We're currently using 2 Model L1 compacts as the main speakers . Sitting at either edge of the stage in front of the musicians, singers, and preacher. While these sound clear they lack in base and there at the limiter often. So were thinking of upgrading and using the compacts as monitors for them. What do you suggest?Read More...
Duplicate post. Please see: Speaker recommendation Thank you. Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Last Reply By Bose Pro Community Admin · First Unread Post

F1 Model 812 Passive

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F1 Model 812 Passive Flexible Array Loudspeaker The Bose® F1 Model 812 Passive Flexible Array Loudspeaker is a small-format full range sound reinforcement loudspeaker with a flexible array that lets you control its vertical coverage pattern. Simply push or pull the flexible array into position to create “Straight,” “C”, “J”, or “Reverse-J” coverage patterns, letting you tailor the loudspeaker’s vertical coverage to a variety of environments and mounting locations. The F1 Model 812 Passive is...Read More...
Thanks for the info ST!Read More...
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F1 Loss of Highs

Hey Guys- dropping in on this forum to get some thoughts on a peculiar problem we're having. We recently purchased a used F1 system... bought it through a reputable local dealer and they were in great shape. They sounded amazing after the install, but recently I've noticed a significant drop in high frequencies in one of the F1 uppers. Have any of you experienced a similar issue, or have any ideas on the cause?Read More...
Just curoious if you are running in the straight position on the array? I ask because I notice a big differnce in the highs when I use any of the positions with the top or bottom of the array pushed inward.Read More...
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