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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...
Recessed power switches on the subs please.Read More...
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F1 System Sound Problems and lack of Base

Hay guys I'm having some serious problems with my F1 system, I have to 2 F1 812;s and 2 F1 Subs connects as follows, direct master output of Pioneer Dj mixer, Xlr into the Subs and then to the Tops, the 812's cannot go any more than 12 oc clock or ill get a steady orange limit light on the speaker and there is practically no pump from the base bins, even standing in front of them, was expecting a lot more for my money but left scratching my head, also having a smell come from the speakers...Read More...
Hi Chris, Try -0dB. If you're hitting the limiter, you may be at the maximum volume for the F1 Model 812 (and that should be LOUD). If you connect the F1 Model 812 LINE OUT to the F1 Subwoofer, that too should give you the maximum volume available from the F1 Subwoofer (assuming you've got lots of bass content in the source). STRead More...
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Bose F1 Sub - Signal Input wont lock XLR

Hi! I have the BOSE F1 Combo and Love it! ive noticed that somehow my XLR cable won’t lock into one of the F1 Sub Signal Inputs. A closer look with a flashlight shows that the Signal Input ‘locking clip / pin’ is bent. I think I’ll need a whole new panel but looking for suggestions. And I have also submitted an inquiry to Bose. thanks!Read More...
Hi Bluenote, That's great. That's a physical problem and the F1 Subwoofer will have to go to Bose to be serviced. Please give them a call to make the arrangements. Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only) Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET Other regions Thanks, STRead More...
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Ev50 vs f1 812

Hi .. anybody can help me with the right choice.. as i'm suffering from my bose f1 as the limiter is work whenever i raise the volume.. so i'm all the time sitting behind the speaker to to make the volume up and down! This really pain!.. so i'm thinking to get the evolv 50.. it it better?? ThanksRead More...
@djadvisor i have only the top loudspeaker and it's set to fullrange , i already returned it.. i'm thinking on getting the evox jimix 8 but i'm not sure if it's. Etter or not after all this discussion 😅😅😅 if u have any other infos please let me know and thank u soo much for ur help 😊🤗 kindly check attachments sure u'll understand more than me in technical specs 😊😊😊 thanks againRead More...
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L1 compacts vs F1 812 - for gymnasium

Hi. Need some help on setting up sound for dancers in a gym. For the last 9 years, I have used 2 L1 compacts with no subwoofer and no mixer. Sound comes from an iPad, through the first L1. The 2 speakers are placed 20 feet apart, facing the dancers and facing away from the audience who are in bleachers. The 2nd L1 compact has a 2nd iPod that plays music in between performances, at a lower level and only from that speaker. What I've experienced is distortion on the 2nd speaker when I play...Read More...
Hi Apple, I'm not convinced you need direct boxes for the L1 Compacts. Does the buzz persist when you have everything plugged into the same power source? Are any of the signal cables that connect the F1 and L1 Compact systems run parallel to power cables? STRead More...
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F1 812 clipping

hi, we we are a 5 piece band, going through an Allen and Heath mix wizard 3 to two F1 subs then out of subs to two F1 812s. We are getting a lot of clipping (red light) on the 812s during our performance. The mixer's mains and channel faders are set to unity gain. The 812s are set to "with sub" and the subs are set to full range. The volumes of all speakers are around the 1 o'clock mark. can anyone shed any light on how to address this clipping issue. it appears to happen most when more than...Read More...
Hi DLobb01, Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. Thanks for your input. For those reading along, you can find confirmation of DLobb01's statements in this article F1 Model 812 Volume Controls and Signal / Clip lights . STRead More...
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F1 addition to my L1 + T1 set up

I'm a solo acoustic vocalist and acoustic guitar player playing small to medium-sized rooms. I have been running the L1 successfully for the last 6 months and found that on a few shows where the crowd wanted to dance I needed a little more air to move and the mids and low end to kick a little harder. So I just picked up an F1 812 speaker without the sub to my set up. My question is what is the best way to run the F1 and the L1 from the T1 so I can utilize its extra power in the best way ...Read More...
I’m curious about this thread. I’ve got the L1S and I’m thinking about reinforcing it with the F1 812. To the OP, how did you set your two systems up in relation to each other? Was it a remarkable difference and was feedback an issue? Thanks.Read More...
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F1 loudspeakers safe usage

Hii.. i need help using my f1 loudspeaker as i replaced my old one as the 12" woofer was damaged.. while i already use the limiter and i was watching the limit LED.. now after i replaced it , i'am all the time looking at the back LED and the front one. And this really bothers me i'm not having fun all the time turning up and down the volume as sometime the limiter led blink and return again as i listen to techno and tech house music.. any help to get rid of this hustle?? Thanks..Read More...
If it's possible to get a 2nd F1 Model 812 on rent for a day (or if another friend has it ... or if you could take your speaker to the showroom & A/B it against their display until)... you could compare both speakers to see if they are limiting at the same time ... also swap left/right to re-ensure limiting is happening correctly (sometimes one channel may be hotter than the other depending on recording content). If both speakers are limiting at the same time, you're driving your speaker...Read More...
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Ev50 vs f1 812

Hi .. anybody can help me with the right choice.. as i'm suffering from my bose f1 as the limiter is work whenever i raise the volume.. so i'm all the time sitting behind the speaker to to make the volume up and down! This really pain!.. so i'm thinking to get the evolv 50.. it it better?? ThanksRead More...
Duplicate post. Please see: Ev50 vs f1 812 Thank you. Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
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L1 classic 2 x bass subs verses F1 812 speaker

Hi I am a solo artist using iPad for backing tracks and T1 mixer adding guitar and currently use the L1 classic system with 2x bass subs. I Usually play small to medium club rooms and on a few occasions larger clubs. Looking to carry less gear (getting old) and was considering using one F1 812 speaker on a stand with the T1 mixer. Trying to find out if anyone is already doing this and happy with the set up compared to the sound of the L1 set up. Many Thanks WarrenRead More...
Hi Warren, Thanks for coming back to tell us about your experience with the F1 Model 812. Enjoy! STRead More...
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2.5" array speakers stop working...

I have 4 F1 Model 812 and 10 F1 Sub speakers. I LOVE them. I haven't had any other small PA that comes close to the sound and ease of setup as I do with these. I just sent two of the 812 cabs back (1 of them for the 2nd time...) to get the 2.5" arrays to work. When I power them up, the arrays don't work: I need to turn the volume up or down, or smack the side of the cabinet to get them to work. Does anyone else have this issue? Is there something I can do to keep from having to send them...Read More...
Hey ST... You're right: I'm only getting charged for one of the repairs. It is odd however, that I have 2 cabs with the exact same problem and consecutive serial numbers. It make me believe there was an issue with this productions. I wondered if others had the same problem that could be identified before a breakdown. I'm lucky: I have two back-ups. But I'm s rewed if the two I have now fail while the other two are in for repair. I really don't want to go through this again. I keep them in...Read More...
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Surround Sound with F1 812 / F1 Subs / S1 Pro / Roomatch RMU208

Greetings, I recently held my first music workshop utilizing a Klipsch home 7.1 theatre with Dolby Surround for critical listening which is a key part of the workshop. Media used are FLAC and Lossless files. The mission was accomplished with the Klipsch but it wasn’t practical for the repeated moves etc... but the concept was proven. up.... I got the Bose F1 Set up to create a more dynamic and immersive listening experience and being that it's my first foray into Pro Audio I wanted to get...Read More...
@jlowe jlowe... I agree that an F1 as center channel would be sweet and I’m concerned with the size. In these workshops I try to have an unobstructed view, but it’s worth a shot. I’ve been looking more at the S1Pro, and it looks to have the same HF Drivers as the 812 but only 3 of them, and a 6” mid woofer. It looks like a mini-812. I’d really like to try theseRead More...
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4 812s/ sub coupling

Hey everyone, I have an out door gig (live band) I have 4 812s and 2 subs. I would like to run 2 812s (full range setting), 2 812s (with sub setting) out to subs. How do I set this up? I would also like to try putting subs together in a corner, how beneficial would it be? Thanx!!!Read More...
Hi Patrick, Thanks for the interesting question. Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. If you have two sound sources that are relatively small not driven very hard you look only at relatively low frequencies Then you get +6 dB more sound pressure level (SPL) from two as compared to one. The B1 connected to an L1 is a good example of that: 2 B1s give 6 dB more than one. You gain 3 dB by doubling the electrical power (250 Watt for two, 125 Watt for one). The other 3 dB is gained by...Read More...
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System for a 1300 Sq.Ft. Bar

Hi, I am opening a small whiskey bar with a small stage next month. (I have two renderings attached) in front. The concept is to have a stage that can host musician live event. The bar has a mezzanine level. I am thinking about getting 2 sets of F1 812/F1 subwoofer (L/R), is there anything else I will need to make the system work? thank you very much! I am wondering: 1. do I need more speaker(like a center one) near the stage? 2.any other devices i need to purchase? 3.do i need some...Read More...
Hi phelix, What are the dimensions of the stage area? STRead More...
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Flying the F1 system

I've found a wall mount for the F1's 812 array, But I need a flying cable mount system for the full F1 system. Cabling is no problem, it's the mounts for the speakers I need. Anybody know of a solution? BenRead More...
Ben I agree with ST, the F1 is a ground stack system. By attempting to fly the speakers you could be risking legal problems for yourself and the venue should there be a rigging failure.Read More...
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F1 Subwoofer with T1

I am thinking of getting the F1 sub, but how did you connect the F1 sub to T1 mixer? Could it be the main aux on T1, so I can control the F1 sub bass volume on the T1 Aux knob separately from T1 port 4/5 music volume. That way I can balanced the music and bass. New discussion created for this question. Bose Pro Community AdminRead More...
Hi Longstars, Yes, the Aux level percent is does control the volume for Aux. I meant there is no physical volume knob for Aux. If you use Master Output, the level going out to the F1 Subwoofer will go up and down everything else. "That way I can balanced the music and bass." You can control the balance with the volume control on the F1 Subwoofer. STRead More...
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When using the compacts as a filler for the sides of the room is there any sort of phase cancellation I should be worried about.Read More...
@NAW-T-BOY , You may want to consider adding some time delay to the L1 Compacts based on how far away they are from the 812/F1Subs.Read More...
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Stacking Bose F1 Subwoofer

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I don't know if this has already been posted. But I just discovered that the Bose F1 subwoofer is physically designed for stacking multiple Subs one on top of the other. I was just playing around with the sub and laid it on its side and notice something strange about the frame. Again like I said if this has been posted already please excuse meRead More...
Orientation for subs doesn't matter in terms of output as long as they are close enough together for the coupling effect to occur. I would consider running a pair of F1 Subs together side by side with one acting as the stand for two 812s if I needed more sub output. However, I just use a larger subwoofer when the gig calls for more bass. The 812s will not couple well at all unless you orient them 100 degrees apart which to avoid combing which is...a bit tedious and doesn't offer much more...Read More...
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