S1 Pro System

Discussions about the new Bose S1 Pro

Bose S1 Pro

Designed for musicians, DJs and general PA use, the S1 Pro is the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor and practice amplifier that's ready to be your go-anywhere Bluetooth music system for nearly any occasion. 

This is the place to discuss the S1 Pro system.

Modern Vintage Live S1 Pro Report - 3/10/2018

ModernVintageDC
Hello Bose Community, I wanted to share a recent show we did on 3/10/2018 with the S1 Pros. This is a beautiful winery I have played at for years in Middleburg ,VA. In the past I used the L1S w/B2. Here are the details: 2 S1 Pros - notched out 100Hz and below when sub was added to prevent distortion of low end. Volume level 1/4 Recorded on an iPhone, no special mic so please bear the sound quality in mind. F1 Sub - Sub out controlled on there board 3 mics/Vocalists 1 Bass, Martin GPCPA4...Read More...
Thanks for the feedback JD!! I am looking forward to the next series of gig test results. KeithRead More...
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So far....so good!

theonemanband
So, I've used my new S1 Pro at outdoor gigs a few times now (battery powered) usually on the floor, standing position (not "tilt back") and I'm delighted with the results. Battery life, no issue whatsoever. Vocals, (Shure SM57 Beta) with "mic" tonematch; perfect. I have found though, that my guitar sounds better with the tone match also set to "mic", but this may be because I am playing a Danelectro DC59 12string electric through a small multi fx pedal (Zoom MS100-BT). I assume that "guitar"...Read More...
Hi Brian, Thanks for the update. Were you on an elevated stage? Yes, the ToneMatch® setting for guitar is for acoustic guitars. When you run an electric through a pedal, setting the ToneMatch setting to OFF would be my first recommendation. But I can understand why setting it to MICROPHONE would work too. It's great that you've found a way to get the S1 Pro working for you. Bose hasn't given us an availability date yet. STRead More...
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Mine’s Going Back

I got the S1 Pro as an early birthday gift for use in small worship settings as a solo fingerstyle acoustic guitarist and after living with it for a week I’ve decided to return the unit. It’s a nice concept but I’ve struggled to get a good sound out of the S1. To my ear it has a real treble bias and sounds tinny. I can get some good sounds after much tweaking with an LR Baggs Venue eq unit but I expected a more plug and play experience. Frankly, I find the ToneMatch for guitar pretty awful.Read More...
That's too bad you were unable to get a sound you liked out of the S1. For vocals, I was able to get a decent sound using the flat and tone match settings and then adjusting the EQ. The S1, however, does benefit from a pre-amp boost from a vocal pedal like a Play Acoustic, or some other source. For guitar, I generally use either my Collings OM1, or my OM-28 Marquis and have been able to dial in a natural sound, again through either the flat, or tone match setting and adjusting the EQ. I...Read More...
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Speaker Stands

anyone have recommendations on suitable speaker stands? ideally I'm looking for something that packs away neatly into my mono double guitar bag(s) Dimensions: 41-1/2" H x 11-1/2" W (upper bout), 14-1/2" (lower bout) x 2" D Thanks!Read More...

"Automatic" EQ?

theonemanband
Hi....Absolutely loving my new S1 Pro but I have more questions; (I hope to be able to actually contribute help advice when I am more familiar and experienced with it)!! So.........I have read the user manual and looked online and am well aware now of the "automatic eq" feature. This information however, only seems to refer to the coverage patterns of the four positions and not the actual eq curves and so my questions are, how do the various S1 Pro positions (standing flat, tilted back,...Read More...
ST........thank you, that helps enormously and thank you for your comprehensive and informative answers to ALL the questions I have posted since owning my new S1 Pro. I now feel much better informed about both the S1 Pro and the battery; confident and better equipped in getting the best from it, for performances both indoor and outdoor. As regards the positioning and eq., I suppose the real litmus test is what sounds the best to our EARS! Thanks again to ALL contributors, of which I hope to...Read More...
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Detailed video review of S1 Pro for use in acoustic duo

My wife and I have an acoustic duo with her on vocals and me on guitar. I sing a couple songs so we do use a mixer when we take the full gear out. I spend 20 minutes yesterday demonstrating both the full setup with the mixer as well as just a mic and guitar straight into the Bose and how to get a good tone. I use guitars with K&K pickup systems so for me that means using some sort of preamp with EQ. You can view the video on YouTube here: Bose S1 Pro YouTube demo videoRead More...
Can someone tell me how I can have two singers using the L1 compact? Please follow this link to the new discussion for this question. Two Singers with L1® Compact Thank you.Read More...
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S1 Pro Reviews

jdbassentertainment.com
If you own a S1 Pro please post your reviews bellow! Many of us are needing more real world use information before we commit to buy... Pictures are welcome! Thanks in advance!!Read More...
That's a very extensive and informative review Methos....thanks! I used the S1Pro in a smaller venue....an upstairs upscale taproom and the results were very good. It was a noisy but also very attentive audience and so I was definitely dealing with room noise I do not have in the practice studio. So likely I'm still needing to learn how to tweak and adjust on the fly a bit better. Experience will take care of a lot of that. I think the noticeable changes that I was personally dissatisfied...Read More...
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S1 Pro Questions

Oldghm
Hi ST, It has been repeatedly mentioned that there is a preference for the pole mounted EQ. My question is: Would a dummy pole section inserted into the mount opening defeat the other switches when the S1 is placed in the various other positions? O..Read More...
Hi Oldghm, Great question. Yes. On either S1 Pro channel, the chosen preset is applied regardless of which type of cable is used, 1/4" or XLR. STRead More...
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Sound comparison to Samson or are compact

Hello, I am is the market for a replacement for my faithful but, now worn out Samson xp106 amp. I mostly used it to busk with but, i also have been called to do performances in schools and private parties. The problem or complant I had is, it doesn't have tone controls so, some of my backing tracks which have badly eqed I am stuck with muddy sound. Second, I was hoping to get something that had the vocal clarity of an aer compact which I found sounds incredible. I won't be using it for...Read More...
Hi Newjazz, Welcome to the Bose Pro Portable PA Community. The S1 Pro has three inputs. Channels 1 and 2 have ToneMatch Presets for vocal microphone and acoustic guitar as well as bass and treble controls. Channel 3 is an Auxiliary input or Bluetooth there are no tone controls on this channel If you backing tracks are muddy or badly EQd, I think you'll find that the S1 Pro will reproduce those issues faithfully. If your inputs are you through a microphone - channel 1, and backing tracks -...Read More...
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Delighted............but

theonemanband
Hi, I have just returned to the Bose "family" as a new owner of a Bose S1 portable PA. I say returned as, many years ago, I carried a big Bose rig (4 x 802's & 2 x 302's) but later cut down to smaller lighter options. Now that I'm older, I am working mostly smaller, intimate venues and combine that with street performance and the Bose S1 Pro seemed to tick all the boxes. I have to say that it has surpassed all my expectations, it is truly superb in every sense and I am delighted with...Read More...
Hi Brian, Welcome back to the Bose family. I'm glad you joined us. I'm glad you're enjoying your S1 Pro. And I take your point about the reverb. We may be getting a little exercise over that. Please tell us about your music. Thanks, STRead More...
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S1 Pro Compared to L1® Compact

ST
Here's an article in the Bose Pro Portable PA wiki S1 Pro Compared to L1® Compact Please post questions and comments here. STRead More...
I think, that I would first get a reverb. Second the vocals would come from another direction than the music. Third the vocals may close to me be a little louder, not bad, when the people sitting far away wants to talk a bit. At least, this isn't the main application, the main reason is music on the streets with the S1. Don't forget, I live in a country, where "mobile power" means, to buy battery, inverter and charger seperately, because combinations aren't available.Read More...
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Week 3

gary10113
This S1 is (I am a mechanic so here goes...) like silicone, fills any space where the music may leak. So easy, so clean. Just plug in and point. You know how you can get this tension when seeking the best you've got? Right in the shoulders....man... Is this good? Is that o.k.? I remember big speakers, big boards, never ending search for "The Right Stuff"...... I don't work for Bose....but Bose works for me....never in my 40+ yrs of playing have I been done with my system.....guess...Read More...

S1 Pro Presets

Hi guys, I'm a new member of the community Just got a brand new S1 pro, and will be testing it right quick to give my review. So far I've found a defect in a volume knob fonction. I have a noob question regarding the Tonematch presets : I understood these could be selected to match a specific guitar or vocal mic, but where are these options with just a switch on the S1? What "mic" and "guitar" positions actually account for in detail? Thanks RobinRead More...
Hi Robin, I've checked with our team here (USA) and it's best if you work directly with the dealer to get a replacement. I'm sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for providing all the information and the video. STRead More...
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Just Received my S1 Pro

sparkysings
I'm a happy Bose user. I do 20+ solo gigs a month with acoustic guitar and vocals and use a Plat Acoustic for some vocal harmonies I'm in my 5th year and started off with the AER Compact 60 on a microphone stand and loved it. It sounded natural, clear and carried surprisingly well with lots of power. About 2 years in I had an opportunity to pick up a L1 Compact at a good price and started using that. I hated the preset and found it was really hard to dial in a good sound, so I had to use an...Read More...
I just completed my 2nd gig with the S1 running on battery power and it passed with flying colors. This is one nice sounding portable unit. Here's a quick photo of my set up using the T1 and the Play Acoustic. I'll try and post better photos, but always forget to take a picture when I'm done the show. KirkRead More...
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Very satisfied

I've had my S1 Pro since 2-2-18.The battery was back ordered because of being sold out.I was very disappointed with the sound until I discovered I hadn't switched on the appropriate channel preset for the microphone and guitar.Once I toggled the switch on,there was that wonderful Bose sound I've become addictive to.I tried all 4 positions,and found I liked the S1 on a speaker stand the best. My battery came in 2-15-18.I followed all the instructions and woke the battery up and started...Read More...
Yes ST,I already have permission to do so.I purchased a wall mount speaker stand like you suggested,thank you.I have it on the wall in my rehearsal room,it works great,It even creates a deeper bass in the wall,sounds fantastic, I'll let you know how the gig goes with the wall mount.Read More...
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S1 Pro system as stage monitors with F1 Model 812 and F1 Subwoofer

ST
Hi Everybody, I just did a test with Two F1s (F1 Model 812 with F1 Subwoofer) Two S1 Pros for stage monitors I set up the F1s on the front edge of the stage on either side, facing the audience area. I put the S1 Pros behind the line between the F1s, facing back toward the performers' area. I used the S1 Pros in the horizontal position as stage monitors. There were no other performers; just me being loud (with hearing protection). I pushed the F1s hard. From the stage area behind the F1s,...Read More...
Hello ST and the Bose Community, I was able to get a test at a live gig yesterday. VENUE: Local Winery, in the winter I play indoors and in smaller room upstairs. I would say the room is about 40 X 50 and opens up to a larger room on the side. Attentive crowd at best although our band seems to get the crowd up and moving and there was much dancing by the end of the gig!! I have used an Model L1s with B2 many time in the past and it worked great in this room. There was about 50 or so in the...Read More...
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S1 Review / Questions

used my S1 for a small gig last night and was a bit disappointed. Small bar, fairly quiet, I'm setup in corner, behind bar... but by no means rowdy or loud. I had the speaker on a chair behind me... ran my D18 and sm58 directly into their respective channels. Just a couldn't get a good sound. Tinny at times, muddy at others, as I tried both tilted back and flat positions (and yes that does completely change what you hear).. I guess I was hoping it was going to be a plug n play experience,...Read More...
Just got my S1 Pro, with the battery. Excited to test it out and write an in depth review. Wondering if anyone knows about the unit's charging mechanism. When using quick charge mode - Will the speaker auto shut off/ stop charging when the battery is fully charged ? (Is it safe to leave the speaker charging over night ?) Also how does the unit display a limit signal when reaching peak volumes? I'm not using an external mixer - recommendations for safe volume limits using the 3 channel volume...Read More...
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My wife wants one for the house!

jdbassentertainment.com
This is the first time I have my wife telling me to buy more Bose gear... she wants one for the house!!! After watching a couple movies and streaming some Pandora... she loves it!!! BTW I already have another one on the way... but she wants a third... she says can be a backup for my other two, but will primarily live at home for music and movies... I am shocked!!!Read More...
... and backyard parties, tailgating, picnics, campfires, at the beach (well that's a stretch - sand, ugh).Read More...
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S1 Pro w/battery is in the mail...options open - gary10113

ST
Hi gary10113, Thanks for using The Sketcher! This is just a quick note to send you a link to your Sketch in case you want to review it, edit it, or share it with others. -- click image to make changes to the live version -- Legend: L1® Compact @gary10113Read More...
Now...lets talk about a battery and a T1Read More...
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What are you plugging into your S1 Pro system

ST
Hi What are you plugging into your S1 Pro system? What do you hear? We've already got other discussions for Microphones your are using with the S1 Pro system S1 Pro system with Guitar Amp ModellersRead More...
I'll start. I've got a few big jazz boxes around here. They sound wonderful through the S1 Pro. Big, round, full, with just the right sweetness in the top end. Hint: Try your jazz guitar with the ToneMatch Preset off and roll off the bass a bit. The ToneMatch Preset for Acoustic Guitar rolls some low end and that is appropriate, but for my jazz guitars, that removes character. Turning off the Preset and roll off the bass and it's good. If you're close to the S1 Pro or playing at higher...Read More...
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