I have had the S1 Pros for some time now and feel that this is very important to bring up. I have done many tests with the S1 Pros as well as a few gigs and have noticed something that I touched in my S1 Pro Review post, but now I would like to talk directly about my findings.
I feel this data is very important since this unit is being advertised as a PA system and also includes Bluetooth.
For those of you who are live performers this issue probably will never affect you.
The S1 Pro has great bass response for rock, county and most pop music... but when it comes to really low frequencies the S1 bottoms out and sounds rather bad.
Case and point... play the popular dance track “Turn Down For What?” and you will exactly what I mean (I had this song requested at the last gig I did). In this test you will hear what I am talking about way before you see the red signal lights flicker.... the bass sounds distorted. I am not sure if the sound I am hearing is the woofer distorting or really bad port noise.
BTW I have three S1 Pros and they all behave like this, so I am pretty sure it is not a defect in the units.
I really think this needs to be addressed.
The S1 Pros do this with other songs as well as when we watch certain movies with a lot of this low end information in the audio.
If this new system wasn’t made for prerecorded music playback I wouldn’t really this issue is that critical, but it is. None of the other speakers in the Bose Portable PA line up have a real issue with these low frequencies... if they can’t reproduce the frequencies well they just don’t try too hard. I am sure this is due to some internal circuitry...
Perhalps this could be fixed with a simple firmware update.
Again, this will not affect most of you... just those who plan to use it as a PA for a small dance (especially if you play curtain tunes).
BTW at the gig I was referring to above I ran my mixer through a F1 sub... how I got around the bad sound from the S1 Pros while playing “Turn Down For What?” was I engaged the HPF on the F1 sub... I tried just turning down the bass on the eq on the S1 Pros but the rumbling sound was still there...
I do realize these are small speakers, but you should’t have to tiptoe around on the playlist of the night.