Bose portable S1 system

Joined this forum having literally just found about the new Bose S1 and want to get other performers' opinions.  I'm a singer who uses backing tracks, and want to replace my heavy portable system.  I currently use Behringer EPS500MP3, compakt 8 Channel PA System which I bought 3 years ago.  It's OK but have never quite felt 100% happy with it.  It's powerful, but it's a bit muddy when you put the vocals in over the backing tracks, which I run from my laptop; it's like the voice and backing are fighting with each other.  The speakers also weigh a fair bit for a fairly slight female to drag about and set up.  I've been told this new Bose system is perfect for what I do - everything from little pub areas to wedding venues.  Reviews recommend its amazing sound, so I would be interested to learn what other solo singers running backing tracks think of it.

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I was a sceptic about how good the S1Pro is until I bought one about a month ago and have used it in a couple of small clubs / care homes etc to save carting heavy stuff - It's an amazing piece of kit that you won't regret buying, believe me. Backtracks go via bluetooth which leaves 2 inputs with volume, eq's and reverb control !!!!!

Hi Sky,

I have been using the S1's since February this year and love them.

Using 1 speaker will do most shows. I use both on bigger shows.

I have placed them in all positions and on stands and found having them tilted back on floor behind to be great ( less gear and setting up !) .

I also have a L1 model II with two B1's and don't use it anymore, the S1's are that good.

The only must is that you use the Bose mixer , the T4. The sound is better and helps when running two speakers as daisy chaining them is not good -- EQ problems , (won't explain now), but yes they are awesome.

Big Jim posted:

I was a sceptic about how good the S1Pro is until I bought one about a month ago and have used it in a couple of small clubs / care homes etc to save carting heavy stuff - It's an amazing piece of kit that you won't regret buying, believe me. Backtracks go via bluetooth which leaves 2 inputs with volume, eq's and reverb control !!!!!

Many thanks for your very helpful reply, Big Jim.  I don't have Bluetooth, so do you know if I would be able to use a memory stick with the tracks on straight into the unit?

I use backing tracks/vocals and various guitars here in the UK.  I bought the S1 Pro predominantly for care homes and hotels with an older audience. I used it in a WM club a couple of nights ago as the concert room is upstairs. What a revelation. More than adequate for quite a large room with loads of soft furnishings. I bought a used L1  and very rarely need to use it but it is there if I need it. I haven’t got a Tonematch - yet. I’m looking for a T1 as my budget won’t stretch to a T4. I currently have an alesis 8 channel mixer but don’t need it with the S1 Pro. I find the built in controls are fine. I will probably use a T1 though I mainly need it for the bigger system. I am beginning to wonder if running another S1 Pro would service all my needs

Hi Sky,

Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community. I'm happy you joined us.

Sky posted:

Joined this forum having literally just found about the new Bose S1 and want to get other performers' opinions. 

If you haven't found it yet, be sure to check out this area of the community 

S1 Pro System



I'm a singer who uses backing tracks, and want to replace my heavy portable system.  I currently use Behringer EPS500MP3, compakt 8 Channel PA System which I bought 3 years ago. 

Are your inputs?

  1. Vocal microphone
  2. Backing Tracks



It's OK but have never quite felt 100% happy with it.  It's powerful, but it's a bit muddy when you put the vocals in over the backing tracks, which I run from my laptop; it's like the voice and backing are fighting with each other.  The speakers also weigh a fair bit for a fairly slight female to drag about and set up. 

The S1 Pro is 

Dimensions  330 x 241 x 286 mm (13"H x 9.5"W x 11.2"D) 
Weight         7.1 kg (16 lbs)



I've been told this new Bose system is perfect for what I do - everything from little pub areas to wedding venues.  Reviews recommend its amazing sound, so I would be interested to learn what other solo singers running backing tracks think of it.

You can connect laptop backing tracks to the S1 Pro

  • By Bluetooth if the laptop has Bluetooth (it probably does)
  • By wired connection from the laptop headphone out to the S1 Pro Aux input (channel 3).


That would leave both microphone/instrument inputs available for your vocal microphone.

You don't need an external mixer (like a ToneMatch mixer) for you with a microphone and backing tracks.  Although it's more convenient to have a ToneMatch mixer close at hand so you don't have to make any adjustments on the S1 Pro. 

Oh, and the S1 Pro system runs on it's own internal battery. Imagine  being able to set up anywhere in a room or outdoors, without having to hunt around for power.

Does that help?

ST

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I had a pair of L1 Compacts with the old Bose mixer. I think that was a T4?

Now I have down sized to the new TS8, through an Alto PA of two bass bins and two tops. I have my mic, Line6 Variax 700, J-45 acoustic, Banjo and playback plugged into my new Helix Floor, and out again to my TS8. The Helix is Variax 700 XLR Out stereo, the playback is TRS out stereo, the mic is sent out via Send 1, the J-45 is sent out via Send 2, I have a split via Send 3 to my vocal harmony box, and Send 4 out is the Banjo. Auxes 1&2 are my stereo monitors.

The TS8 handles everything immensely well. The sound is excellent and the mixer is easy to operate. I’ve read a lot of the updates requested, and agree with many of them, but to be honest, this little mixer rocks!

I get OUTSTANDING results with my Bose S1 Pro(s) using a rather inexpensive BATTERY powered Behringer 1002B mixer ($99) or my QSC Touchmix 16 - depending on how many inputs I need.

I used two S1s on stands last weekend to provide my band's sound (2 guitars, bass, congas, 3 vocals) to a backyard 100 feet long with over 50 folks in attendance.  Truly amazing.  I also used a bass amp and my JBL EON ONE for direct sound aimed at the dancers.  All driven by a QSC Touchmix 16.

@Sky For portability, the S1 wins hands-down. Same for battery power. I'm a solo singer/guitarist and the S1 has been a real winner for me. I have an L1M2 and a T1 but they have remained in their cases since I got the S1.

If you can find a music store with an S1 that you can try out, you should do that before buying.

For your backing tracks, as others  have suggested, use a mini-stereo cable from your laptop to the S1. Bluetooth will also work just fine (I use an iPad to play music during breaks and bluetooth is just fine for that) if you want to stay wireless. Depending on your laptop you may just find a cable connection to work better for your backing tracks.

Good luck!

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