Bose F1 Model 812 with F1 Subwoofer

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F1 Subwoofer Odor

Hello F1 Forum,

It’s come to our attention that a member of our support team provided a customer with incorrect information regarding the F1 Subwoofer odor and a related bad batch serial number range.

It is true that a serial number can determine manufacturing date, but there is no bad batch to check that number against.

Production variances from unit to unit could lead to one unit having more outgassing then another, and/or lasting after more uses then is typical.

If you have further concerns or if you believe your product is behaving abnormally, please reach out to Product & Technical Support. We apologize for the confusion.

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Can I plug these in at home without playing anything through them and have them air out or do I have to be pushing them in order for the burning smell to start?

I just got my replacement F1's for the xlr issue I was having so I have to start this process all over again. I just did a wedding this weekend and once again had the banquet hall manager come up to me and ask if my equipment is on fire.

I'm hoping I can just keep these plugged in for the rest of the week at home to air these things out once and for all. Can someone from BOSE please confirm if I need to actually be driving these things hard to air out the smell or simply just keep them plugged in.

From my understanding of the situation, you have to have the units running with a strong signal through them to accelerate the outgassing. Simply having them sit idle while turned on isn't going to do what you want.

Well that doesn't sound like an easy issue to death with. I don't imagine I could crank then to the levels required to start the process and sustain those levels at my house without upsetting the neighbours.

And if I wait until I get to a gig that requires me to push them that hard, I'm going to have do deal with the odour at the gig.

In case I want to try it here what's the best way to push them? Volume cranked on the subs and run recorded material through them... Or at the centre detent setting on the subs and crank the material from the mixer? Or does it matter?
Hi Litesnsirens,

If you've gotten through a full volume rehearsal and gig, you're probably fine. But if you want to be sure, then set up the F1 Subwoofers at the house (or garage) and crank them up. That is: run some music through your mixer turned up loud and turn the Volume control all the way up. Watch for the yellow limiter light. If you see that, back off the volume a little.

Give it some time (this is not scientific), say 30 minutes. If you don't smell anything then the off-gassing has already happened (probably gradually over time at the rehearsal and the gig) and you don't have any further concerns.

Just did a karaoke show in a small bar and I used one F1 stack. The F1 really started to smell. The owner came over and wanted to know what was burning and was a bit uneasy with the idea that in was "normal" while breaking the speakers in. I thought this particular sub was all out gassed a while ago as I have used it a lots of shows already!

Has any else experience the smell coming back after you thought it was all done with the out gassing...???

Not to happy to still be having this issue.
Yup! Same thing happened to me last night at a reception. Very foul odor. Although no one said anything, the smell was very apparent. A bit embarrassing but what the heck, people were drunk anyhow. I hope to get past this break in stage soon. The best way to get your F1 to outgass is to play some hip-hop music through them for about an hour cranking the volume up just south of the the amber limit indicator. Playing some Drake is perfect for this test.
Sad, that you would have to get rid of a product you liked because of and Oder... Especially because it's a Bose product... I have a gig this weekend, an indoor live sound event and I am a bit scared I will have an Oder issue even though at this point I have gigged all summer the smell comes back at times... I have played hours of deep bass music and also many hours of hard hitting kick drums through the F1 subs... at this point I don't know what to think! I will try again to play more deep bass tracks for a couple more hours to try and out gas them more, but seriously...

Is this issue of the Subwoofer odor associated with driving the subs at very high volumes, or just by having them turned on for some length of time?

I ask because I bought an F1 subwoofer but haven't had the occasion to use it yet. If it's just a case of powering up for some length of time I can do that easily. If it has to run 'hard' for a while I'll need to make arrangements to do that, in an attempt to avoid running into this issue after the warranty has expired, etc.

Any update on this from Bose (or other F1 Sub owners)?

I would've *LOVED* this to be a "small batch issue" with a recognisable number range to steer clear of, or return - but apparently it's not?

Also scares me the degassing seems to be "never ending" according to some owners who've reported the smell coming back...

Not trying to be THAT guy - I love and use a lot of Bose gear (The L1 Model 2 since it came out!)

(from Australia).
Help! Help! Help! I did another gig on last night and the smell was almost unbearable to the guests. The event facilities manager kept asking about the "burning wire smell". I had to tell them that it was my subwoofer and it was normal. I use my Bose F1's in my DJ setup but this is really embarrassing EVERY TIME. I own 2 L1 Model II's with 2 B2's, and a complete F1 System with 2 F1 Subwoofers. I need a fix, badly please?!

Thanks and hope to hear from Bose Support soon!!
BJ Bryant
Legacy Entertainment
Hi BJ Bryant,

I'm sorry that you are experiencing this problem with your F1 Subwoofers.

This is the owner-to-owner section of the forum. The fastest way to communicate directly with Bose about this, is to all them on Monday morning.

Call Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only)
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET
Originally posted by ST:
Hi Rob,

I'm sorry that you're having an issue with this.

Have you talked to Bose?

Call Bose® Product & Technical Support at (877) 335-2673 (U.S. and Canada only)
Monday-Friday: 9:00 AM - 9:00 PM ET


I have talked to Bose support and the suggestions were the same. Engineering decided that it something that they cannot fix. Even if they replace the unit, the new ones will have the same odor...

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