(mirrored from this thread.)
As you know, we're very much interested in the ENTIRE experience of being a musician, whether you are jamming in your basement all the time or out gigging 7x/week. The input gained here on this message board, from musicians like yourself propel us to continue with new, well conceived and innovative products. This next new product is no different.
While many owners find that a single or double-bass system is perfect for many instruments, venues, and genres, some owners find that two B1’s is just not enough bass reinforcement. So if you’re a bass player, drummer, DJ and you are playing styles that demand more bass output, sadly an easy solution was not available for you (up to now).
Many owners have turned to purchasing third party powered subs or separate power amplifier to drive more B1s. Unfortunately, the cost and complexity of these not-so-elegant solutions negates the entire premise of the Bose system: focus more on the music, not the gear. Powered subs are notoriously heavy and require some tweaking to get it to sound “balanced” with the Bose system. Spectral balance unfortunately is never achieved- the 3rd party sub is tuned differently than the Bose system (port tuned, crossover usually too low).
The 3rd party power amp is plagued by having a form factor that’s difficult to carry. You need a rack to transport, otherwise you are stuck carrying a rack by its rack-ears to the gig (fun, right?). The 3rd party power amp solution requires a significant amount of technical setup and matching to be used with B1s. Sure, you get to drive more B1’s (they sound SO good and are SO convenient to carry, right?), but you are tasked with selecting a power amplifier that is appropriate to the Bose B1. Heck, has ever an amplifier been matched to a loudspeaker? Not often in the MI industry. That’s the reason why power amps have such detailed (and costly) feature sets. This is also the reason why powered subs are so popular these days (don’t need to research and select a separate amplifier).
The power amplifier selection process
What’s that about? An amplifier is an “amplifier”, right? Its job is to take little signals and make them large enough to push a loudspeaker cone and make fluctuations in air; a seemingly simple task. Well as a musician, you need to learn about all of these specs: Power, RMS, THD, CMRR, Slew Rate, Impedance,to name some.. all to make more sound out of your system. So you need to select a power amp that will be a good match for your loudspeakers, in this case B1s.
On top of that you need to
1) Make sure that you are using the right cable from the PS1 power stand. An incorrect cable could give you 6dB less signal than optimal.
2) Make sure all of those little DIP switches are set right on your amp for your setup
3) You need to make sure that your gain is set appropriately! Incorrectly set gain from an amp powered 2 B1s can counteract the effectiveness of driving 4 B1s together as a balanced unit.
So what’s the choice in this case? Become or find an audio/electrical engineer or… sound bad.
Well, we’ve been listening and understand that most of you just want to show up and play. What if you could add more B1 bass modules to your Bose system, keep your tone the same, but be able to increase your level? It sure would be nice if you could maintain an all-Bose solution and simply carry how many B1 bass modules you needed for a particular gig or rehearsal.
-Only need 2 B1s Friday night? Take only two.
-Need 4 B1s Saturday night? Take four B1s, no need to tweak presets and EQ. You have the same tone, only louder now. What would that take to make that happen?
In consideration that the B1 sounds so good and is so uniquely portable, why would we ever want to carry out something that weighs too much or is difficult (or impossible) to set up, just to get more bass?
We designed an amplifier, perfectly matched for driving two additional B1 bass modules. It doesn’t look or feel like and amplifier. In fact, it is currently the lightest pro audio power amplifier on the market today.
Introducing the model A1 PackLite™ power amplifier.
The PackLite amplifier is so easy to use. After placing the amplifier on top of the PS1 power stand and plugging in the power cord, a simple connection from the PS1’s Bass Line-Out to the PackLite amp’s Input connector is all it takes to be ready to drive one or two addition B1 bass modules.
The amplifier is completely automatic for Bose system owners. It even senses what type of input cable you are using and will make adjustments automatically so that you never have to adjust a DIP switch or gain control. Everything is ready to go once plugged in.
This is a great solution for bass players, drummers, and DJs who are looking for more bass output with their Bose system.
For non-Bose system owners, this amplifier can easily drive any 4-Ohm loudspeaker capable of 250W(rms). A great product for musicians or sound people using conventional components (e.g. passive monitors and subs yuck!) to become aware of our products and approach.
The PackLite power amplifier is ONLY 3 lbs. You can literally slip this into a bag with one hand. It’s about the size of a hardcover book (or cable modem). The amplifier is very tough- it has a molded metal enclosure (and yes, could be driven over- we’ll prove that later)!
The PackLite amplifier includes a nylon carry pouch, ¼” TRS cable, owner’s guide, and warranty card.
It will be available this week via Bose direct (check the Bose site on Friday) and on Musicians Friend (in the U.S.). In November, product will be available at Guitar Centers nationwide. The product will be available in Europe early 2006.
The PackLite power amplifier will retail for $399.99 here in the U.S. The PackLite extended bass package, which includes two B1 bass modules and the PackLite amplifier, will retail for $999.97.
As always, we’re open for questions! More info to follow also.