Earlier this evening my wife and I went out to eat at a nearby resturant & lounge. Was surprised to walk in and see a PAS on stage.
Entertainment was a Duo. Young, attractive lady and a gentleman, One acoustic guitar and both were talented vocalist.
We sat about 40 ft. back and 10 ft. left of stage center. The sound covered the room completely, and my wife remarked "You can hear it good, but it doesn't sound good, too much reverb. It sure doesn't sound like yours."
We have listened many nights to many different people in this lounge, some good, some not so good, the same with sound, you just never know what to expect. Somehow with the PAS I expected more.
I started writing this and it was going in the direction of being critical of the performers, but that is not the reason I want to share this story. So let me get to the point.
Reverb...... There was so much reverb in the mix it seemed everything was saturated, both voices and the guitar, and for the first time I recognized a real problem with working this way with the PAS...... The sound comes from everywhere at nearly the same volume, there is nothing to draw your attention to the stage.
I have not had a lot of opportunities to see performers with the PAS, but this was the first time with a lot of reverb and the first time to feel so disconnected from the performance. It was as if the performers and the conversation at the table next to me were occupying the same sonic space, except the conversation didn't have reverb.
There was no hint of singing flat, or lack of range, or any other noticeable deficiency in the vocal quality, that suggested that either of them needed effects to sound good. The room is fairly hard, and with conventional equipment very reverberant, their use of reverb is a choice, made from inexperience. I kept thinking, maybe if they turned it up it would be OK, but we all know that bad sound is never improved by making it louder.
If you are satisfied being, or the venue is of the type where you, the performer, are nothing more than background music, then it won't matter whether you use too much effects or not. If, on the other hand you want to be noticed, appreciated, listened to, recognized for your talent, and applauded occasionally, then keep the reverb to a minimum.
One of the selling/performance features of the PAS, is that when used as designed the Player and the Sound are coming from the Same place. Too much reverb somehow destroys this feature.
I don't know if too much reverb would have this same affect in other rooms..... perhaps this phenomenon is part of the reason Bose suggests using effects sparingly.....All I know for sure is I will be very careful in the future if I decide to use effects with the PAS.