Discussions about the Bose S1 Pro system

Bose S1 Pro

Designed for musicians, DJs and general PA use, the S1 Pro is the ultimate all-in-one PA, floor monitor and practice amplifier that's ready to be your go-anywhere Bluetooth music system for nearly any occasion. 

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Recent experience with S1 pro

My wife surprised me with a new S1 Pro for our anniversary after seeing how well our L1 M2 performs. My application for this was intended as a practice amp and portable PA for my Roland RD 700, portable PA for my singer-songwriter son, and Bluetooth background music.

After trying this unit, I am disappointed in its performance. The piano sounds (which are great on my JBL monitors and L1) sounded compressed and lifeless. In addition, keyboard splits were distorted with rattling bass. The unit performed well for prerecorded music especially in the country and pop genres (vocals were well represented) however jazz and classical were not reproduced faithfully.  

I think that the S1 can be successfully used for guitar/voice or background music applications but as a practice amp or PA for keyboards, it does not meet my expectations.  It does not have the dynamic range to faithfully reproduce piano sounds.

Unfortunately, I will be returning it to Bose and hopefully waiting for a new and improved version.



Original Post

I’m kind of surprised by this. I use the Bose S1  Pro for digital accordion direct input. It has an amazing sound. The piano sound on my accordion, as well as the acoustic bass is faithfully reproduced. I can’t  help but wonder if you might have a defective unit. Best of luck in getting that sorted.

Yes, I'm beginning to wonder about that myself. I was especially surprised by the bass distortion when I used a split board with acoustic bass and rock piano. I heard buzzing and rattling which quieted when I turned down the bass voice level.

However, the acoustic Roland 'Supernatural" piano voices did sound thin and compressed which is not what I am used to on my L1 M2.

On a better note, Bose customer service was exemplary in getting the unit shipped back!

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