Guys I m a little worried as a marriage celebrant whether the S1 Pro will be loud enough for outdoor weddings of around 100 people and also can I use the audio imput to run a wireless sennheiser mic and can another wireless mic be put through the microphone imput. All comments appreciated thanks
Hi Garry we’ve used our S1 outdoors for farmers market gigs on a speaker pole for around 60 people just fine.
However, one aspect that I will caution you about is overall distance you might have between the unit and the audience. If people are in reasonably close proximity to the S1 you should be fine. But if they stretch back more than say 60 feet or so, I’ve found the S1 doesn’t project as far as say an L1 M2 and you may find the sound will drop off significantly. Not a negative about the S1, it just wasn’t built for far flung projection. In our case, that was not a big issue. If people wanted to hear us, they just moved up closer.
We’ve used a wireless mic through the 2 XLR combo inputs assuming they do not require phantom power. Actually, we now use the Xvive U3 wireless mic system that converts any XLR based dynamic mic to wireless operation. It has a 100 foot, line of sight range and we experience no drop-outs, latency or mic tonal degradation. It is battery powered with a life of about 5-6 hours. It really has worked out well as we now can be wired or wireless with the same set of Shure 58 and 58 Beta mics. Since our mics are cardioid or hyper-cardioid, we haven’t experienced any major mic feedback issues either.
I’m not familiar with the other wireless mic you mention going into the audio input so can’t comment too deeply on that. I assume you are referring to the channel with Bluetooth or the mini jack? My main concern with that input is you won’t have as much EQ control over that channel as you would with the others. That could get you in trouble with feedback or a murky sound.
I run a small DJ, Sound, and lighting company. I use two S1 Pros for most all of the wedding ceremonies I cover. Just covered a 150-180 person outdoor ceremony using two S1 pro speakers on battery.
No problem at all, In fact the officient asked me to turn down at sound check, he was on a lapel mic.
One thing to keep in mind is that during a wedding ceremony there is an almost zero background noise threshold to overcome.
I do run a separate mixer to control wireless mics and music playback at my booth location.
Best of luck with your event
Welcome to the Bose Portable PA Community and thank you for your question.
Bose conservatively suggests:
- S1 Pro for audiences up to 50
- L1 Compact for audiences up to 100
- L1 Model 1S for audiences up to 300
- L1 Model II for audiences up to 500
You can expect different results depending on the size and shape of the audience area, whether it's indoors or outdoors, the level of background noise, what the audience is doing (listening attentively or not), the program material (spoken word, live music, prerecorded music) and many other factors. That's why the numbers above are conservative guidelines, but subject to the conditions in your situation.
Guys I m a little worried as a marriage celebrant whether the S1 Pro will be loud enough for outdoor weddings of around 100 people
At a minimum, I would consider an L1 Compact, or possibly two S1 Pro systems if the seating is wider than long. If the seating is longer than wide the L1 Compact would be a better choice than two S1 Pro systems.
and also can I use the audio imput to run a wireless sennheiser mic and can another wireless mic be put through the microphone imput. All comments appreciated thanks
The S1 Pro can handle two microphones (any combination of wired or wireless).
Does that help?
1+ I also have found the S1 Pro to work great for wedding ceremony PA/music. So far great results with crowds up to 200 with a pair of these great little speakers!
I think one S1 Pro will be fine. People tend to be quiet during a ceremony. It's not like a musical performance where people tend to talk during the music.
Thank you everyone I really appreciate your suggestions. Am in Australia, and here the S1Pro is $1000 each so two is really out of the question. Any other thoughts regarding a similar system