Discussions about the new Bose S1 Pro

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. 

This is the place to discuss the S1 Pro system.

S1 Pro system: Feature Requests

Let's use this topic to capture our ideas for feature requests for the S1 Pro system.

Tell us what you would like to see added, and why.

We can't promise that Bose will acknowledge or act on every request, but you can be sure that they are following this discussion closely.

ST

Original Post

I would like to see a party mode/stereo mode app like they have for the

revolve + when connected to bluetooth. It would be a nice option to have a

bigger (than the Revolve+) Bose sound around camp fires , beach

parties, pool parties or just listening to a nice stereo mix in the living room.

 

I know they tried to keep it simple for ease of use and price point, but; I'll second the phantom power.

And ............... 

I'd like to see both the Compact and the S1 Pro with three full channels and the Bluetooth / 1/8 inch. I also like the RCA record outputs on the Compact, that would be nice to see on the S1 Pro.

Even as a solo act, I almost always use at least three channels when using the Model II / T1. It would be nice to have that capacity on all the systems. 

O..

If we are requesting things that are not there... in that case I wouldn't mind an Eq on channel three... especially if they are not going to fix the port noise distortion issue... this way while playing a song via Bluetooth you could turn down the bass a little on certain songs that have this type of bass with out turning down the overall volume. 

I would love to see some sort of Digital Signal Processing added to at least Channel 3 with the Aux and Bluetooth. If the S1 cannot handle low-frequency content at higher volumes, I have absolutely no problem with my music being processed to avoid the port noise and aim towards pure loudness. As a bass lover, I even think the S1 can be too bassy even when I use channels 1 or 2 to turn the bass down! It's annoying when I'm teaching my fitness classes and I have to worry whether or not the next song is going to distort.

This post was forked into a new topic here: S1 Pro and low frequencies
Oldghm posted:

 

I know they tried to keep it simple for ease of use and price point, but; I'll second the phantom power.

And ............... 

I'd like to see both the Compact and the S1 Pro with three full channels and the Bluetooth / 1/8 inch. I also like the RCA record outputs on the Compact, that would be nice to see on the S1 Pro.

Even as a solo act, I almost always use at least three channels when using the Model II / T1. It would be nice to have that capacity on all the systems. 

O..

I definitely agree with you on having the 3rd input the same as the the first 2 channels. I like the blue tooth capability and the 1/8 inch input, but it sounds too bassy and a bit fake when using the 3rd channel (with my galaxy 6 phone). I would rather use the 3rd input for another instrument or vocal.

   I personally' love the way an SM58 sounds through these S1 speakers, but that is a matter of taste. I wouldn't want to pay extra for phantom power unless it barely changed the price of the unit. I am glad that there is a reverb setting!

I think the S1 is an excellent idea...but I'd say that Bose would sell DOUBLE the amount if it sold for 470 bucks instead of 600...  I personally...if it were my company, would have added a battery option to the L1 compact, and sold a system with 4 drivers or 8 drivers, allowing a lower price point for less coverage... 650 dollars for the 4 driver version, 1000 for the 8 driver version....battery optional...120 bucks...  Ok..there ya go Bose.... Please don't let me down... Help me finally use that Marketing degree I received....but...never used....  because ...I fell in love with audio....  :-)...  P.s....duh...yes add phantom power...  :-)

I'd like to see a master volume control so you can lower or raise the sound of the entire system with one control rather than having to adjust each channel individually and then have to re-balance the sound each time you adjust the volume.  I'd also like to see the pilot light on the top center of the main front panel rather than at the bottom of one of the lower panels.  It would allow you to see the status of the amp with one quick look, regardless of what angle you have the speaker set at.

I would like to see a S2 Pro geared to Duos. 4 channels plus aux/Bluetooth and with master volume.

Two channels for vocals and two for guitars/keyboard. May a little bigger for larger venues but not more than 20lbs. I don't think it would need to have battery option.

This is more of a suggestion than a feature request. Maybe even an observation or opinion...  Anyway, here goes: I think Bose should use a stiffer three-way switch for flash/off/on.  The reason?  I took a fully-charged battery-powered S1 to a gig. Turned out, I didn't use it so it still had a full charge when I went home. The next day when I checked on it, the charge  was in the red and the switch was in the "on" position.  Apparently, while I was driving back from the gig, the unit was jostled a bit so the switch moved from the off to on position. I didn't realize this because the cover was on the amp. This time, it wasn't a problem since I was going home. But something like happening on the way to a busking gig (where you can't use the charging chord), would be a real drag when arriving with a dead battery.  I think the thicker backpack type cover might help prevent the switch from moving, so I'l be getting one of those when they become available.

It would be nice if there were a way to wrap the power cord around the next model of the S1 so you have less of a chance of losing it. Right now I wrap around the power cord to the top handle, but perhaps you could wrap it around something meant for the cord, much like when using a vacuum cleaner you wrap around the power cord to the vacuum itself.

Good idea, bad idea?

OK Bose you really need a master volume, let me set my guitar, and mic and then use the master for increasing that volume without fumbling  around again with both mic and guitar volumes.  You could also use a boost for low signal items like dynamic mics, and maybe add phantom power. While you are at it an effect send and return, three band eq, gain, notched cancelling eq for feedback issues and reverb. I own two Trace Elliot cubes they are old, about 15-20 years can't find a date on them work like a champ, line out, DI, effects, send and return, reverb, three band eq. notched feedback control, gain, 35 to 70 watts max output, carrying case with shoulder strap oh did I mention it is 7 inches, square, made about 20 years ago. The only drawback using them today is that they need electricity, not battery capable. Built like a rocket. Surely we can build a better sounding unit today without cutting out the basic features. What do say Bose?

Oldghm posted:

 

I know they tried to keep it simple for ease of use and price point, but; I'll second the phantom power.

And ............... 

I'd like to see both the Compact and the S1 Pro with three full channels and the Bluetooth / 1/8 inch. I also like the RCA record outputs on the Compact, that would be nice to see on the S1 Pro.

Even as a solo act, I almost always use at least three channels when using the Model II / T1. It would be nice to have that capacity on all the systems. 

O..

I have found that the 3rd input has too much bass

 

Number 1 through 5: Phantom Power on at least ONE channel.  I was amazed that this was left out.  It can't be that much more expensive to put it onto at least one channel's input circuit.  I had to spend a bunch of money on a battery powered phantom power to maintain portability and be able to use my rather expensive Neumann microphone.

Number 6: A master volume control.

Of course, thanks to number 1 through 5 I have to use an external mixer into channel 1 anyway...

Great stuff: Balanced TRS Line Out, the sound is pretty nice...portability, awesome...

This post was forked into a new topic here: Phantom Power sources for S1 Pro
jdbassentertainment.com posted:

If we are requesting things that are not there... in that case I wouldn't mind an Eq on channel three... especially if they are not going to fix the port noise distortion issue... this way while playing a song via Bluetooth you could turn down the bass a little on certain songs that have this type of bass with out turning down the overall volume. 

Yes,turn down the bass. Just a little eq would be nice $2

Edit - posts related to Bluetooth have been moved to a new discussion.

Bluetooth - opinions - not Bose specific

 

This post was forked into a new topic here: Bluetooth: not Bose Portable PA specific

It would be great to control the EQ and volume for channels through bluetooth from my phone via a Bose android/apple app. A feature like that sets it miles apart compared to using one of my QSC K8's which most people look at within the same competitive price range. The application which I'm seeking to use my S1 for is small to medium size venues where I don't want to take out my mixer and other things then plug and play in seconds. That's exactly where a unit like this will shine if you can pull off something functional for people to control things remotely and being extremely portable.

Yup yup,  the wifi soundcraft mixer is a neat Idea.  I would love that even better with a the bose tower system.  It would be really cool if one of the Daws made a open source kind of mixing app.  Give it ten more years and Bose wont have cables or jacks. 

Hi Troubador,

troubador posted:

As I think about it, black is so boring. If Bose could make interchangeable front grilles in colours, that would be so cool ... imagine the S1 Pro with a bright red or yellow grille instead of the (boring) black one!! That'd be cool.

There are coloured covers on the way. 

S1 Pro Slip Covers

That's not what the official product name will be. 

ST

ST posted:

Hi Troubador,

troubador posted:

As I think about it, black is so boring. If Bose could make interchangeable front grilles in colours, that would be so cool ... imagine the S1 Pro with a bright red or yellow grille instead of the (boring) black one!! That'd be cool.

There are coloured covers on the way. 

S1 Pro Slip Covers

That's not what the official product name will be. 

ST

Thanks, ST. I kinda guessed that ... but the cover will 'slip' off when performing. I'm dreaming of a grille that can be popped off to replace the (boring) black with a nice coloured one! We're allowed to dream aren't we?

I'll admit, I totally didn't grasp what the S1 Pro Slip Covers were about when the survey first came out. Now I'm getting a better idea, but it sure would be useful if there was an illustration or artistic rendition of what the Slip Covers would look like when installed on the S1 Pro.

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