Hello ST and the Bose Community, I was able to get a test at a live gig yesterday.
VENUE: Local Winery, in the winter I play indoors and in smaller room upstairs. I would say the room is about 40 X 50 and opens up to a larger room on the side. Attentive crowd at best although our band seems to get the crowd up and moving and there was much dancing by the end of the gig!! I have used an Model L1s with B2 many time in the past and it worked great in this room. There was about 50 or so in the room and close to 200 in adjacent rooms. I down mix to the entire PA to be heard thorough out the facility.
2 S1 Pros, 1 F1 Sub, I left the F1 812s in the car just in case.
RESULTS: Filled the room wonderfully and in fact I was told to turn down a few times!!! ..I had the F1 as a sub mix on the board so I was able blend in the bottom end with the S1s nicely.
BAND: 1 guitarist, 1 keyboardist, 1 bassist, 1 percussionist (e-kit). Three vocal mics used and a guest guitarist that sat in on a few songs.
The S1 Pros really delivered a very good full sound and seem to be a great fit for small rooms. I did miss a little fullness in vocal(s) as compared to the L1s although it was really nice having stereo that really came alive with some of the synth patches we have on the keys. Additionally, I was able to set them behind us and to the side with no feedback issues and mitigate the need for monitors... My keyboardist reported that he could hear himself really well, he was right next to the left side speaker.. which is another observation here, I think the L1 design intent was to have multiple ones when having multiple performers. I did not and I am certain that with a 4-5 piece band in my use case that the L1s was being used beyond its intended purpose.
I just recently traded in my 1Ls B2 / T1 and 3 QSC k12s so that I could go all Bose (2 F1 812s/1F sub and 2 S1 Pros) with this type of equipment and upsize/downsize as needed. As I normally play with a full band/trio and seldom as just a duo or singer/songwriter, I was seeking an all Bose solution to meet this need.
The all Bose solution I am seeking is to meet the needs of a working band(4-5 piece or greater) often needing FOH reinforcement and to validate if the S1 could perform dual purpose as both a monitor for a full band or PA for smaller venues. So far, its it seems that this set up (2 F1 812s/1F sub and 2 S1 Pros) is really promising for others looking for this type of fit!!
I know I somewhat of an adventurer as this is such a new product, would really love to hear from others also...
My next test will be with F1 812(s) for FOH with F1 Sub and use the S1 Pros as monitors with the full band.. My practice space is to small to obtain a meaningful test for this so I will report back after the next gig. I have a heavy hitting drummer for that gig so it should be a good test..