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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S1 vs L1 Compact as monitors for a F1 system?

Hi, Romgmz,

The L1 Compact is louder than the S1 Pro, and the L1 Compact has a wider horizontal dispersion than the S1 Pro.

If you have several performers spaced out across the stage, you can have two separate monitor mixes if you use two S1 Pros.

How many performers will be supported by your monitor(s)?

How wide is your stage?

How loud is your stage volume? Do you have live drums or loud guitar amps?


For monitoring purpose I would say that S1 Pro could be a better option considering it is more direction focussed than the L1 Compact, smaller, and has a position specifically for that purpose. Although it may not be powerful enough depending on how loud you need it to be, like mentioned by ST.

Hello ST and Henrikee,

Thank you both for your response.

As far as perfomers there are 3 to 4 (2 vocals, electric guitar connected to mixer/PA and electric violin)

No live drums or guitar amps although we will have backing tracks with drums and percussion, so stage volume won’t be as loud, but would like to be able to play the F1 at full volume depending on the size of the stage (which will vary per venue).

Maybe start with one S1 Pro and keep adding more when needed?

So basically my main question is: Would just 1 S1 has the power to do that?

Thank you!

"Maybe start with one S1 Pro and keep adding more when needed?"

I would say that is a good approach.

"So basically my main question is: Would just 1 S1 has the power to do that?"

It is probably one of those things that the only way to know is by trying it out and experimenting. My guess is 2 S1s could be the sweet spot for your band. If just one suffices, even better.

Keep in mind the dispersion pattern of the S1 changes depending on orientation. 

When it is in a normal position on a table, stand, or tilted back the dispersion is 40 degrees vertical and 100 degrees horizontal.

When placed in the monitor position the dispersion pattern is reversed.

Dispersion is not the same as EQ. If you wanted to use as a monitor for more than one musician on stage you would get wider coverage in the upright or normal position.

It would be important to make sure whoever wished to hear the S1 was within the available dispersion pattern. The closer you are to the speaker the narrower the coverage and vice versa.


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