Thanks for including the link to your website. I looked at some of your videos, and that was helpful.
Greetings: I am a great Bose lover. I own L1 Model II with B2, L1 Model 1S System with B2. I have two Tone Match. I just purchased the F1 812 and plan to use it at my acoustic gig at wineries.
You've got a well-stocked toolkit for sound solutions.
I enjoy my Model II but it is getting a bit of a hassle to load and unload all the equipment and wanted something smaller. I had considered buying the LR Baggs Synapse when it finally comes out, but at $2000, I just didn't want to take a chance.
So the F1 812 made more sense. I know what I'm getting using the Bose. I have never really cared for the Compact. I did not buy the F1 Sub because of the weight, as least not right now. I want to eliminate the amount of equipment I carry so the F1 812 seemed like a good fit. But the B2 is amazing and really gives me a great sound. So, I am left in a lurch.
Does it sound like you're left in the lurch when you have the F1 Model 812 EQ set to FULL RANGE?
The B2 goes down to 40 Hz. The F1 Model 812 goes down to 52 Hz. The lowest note on your acoustic guitar is E2 - 82.41 Hz. Even with a dropped D at 73.42 the F1 Model 812 should give you plenty of low-end support. I noticed that you get some low-end thump with the guitar, but most of that energy is above 50 Hz.
Has anyone else used the 812 to play acoustic gigs? I've been toying with selling one of my L1's and purchase a second 812 or the sub.
Yes, I have, and it's been fine. I have to be more careful about where I place the F1 Model 812 in the room and in relation to where I'm standing. The F1 Model 812 can be louder than the L1® Model II, but the horizontal dispersion is narrower. (L1® Model II - approximately 180 degrees, F1 Model 812 - approximately 100 degrees). At moderate volume, I can stand in front of the F1 Model 812, but when I crank it up, it's too loud for me. Then I stand beside or behind it. But when I do, I can't hear myself very well. That's an observation, not a complaint.
The F1 Subwoofer sounds terrific and with the F1 Model 812 on top of it, you've got a great looking unit (no tripod stand). But for what you're doing, I don't know that you need more bass. The total system weight of the F1 Model 812 with F1 Subwoofer is almost identical to an L1® Model II with B2 and T1® but with the L1® system, the heaviest piece is the B2 at 45 pounds. The F1 Subwoofer is 55 pounds, and it's bigger.
Adding a second F1 Model 812 will give you more horizontal converage if you put the F1s on either side of a stage. But the experience front-and-center won't be louder for the audience.
I have always enjoyed thoughts from the folks on this forum. Any insight would be helpful.
Does that help?