Review: Bose S1 Pro

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Bose has earned a stellar reputation over the years for audio products, including their compact Wave system home stereos, home theater systems and noise-cancelling headphones. Over the last decade or so, Bose has applied similar innovation and ingenuity to designing portable PA systems for musicians. In addition to providing the outstanding sound quality Bose products are known for, their portable PA systems are incredibly compact; while delivering professional performance and ample volume output, comparable to much bigger systems. The new Bose S1 Pro is the company’s smallest and most affordable portable PA, and its brilliant design is ideal for singer-guitarists who perform in small venues or even outdoors, where power outlets are inaccessible.

FEATURES The Bose S1 Pro is housed in a compact enclosure that’s about the size of an average home stereo speaker and weighs about 15 pounds. The enclosure is designed for multiple mounting configurations, including floor monitor, tilt-back, elevated surface or on a speaker stand. Speakers consist of three 2.25-inch drives and one 6-inch high-excursion woofer driven by a built-in power amp. Separate microphone, guitar (XLR-1/4-inch combo jacks) and auxiliary inputs (auxiliary input audio also can be streamed wirelessly via Bluetooth); a ¼-inch line output and a three-channel mixer with individual bass, treble, reverb, as well as ToneMatch controls for channels 1 and 2, make the S1 Pro a true all-in-one PA system. An optional, rechargeable lithium-ion battery enables hours of performance, without needing to plug into a power outlet.

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.