Bose F1 sound systems


Bose F1 812 flexible array (sold separately) with Bose F1 SubThe Bose F1 Model 812 Flexible Array Loudspeaker is the first powered portable loudspeaker that lets you control its vertical coverage pattern. Simply push or pull the array into position to create “Straight,” “C,” “J” or “Reverse J” coverage patterns. And once set, the system automatically changes the EQ to maintain optimum tonal balance for each coverage pattern. So whether you’re playing at floor level, on a stage, or facing raked seats or bleachers, you can now adapt your PA to match the room.

For extended bass response, the Bose F1 Subwoofer packs all the power of a larger bass box into a more compact design that’s easier to carry and fits in a car. A mounting stand for the loudspeaker is integrated right into the body of the subwoofer, so you always know where it is, making set-up fast and easy. The stand even includes cable channels to neatly hide the wires.

The loudspeaker and subwoofer each have 1,000 watts of power, so you can fill nearly any venue with sound.

And now getting it there is easier, too. The loudspeaker and subwoofer feature strategically placed handles for easy transportation and highly durable, lightweight composite enclosures to ensure easy transport and years of reliability.

For the first time, the F1 Model 812 Loudspeaker allows you to focus the sound where it’s needed. So no matter where you perform, your PA has you covered.

Bose F1 812 in the straight-ahead configuration

F1 Model 812 Flexible Array Loudspeaker

Engineered with a flexible array of eight high-output mid/high drivers, a high-powered 12-inch woofer, a lower crossover point and 1,000-watt amplifier, the loudspeaker delivers high SPL performance while maintaining vocal and midrange clarity that’s dramatically better than conventional loudspeakers.

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F1 Subwoofer

With 1,000 watts of power, the Bose F1 Subwoofer packs all the performance of a larger bass box into a more compact design that’s easier to carry and fits in a car.  A mounting stand for the Bose F1 Model 812 Flexible Array Loudspeaker is integrated right into the body of the subwoofer, so you always know where it is, making setup fast and easy. The stand even includes cable channels to neatly hide the wires, giving your system a clean, professional look. And now getting your unit to the venue is easier, too. The F1 Subwoofer features strategically placed handles for easy transport.

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Note from Nick Logan at RichAudio about the Bose F1 systems for live performers:

“I’ve got two Bose F1 Stacks (F1 Model 812 with F1 Subwoofer).

The F1 Model 812 (mid-high units) are far from thin. They go down to 55 Hz and that’s more than low enough for vocals and guitar as the feature. And they sound great. I mean – really great. Very clear in the vocal/guitar ranges, smooth, and never strident or harsh.

A colleague has run his guitar through the F1s in stereo and the imaging is good and the effect is glorious. He rarely does that live though, but he does different kinds of shows.

You’ll have a wider coverage area for big spaces with two.

If your backing tracks have giant rhythm sections (big drums, big bass) then at some point you’ll want to add an F1 Subwoofer.

Really minor point. If you get two F1 Model 812s you’ll need two tripod stands to hold them up. If you get one F1 Model 812 and one F1 Subwoofer you won’t need a stand. If you’ve already got the stands that this doesn’t really matter.”



How is the F1® Model 812 different from a conventional PA?
Current popular powered loudspeakers are standard two-way designs consisting of a single horn-loaded compression driver for high-frequency reproduction and a single woofer for mid- and low-mid-frequency output.

Since the Bose® F1® Model 812 loudspeaker has an array of eight high-output drivers, mid/high-frequency response is much cleaner and less harsh sounding when compared to a traditional horn.

Characteristically, horns have a fixed output pattern that isn’t adaptable to typical performance spaces. These fixed-pattern loudspeakers are commonly positioned on pole mount stands where high-frequency content is projected over listeners’ heads, making vocal intelligibility difficult.

The Bose® F1® Model 812 flexible array is quite useful for quickly and easily adjusting the loudspeaker’s coverage for a variety of performance and listening spaces, ensuring quality reproduction without the need for complex placement.

How does the flexible array work?
The eight drivers on the F1® Model 812 flexible array are mounted on a specially designed flexible baffle that is hinged in two locations. When the array position is changed, the loudspeaker’s internal EQ automatically changes according to the array’s position: “Straight”, “C”, “J” or “Reverse J”. This allows the loudspeaker to maintain tonal balance no matter which position is used.
Does the F1® Model 812 have a woofer?
Yes. The high-output 30.48 cm woofer is mounted behind the flexible array.
Can I use the F1® Model 812 with a standard speaker stand?
Yes, there is a pole cup on the bottom of the enclosure that accepts common tripod speaker stands.
What is the recommended subwoofer?
For best performance, we recommend using the Bose® F1® Subwoofer. However, other powered subs can be connected to the F1® Model 812 loudspeaker.
What is the F1® Subwoofer?
The F1® Subwoofer is a compact bass module designed for use with the F1® Model 812 loudspeaker. Its powerful amplifier and dual drivers produce bass as much as subs nearly double its size.

The F1® Subwoofer features:

  • 2 X 25.4 cm high-excursion drivers
  • 1,000 watts
  • 2 x input channel with XLR, 0.63 cm combo connector
  • 2 x XLR balanced line out
  • Polarity reverse switch
  • HPF enable
How many F1® Subwoofers can you connect to an F1® Model 812 loudspeaker?
We recommend one sub per F1® Model 812 loudspeaker. However, you can connect as many as needed.
Can the F1® systems be used with Bose® L1® systems?
Yes. Bose® L1® systems can be used in conjunction with the F1® Model 812 loudspeaker as a supplemental fill or stage monitor.
Can it be used with the T1 ToneMatch® audio engine?
Yes. The F1® system is compatible with the ToneMatch® audio engine. The T1 engine is a powerful multichannel audio device designed for musicians to use Bose® portable pro loudspeaker systems. It includes our largest library of ToneMatch® presets, proprietary EQ, a complete suite of studio-class effects and processing, and five channel inputs.
What sources can I plug into the mid/high?
The rear panel of the F1® Model 812 loudspeaker is equipped with XLR/TS combo jacks, a 0.63 cm instrument jack and stereo RCA inputs. When an external mixer is not used, a wide variety of instruments or sources can be connected directly. Common sources include:

  • A dynamic microphone
  • An acoustic instrument with a pick-up system
  • Electronic keyboard
  • Electric bass guitar
  • CD or MP3 player
Is the system delivered with carrying bags/covers?
Bags and covers are available as optional accessories.
Are hard shell cases available for the products?
Bose® does not offer any hard shell cases.
What is included in the F1® Model 812 box?
  • F1® Model 812 loudspeaker
  • AC power cable
  • F1® Model 812 Owner’s Guide
What accessories are available?
  • Brackets
  • Bags and covers (Full-range padded bag with zip; Subwoofer padded bag with zip; Subwoofer slipcover)
Can the F1® Model 812 system be used outdoors?
Yes. The system can be used inside or outside. However, it must never be exposed to precipitation or extended periods of direct sunlight. In cases of light rain, take precautions to cover the back panel of the loudspeaker. Water must not get into the air inlet slits inside the back I/O panel, handle recess or front grille.

The system has been tested to operate in temperatures from 0° – 50° C (32° – 122° F), and be stored in temperatures from -30° – 70° C (-22° – 158° F).

Where can the F1® Model 812 system be used?
Due to the versatility of the flexible array, the system can be used in a wide range of locations.
What kinds of musical performers (singers, bands, DJs, etc.) can use the new technology?
There are no restrictions in this regard. Any single voice, instrument and group size will benefit from the advantages of hearing themselves better, of being in complete control of their performance, of having audiences hear them better and of being able to set up and perform in just minutes.
Can DJs use this system?
Yes. The F1® Model 812 loudspeaker and F1® sub are ideal for DJs that want high power and sonic clarity in a portable system. The F1® Subwoofer’s compact design and high capability eliminate the need for transporting subwoofers twice its size. Plus, the integrated stand eliminates ugly tripod bases that expose hanging wires and create tripping hazards.
Can acoustic instruments be amplified with the F1® Model 812 system?
Yes. When an external mixer is not in use, an acoustic instrument equipped with a pick-up system may connect directly into the F1® Model 812 system.
What is the warranty period on the F1® Model 812 system?
The F1® Model 812 and F1® sub both carry a two-year limited warranty on electronics and a five-year warranty on transducers. Both warranties are transferable with the product even if the ownership changes.

Four simple speaker configurations

Bose F1 Dispersion

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