How many watts is the Bose Sub1?

The Bose Sub1 is rated at 480 watts, but as with all sound systems, that’s just a number.  It may not really help you work out if this is big enough, loud enough, or powerful enough for your events.

The numbers that are arguably far more important are decibels, or dB for short.

The Bose Sub1 is rated at 118 dB continuous, and 124 dB peak. Continuous dB is the one you probably should care about.

When a jet flies overhead, you can hear the engine.  It’s loud but we don’t talk about how many watts the engine noise is, we measure it in decibels.

Depending on the type of jet, a jet engine is approximately 150 dB at a distance of 30 metres.  Nobody talks about how many watts the sound of a passing train is (it’s about 110 dB).

And of course, “how loud it is” depends on the size of the room and how far away from the subwoofer you are.

Read more about the volume, dB and specs of the Sub1 compared to other Bose Pro audio on the unofficial Bose Pro Wiki here.

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How many watts is the Bose Sub1?

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Does The Bose L1 Have a Subwoofer?

Does The Bose L1 Have a Subwoofer?

Does The Bose L1 Have a Subwoofer?

Yes, all the L1 Pro systems have a subwoofer, but they’re each set up a little differently.

The L1 Pro8 and L1 Pro16 each have a racetrack subwoofer built into the base unit.

The L1 Pro32 does not have a sub built in, instead relying on the Sub1 or Sub2 active subwoofers to be connected.  When you purchase the L1 Pro32, you buy with either the Sub1 or Sub2 option.

The Sub1 is a 7” x 13” racetrack driver playing as low as 40Hz, effectively a 15” subwoofer speaker stretched into an oval racetrack shape.

The Sub2 is larger, comparable to an 18” subwoofer, but stretched into a 10” x 18” racetrack speaker.  This one plays down to 37Hz, even lower than the larger Bose F1 subwoofer.

You can stack a pair of Sub1, a pair of Sub2, or run a Sub1 with a Sub2 together.  Alternatively, you can add a Sub1 or Sub2 to either the Pro8 or Pro16.

Bose L1 Pro subwoofer