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BOSE F1 SUB REVIEW

BOSE F1 SUB
I have had one now for two weeks along side my L1/B2 and I'm a house music DJ. The Bass coming out of the F1 is insane, I'm going to get another one. Im using Traktor2 with the Traktor S4 and my iMac 27. After some adjustments i was able to get some really great sound out of the F1. But what i ended up doing to get more out of the F1 was running it through a15 band EQ, and that helped a lot. And let me tell you it took a lot for me to get the clip light on. I just wanted to see what it would take to clip it. I will never play my music that loud my ears are still ringing from the deep Bass. Anyway I'm going to get another one to have a set of F1's to go with my L1/B2. Home Run Bose!
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Re: BOSE F1 SUB REVIEW

Hi DJ Aziz Masudi,

Thanks for posting this review.

Could you tell us a little more about how you have everything connected?

I'm sure that others who have an L1 Model II and B2 will want to know more about how they work with the F1 Subwoofer.

Thank you!

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Well my set up is as simple as it gets. Tractor S4, 4 channel controller fully digital with my Imac 27. Im using 1/4 inch connectors all around on both the F1 and L1, and I'm running the F1 into an EQ so i can get more punch out of it. The Traktor S4 has the power to push it and it took me a little time to adjust the volume on the F1 and L1 as 12 o'clock on both units don't mean the same thing. I did find that after playing for over an hour with the F1 at about 2 o'clock i was smelling the burn everyone talks about, and that the red clip light was flipping on and off. I then moved the volume to 12 o'clock and kept an eye on her. She continues to play fine, as i do a weekly after work party as well as play them in my home just about everyday. So with the F1 running into an EQ and i have lowered the volume on the F1 but turned the base levels on the EQ up and the punch is very good. The L1 is not as strong, but it has its place in my rig as the B2 with the line array carries sound from one end of the hall to the other. My F1 Loud speaker arrives tomorrow, and I'm sure i will get the people worked up this Friday even more. Its a solid unit and I'm sure it will hold its value and quality for a very long time. I think the two reason i went with Bose was the quality of sound and ease of use, second the looks i get at first glance then the compliments that follow once the music gets going. The house system comes on seconds after I'm done my set every week. The DJ who comes on loves my Bose set up, and the crowd always hate to see me go. It's like taking the candy from the baby, and watching him cry about it. The two sound systems are night and day Speaker wise. We both have Digital Rigs, But what makes mine complete is the true PA sound system by Bose. Thank you very much Bose for having the vision and the know how to follow up on the things we need.

Bose for life!

I have had The L1 Classic, QC3 headphones, L1 w/ B2, F1 Sub, Sound dock, Sound dock 10, Bluetooth headset, and my wife and kids have also enjoyed your products for years.
We are a Bose family.
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Re: BOSE F1 SUB REVIEW

Just curious to why run the B2 along side?

I did a pretty extensive test, and since the B2 and F1 share similar (almost exact) frequencies, it always sounded muddier with both on since they have different voicing/tonal response.

Have you tried just running the F1?
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as of today i will have the loudspeaker. I have only been running the F1 sub and i use it at this local hall where i do an after work party every friday. Both B2 and F1 are on different sides of this room and the bass evens out well. Im sure i will run into some sound balancing issues once the loud speaker is added to this equation but I'm sure i will figure it out. Both L1 and F1 are easy to handle.
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Re: BOSE F1 SUB REVIEW

You are actually not evening the bass out, in fact you are probably getting less bass as they share similar frequencies and will cancel each other out, plus they just sound so different!

If you really wanted to use the B2 in conjunction (not that I would reccomend), it would be best to put it on the same side so all of your bass comes from the same place, to avoid the power alley.

http://www.prosoundweb.com/art..._of_the_power_alley/
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Hi jaswrx,

Everything I've read about the power alley contains a qualifying statement like this.

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Subwoofer cancellation is not an unusual occurrence, particularly for open-air applications. — source


Indoors the effect can be masked by reverberation. Outdoors, there is no reverberation and the cancellation is much more apparent.
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Hi DJ Aziz Masudi,

I'm really looking forward to hearing your impressions about the F1 Model 812.

Thanks!

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Originally posted by DJ Aziz Masudi:
as of today i will have the loudspeaker. I have only been running the F1 sub and i use it at this local hall where i do an after work party every friday. Both B2 and F1 are on different sides of this room and the bass evens out well. Im sure i will run into some sound balancing issues once the loud speaker is added to this equation but I'm sure i will figure it out. Both L1 and F1 are easy to handle.
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Re: BOSE F1 SUB REVIEW

My personal experience with this phenomenon is somewhat limited as solo performances are not very bass heavy, but my knowledge gained by studying concert setups / reading / and observation suggest that different model / brand / size of sub does not affect the comb filtering for better or worse.

Subtle differences in frequency response or tonal characteristics of two different model subs will not noticeable affect the "power alley".

In short, two different subs operating at the same overall volume from each side of the stage should not make the "power alley" any worse than two identical subs, and two identical subs will not make it disappear.

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Re: BOSE F1 SUB REVIEW

I am not saying that mixing the subs will make the power alley worse, but will generally muddy the sound.

Point being is cancelation from running subs on opposite side.