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Two S1 Pros vs 1 S1 Pro and an L1 Compact...

I have one each -- an S1 Pro and L1 Compact. I've been digging the S1 Pro so much, I'm thinking of getting another and moving away from the Compact.  Some of you guys have a lot of gear and multiple S1 Pros.  So what do you think?  Give me the pros and cons. Would two S1 Pros daisy-chained do as well as one S1 Pro connected to a Compact? Thanks!

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Re: Two S1 Pros vs 1 S1 Pro and an L1 Compact...

Hi Archtop Eddy,

I have a couple of S1 Pros and a couple of L1® Compacts. Here's what I did to understand the difference in sound, dispersion and performance.

In a large room (bigger than 1500 square feet if possible) or better yet, outdoors.

  • Set up the L1® Compact and then put your S1 Pro on a stand at the same height beside, and about 6" behind it - both of them facing the same direction. The idea is not to block the sound directly to the side of the L1® Compact.
  • Set the S1 Pro without reverb, and the tone controls straight up (12:00 o'clock).
  • If you have a way to switch the signal from your rig from the S1 Pro to the L1® Compact and back again quickly, set that up.  You may need to have a friend help you with this (the switching part).
  • Put a long cord on your microphone.
  • Now turn up the S1 Pro as loud as you can go without distortion.
  • Turn up the L1® Compact as loud as you can go without distortion.
  • For each position described below:
    • Sing loudly and listen to the sound.
    • Switch back and forth between the S1 Pro and the L1® Compact as quickly as you can.
  • Stand directly in front of both units - from as far away as you can get from them - at least 30 to 40 feet. Sing, listen, switch.
  • Now walk around to the side so you're 90 degrees off-axis as far away as you can get - again at least 30 to 40 feet. Sing, listen, switch.
  • Try the same tests with some recorded music. If you have some recordings of you performing, try those too.
  • If you have a stomp box or percussion, try that as well.
  • If you are most likely going to use the S1 Pro on the ground in the tilt-back position, then put it on the ground but leave the Compact fully extended. Repeat all the tests.

If I remember correctly, you have vocal effects and guitar processing in your rig, so the reverb in the S1 Pro isn't a factor in this comparison. That's why I had you turn it off.

What do you hear?

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Re: Two S1 Pros vs 1 S1 Pro and an L1 Compact...

Thanks ST for the quick response. I'll have to find someplace to try the comparisons you suggest above.  Meanwhile...  I had a Eurika! moment this morning:  Sell off some of my other non-Bose amps and buy another S1 Pro. This way I can keep the Compact as well!

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Re: Two S1 Pros vs 1 S1 Pro and an L1 Compact...

Eureka indeed!

Every time Bose comes out with something new, I have an opportunity to sell a bunch of stuff that didn't work as well.

ST