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Bose S1 control panel

The Bose S1's control panel gives access to a three-channel mixer with reverb  ·  Source: Bose

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The Bose S1 looks like a dreamy portable PA  ·  Source: Bose

At NAMM 2018, American audio specialists Bose unveiled the S1 portable PA system. It’s a very promising product that comes across as feature-packed and reasonably-priced. Let’s have a look at what Bose is offering to musicians, DJs, and soundmen on the run!

Bose’s portable PA weighs just 15lbs / 6.8 kilos, letting you take it pretty much anywhere without any sort of back-breaking. Despite managing a compact size, Bose found it possible to fit a complete 3-channel mixer with 6 inputs (wired 3.5mm jack, wireless, 2x XLR, Bluetooth, TRS), reverb effects, and Bluetooth streaming – not to mention ToneMatch processing for microphones and acoustic guitars.

Optionally, the S1 can be tricked out with a Quick Charge rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can be stowed away in its dedicated compartment. Doubling down onto modern technology, Bose also placed sensors and multiple aiming positions to ensure optimal sound in most positions. It also added an automatic EQ to make the S1 sound its best.

Priced $599, the Bose S1 will be going head-to-head with the newly announced KORG KONNECT. KORG’s self-contained unit is very capable and there’s certainly going to be competition between the two. It’s fantastic that busking musicians and anyone else in need of a small format, self-contained PA has such a great choice of products these days. We’re watching this niche with great interest and are going to report on anything else that arises within it!

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