The Bose F1 Flexible Array dual system features the ability to steer the internal drivers in order for ultimate dispersion. This speaker setup is also the latest in the Bose PA system line and it has a rep for being both versatile and powerful. For many, finding a one size fits all DJ setup that will work for any type of environment can be a real challenge, but Bose has solved that problem with this system that’s capable of handling everything from a small concert venue or nightclub to a major outdoor event. This super flexible rig is not only able to handle DJing it can also be used for theater, live music, and public speaking events.
If you’re familiar with the caliber of gear that Bose is known for, then you’re probably excited to learn more about this leading loudspeaker and subwoofer combo to find out if Bose really does have what it takes to continue to produce only the best DJ speakers for beginners and users of all skill levels. Keep on reading to find out how the 812 rated and why it will make a great addition to your sound system.
Overview and Features
Thirty years ago, Bose became well-known for their eight hundred series speakers. These speakers were the latest in tech back then, easily standing out from the competition. But recently, their L1 system has created quite the buzz in the DJing industry, thanks to its ability to provide even, consistent coverage. This speaker setup features the top of the line performance that Bose is known for.
In terms of first impressions, this speaker looks like your average compact tops and subs setup, aside from the clean looking stand which is designed to support the top of the cabinet over the sub.
This high/mid speaker is referred to as the eight hundred and twelve model. The number refers to the driver format, which is what makes this model different from a conventional horn and woofer design. The speaker features a total of eight small high and mid drivers that form a true line source. These are backed up by a twelve-inch driver that’s directly mounted behind them and works by handling the lower end. This speaker is self-powered, complete with a one KW rated amp section onboard, offering three decibel frequency response at 52 HZ, up to 16 KHZ. It has a max peak output of one hundred and thirty -two decibel SPL, not to mention a coverage patent that’s forty degrees by one hundred degrees. The design of which makes the speaker perfect for nightclub crowds.
Speaker Reach and Power
The speaker also features an adjustable array pattern, which is an effective, yet simple design that doesn’t require any technical know-how from the user, so it’s a great choice even for the new DJ. By pushing on the bottom or top of the speaker’s grill, the lower and upper sections will swing away and click in place and are held tight by magnets. The pattern optimizes the speaker’s coverage for different types of applications and environments. As an example, in a club, if the crowd is down below the DJ booth, the user would angle the lower section down. The magnets do a great job of holding the sections tightly in place, while the internal components automatically sense the change in the speaker’s physical configuration and instantly apply the right EQ to shade array sections in order to maintain balance.
The speaker’s input mixer means that it can work as a standalone speaker, with only the use of some backing tracks and a mic.
The sub contains a one thousand watt amp module and utilizes a couple of ten-inch drivers that are nicely housed together in a compact cabinet. The sub is able to produce an impressive peak output of one hundred and thirty decibels SPL and good LF extension down to forty HZ.
While the enclosures match in terms of style, they’re made out of different materials. The speaker cabinet consists of molded plastic, while the sub’s housing is made out of wood. The cabinet design is sleek, without being too thin. The beveled edges and the matte texturized finish give the cabinet a very high-quality look, right down to the small Bose logo located on the front. The grille design is sturdy and able to handle plenty of abuse on the road. Under the full-range speaker, you’ll find the pole sockets. The sub has a stand clipped around the back which is easy to pull off. The stand is then inserted into a couple of slots located on the top of the sub. The speaker will click into place securely and easily to make a complete sub and top stack that will take up minimal floor space.
This speaker and sub combo weighs in at forty-four pounds which is decent for a setup of this size. Fortunately, the manufacturer has also included well-placed ergonomic handles located on the rear and top panels.
In terms of setting up and adjusting the speakers, you’ll find that listening to a line array up close isn’t possible since the individual drivers must work together in order to form the line source. But from the other side of the room, a few feet back, the sound comes across as very clean and crisp, offering a huge bottom end from the sub. This setup is capable of serious output level, making it perfect for club use.
As you already know, this rig features a twelve-inch low-frequency driver, which provides a solid performance. The speaker offers a bi-amplified design complete with a couple of class-D high-output amps that will separately power the array and the twelve-inch driver.
Additionally, I found that the system was very easy to set up and transport. It provides plenty of power, especially when it comes to covering a room that’s not exactly acoustically friendly.
The two input channels on the rear panel complete with independent volume controls and the vivid LED clipping indicators will allow you to get the most out of this setup while keeping a close eye on sound quality and performance. Unlike other gear produced by Bose, this model doesn’t require you to use a dedicated Bose mixer, which is a huge plus if you already have an existing setup and you’re in need of a versatile speaker and sub combo to add to your sound arsenal.
The speaker’s full range performance is due to the powerful sub that’s able to easily handle low-frequency material. The subs are specifically designed for this speaker setup and not only provide the perfect match in terms of ergonomics and audio, but it also incorporates a clean stand assembly for the speaker cabinet to rest on, resulting in a smooth, pro-looking setup.
The compact sub produces a level of solid bass that’s sure to please the DJ and the crowd, whether you’re spinning indoors or outdoors.
The speaker’s output level is nothing short of remarkable. For such a compact speaker setup, this rig is impressively loud and definitely capable of handling a larger crowd.
Packing up your gear is as fast and easy as it is to set up, which makes this combo a great option for the mobile DJ who is always traveling from one gig to the next.
What Does Flexible Array Mean?
This flexible array loudspeaker is your basic full-range speaker with a twist. When I say flexible array, I’m referring to the speaker’s adjustable ray bank that’s able to achieve four different shapes, including:
- Reverse J
These options will allow you to choose the best vertical coverage pattern based on performance type and environment. This is actually the same type of setup strategy that sound companies will use when they set up a live performance. As I mentioned earlier, the arrays are securely held in place with the use of magnets that work by triggering internal sensors that will adjust the EQ based on your needs.
If you’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing a major sound setup at an event, then you’ll definitely appreciate the speaker’s design and its vertically oriented eight driver high and mid line array, in which each of the drivers have been mounted on a custom one hundred degree waveguide, for consistent, wider coverage.
Is There a More Affordable Option for the DJ on a Budget?
Considering the price of this speaker/sub combo, it should definitely be looked at as a serious investment. But, if you simply can’t afford this model, or if you’re more of a novice DJ that doesn’t spin very regularly, then yes, there are more affordable options out there. I recommend the JBL Professional JBL PRX425 15″ Compact 2-Way Loudspeaker System. This speaker is compact, powerful, offers great sound quality, and is available at a price that won’t break the bank.
How Easy or Difficult is it to Set up this Speaker?
One of the biggest selling points for this model is its ease of use, which includes set up and transportation. Putting the speaker/sub together and setting it up will take only about ten minutes, which is impressive, especially to the mobile DJ who has dealt with complicated setups in the past. If you’d like to learn more about setting up your new speaker or how to position your gear correctly for the ultimate sound, click here to read my article on how to set up DJ controller to speakers.
What is the Typical Wattage for DJ Gear?
If you’re shopping for DJ gear, then knowing the wattage for mobile DJing is a must. The wattage rating for most gear can be divided into power amps, subs, and speakers. As a mobile DJ or club DJ, you’ll need to know the necessary wattage rating in order to ensure that the music your system sends out is powerful, crystal clear, and able to reach all clubgoers, not just the ones who are hanging out right in front of the DJ booth.
Wattage refers to the measure of the rate of energy conversion. It’s applied to heads, subs, and speakers, and the wattage rating is generally what the DJ will use to determine if a particular sub or speaker will work for their environment. On average, most DJs will opt for speakers with the minimum of a one thousand watt rating per speaker. This should be more than enough to handle a club. However, for outdoor events, obviously, more speakers will be needed to handle the crowd. This is why most mobile DJs who normally play large events will purchase multiple speakers for their setup.