Bose Debuts Flexible-Array PA Loudspeaker and Matching Subwoofer

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Bose F1 flexible-array PA speakers

Framingham, Mass. — Bose Professional announced the availability of the F1 Model 812 flexible-array loudspeaker and F1 subwoofer, the latest additions to the company’s range of portable P.A. offerings. Designed to serve a broad set of applications, F1 Model 812 is the first powered portable loudspeaker that lets users optimize sound by creating up to four different vertical coverage patterns. The F1 system is targeted at live music, DJ, corporate AV, house-of-worship, AV rental and general P.A. applications.

With the F1 system, sound can be optimized for playing at floor level, on stage or facing raked seats or bleachers. To control the vertical coverage pattern, users simply push or pull the array into position to create “Straight” (tightest vertical control, for floor-level audience coverage), “J” (adjust vertical splay down, when P.A. is placed on stage), “C” (adjust vertical splay up and down, to cover extreme raked seating), or “Reverse J” (adjust vertical splay up, e.g. for bleacher seating coverage) dispersion patterns. Once set, the system automatically adjusts the EQ to maintain optimum tonal balance for each coverage pattern.

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Bose F1 subwoofer with a mounted F1 PA speaker

Engineered with an array of eight Bose 2.25-inch drivers, 100-degree horizontal waveguides, a high-powered 12-inch woofer and a lower crossover point, the F1 Model 812 loudspeaker delivers high SPL performance while maintaining vocal and midrange clarity that’s better than conventional loudspeakers. For extended bass response, the optional Bose F1 Subwoofer packs all the power of a larger bass module into a more compact design. The loudspeaker and subwoofer have a combined 2,000 Watts of power (1,000 Watts each), able to fill nearly any venue with immersive sound.

A Bose proprietary mounting stand for the loudspeaker is integrated into the body of the subwoofer, making setup easier. The stand includes cable channels to neatly hide the wires. Additionally, the loudspeaker and subwoofer feature strategically placed handles for simple carrying, and the system easily fits in a car. The new F1 products are made with durable materials to ensure long reliability.

In addition, the F1 Model 812 has been designed with features to facilitate fixed installations through threaded inserts and accessory pan-and-tilt and yoke brackets.

“We’ve drawn inspiration from our extensive research into product offerings designed for theaters, arenas and other large spaces where loudspeaker arrays are shaped to provide optimal coverage,” said Craig Jackson, Bose Professional product line manager for portable products. “With the F1 flexible-array loudspeaker system, we’ve brought the same concept of coverage control to a high-performance, small-format portable PA. Now, performers, bands and DJs can easily tailor the F1 loudspeaker, providing their audiences with outstanding coverage and clarity in nearly any room.”

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