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All I Want For Christmas Is… the Bose S1 Pro!


Christmas is approaching. So it’s time to start thinking about gifts. And that got me thinking: if I could have any live sound product as a Christmas gift, what would it be?

Not a power amp – too boring. And not a fog machine – I’ve got five. And not a Subwoofer – I don’t have the space.

What I do want, is a portable speaker. One that I can use for singing with my guitar on stage and in the street.

So, what better gift than the Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position Battery Powered PA System? It’s reliable, it sounds great, and it’s portable. And why is that? Let’s find out!

The Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position Battery Powered PA System

The Bose S1 Pro used by a man playing guitar If you play lots of gigs, there will come a point where you’ll want your own PA system – probably a portable one.

A very convenient system

The Bose S1 Pro packs iconic Bose performance and practicality into a brilliant PA system. It’s easy to use too. Just plug in, turn up the volume, and play. That’s it.

You can use it anywhere. The 11-hour battery life ensures this.

I’ll personally be using it for busking – but I can’t play for as long as 11 hours. Or even 3 hours. Or sometimes even 1 hour.

And without cables, the party doesn’t stop. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to wirelessly stream from any smart device – perfect for your Christmas or New Year parties when you want to get the cheesy tunes going.

The back of the Bose S1 Pro Multi-Position Battery Powered PA SystemExcellent sound for any space

You might be thinking; with all these features, portability, etcetera, etcetera – does the Bose S1 Pro system even sound good?

The answer is yes, of course. And it has a special trick up its sleeve to ensure it always sounds fantastic, whatever environment it’s in.

The S1’s Auto EQ uses intelligent sensors, optimising the sound for any space. This comes in handy when you want to get great sound in an instant, but don’t want to spend ages fiddling around with settings. And for me, the less hassle there is in setup, the better.

Plus, the three-channel mixer means you don’t need any external devices to get going with it. For the two line/mic inputs, there are reverb, bass, and treble controls, so you get plenty of hands-on sound shaping.

Some stocking fillers

So, I want the Bose S1 Pro for Christmas. But what live sound stocking fillers would go great with it?

Shure SM58 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone

Once you’ve got the super speaker, why not get a mega mic?

The classic Shure SM58 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone captures vocals with clarity and quality.

There’s a reason it’s had such enduring popularity for years. Its uniform cardioid polar pattern ensures focused yet accurate capture.

Plus, it’s extremely rugged – so will last for years of use.

To go with this, you can get an XLR cable to plug it in and a boom mic stand, so you can sing hands-free.

Shop now | Shure SM58 Dynamic Cardioid Vocal Microphone 

Microphone Stand Drinks Holder by Gear4music

Speaking of mic stands – this Microphone Stand Drinks Holder is a fun stocking filler.

It’s a bit silly – but it stops you from keeping your drink on the floor where it’s at risk of getting knocked over, whether it’s a big bottle of water, or, err… something else.

Shop now | Microphone Stand Drinks Holder by Gear4music

SubZero Musician Ear Plugs

Finally, you should get some earplugs, like SubZero Musician Ear Plugs.

If you’re going to give yourself anything this Christmas, make it the gift of protecting your hearing, especially if you’ve got tons of gigs lined up in the new year with your new Bose S1 Pro speaker!

Shop now | SubZero Musician Ear Plugs, Pair

Learn more

If you want to know more about live sound, check out our comprehensive introduction to everything you need to know.

Or if you’re planning on going busking in the new year, check out our super busking guide.

And for everything live sound related, check out our live sound page for more great gear.


Content Editor - Live Sound

Rowan Evans writes and edits live sound content for Gear4Music. He has a degree in audio technology and has engineered for everything from musicals to country bands. He also loves writing music, making noise in all corners of York on most nights of the week.



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