Bose F1 Model 812 Flexible Array Powered PA Speaker – 1000W

93 out of 100. Incorporating 450+ ratings and reviews.

Gearank Recommendation

We first recommended this in December 2017 in the category of “Line Array Systems”. We removed that category in August 2019 however the Bose F1 Model 812 made it onto our recommended list for Powered PA Speakers under $1500 at that time.

The category was changed to Powered PA Speakers under $1000 in October 2020 but this didn’t rank high enough to make it onto that list at the time.

In May 2021 it made it onto our recommended list for Powered PA Speakers under $2000 where it remained until March 2022 when it was again outranked by the JBL SRX835P and QSC KW153 and was removed from the list.


When you think Line Array systems, large open air festivals usually come to mind. Line arrays were designed to favor dispersion over volume.

A single driver that’s pushed with a lot of power will still experience volume drops the further you are from the source.

Line arrays have tweaked levels at every angle so sound gets distributed evenly.

Bose has taken line array principles and applied them to a portable powered speaker. The Bose F1 Model 812 is a compact, line array system with directional flexibility.

The speaker array consists of 8 x 2.25″ mid/HF drivers and a 12″ LF driver to provide wide dispersion angles.

It’s not just FOH engineers that use it, it has received many five star ratings from acoustic guitarists, keyboardists and other musicians, as well vocalists, event hosts and DJs.

If dispersion is your primary goal with a portable setup, the Bose F1 Model 812 is a standout option that solves that problem.


  • LF Driver: 1 x 12″ LF,
  • HF Driver: 8 x 2.25″ (Mid/HF)
  • Amplifier: Class D Amplifiers with Passive Cooling
  • Output Power Continuous: 1000 W continuous RMS (650 LF + 350 HF)
  • Frequency Response: 48Hz-16kHz (-10dB)
  • Maximum Peak SPL: 129 dB
  • Crossover Frequency: 2.5 kHz
  • Enclosure: Injection-molded Polypropylene with Perforated Steel Grille
  • Mounting: Pole
  • Inputs: 1 x XLR/TRS Combo, 1 x 1/4″, 1 x stereo RCA
  • Outputs: 1 x XLR
  • Controls: Volume, Input Sensitivity, Front LED, EQ
  • Dimensions: 26.1″ x 13.1″” x 14.6″”
  • Weight: 44.5 lbs..


Rating Source Highlights

Website Source *Rating Value
Sound On Sound Mike Crofts 94/100
AudioTechnology Mark Woods 96/100
Pro Sound Strother Bullins 96/100
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