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Any opinions on this speaker system.
I have a small church building a new Sanctuary.. There sound guys requested the Bose Panarray system.. I do not know much about it.
speakers with a special controller???
Does Bose have to get involved to install?
Does it replace eq,compression etc..
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as with all bose, they try to get as much sound out of as litte of a package as possible. I know the 402 weighs 17lb. pretty light and small. I don't know for sure about the controller, but bose always talks like no other amp and crossover etc. will work as good with their speakers as their own. Way expensive as far as bang for your buck goes. Whether or not they sound good depends on the sound guy. I know some guys who curse bose constantly, but I've heard a few of their systems, and was twice impressed by the sound put out by such small transducers.
The Processor is an all-in-one device that will do crossover, equalization, and delay. It works off of presets - you don't really tweak anything and hopefully one of the presets will provide what you want. It's not required and you can DIY with seperate components.
I have a pair of 402s and MB4s with the digit processor it comes with as FoH for about 200+ seats. The 402s are very small and the sound is very good. The 402 cones are placed at different angles in the speaker housing so the sound fills the room - pretty evenly I might add. Best of all they are fairly inexpensive.
I have a 1400 watt Mackie amp (not my choice) driving the MB4s and I think an 800 watt (not sure) Mackie driving the 402s running stereo. They can kick plenty hard. I did go the extra mile when I setup the MB4s putting them under the stage enclosed in a box I built of plywood and 2 layers of 3/4 inch drywall so all the bass comes forward. I also wanted to slightly angle the speakers towards the floor as our ceilings are very high. Bending the steel bracket was not easiy but I also know that they are not going anywhere now that they're up.
The processor has crossovers for different Bose speakers and configurations, a limiter, and a digital delay if you want to setup back speakers. In short good for crossovers but nothing special. I keep mine back with the amps behind stage.
So to sum up we've had ours for about a year and I give it a thumbs up. Good sound, good looks (people wonder how you get so much sound out of those little speakers), and low cost. Hard to beat for a smaller room. If I had to do it again I would use the same speakers - very pleased.
systems are generally good for more traditional churches where asthetics come into play-either for historical reasons, or the Church's "decoration committee" doesn't see the need for flown arrays or speaker stacks.
While I personally think other systems have a fuller sound and are easier to troubleshoot, I do think you can get an excellent sound out of them, if the setup is right.