Bose L1 Compact

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Portable Line Array System

  • With "Spatial Dispersion" loudspeaker technology sound remains consistent even at extreme sides of the system
  • Two ToneMatch channels with fixed presets for microphone and acoustic guitar (switchable)
  • Integrated bass speaker in power stand
  • Two setup positions: Collapsed for smaller spaces or extended for larger ones
  • Ideal for musical performances, mobile DJ's, classrooms, business presentations and other events
  • Weight (without bag): 13.30 kg
  • When using ToneMatch Audio Engine (Article Nr 235986) separate T1 power supply is required: Article Nr 347843 (Audio engine and power supply not included in delivery)

Included:

  • L1 Compact power stand
  • L1 Compact loudspeaker array
  • L1 Compact extensions
  • Power stand/ loudspeaker array slip cover
  • Extensions carry bag
  • Power stand cord

Dimensions and weight:

  • L1 Compact power stand (H x W x D): 41.8 x 33.9 x 42.6 cm
  • L1 Compact loudspeaker array (H x W x D): 40.8 x 7 x 7.1 cm
  • L1 Compact extensions (H x W x D):83 x 7 x 7.1 cm

Further information

Incl. Subwoofer Yes
Integrated Mixer No
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Formidable sound and very portable

30.04.2015
We play in a duo (fiddle/accordion/keyboards/guitar) and bought this for use at small gigs like small private parties and restaurants. The Bose L1 Compact has exceeded our expectations!

We hesitated before buying this because of the price. We expected the sound to be good and clear but after looking at the specs thought that the base would be a bit unwieldy and that 11.2 kg would be too heavy for me (small female) to pick up at once. We also expected that the no feedback claim would not work for a fiddle played through a mike. We were wrong on all three counts.

Sound - The first thing you notice of course is the sound. It is not just good, it is amazing! You can hear every note and the quality of the sound is a thrill. It makes you want to keep on playing and never stop.

Portability - The 11.2 kg base is so well designed with its well made handle on top, that I can pick it up with ease. All those videos where people amble in carrying the base in one hand, guitar in the other and extensions bag over one shoulder are true. The slip case for the base is another design triumph - you do just literally slip it on and off.

Setup time - is practically nothing. The extensions are quick and easy to slide in. It's plug in and go because the sound is excellent straight away.

Although it is possible to use the system as either collapsed (just the base) or with either one or two extensions to make the speakers higher, we found that we preferred the system with both extensions even in our rehearsal room which is not huge.

Feedback - I don't know how they've done it, but it's true. There is no feedback even when using a violin through a mike (Shure SM94). What a pleasure to play with the speakers behind you and not worry about extra monitors or feedback! This is an enormous plus.

We had originally intended to augment the system with something a bit cheaper for use with our 4 person band, but we have now fallen in love with the Bose sound so we're saving up for another L1 Compact. Apparently 1 L1 Compact should cope with - 50 people who are talking or up to 100 people who are not making much noise, so it's only for larger gigs that more volume will be needed. Although Bose is expensive we think it's worth every penny for such amazing sound with no feedback and such easy portability.
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Great for discreet amplification

31.03.2017
I used the system to discreetly amplify a classical double bass, i.e. just enough to give the bass a louder voice without making it sound obviously amplified. No need for any sound adjustments, the system sounds great by itself. Not sure it would be the same if you needed high sound volumes, but for my needs i can't think of anything better suited.
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